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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A cold case is a criminal investigation that has been rendered inactive and unsolved due to a lack of evidence, witnesses, or suspects to form a solid lead. When new evidence does show up, it's a long, difficult, and painful process to peel back the layers of dust covering it and try to put the new lead into context with what's already known about the case, and where that may lead, no one knows.This is the basis of Cold Case (2003-2010), a Jerry Bruckheimer-created crime drama that forms one corner of his crime drama trifecta (along with CSI and Without a Trace, both of which had crossovers with the show). Far less science or legalese-absorbed than the other Bruckheimer-verse installments, Cold Case instead focuses on the human aspect of a crime, and how the victims, witnesses, and criminals are affected by the crime both at the time of its commission and in the years afterwards.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })One of the most interesting aspects of the show was that each episode played out as a Period Piece, as the bulk of the story is told through flashbacks strongly reflecting the time when the crime was committed and the culture surrounding those involved. For instance, the Flashback Effects are In the Style of... a prominent cinematic and audio style of each period- the story of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks in the 70's resembles a grindhouse flick, the story of a conflicted teen in the 80's recalls the look and sound of Degrassi Junior High. The music for each episode was of course a Nothing but Hits medley of that period's music (though credit is due for scrounging up some obscure hits from time to time). Timeshifted Actors are employed to strong effect, juxtaposed with their future/present-day selves, showing how the effects of a crime can ripple through decades and generations. Also expect a bit of a history lesson with each episode, as a great many of the cases have something to do with something historically significant at the time (for instance, one of the oldest cases deals with women's suffrage). It's also brutal about "The Good Old Days", blatantly showing them to be every bit as bad (or worse) than present day. Expect at least two or three episodes a season to deal with themes of racism or homophobia.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The emotionally-driven nature of the show means that it will most likely not interest those interested in the "hard science" of crime solving. However, it is, in general, well done and more suited to those looking for something more emotionally-involving.Based on the A&E reality show Cold Case Files and many suspect also the Canadian series, Cold Squad. In 2016 a remake titled ''Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira" aired in Japan, with each episode based directly on episodes from the original American show with three seasons already airing there. Specifically "Blank Generation", "Fly Away", "Discretion", "Mind Hunters", "The Plan", "The Sleepover", "The Letter", "Resolutions", "Boy In The Box", and "The Woods".
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Forceful Kiss: In "Superstar", "Roller Girl" and "Almost Paradise". Doesn't end well for the girls.
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"Mister Sandman" Sequence: The flashbacks will often feature a nearly perfect representation of the era in question—hair, clothes, fads, music, social issues—the whole works.
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Fair Cop
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Fair Cop: Particularly Lilly, who many characters consider extremely attractive. More than once somebody's wondered if she got her position by sleeping with someone (she didn't).
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Miles Gloriosus
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Miles Gloriosus: "Honor" has a downplayed example where Ken claimed he was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, despite he had a nervous breakdown before he even had a chance to go. Deconstructed when he borrows Carl's identity as a POW. Reality Ensues when Stillman not only finds out, but shames him for his lies.
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Dirty Coward
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Dirty Coward: When you sum up everything she did, the killer in "Blood on the Tracks" is this - she even admits to it when confronted by Lilly. The victim in "Justice" is a serial date rapist who exploited the lax laws regarding date rape to repeatedly perpetuate the crimes, peed himself when several of his former victims confronted him at gunpoint, and then acted unapologetic and unrepentant about his actions once they left. The detectives become so repulsed by what they learned of him that they actually tell the killer what to say in court to defend himself. The spoiled rich kid and one of the killers in "8:03 AM". While the other killer could be seen as somewhat sympathetic, he was nothing more than a Smug Snake who felt that, because his father was rich, he could get away with anything. Yet, he started bawling the moment he found out that that wasn’t the case.
