“Telephone” was a popular social game when I was growing up. Here is how it is played. Get some people together and sit in a circle or stand in a line. One person is told three or four sentences. That person whispers to the next person what they think they have heard. This continues until the last person has to say it out loud. In the end it is obvious how jumbled up those sentences are from the original sentences.
When I was growing up my favorite show on television was the Brady Bunch. “There’s a story…” I can still sing the song and hear the tune in my head. I never stopped to wonder where the ex’s were in this blended family. It clearly did not portray the reality of blending 2 families because the ex’s were not around and the children did not have 2 homes that they went back and forth to.