Ever experienced that houseguest that just won’t leave? For one reason or another, they overstay their welcome, almost by the next day in some cases. It is one of those things that is bound to happen to everyone sooner or later. And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, then maybe it is not too late to learn how to deal with it. Since television has provided so many cases of annoying houseguests who can’t take a hint, you can surely learn something useful from watching these memorable examples.
The Andy Griffith Show
Sheriff Andy Taylor provides a textbook case of the annoying houseguest who doesn’t know when to leave. It can happen to anyone with anyone, but if you have a large extended family, you can be it will happen to you with them. The Taylors welcome some kinfolk they haven’t seen in awhile and it doesn’t take long for Andy, Bee and Opie to wish they would leave. Uncle Ollie is one of those guys who keeps you all night snoring and then complains that he couldn’t get to sleep. Opie is forced to share his bed with a couple of cousins, one of who keeps putting his foot in Opie’s back. Opie says Roger puts his foot in the small of his back, but from what I can see Roger gets nowhere near that area. Still, these are some very annoying family houseguest that don’t know when to leave that anyone who ever had to put up with relatives from out of town can relate to.
Carlton Blanchard is the houseguest forced to overstay his welcome because of injury. An homage to the classic play “The Man Who Came to Dinner” has Carlton falling down the stairs and being forced to live in Helen’s home while he recuperates. Carlton Blanchard is an annoying old man who asks the most ridiculous–yet funny–questions you can imagine. He is played by the guy who voices the Mad Scientist in “Nightmare Before Halloween” so imagine having to listen to that nails-on-blackboard voice for days on end. While he’s sick. And, as most annoying houseguest tend to be, he is a demanding sick person.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
What you have in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is a something very unusual in their take on the annoying houseguest who doesn’t know when to leave. For one thing, this is one of those rare episodes that isn’t needlessly structured in a flashback form. (Seriously, what was the deal with that?) For another, we eventually get a peek into the other side of the situation. The standard trope of the annoying houseguest puts us in the perspective of those opening up their home because we can all relate to the reality of that annoying houseguest who just continues to linger on. What is less easy for us to relate to is the idea that we might be equally annoying, either as a houseguest or the homeowner. “The Boarder Incident” reveals that Buddy is every bit as annoyed with Rob and Laura’s idiosyncrasies as they are with his.
King of the Hill
Then there is the annoying houseguest who goes above and beyond mere annoyance. When Luanne’s dad shows up at the Hill household shortly after his latest parole from prison, he immediately makes his stay unwelcome with inappropriate gifts and the truly creepy moment of hitting on the daughter he doesn’t recognize. Soon enough he’s stealing money to buy drugs and putting the rest of the family at risk as accessories. Some houseguests instantly move pass annoying to become an actual threat to the stability of the family unit. Luanne’s dad is the perfect example.