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Cannot Keep a Secret: Tina Bream told her sister and drug attic brother in law about her husband’s bearer-bonds. She later told him about the police sting operation. Both of these caused her son’s kidnapping as well as prevented them from retrieving him.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed:
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Card-Carrying Villain
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Card-Carrying Villain: Some episodes feature characters who are Obviously Evil (and played by big name actors) as a way mislead the viewers into believing they are the killers.
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Heroic BSoD / Heroic Willpower: The father in "Family 8108" went through this after his son died. It's made all the more obvious due to the fact that he endured all of the hardships of a World War II-era Japanese citizens, but he couldn't cope with knowing that his son died while they were still mad at each other. He bounced right back up the moment he found out that that wasn’t true.
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Heel–Face Door-Slam
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Heel–Face Door-Slam The victim (and Serial Killer partner) in "Lonely Hearts", thinking she's outlived her usefulness, attempts to join forces with another woman he's conned and kill him. Unfortunately, the woman is in love with the killer still, and ends up shooting the other woman In the Back. The murdered suffragette in "Torn" betrayed her friends and decided to try to rejoin them. She is instead accidentally killed by her mother. The killer from "Boy Crazy" abandoned the victim, a girl who looks like a boy, after she kissed him, because he didn't want anyone to think he was gay. He tried to break her out of a mental institution but he was too late; they had already tampered with her brain, leaving her half-dead. All he could do was finish her off.
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Ripped from the Headlines: A number of episodes are based on real life cases, and many others, while not referencing a specific case, do reference the hot-button social issues of the time — the AIDs crisis, the Vietnam War, Women's liberation, the dot-com bubble, The Space Race and so on. Has its own page.
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The Dutiful Son
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The Dutiful Daughter: Lilly,who always tries to be there for her troubled mother despite their issues.
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Cool Old Guy: The victim in "Officer Down".
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy:
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Pro Wrestling Episode: "One Fall", which got Dan Browned: The victim, a dock worker who moonlighted as a wrestler until he was shot in 1986, complained to the promoter about going through a table. This was NOT common in pro wrestling in 1986.note Randy Savage had piledriven Ricky Morton through one in Memphis in 1984. Yes, Terry Funk did the same to Ric Flair in 1989, but it would take Sabu and ECW to really popularize the use of tables.
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Sound-Only Death: Occurred only rarely, as in "Jackals", "Wishing" and "Libertyville". We see the aftermath with their bodies being discovered, but do not actually see their last moments alive (although the former was quite haunting, as we can still hear her loud, anguished screams as she's being stabbed.)
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"Glory Days" and "Forensics" also end rather similarly, with a student being murdered by a teacher after confronting them with both their own wrongdoing and the fact that their glory days at school were in reality anything but.
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A particularly heartbreaking one in "Wishing" gave us a girl who had a crush on the Victim of the Week, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him, and when her meathead boyfriend walked in she lied and said he tried to sexually assault her so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation". This caused the boy to be beaten up by said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as his only friend, who was embarrassed by him); her parents filed charges against him, and because of his alleged sexual deviance he ended up institutionalized in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients was horrifyingly neglectful. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) was dying of cancer as all of this was occurring, the boy's father wouldn't take care of him because of his mental status and the boy's caregiver, who was also dating the mother, took him from the institute and had him ran over by a train rather than let him live a life of loneliness and neglect. In present day, the the now-adult girl tears up in remorse upon realizing that she inadvertently caused the death of an innocent and harmless boy because of a little white lie.
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Defeat Means Friendship: The victim from "Read Between The Lines" beats a guy in a freestyle rap battle and he becomes her mentor.
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A Father to His Men: Lt. Brown from "The Red and The Blue" is even more of an example. His detectives all call him "Big Daddy" and Rush and Valens are encouraged to as well. They are initially hesitant to do so, but later he addresses Rush as "Little Sister" and she calls him "Big Daddy" without missing a beat. John Stillman, the Benevolent Boss to the unit, who will take care of all of them when they need him.
