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Basic Trope: Doing one relatively simple action would resolve the conflict and therefore make it pointless for the story to keep going.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are living in a loveless, unhappy sitcom marriage. Bob finally gets up the nerve to tell Alice that he wants a divorce. Alice and Bob get divorced, and all the fighting stops, thus ending the season.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob get divorced, and the series is literally over; there's no telling what becomes of Alice and Bob (good, bad, or in-between) after the divorce.
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  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are constantly having problems with each other being secretive. After both start opening up the marriage becomes happier.
  • Justified:
    • The entire series focuses on those two characters, with the rocky marriage as their primary conflict; ending the marriage basically ends the plot.
    • Real Life Writes the Plot: The actor that plays Bob wants to move onto a new series, so the divorce serves as a Grand Finale to Awful Wedded Life.
    • The series is set and/or airing during a time when divorce was scandalous (possibly too scandalous for TV) and/or difficult to obtain, so divorce really isn't as much of an option for Alice and Bob as the audience (especially a modern, Western audience) might be led to believe.
    • Bob and/or Alice are would rather stay married than spend their money on a divorce or don't have enough money for a divorce.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob divorce. Cue Bob lying alone in bed, asking, "Now what?" and hearing only crickets in response.
    • After the divorce, Bob's friends throw a "reverse bachelor party" in Hawaii in an attempt to lift his spirits...which (among other things), involves Bob water-skiing over a shark.
  • Zig-Zagged: Yo Yo Plot Point
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "Let's create a Dom Com centered around an unhappily married couple!"
  • Lampshaded: "We can't get a divorce! That would ruin everything!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice and Bob don't love each other anymore, but have developed a creepy co-dependency on each other, and hesitate to get a divorce for just that reason.
    • Alice and Bob really can't afford to get a divorce right now, or are waiting for the real-estate market to improve so they can sell the house.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice and Bob decide that they are going to look at the divorce as a new beginning, not an ending, and take advantage of the opportunity, even though it means stepping out of their comfort zones.
  • Discussed: "If Alice and Bob are so miserable, why don't they just divorce?"
  • Conversed: "Well, for a series focused solely on Alice and Bob and playing their Awful Wedded Life for every laugh it's worth, it would kill the premise, and there's no guarantee a Retool would be more compelling for the audience."
  • Played For Laughs: Sitcom
  • Deconstructed: Even the alleged "simple solution" brings its fair share of excessively nasty complications and all Alice and Bob got from taking it is exchanging one train wreck for another.
  • Reconstructed: It's a start.

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