To help visualize, I would like to present a situation from the comedy series Friends. In the second episode of the second season, Monica goes shopping with Julie, and when Rachel finds out, she becomes upset because she is jealous of Julie. The following conversation takes place between Monica and Rachel:
Monica: Look, when it started I was just trying to be nice to her because she was my brother's girlfriend. And then, one thing led to another and, before I knew it, we were...shopping.
Rachel: Oh. Oh my God.
Monica: Honey, wait. We only did it once. It didn't mean anything to me.
Rachel: Yeah, right. Sure!
Monica: Really, Rachel, I was thinking of you the whole time. Look, I'm sorry, all right. I never meant for you to find out!
Rachel: Oh, please, you wanted to get caught. (Waves the receipt)
Monica: That is not true!
Rachel: Oh, so you just sort of happened to leave it in here?
Monica: Did it ever occur to you that I might just be that stupid?
Rachel: Ok, Monica. I just have to know one thing. Did you go with her to Bloomingdale's? (Monica looks away.) Oh! Ok, ok, ok, I just really, uh, I just really need to not be with you right now.
The conversation plays out as though it were a couple arguing, referencing all the stereotypical reactions people who have been cheated on tend to have when they find out.
Is there a term for this kind of ‘transposition’ of words, behaviours or circumstances from the situations they’re normally associated with into other situations they’re not associated with?