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Twirl of Love: In the episode "The Road", when the victim is reunited with her fiance after she's found alive by Lilly, he greets her with one of these — set to the strains of OneRepublic's "Come Home". It's adorable.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Anton the hunky orderly in "Committed". It doesn't end well for him; he's blackmailed into murdering someone with a threat of being framed for attempted rape, when in reality the women were very, very happy to partake in his hotness.
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Soft Water
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Soft Water: Subverted in "A Perfect Day". The victim's skeleton is shown to have multiple fractures as a result of her being thrown off a bridge by her father. Well, besides the broken arm he already gave her. Averted in "War at Home". The victim falls off a bridge into the water and never surfaces.
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Reformed, but Rejected: The victim in "Bad Reputation", who was just trying to clean up his act and be a good father to his estranged son after getting out of jail. Played with due to the fact that he was specifically rejected because he had reformed. The victim in "Lonely Hearts" was the former partner of a Serial Killer who tried to make things right after realizing she'd outlived her usefulness and was next on his list. She got killed in the process.
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Childhood Friend Romance: Scotty has known his ill-fated fiancee since they were kids. Lilly and her Old Flame Ray were also revealed to be Childhood Friends before running (or rather biking) away together when she was 19.
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Green-Eyed Monster: The killer in "One Small Step". He was a rich kid who only recruited the victim because of the boy's technical know-how. Unfortunately, as time passed, his flunkies looked towards the victim as the leader after the kid faced down and injured the psychopathic older brother of one of them and managed to talk the curmudgeonly junk yard dealer into giving them rocket fuel. When the killer failed to make a jump due to fear, the victim tries to save his life; this causes the killer to snap and lash out in shame. It's so strong that even 40 years later the team is able to goad him into confessing by exploiting that jealousy. Hilary in "The Goodbye Room", a teenage girl who had just given birth and was trying to run away from the convent where they were going to give her daughter up for adoption, was killed by one of her fellow teen moms out of jealousy because she had to give up her baby and Hilary didn't.
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Reality Ensues: The ending of "Roller Girl" involves the victim and her best guy-friend, who has a crush on her, in a scene straight out of a romantic movie, so he kisses her on an impulse... and she's confused and revolted, and in the ensuing tussle falls to her death. "Yo, Adrian", an in-universe parody of the movie Rocky, shows just what would happen if a man is mercilessly beat of for 15 rounds (well, 14). Ruby's lovesick boyfriend in "Saving Sammy" shot her and Sammy's parents in order to stop her from moving away. Naturally, she is angry and disgusted once she finds out he was the doer instead of impressed or happy.
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Papa Wolf: Played with in "Cargo", as even though she wasn’t his child, the victim saw her as family and did everything he could to save her, even selling his own home to by her freedom. The younger brother of the killer in "Sabotage". The police had to physically hold him back when he thought his brother had killed his wife and daughter. Both the killer and the victim in "Witness Protection". The killer came to the victim's house looking for his teenage daughter, who was dating the victim's son; the victim didn't want the killer around his son while he was so agitated and refused to let the killer talk to him for that reason.
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Diabolus ex Machina
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Diabolus ex Machina: Many of the murders are played this way. "Shuffle, Ball Change", "Triple Threat", "The Letter", and "Almost Paradise" were all rather cruel, but the most bloodcurdling one of all was probably "A Perfect Day".
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Cruel and Unusual Death
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Cruel and Unusual Death: Many victims.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: "Beautiful Little Fool" opens with the 1929 New Year party in a mansion. In the next scene, one of the attendants is dead. The Butler Did It.
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Fingore
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Fingore: The signature of the serial killer from "It Takes a Village" was to cut one of his victims' fingers off. "The House" also had a scene where the corrupt warden broke two of an inmate's fingers with something that looked like a pair of pliers.
