Rules of Engagement is a Dom Com that debuted on CBS on February 5, 2007 and ended on May 20, 2013. It premiered as a midseason replacement, immediately following Two and a Half Men, in the time slot that was occupied by The New Adventures of Old Christine (9:30-10 p.m.). The series is produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.Two couples and their single friend deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage. It looks at different relationships in various stages, starring Oliver Hudson (Adam Rhodes) and Bianca Kajlich (Jennifer Morgan) as newly engaged sweethearts, Patrick Warburton (Jeff Bingham) and Megyn Price (Audrey Bingham) as a long-married couple and David Spade (Russell Dunbar) as their still-single friend. A sixth character, Timmy, who is Russell's assistant at work, was introduced in Season 3, played by Adhir Kalyan.The show featured writers from the Emmy Award-winning Everybody Loves Raymond. Not to be confused with a 2000 film of the same name.
Bi the Way: Jen is alluded to be this in one episode.
Brainless Beauty: Adam. In one episode, he scruffies himself up to try and prove that people like him for his personality, instead of just his looks. It doesn't work.
British Stuffiness: Timmy. Granted, he's from South Africa, but his professionalism starkly contrasts to Russel's antics.
Broke Episode: Russel's mom cuts off his trust fund, which only affects him in a couple episodes in that he temporarily moves in with Timmy and has trouble getting women to sleep with him. But his financial problems only last for about two episodes.
Character Blog: Timmy had a vlog site, although the videos are still available online.
Character Development: Russell has been the subject of multiple episodes where he gains development and backstory, such as enjoying theatre/musicals because as a child, his nanny would sneak him out and it was one of the only places that he felt alive in.
Citizenship Marriage: Russel does this with Timmy because Russel forgot to renew Timmy's work visa after Timmy quit. [An earlier episode had Russel setting up a fake citizenship party — even though Timmy was a citizen for ten years — to bed a party planner. So, this was a continuity error.]
Clingy Jealous Girl: Jennifer gets this when Adam's ex-girlfriend comes to stay due to a hotel mix-up.
Forbidden Fruit: When Adam is told not to order extremely spicy Indian food, it only makes him want to order it even more.
Flanderization: Adam has become increasingly stupid as the seasons progressed. This has been noted by the actor himself, who doesn't seem to mind it much.
Freudian Excuse: Most of Russell's behaviour is implied to be due to his Hilariously Abusive Childhood. His father appealed the results of the paternity test, his mother wanted to know if there'd been a mix-up moments after giving birth to him, they replaced him in the Christmas Family Photo as a child with Jodie Foster and his parents basically told him he was the sole reason why they got divorced.
Friends Rent Control: Averted for Jeff and Audrey, who have one huge living space/lounge room area, a small kitchen, a bedroom, a guest bedroom and a medium size bathroom. They also own it, and Jeff is a highly paid financial consultant. The apartment Adam and Jennifer live in was lived in by just one of them before the other moved in, and is somewhat smaller, but Adam is a high placed executive at Russell's father's firm. Russell's place is amazing and huge, but he's a trust fund baby, as well as having a high paying job at his father's property development firm.
Grandparental Obliviousness: Jeff's father doesn't realise his 50's style behaviour is pissing off Audrey. He ends up being called out for it, and apologizes, only to promptly sue Jeff and Audrey for injuring him.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Russell. According to his psychological evaluation, (done by sending Timmy to impersonate him with a list of details), he has classic tell-tale signs of narcissistic personality disorder, minor socipathic tendencies and really should never be left unsupervised at any time.
Hidden Depths: Russell has a few of these, one being his love of theatre/musicals. And his singing brings Timmy to tears.
Hipster: Timmy's intern. Russel tries to be like him and hangs out with him, but gives up because of how exhausting it was to keep track of what he was supposed to like and what he was supposed to like "ironically."
Insane Proprietor: Jeff only buys electronics from stores owned by them, because crazy store owners offer the best deals.
Insult Backfire: Russell when called names. Like [relating him to a celebrity on a mocking way]. He says: [the same celebrity in a complimentary context]? I'll profess that.
Intoxication Ensues: Jeff accidentally eats one of Adam and Jenifer's pot brownies. There's not much difference between stoned Jeff and sober Jeff except stoned Jeff eats more.
