A episode of the popular television show King of Queens captures the essence of the work-spouse phenomenon.
In "Business Affairs," Doug Heffernan stops by his wife Carrie's office and is introduced to her work-husband, Curt.
Although Carrie assures him he has nothing to worry about since Curt is gay, Doug is threatened by just how close the two are: They go to lunch together, share work secrets and are very tight.
Doug expresses his concerns to Carrie, but she tells him that he has the same relationship with Deacon Palmer, one of his co-workers. He's not happy with her comparison, and the two then try to make each other jealous by spending more time with their "work spouses" than with each other.
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