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Parents as People
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Parents as People: It bounces between played straight and subverted. Any episode that has a teenage suspect who turns out not to be the killer depicts them as believing that this doesn’t exist: the daughter in "Stalker" attempted suicide because both her parents were going through depression: the father because he had become recently unemployed and the mother for having to take on the load of being the primary bread winner.
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Wrong Genre Savvy
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The ending of "Roller Girl" involves the victim and her best guy-friend, who has a crush on her, in a scene straight out of a romantic movie, so he kisses her on an impulse... and she's confused and revolted, and in the ensuing tussle falls to her death.
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Alpha Bitch
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Since she was 12, Ariel from "The Sleepover" has spent her life trying to please the popular Alpha Bitch. Even to the point of killing her geeky former friend
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: At some point in the many flashbacks, sometimes even from the very first one, something is said or done that proves relevant not only to the victim's murder, but to the identity of their killer. Sometimes in the present-day scenes as well— in "Sandhogs", a unique cigarette lighter owned by one of the suspects turns out to have been a gift given to the victim, thus revealing him to be the murderer. "Wilkommen" deals with a murder that took place during a play, thus limiting the suspects to the cast and crew. Early on, the music director briefly mentions that the equipment in his booth lets him hear everything in the theater easily, a point that's dropped fairly quickly. At the end of the episodes, the suspects have been narrowed down to two, both of whom planned to scare the victim the night of the show, and each flips on the other, leaving the cops with no case. Stillman seems like he's about to reluctantly let the case die for lack of evidence, before Lily remembers that if the music director had been in the booth at the time, he'd have heard the plan too. Yup, he did it.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The brothers Todd and Eric in Look Again were initially not arrested based on this.
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Baseball Episode
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Baseball Episode: Cold Case has three baseball episodes: "A Time to Hate" about a gay college baseball player beaten to death in 1964. "Colors", where the team re-opens the 1945 case of an African-American baseball player who was beaten to death with his own bat. "Stealing Home", where the team looks into the 1999 murder of a former Cuban baseball star who escaped to the U.S. to provide for his family after the Cuban government fired him for talking to a U.S. sports agent. It also features the annual softball game against the fire department.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: The seventh season set up a whole smattering of interesting-sounding plotlines, including new love interests for Lilly, Kat, Vera, and Stillman, Lilly receiving a job offer from the FBI, and Scotty's quest for justice for his robbed and raped mother ultimately leading to his becoming accessory to the murder of the perpetrator, none of which were resolved due to the show being canceled with that season.
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Missing White Woman Syndrome
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Missing White Woman Syndrome: Invoked in "8:03 AM", when the grandfather of a murdered black teen thinks the police are only reopening the case because a white girl was killed at the same time. He is actually wrong. Several (innocent) suspects admit that they fled from or refused to cooperate with the police because they knew they would be the prime suspect, simply for having been a black man in the mere vicinity of the dead white victim. One in particular, in "True Calling" was completely aware of who the murderer was—he saw the whole thing happen—but never said anything because he knew no one would believe him due to his race, class, and background. "It Takes a Village". Race is never mentioned, but it's obvious that the grieving relatives of the victims suspect that the cops would have paid more attention to the cases had they not been black boys from a poor section of Philadelphia. It's a plot point in "Discretion" where the prime suspect in the murder of a pretty white college student is a dimwitted Barrio kid; not only did many people believe he was framed, but the prosecutor and arresting officer, both Latino themselves, were seen as traitors by the community. The kid actually was framed, but not for that reason. Averted in "A Dollar, A Dream". The victim, an attractive white woman, went missing for over seven years until her body was found. Judging by the comments of the main cast, the case appears not to have been particularly noteworthy at the time. Played straight in that the victim was homeless, and the trope most frequently applies to the upper-middle class (or higher).
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Pass Fail
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Pass Fail: "Libertyville" and "Colors" both have characters who are half black and half white, but look completely white, struggling with whether they should accept their identity or bury it.
