I'm looking for a word which probably means this illusion or feeble attempt to do something about it or this game that wives play in order to keep their man. The literal translation is (a bit strange choice in my opinion) ballet.

Marriage can be improved.
At least this is what married women think. But, what does this ballet mean to the husband with one foot in the door of his mistress's house?
Can't think of a good one. Charade, perhaps?
Thanks Mister Micawber.