And go away it to Arrested Growth to show the trope on its head when G.O.B. tries to seduce a secretary. In his misguided flirtation, he instructs her to lose the glasses and let down her hair — revealing a cross-eyed, frizzy-haired vixen who was rather more enticing in her unique incarnation.
The straightforward misunderstanding
Possibly probably the most irritating sitcom plot of all: The 22-minute misunderstanding that could possibly be cleared up with a 30-second dialog. A minimum of that’s higher than on cleaning soap operas, the place the identical infuriating confusion can go on for weeks.
Take this maddening instance from Associates, the place Rachel mistakenly believes Joey has tried to suggest — and accepts.