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Only Sane Man
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Only Sane Man: The victim in "Family 8108". He knew that letting himself be goaded, consumed by rage and letting Honor Before Reason dictate his actions would only make a bad situation worse, and was just trying to make the best out of a bad situation in order to get out as soon as he could.
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Good Bad Girl
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Good Bad Girl: The victim in "That Woman". While she may have been promiscuous and very lewd, she generally tried to be a decent person and even joined her high school's chastity club in order to reform herself. Too bad her fellow members ended up killing her...
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Save Our Students
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Save Our Students: "True Calling". The victim is killed by another teacher who's basically a jaded, older version of her, when she tries to get him to confess to drug use to save the future of the student he forced to carry for him. The student in question feels so responsible for her death that he descends into the life of crime he would've had without her intervention, despite his obvious talent as a writer.
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Cruel to Be Kind
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Cruel to Be Kind: Somewhat in "Strange Fruit". The victim's friend visits him in jail and acts cold-hearted and mean for finding out her husband raped their maid. She pays his bail, but not before snidely prompting them to go to Washington. ...Except, she did that so the victim wouldn't stick around to be killed by the husband if the latter found out about their secret friendship.
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Death of a Child
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Death of a Child: A handful of episodes have featured this.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: Several side characters have demonstrated these, and it's often helpful to the case. One of the executives at the company the victim was trying to expose in "Breaking News" says "When you drill it down" when summarizing things. The detectives ID him as the whistleblower who'd been speaking to the victim using this. The college newspaper reporter in "Superstar" tends to call people "Sport." He's identified as the victim's stalker and ultimately killer using this. The victim's best friend in "Colors" says "Check!" when answering in the affirmative. He is the killer, but that's not what gives him away.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Anybody from the killer to the victim to any suspect in between. The killer in "Gleen". Being a retired firefighter and caring father makes for fine sheep clothing. But underneath, he's a controlling, overbearing monster who scared off his last two wives and killed his third wife, the victim, with a bomb he planted. In Episode 9 of Season 1, we have Sherry Fox. Outside: A beautiful, caring young woman who loved her boyfriend. Inside:Con-Artist, Gold-digger, Murderer. In "Justice", we have the victim Mike Delaney, a handsome college student with good grades, a 'Casanova', made valedictorian at graduation, and a charitable member of the meals on wheels. But all that goes out the window once you learn he was a serial rapist in life. Almost literally with the killer in "Churchgoing People". All flashbacks of her show her as a prim, modestly dressed and coifed woman. Until her son finally confesses that she was actually a violent and abusive drunk who regularly beat his father and finally killed him in a rage upon learning of his infidelity. "Slipping" gives us the victim's husband, her own killer. He throws off the audience by claiming he wrote his poem as a dedication to his wife. But once you learn he actually stole that poem from her before killing her, it becomes clear he only married her to be close to the competition. The professor in "Hubris". When we meet him, he's a broken man whose marriage and career were ruined by the murder suspicions and the fact that not only had he had an affair with the victim, she wasn't his first dalliance. Despite his cheating, it's easy to have a little sympathy for him given that he regrets his behavior and just wants to clear his name and get his life back. Until the end of the episode where we learn that he IS the killer and that every single thing that happened to him was fully deserved and that he's actually an arrogant bastard who isn't the least bit sorry for what he did. Indeed, he felt completely entitled to seduce his female students and to kill the one girl who dared break up with him rather than him be the one to dump her, to the point where he outright stated, "It's her fault. She made me fall in love with her." In "Who's your Daddy", Brad Atwater is this to an extent. Although the foreman is earlier described as an unfair boss to his employees, he's initially introduced as a friendly sort who has a family of four, and an ailing wife he cares about. But later, it's revealed that not only is he unfaithful to said-wife, he makes the wives of his Asian employees service him sexually by licking his boots. And later, when the wife offers some evidence, Atwater denounces her as crazy and even claims her illness is probably 'made up'.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To Without a Trace, which premiered a year before. Despite the two shows being at the polar opposites of criminal investigation—in WAT, there's tremendous urgency to find the presumably still-alive victim before he/she is killed, whereas in CC, the victim has been dead for years if not decades before the team takes on the case, they followed a very similar format, likely because they were both created by Jerry Bruckheimer and part of the CSI Verse—an opening sequence in which we meet the victim and get a hint of what led to their disappearance/death, victim disappears/is seen dead, the cops are brought in, we get numerous interviews with friends and family that lead to flashbacks (with virtually identical effects) that start to spell out what happened culminating in one that finally tells us everything, then the victim is found dead or alive/killer is found and we get a final montage of the cops and the victim's loved ones.
