: A plot point is resolved, only to be unresolved
, and re-resolved, often repeatedly.
- Straight: Alice and Bob finally resolve their Unresolved Sexual Tension, only to fall victim to Sex Changes Everything and have a bad breakup. Some time later, they sleep together and decide that they should give it another try, which they do. Next season, they break up again.
- Exaggerated: Alice and Bob break up and get back together Once an Episode.
- Downplayed: Alice and Bob break up, then sometime later have a one-night stand.
- Justified: Alice and Bob have feelings for one another (and possibly a creepy co-dependency) that they just can't shake.
- Double Subverted:
- Friends with Benefits, that is, before trying for the Relationship Upgrade again.
- This time around. Several seasons later, however, it's revealed that Alice has had feelings for Bob all this time and gets back together with him.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Alice and Bob either stay together or stay broken up; the romance arc isn't drawn out any more than necessary.
- Alice and Bob never get together in the first place.
- Enforced: "We want to prevent Shipping Bed Death and keep the audience interested in watching Prime Time Soap."
- Lampshaded: "You'll be back next week, Alice! Don't kid yourself!"
- Invoked: Alice and Bob break up, and Bob starts talking with her later about What Could Have Been.
- Exploited: Charlie devises a plan to get them to break up again so he can make his moves on Alice.
- Defied: Alice tells Bob it won't happen, and/or is dating someone else.
- Discussed: "Alice and Bob are back together again."
- Conversed: "OK, everyone place your bets: how long will Alice and Bob last this time?"
- Reconstructed: Alice and Bob work out their issues; they either find a way to make it work in a healthy way, or break up and never get back together again.
- Played For Laughs: Slap-Slap-Kiss.
You're not seriously going back to Yo Yo Plot Point again
, are you?!