The Loop (TV)
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- Basic Trope: One half of a couple wants a divorce; the other is reluctant to go through with it.
- Played Straight: Alice wants a divorce from Bob, but Bob procrastinates about signing the papers.
- Exaggerated: Bob flat out refuses to sign the papers.
- Bob still has feelings for Alice, and/or wants to try and see if they can go through marriage counseling and "make it work."
- Bob doesn't believe in divorce.
- Alice wants Bob to propose marriage to her, but Bob is (for whatever reason(s)) dragging his feet about it.
- Alternatively, Alice plops divorce papers on Bob's desk, and Bob signs them right away.
- The deadline is fast approaching, and though the papers are unsigned, it's because Bob has been busy and forgot about them.
- Or, Bob confronts Alice, and they agree that instead of divorcing, they will try couples' counseling first.
- Or, Bob signs the papers right away.
- Double Subverted: It turns out Bob still has feelings for Alice, and has been using "being swamped with work" as an excuse for avoiding the issue.
- Deconstructed: See "Double Subverted".
- Reconstructed: Alice and Bob talk about their issues, and either reconsider the divorce (and work through their problems), or agree that it's better to just end it.
- Parodied: "No, you sign the papers first!"
- Lampshaded: "I need him to sign those Goddamned, fucking papers! Otherwise, Charles and I can't get married!"
- Averted: Alice and Bob are Happily Married, or at least not getting a divorce.
- Enforced: "We need to segue into a drawn-out romance arc, with an Alice-Bob-Charles Love Triangle."
- Invoked: Alice gets involved with Charles, but she wants to get her Lazy Husband Bob out of the way.
- Bob signs the papers right away, because he wants the divorce as badly as Alice does.
- Alice and Bob agree to try counseling before getting a divorce.
- Discussed: "Bob's not going to sign those divorce papers."
- Conversed: "Ever notice how on TV, the guys are slow to get into a marriage, and even slower to get out of one, than the girls are? What's up with that?"
- Played For Laughs: See "Parodied"
- Played For Drama: Almost always is.
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