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: A few times, such as in "Forever Blue” and “Thrill Kill”
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Oblivious to Love
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Oblivious to Love: The victim in "Soul" thought his killer was angry for abandoning her to start his own record label. She was actually in love with him.
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Wholesome Crossdresser
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Wholesome Crossdresser: George Polk, a key witness in "A Time to Hate" and major Cool Old Guy.
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StageDad
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The younger daughter, particularly in the present-day, from "Superstar". Even though the pushy Stage Dad was a Jerkass to his tennis-playing elder daughter during her lifetime, years later, he mourns her death and acts as if she were his only child. It wasn't even until Lilly calls him out on this that he finally gets his act together.
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: Lilly was raised (sorta) by her alcoholic mother alone. So was George Marks, then he was abandoned by his mother to be raped, starting him on his Start of Darkness.
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The Illegal
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The Illegal: The Eastern European women in "Cargo". The victims in "Who's Your Daddy?"
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Beauty Equals Goodness
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Beauty Equals Goodness: Done in a weird way in "It's Raining Men"; the studly, Really Gets Around-type gay man who is revealed to have been giving other men AIDs For the Evulz has aged much worse that the straight-laced key witness who was the victim's totally-devoted partner... but he's also become a much better person with age.
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Bury Your Gays
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Bury Your Gays: In the episode "Forever Blue", the cop who calls him and his partner 'the lucky ones', tells his father that he is a man, and all but admits that he's in love with said partner is the one who's killed. Meanwhile, his partner, who in present day still insists until near the end of the episode that he isn't gay (and to add insult to death, claims his partner also wasn't 'like that') is the one who lives. He lived because he broke things off the night they were supposed to go patrolling together. The season one episode, "A Time to Hate", features the fatal beating of a college baseball star outside a underground club after a raid. And then there's the heartbreaking ending scene... "Best Friends" involves a lesbian couple in the 1930s, one white, one black. The black woman drowned, with it turning out both had been attacked and run off the road by Klansmen outraged at their relationship. "Boy Crazy" has a mental patient who died mysteriously in the 60's. It turns out they were there due to gender non-conformity (either being a transgender boy or tomboyish girl, it's never made clear), then subject to very excessive ECT treatment and rendered catatonic for defiance. They were then euthanized by another patient, in a blatant Shout-Out to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In "Daniela" the titular character, a young trans woman, killed herself when her boyfriend's father made him break up with her.
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Bring My Brown Pants
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Bring My Brown Pants: Mike Delaney ("Justice") actually pissed himself when his victims confronted him.
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Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words: Several victims have had pretty awesome things to say to their killers at the end: "You mean your boss? I'll tell him. I'll tell everyone!" in "Strange Fruit". "You don't exist." in "Who's Your Daddy?" "My son was more of an American than you will ever be!" in "Family 8108". "You're as bad as Bartleby!" in "Beautiful Little Fool". "I'm a good man. What are you?" in "Bad Reputation". The victim in "Knuckle Up" is offered a deal to cover up the murder of an innocent man. His answer?
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Was It Really Worth It?
