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* TheAllegedCar: Matt's car in "Interruptus Date Breast Movin'," which is so broken that the only thing that started it was tequila. [[spoiler: And by the end of the episode, it bursts into flame]].

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* AlcoholIsGasoline: Matt's [[TheAllegedCar alleged car]] in "Interruptus Date Breast Movin'" is so broken that the only thing that starts it is tequila. [[spoiler: And by the end of the episode, it bursts into flame]].
* TheAllegedCar: Matt's car in "Interruptus Date Breast Movin'," Movin'", which is so broken that the only thing that started it was tequila. [[spoiler: And by the end of the episode, it bursts into flame]].


** The first story in "Treasure Ride Poker Hearing" has shout outs to StrangerThings, complete with bicycles, flashlights and synthesizer music.
** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured like SlidingDoors. Each story has the same beginning and then goes in a very different direction depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic. The stinger has Matt and Colleen at the clinic since "A lot can happen in thirty minutes."

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** The first story in "Treasure Ride Poker Hearing" has shout outs to StrangerThings, ''Series/StrangerThings'', complete with bicycles, flashlights and synthesizer music.
** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured like SlidingDoors.''Film/SlidingDoors''. Each story has the same beginning and then goes in a very different direction depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic. The stinger has Matt and Colleen at the clinic since "A lot can happen in thirty minutes." "

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*ScrewedByTheNetwork: After ratings for the third season declined from previous years, CBS renewed ''Life in Pieces'' for a fourth season, though they only ordered thirteen episodes, and was pushed back to the summer. The network later cancelled the series in the middle of the aforementioned season. This is even more unfortunate given the fact that if it had a full season, the series would have had enough episodes syndication, and would have had a chance to shine in re-runs.

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* IncestantAdmirer: It is no secret that Tim is attracted to Jen, Colleen, and Clementine, and it is hinted at that Jen finds Matt attractive. None of this leads to anything though.

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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: All five couples on the show have very active sex lives.

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* VacationEpisode: "Jungle Push Resort Anniversary" has the Shorts going to Mexico for John and Joan's 50th anniversary, staying in a "rustic" resort full of bugs.



Insanely inspired by ''Series/ModernFamily'', almost to the point of a blatant rip-off.

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* AlternateTimeline: How "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured. Four timelines depending on who calls Matt at a certain time while he's trying to get to a fertility clinic in 30 minutes. TheStinger has Matt and Colleen at the fertility clinic since "A lot can happen in thirty minutes."


** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" each has the same beginning, each with a different story depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) at a certain time when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.

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** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" each has the same beginning, each with a different story depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) at a certain time when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic. The stinger has Matt and Colleen at the clinic since "A lot can happen in thirty minutes."



** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured like SlidingDoors. Each story has the same beginning and then goes in a very different direction depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.

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** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured like SlidingDoors. Each story has the same beginning and then goes in a very different direction depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic. The stinger has Matt and Colleen at the clinic since "A lot can happen in thirty minutes."


** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" each has the same beginning, each with a different story depending on who calls Matt at a certain time when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.

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** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" each has the same beginning, each with a different story depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) at a certain time when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.



* ShoutOut: The first story in "Treasure Ride Poker Hearing" has shout outs to StrangerThings, complete with bicycles, flashlights and synthesizer music.

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The first story in "Treasure Ride Poker Hearing" has shout outs to StrangerThings, complete with bicycles, flashlights and synthesizer music.music.
** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" is structured like SlidingDoors. Each story has the same beginning and then goes in a very different direction depending on who calls Matt (Heather, Greg, an insurance salesman or Colleen) when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.

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* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Done a few times in Season 3.
** "The Twelve Shorts of Christmas" has 12 brief segments instead of four.
** The second story in "Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor" is partially animated, about how Matt and Colleen are trying to have a baby, told as a cartoon rooster and hen trying to make an egg.
** "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" each has the same beginning, each with a different story depending on who calls Matt at a certain time when he's in a hurry to get to a fertility clinic.


* RagingStiffie: The "Pill" segment of "Annulment Roommate Pill Shower" has John in the hospital after taking an erectile dysfunction medication. [[spoiler:Turns out Joan was already crushing the same pill in his coffee.]]

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* RagingStiffie: RagingStiffie:
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The "Pill" segment of "Annulment Roommate Pill Shower" has John in the hospital after taking an erectile dysfunction medication. [[spoiler:Turns out Joan was already crushing the same pill in his coffee.]]]]
** In "Poison Fire Teats Universe," Tyler would rather not sleep between Heather and Clementine.
-->'''Tyler''' ''(to Clementine)'': Can we switch? You know how I wake up.


* HideYourPregnancy: Angelique Cabral's pregnancy was hidden for the end of the second season and beginning of the third. We see her pregnant when Matt has a nightmare about starting a family with Colleen in "Bunny Single Nightmare Drinking."

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* HideYourPregnancy: Angelique Cabral's pregnancy was hidden for the end of the second season and beginning of the third. We see her pregnant when Matt has a nightmare about starting a family with Colleen in "Bunny Single Nightmare Drinking."


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* NightmareSequence: Matt has one about starting a family with Colleen in "Bunny Single Nightmare Drinking." It includes taking a parenthood test he hasn't studied for, Joan reciting the lyrics of Snow's "Informer," and the baby being John's ventriloquist dummy.

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* ShoutOut: The first story in "Treasure Ride Poker Hearing" has shout outs to StrangerThings, complete with bicycles, flashlights and synthesizer music.

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