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* ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'': In "This Male Chauvinist Piggy Went to Market," the students at Keith and Laurie's high school are required to take the opposite gender's classes so they can learn how other people live. The two have a contest to see whether Keith can do better at cooking than Laurie can at car maintenance. Naturally, Laurie does everything perfectly, while Keith's spinach soufflé turns out so inedible, he uses it as a planter.


* Happens at the North Pole when the title character of ''Film/MrsSantaClaus'' is gone for a few days. In a variant, it's not SantaClaus who has the day in her apron - it's Arvo, the head elf, who has to do a number of the lady's tasks for her. Most particularly, he has to take over making hot cocoa for the boss, who has been utterly oblivious to his wife's absence to this point; but one sip of Arvo's cocoa and Santa immediately knows that she did ''not'' make it.



* In one Creator/JamesHerriot book, the housekeeper has to be gone for a few days for a family problem. Siegfried "solves" the problem by assigning housework and cooking to Tristan, who does OK with the cleaning, but can only cook one dish and manages multiple disasters with that dish over a few days, driving his brother to the pub for a meal.
* ''Literature/SleepingBeauties'': As early as day one of the Aurora epidemic, Linny Mars, dispatcher at Dooling's sheriff's department, keeps getting countless emergency calls from men who have no clue how to take care of their male children now that their wifes have gone to sleep. One even ask her if FEMA is setting up a facility to take care of the children.
* ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona Quimby, Age 8]]'' has a variation with children spending a night in their mother's figurative apron. After Ramona and Beezus [[PickyEater refuse to eat cow's tongue]], their parents make them cook the next night's meal to teach them to appreciate their mother's hard work in the kitchen. The cooking process is one panic after another, with lots of improvisation with unconventional ingredients, and the kitchen is a mess in the end, but the dinner turns out surprisingly well.

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* In one Creator/JamesHerriot book, the housekeeper has to be gone for a few days for a family problem. Siegfried "solves" the problem by assigning housework and cooking to Tristan, who does OK with the cleaning, cleans decently enough, but can only cook one dish and manages multiple disasters with that dish over a few days, driving his brother to the pub for a meal.
* ''Literature/SleepingBeauties'': As early as day one of the Aurora epidemic, Linny Mars, dispatcher at Dooling's sheriff's department, keeps getting countless emergency calls from men who have no clue how to take care of their male children now that their wifes wives have gone to sleep. One even ask asks her if FEMA is setting up a facility to take care of the children.
* ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona Quimby, ''Literature/RamonaQuimby, Age 8]]'' 8'' has a variation with children spending a night in their mother's figurative apron. After Ramona and Beezus [[PickyEater refuse to eat cow's tongue]], their parents make them cook the next night's meal to teach them to appreciate their mother's hard work in the kitchen. The cooking process is one panic after another, with lots of improvisation with unconventional ingredients, and the kitchen is a mess in the end, but the dinner turns out surprisingly well.



* Being a [[TheFifties 1950s]] sitcom, ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' did this a couple times. It also subverted the trope once; when Aunt Bee goes out of town for a few days, Andy and Opie do ''too'' good a job as housekeepers, making her feel useless... until they trash the kitchen [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop so she can clean up after them and feel happy again.]]

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* Being a [[TheFifties 1950s]] sitcom, ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' did this a couple times. It also subverted the trope once; when Aunt Bee goes out of town for a few days, Andy and Opie do ''too'' good of a job as housekeepers, making her feel useless... until they trash the kitchen [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop so she can clean up after them and feel happy again.]]



* In ''Make Room for Daddy'', Danny's wife Kathy is summoned for jury duty but feels she should get out of it because their maid is on vacation and there's no one to take care of the family. Danny makes light of housework and claims he can do her job easily, which pisses her off enough to let him attempt it while she disappears for several days. He makes such a total hash of housework and taking care of the kids (for school lunch, he gives one kid a can of tuna and the other kid the can opener) that he immediately hires housecleaners, a butler, and cooks to take care of them while Kathy is gone. When she returns, at first he pretends to have cooked and cleaned himself, and the kids smack their lips over the gourmet meals they'd had. Kathy is devastated at being useless and runs crying into their bedroom, requiring Danny to coax her into the kitchen and reveal his joke by having the hired help serve her.