Improbable Food Budget: They eat at the diner a lot. It doesn't appear to be an especially expensive diner though, and they are all professionals, they can probably afford to eat lunch and breakfast there.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jeff. He tends to be cold and indifferent to just about everything Audrey talks about, but he loves her and always come through for her and his friends.
Russell occasionally usually acts like a jerk, but is generally a good guy.
Like an Old Married Couple: Audrey and Jeff. Unsurprisingly, because they are an old married couple. Adam and Jennifer point out this trope to each other during a fight.
Local Hangout: The diner. It also averts the usual "they have one spot, and one spot only", by having them use more than just the central booth in the middle of the set (ie, the Seinfeld table). Although nowhere near as often as they use that single central booth.
Love Makes You Crazy: Jeff gets smashed and ends up crashing a wedding because after realising he was being stupid by not going to it like Audrey wanted him to.
Lysistrata Gambit: Jennifer threatens to withhold sex from Adam to get a pet dog instead of a bird. Turns out neither has the willpower to do that, so they end up getting a dog and bird.
Mistaken for Pregnant: Happens to Audrey as the result of a poorly phrased remark about a pregnant co-worker. Finding she enjoys the special consideration being pregnant brings her at work, she tries desperately to actually become pregnant. When she eventually comes clean and tells her co-workers that she is not pregnant, they mistakenly interpret this to mean that she has had a miscarriage.
Jeff: *Voicemail* The woman you're with, Audrey and I just hired to be our surrogate. Do not touch her. Stay away. GET OFF HER!
Noodle Incident: Not so much an incident as a proposal from Russel to Allison, who Timmy has a crush on ... but it involves watching her 'do this' with a 'jar of that'.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Whenever Timmy chooses to be nice to Russell, it ends badly for Timmy. Like when Timmy saved Russell from choking to death, and Russell accused Timmy of sexual harassment.
No Pregger Sex: Jeff tries to impose this on Brenda, despite the fact that she's a lesbian, and the concerns regarding penetration would be mostly out of the question.
Not Wearing Pants: Jeff has a "Jeff was right" dance which involves him taking off his pants.
Office Sports: Jeff and Adam invent a sport called Mannequin Head Ball when they have to clean out an old clothing store Audrey wants to use to start a business.
One-Hour Work Week: Russell has an almost literal One-Hour Work Week, due to being the son of the owner of the company. Adam works there as well. Audrey's work is only mentioned in most episodes (but one episode had her running a photoshoot for the magazine she works for), Jennifer is a freelance/work from home graphic designer. Jeff is a financial planner/economist of some sort.
Out of Focus: The first season focused mostly on Adam and Jennifer. From season two forward the primary couple became Jeff and Audrey and now Adam and Jennifer are lucky to get a B-story.
Out of Order: The network switched around the order of a small ongoing Story Arc involving Timmy, his arranged marriage fiancée, and Russell. This ended up having the fiancé being taken around NYC by Russell (and having him fall for her), the episode before she actually arrives at the airport.
Only Sane Man: Audrey and Jennifer are generally this for their husband/fiancée.
Parental Abandonment: Russell's parents were emotionally distant. Russell's less bothered that his father tried to contest paternity, than the fact that he tried to appeal the results afterwards.
Pink Boy, Blue Girl: Adam is sensitive and concerned about his looks, and Jen is a tomboy with a healthy sexual apatite.
Reality Ensues: After Russell admits to the woman he's smitten by, that he's been riding the elevator all week in the hopes of meeting her again... he's promptly maced as the woman thinks he's stalking her.
Shaggy Dog Story: After ruining Jennifer's mom's wedding dress (that Jennifer planned on wearing), Adam goes out of his way to hide it and gets Audrey to use her fashion designer connections to get a replica made at a huge cost. He then makes it look like it just came in so Jennifer won't be the wiser. But it turns out that Jennifer's mom sent the wrong dress, so Jennifer didn't want it.
Zany Scheme: Adam and Jennifer host a engagement party just for people in their building and work friends (whilst still planning for one for their real friends and family), because they need new toasters and other domestic equipment. Jeff finds out, and blackmails them into taking about half the items. It backfires because they realise they are now obligated to attend and purchase presents for multiple parties of the people they invited.
Adam proposing to Jennifer in restaurants so they can get free food despite having been engaged for a while. Even when Jennifer gets tired of doing it and storms out, it still works because the waiter feels sorry for Adam.