Ahhhh, homonyms. Court is a throwback to all those classic comedy conflicts, the best of which are based in simple miscommunication. Think most of the jokes on Arrested Development. In comedy, this often leads to further and further misunderstandings, each more comical than the last, until things get straightened out at the end of the episode. In dramas, the principal character usually exerts much effort trying to prepare for a “showdown,” only to discover at the last second it was “all a huge mistake.”This trope is one of the basic elements of Farce, but can lead to an Idiot Plot.

Sometimes some of the simplest things, can be the most confusing. Somebody, somewhere –at least ONCE– was dumb enough to do something like this.


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