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* In ''Make Room for Daddy'', Danny's wife Kathy is summoned for jury duty duty, but feels she should get out of it because their maid is on vacation and there's no one to take care of the family. Danny makes light of housework and claims he can do her job easily, which pisses her off enough to let him attempt it while she disappears for several days. He makes such a total hash of housework and taking care of the kids (for school lunch, he gives one kid a can of tuna and the other kid the can opener) that he immediately hires housecleaners, cleaners, a butler, and cooks to take care of them while Kathy is gone. When she returns, at first he pretends to have cooked and cleaned himself, and the kids smack their lips over the gourmet meals they'd had. Kathy is devastated at being useless and runs crying into their bedroom, requiring Danny to coax her into the kitchen and reveal his joke by having the hired help serve her.



* This is part of the conceit of ''Series/WhosTheBoss''. Angela is the high-powered advertising executive and not very good at housekeeping. Tony, on the other hand, is a retired baseball player and single father who is brilliant at cooking, cleaning, and similar tasks. They're not a married couple - he's her live-in housekeeper - but on those occasions when they have reason to switch roles, it invariably goes badly.
** One episode has Tony and Angela helping with one of his daughter Sam's class projects, in which she and her schoolmates tag along on various careers. Sam has the option of going with one of them; she immediately picks Tony, thinking that it will be much easier to clean the house. Tony cheerfully gives her his to-do list the next day, which unrolls to spill onto the carpet, and then leaves for his college classes. When he comes home that night, he's surprised that she doesn't have dinner in the oven, which was one of the assigned tasks; she then reveals that she's on the ''fourth'' thing on his list.



* The newspaper comic strip ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'' once featured the normally shiftless and lazy Andy agree (after some nagging) to take care of the dishes on his wife's behalf, while she put her feet up. Once he begins (and she's not watching), he carefully and deliberately drops a plate, and then bemoans its fate, cursing his own ineptitude. His wife tsks, hustles him out of the kitchen and sets about cleaning up. As he settles back into the sofa, he looks to the FourthWall and smirks. "Life's easy, if you show yer incompetent." A truly sublime {{Subversion}}.

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* The newspaper comic strip ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'' once featured the normally shiftless and lazy Andy agree (after some nagging) to take care of the dishes on his wife's behalf, while she put her feet up. Once he begins (and she's not watching), he carefully and deliberately drops a plate, and then bemoans its fate, cursing his own ineptitude. His wife tsks, tuts, hustles him out of the kitchen kitchen, and sets about cleaning up. As he settles back into the sofa, he looks to the FourthWall and smirks. "Life's easy, if you show yer incompetent." A truly sublime {{Subversion}}.



* The WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} cartoon ''Father's Day Off''. By the time Mrs. Goof comes home, the house is a shambles, the bathtub is overflowing, the iron has burned through the floor, firemen are stomping through the halls, and the cops have come to investigate a murder (Goofy left the phone unhung and the operator overheard a radio show).
** It also has what might be the dirtiest joke ever in a Disney cartoon, and says something about Mrs. Goofy's day. The doorbell rings and it's the milkman and when Goofy answers the door the milkman leans in with his eyes closed and plants a big kiss on Goofy's mouth. After the milkman leaves, unaware of who he kissed, Goofy looks to the audience and says, "Gee, what a friendly cuss!"

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* The WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} cartoon ''Father's Day Off''. By the time Mrs. Goof comes home, the house is a shambles, the bathtub is overflowing, the iron has burned through the floor, firemen are stomping through the halls, and the cops have come to investigate a murder (Goofy left didn't hang up the phone unhung and the operator overheard a radio show).
** It also has what might be the dirtiest joke ever in a Disney cartoon, and says something about Mrs. Goofy's day. The doorbell rings and it's the milkman and when Goofy answers the door the milkman leans in with his eyes closed and plants a big kiss on Goofy's mouth. After the milkman leaves, unaware of who whom he kissed, Goofy looks to the audience and says, "Gee, what a friendly cuss!"



