How the Plot of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Being Used to Mock Relationship TikTok

Nothing takes a cudgel to self-seriousness relationship drama like the ridiculous twists and turns of the 1993 Robin Williams comedy
How the Plot of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Is Being Used to Mock Relationship TikTok

“When did you feel most betrayed by me?” is a loaded question for sure, but it’s the type of question that usually comes with the territory of {THE AND}, an Emmy-winning web series from The Skin Deep. The project, which became an instant hit amassing 55 million views over 1,200 videos, seeks to explore “the power of human connection” and prompt “honest and authentic” conversations through its patented deck of question cards

In this particular video, exes Jessie and Jesse reunite for the first time in three years, with the aforementioned question leading to quite the emotional response. Fighting back tears, Jessie candidly describes the betrayal in question: “I feel like this one’s probably pretty obvious to you. After searching for like a really long time to find a nanny to watch my three kids and finally finding that elder Scottish woman and growing really close with her and then finding out that it was you… I don’t think that I’ve ever felt more betrayed by anyone in my entire life.” 


If the circumstances in the response are starting to sound familiar, fret not. That’s because the premise in question is lifted right from Mrs. Doubtfire. And this video is not actually part of {THE AND}, but rather a parody of the viral Q&A videos from comedians Becca Barish and Jesse Kendall, showcasing some serious improv chops. 

The now-viral TikTok is filmed and edited in similar fashion to the serious videos it spoofs, which explains why the sketch caught some viewers off-guard. It’s an exercise that highlights the ease of access to information in today’s digital age and lends itself to fostering our inherent curiosity as humans (read: the natural need to be nosy as hell). 

Mrs. Doubtfire-esque betrayal or not, when asked why they didn’t work out, the fictional couple shared that they simply didn’t have time to go to the gym, which is about as honest and authentic as you can get.

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