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  • Crack Pairing: Helen Roper/Chrissy Snow became popular in the fanfic world at some point.
  • Ear Worm: "Come and knock on our door, we've been waiting for you..."
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many fans over the years have expressed disappointment that Jack and Janet didn't get together in the end. Even Joyce DeWitt herself was reportedly heartbroken over it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment / Harsher in Hindsight: One episode has Jack faking his death to avoid retribution from a woman's jealous boyfriend. His roommates explain that "his heart gave out." John Ritter died of a heart ailment (aortic dissection) in 2003. This scene was already somewhat disturbing for some viewers, but even more so after the fact.
  • Idiot Plot: See What an Idiot! below, and also its tendency to make plots based off stuff from the Mistaken for Index.
  • Recycled Script: An early episode had the roommates trying to hide a recently adopted pet from Mr. Roper. Towards the end of the series' run, a similar plot (with a different animal, Mr. Furley and Terri) was used. John Ritter himself later acknowledge the trope and felt this was when the series was starting to run out of ideas.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Cindy, Chrissy's cousin, was almost a carbon clone with considerably less jiggle factor and the added annoyance of being The Klutz. Terri managed to avoid this fate by actually having a brain.
    • Thankfully averted with Mr. Furley when he replaced the Ropers, due to the stark differences in their gimmicks and personalities.
  • Tear Jerker: Mr. Furley recounting how he once had a pet as a kid, but it was hit by a car and died, he then decides to name the cat he found after it.
    • Seeing the three roommates leave the empty apartment behind in the very last scene.
  • What an Idiot!: This will apply to at least one character Once an Episode.
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