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* AbusiveParents: Sally's mother is the ''worst''. She is catty, emotionally abusive, and clingy. There was an entire arc where her house needed repairs that necessitated her to move, and Ted helps Sally arrange for Sally's mother to go to her sister's. When Sally decides to give her sister a break and invite her mother for a few days, the lady belittles everyone in the house, going so far as to demean Hilary's guitar-playing and saying [[YouAreFat she should take up ballet to lose the pudge she has]]. It gets so bad that Ted nearly kicks her out on Sally's behalf unless she agrees to talk things out. [[spoiler:Sally becomes livid when learning that her mother lied about the home repairs because she wanted to spend time with her daughters. Fortunately, her mother moved out and stayed out, realizing she went too far]].



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ted is generally laid-back and flexible. Then he finds out his wife is on the verge of tears thanks to his mother-in-law, and threatens to kick the lady out unless she can work things out with Sally.



* RunningGag: Every Easter, Sally always bites the ears off of Hilary's chocolate bunny. Hilary's attempts to hide it always fail, no matter which bizarre location she hides it in.

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* RealityEnsues: Ted threatens to kick out Sally's mother during an arc where the lady is staying at their house, unless she agrees to be nicer to Sally. They try, with some alcohol, but nothing resolves. [[spoiler:Sally then finds out her mother was lying about her house needing repairs, and send her out the door, furious that she was lying about it]]. Even if her mother had good intentions [[spoiler:in wanting to spend time with her daughters]], she was still emotionally abusing the family for several weeks.
* RunningGag: Every Easter, Sally always bites the ears off of Hilary's chocolate bunny. Hilary's attempts to hide it always fail, no matter which bizarre location she hides it in. The crowner had to be when Hilary bought twelve of them, and Sally got a stomachache afterward.



** Ted and Hilary compete with each other over who can provide the best Mother's Day breakfast for Sally.

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** Ted and Hilary compete with each other over who can provide the best beast Mother's Day breakfast for Sally.

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[[caption-width-right:260:She... Is... Tired!]]


* RunningGag: Every Easter, Sally always bites the ears off of Hilary's chocolate bunny.

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* RunningGag: Every Easter, Sally always bites the ears off of Hilary's chocolate bunny. Hilary's attempts to hide it always fail, no matter which bizarre location she hides it in.


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** Ted and Hilary compete with each other over who can provide the best Mother's Day breakfast for Sally.


* ObnoxiousInLaws: Both sets, really. Sally's mother is a constant belittler. Ted's parents are dour borderline alcoholics.

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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Both sets, really. Sally's mother is a constant belittler. Ted's parents are dour borderline alcoholics. At some point Ted's mother was reinvented as an ExtremeDoormat to his layabout brothers, who Sally finds frustrating to deal with because she can't ''stop'' trying to do everything for people.


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** The way Sally's stepdad Gerald suddenly appears when people wonder where he is (or just remember he exists), often emerging from rooms they're almost certain he wasn't in before.


* NightmareFuel [[https://www.comicskingdom.com/sally-forth/2019-10-01#comic-comments this 2019 strip that sets up the year's Halloween arc.]]

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* NightmareFuel NightmareFuel: [[https://www.comicskingdom.com/sally-forth/2019-10-01#comic-comments this 2019 strip that sets up the year's Halloween arc.]]

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* NightmareFuel [[https://www.comicskingdom.com/sally-forth/2019-10-01#comic-comments this 2019 strip that sets up the year's Halloween arc.]]


-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''[[Franchise/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."


-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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* AbortedArc: A storyline from February 2018 had Sally agonizing over whether she should re-hire Alice or not. It was never mentioned again [[http://sallyforth.com/comics/october-16-2018/ until eight months later, when Ted brought it up.]]
--> '''Ted:''' Speaking of stories that went nowhere, whatever happened to Alice coming back to work with you?
--> '''Sally:''' Well, we had some brutal layoffs. But yeah, [[LampshadeHanging that one kinda just faded away.]]


-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."


-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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-->"It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a ''Franchise/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode, but with Wi-Fi."

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