* There's a ''WesternAnimation/{{Flintstones}}'' episode which could be the template of this trope. Following a heated discussion about who works harder, Wilma takes over Fred's job at the quarry for one day- of course she's so inept (ie; continuously dumping the rocks in the wrong place, including on the boss) that she's told to go home. Meanwhile, Fred's frantic attempts to do a ''very'' long list of household chores soon reduces the place to shambles. At the day's end, the couple declare they never want to make that switch again.

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* There's a ''WesternAnimation/{{Flintstones}}'' episode which could be the template of this trope. Following a heated discussion about who works harder, Wilma takes over Fred's job at the quarry for one day- of course she's so inept (ie; (i.e., continuously dumping the rocks in the wrong place, including on the boss) that she's told to go home. Meanwhile, Fred's frantic attempts to do a ''very'' long list of household chores soon reduces the place to shambles. At the day's end, the couple declare they never want to make that switch again.



* The Mother's Day episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had this to an extent. In an example, Dexter's dad, as well as him and Deedee were happy to do it to give her the day off. Unfortunately, they were so horribly inept at it that the only thing stopping Dexter's mom from intervening is the fact that she doesn't have her gloves, and she's a massive germaphobe without them.

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* The Mother's Day episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had this to an extent. In an example, Dexter's Dexter, his dad, as well as him and Deedee were are happy to do it to give her Mom the day off. Unfortunately, they were they're so horribly inept at it that the only thing stopping Dexter's mom from intervening is the fact that she doesn't have her gloves, and she's a massive germaphobe germophobe without them.



* Arnie Barkley of ''WesternAnimation/TheBarkleys'' swaps places with his wife Agnes in the episode "Lib and Let Lib". While he doesn't exactly ''fail'' at housework, per say, he DOES find it harder than he expected (except for bed-making, which he apparently excelled at in the army).

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* Arnie Barkley of ''WesternAnimation/TheBarkleys'' swaps places with his wife Agnes in the episode "Lib and Let Lib". While he doesn't exactly ''fail'' at housework, per say, he DOES ''does'' find it harder than he expected (except for bed-making, which he apparently excelled at in the army).


* Averted in ''EmployeeOfTheMonth.'' When Iqbal loses his job because of Zack's hijinks, his wife happens to get a big promotion at her own job, allowing him to become a stay-at-home daddy for their young children. From what we see, he seems to adore it despite being a lot of work.

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* Averted in ''EmployeeOfTheMonth.''Film/EmployeeOfTheMonth.'' When Iqbal loses his job because of Zack's hijinks, his wife happens to get a big promotion at her own job, allowing him to become a stay-at-home daddy for their young children. From what we see, he seems to adore it despite being a lot of work.


* The folk song "The Old Man" is basically this story set to music.

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* The folk song "The Old Man" (sometimes also called "Father Grumble") is basically this story set to music.


* The ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' have done it a few times.

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* The ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' have done it a few times.


* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray wants to be more involved in household decision-making, so (even though she thinks he makes ''terrible'' decisions) Debra reluctantly agrees to let him do more. He goes grocery shopping without her help, and buys "natural" bug spray (rather than calling an exterminator to take care of their ant problem) and a brand of tissues everyone hates -- [[RefugeInAudacity both of which lead to the kitchen catching on fire. Then he tries to put the fire out with the garden hose he bought earlier...which is too short to reach into the kitchen.

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* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray wants to be more involved in household decision-making, so (even though she thinks he makes ''terrible'' decisions) Debra reluctantly agrees to let him do more. He goes grocery shopping without her help, and buys "natural" bug spray (rather than calling an exterminator to take care of their ant problem) and a brand of tissues everyone hates -- [[RefugeInAudacity both of which lead to the kitchen catching on fire. fire]]. Then he tries to put the fire out with the garden hose he bought earlier...earlier, which is too short to reach into the kitchen.


* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray chooses tissues everyone hates. And then sets the house on fire.

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* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray chooses wants to be more involved in household decision-making, so (even though she thinks he makes ''terrible'' decisions) Debra reluctantly agrees to let him do more. He goes grocery shopping without her help, and buys "natural" bug spray (rather than calling an exterminator to take care of their ant problem) and a brand of tissues everyone hates. And then sets hates -- [[RefugeInAudacity both of which lead to the house kitchen catching on fire.fire. Then he tries to put the fire out with the garden hose he bought earlier...which is too short to reach into the kitchen.

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-->There was an old man who lived in a wood
-->As you can plainly see
-->Who said he could do more work in a day
-->Than his wife could do in three
-->"If that be so," the old woman said
-->"Why, this you must allow
-->That you shall do my work for a day
-->While I go drive the plough"


* In one of Lois Lowry's Anastasia books, the mother is away for a while. Every time she calls, the list of things her husband and daughter have to avoid telling her gets longer: they're eating off paper plates, the daughter turned her father's shirts purple in the wash by accident, the father's ex-girlfriend comes by for a visit and the daughter completely botches dinner...

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* In one of Lois Lowry's Anastasia ''Literature/AnastasiaKrupnik'' books, the mother is away for a while. Every time she calls, the list of things her husband and daughter have to avoid telling her gets longer: they're eating off paper plates, the daughter turned her father's shirts purple in the wash by accident, the father's ex-girlfriend comes by for a visit and the daughter completely botches dinner...


* ''[[Literarure/RamonaQuimby Ramona Quimby, Age 8]]'' has a variation with children spending a night in their mother's figurative apron. After Ramona and Beezus [[PickyEater refuse to eat cow's tongue]], their parents make them cook the next night's meal to teach them to appreciate their mother's hard work in the kitchen. The cooking process is one panic after another, with lots of improvisation with unconventional ingredients, and the kitchen is a mess in the end, but the dinner turns out surprisingly well.

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* ''[[Literarure/RamonaQuimby ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona Quimby, Age 8]]'' has a variation with children spending a night in their mother's figurative apron. After Ramona and Beezus [[PickyEater refuse to eat cow's tongue]], their parents make them cook the next night's meal to teach them to appreciate their mother's hard work in the kitchen. The cooking process is one panic after another, with lots of improvisation with unconventional ingredients, and the kitchen is a mess in the end, but the dinner turns out surprisingly well.

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* ''[[Literarure/RamonaQuimby Ramona Quimby, Age 8]]'' has a variation with children spending a night in their mother's figurative apron. After Ramona and Beezus [[PickyEater refuse to eat cow's tongue]], their parents make them cook the next night's meal to teach them to appreciate their mother's hard work in the kitchen. The cooking process is one panic after another, with lots of improvisation with unconventional ingredients, and the kitchen is a mess in the end, but the dinner turns out surprisingly well.


A subtrope of MenCantKeepHouse and VetinariJobSecurity. Contrast JustFineWithoutYou and HouseHusband. See also DoomItYourself. Do not confuse with GenderBender.

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A subtrope of MenCantKeepHouse MenCantKeepHouse, DadsCantCook, and VetinariJobSecurity. Contrast JustFineWithoutYou and HouseHusband. See also DoomItYourself. Do not confuse with GenderBender.

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* Averted in ''EmployeeOfTheMonth.'' When Iqbal loses his job because of Zack's hijinks, his wife happens to get a big promotion at her own job, allowing him to become a stay-at-home daddy for their young children. From what we see, he seems to adore it despite being a lot of work.


** Subverted on another episode, where the kids and the parents swap lives for a day. Chris does great at work and Meg has cleaned the house top to bottom and is relaxing before dinner.

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** Subverted on another episode, where the kids and the parents swap lives for a day. Chris does great at work and Meg has cleaned the house top to bottom and is relaxing before dinner. Of course being ''Family Guy'' Chris becomes an abusive alcoholic with anger issues and things are set back to normal after he's forced to quit after a heart attack.

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