- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It can be very hard to engage with the story when you already know everything turns out horribly for everyone involved.
- Informed Wrongness: "Franklin Shepard, Inc." is Charley's "The Villain Sucks" Song about Frank, but the things he portrays Frank as doing - talking to his lawyer and secretary, working out contracts and rights issues - are pretty normal for a successful Broadway musical creator, and, as Charley admits, have resulted in both of them making a lot of money from their collaborations. Justified in that Charley also admits near the end of the number that what he's really upset about is that his friendship with Frank is over and they're now just business partners.Charlie: Listen, Frank does the money thing very well. But you know what? Other people do it better. And Frank does the music thing very well. And you know what? No one does it better.
- Tear Jerker: The whole musical, particularly on the second viewing.
YMMV / Merrily We Roll Along