When Raymond can’t remember if his wife’s hair was long when they first met, Debra angrily sends him to sleep on the couch as punishment. When will television writers create wives that choose to leave their husbands in bed, rather than relying upon husband acquiescence? Feminists emphasize women’s agency: exercising power over women’s safety, emotional and physical, independent of male consent is an ongoing fight absent from family shows. Instead of questioning patriarchal presumptions about married behavior, television comedic sitcoms, fearful of losing viewership, re-affirm and perpetuate that the woman’s role is to maintain domesticity generally, centered especially within the bedroom and kitchen. This “cult of domesticity” identifying the home as the “proper” place for women stems from nineteenth century American “virtues” of piety, purity, and submission and continues to appear in popular media. I await the day that the woman behind “she made you sleep on the couch” decides differently.