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Was It Really Worth It?: Many of the victims get killed for reasons thought important at the time: Perhaps the biggest example is in "Love Conquers Al", as even the killers acknowledge it wasn't. Big Bad Duumvirate Jane and Bennett killed Bennett's other woman, Paige, because he had cheated on Jane with her. Their relationship broke down anyway, so it was literally All for Nothing. Travis kills Emma in "Debut" because she makes one cruel comment to him after he laughs at a Jewish joke about her. In "Thick as Thieves", the maid and the dead woman's son plotted to shoot her, so they could collect the insurance money. After she survives, the son ends up staying behind anyway to take care of her. The officers call out Sandra in "Revenge" like this, who stayed in a loveless marriage with a pedophile and let him abuse their son.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: The older brother in "One Small Step". The mastermind in "That Woman". While the killing itself was planned with the others, it still had that crime of passion element with each of them showing genuine guilt for their actions. The leader of the group, however, not only did plan the whole thing, the expression never left her face. Add to this that she seems to be a Cloud Cuckoolander who can’t tell reality from fiction.
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Evil Teacher
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Evil Teacher: Several. The guy in "True Calling" who forced his students to run drugs. The coach in "Family", who molested one of his students in the locker room and apparently planned to do the same to the girl's now-grown daughter, who he may or may not have believed was also his daughter from said rape (she's not, the girl's boyfriend was the father). The actual killer was also a teacher, but played more sympathetically than the coach. The Asshole Victim in "The Plan", a swimming coach who was shown to relentlessly bully and browbeat his students. As if this wasn't bad enough, the investigation reveals that he was also a pedophile. The Green-Eyed Monster of a music teacher (and murderer) in "Triple Threat". The coach and booster of the football team in "Glory Days", who dosed their players with steroids without their consent, ruining the academic and athletic careers of at least one. The ephebophilic assistant principal in "Almost Paradise", who forcibly kissed and then murdered the victim.
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: Every suspect, victim and people involved in the crimes have one. The Killer and eponymous stalker in Stalker in addition to being a trained nurse was also an EMT before love made him crazy. Showing that he was capable of doing good things for people. Its also strongly implied that he from an abusive home. None of this is ever really explored.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: A mild version in "Red Glare", as the killer essentially accomplished everything he wanted and got away with his crime for fifty years, and although he's caught in the end it's strongly implied that he's too old to be given a severe punishment for his actions. George Marks in "Mind Hunters", though he's brought down in "The Woods". Caroline Hargreave AKA Mandy Mae Smith in "The Runaway Bunny".
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Misplaced Retribution
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Misplaced Retribution:: The killer in "It Takes a Village". Horrifically abused while in a group home, he is now killing innocent boys who have the misfortune of reminding him of his tormentors, instead of, you know, those who actually bullied him, or those who let it happen. Tanner in "Knuckle Up" killed a random stranger who happened to remind him of his father. Cops is considered a blanket term with the homicide detectives always being blamed for missing persons or earlier detectives not doing their jobs. "Sabotage": The killer's brother was one of the people he blamed for his daughter's death. A lot of the people he targeted were people just doing their job. He wanted them to behave a certain way (which usually involved putting him or his interests first) and took it as a personal insult when they didn't. In order to stop his daughter from running off, the killer in "Witness Protection" killed the boyfriend’s father.
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That One Case
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That One Case: Lilly Rush: "Saving Patrick Bubley" Scotty Valens: "Sanctuary", "Jurisprudence" Nick Vera: "Our Boy is Back", "Triple Threat", "Flashover" he is suspended during the Medley Exit. Will Jeffries: "Strange Fruit", "The Key", "Shattered" John Stillman: "Glued", "Chinatown" Kat Miller: "8:03 AM" Other, non-main cast detectives: "Churchgoing People", "Spiders", "One Small Step", "The Last Drive-In"/"Bullet"
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Depraved Bisexual
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Depraved Bisexual: How many shows have one of these in the first episode? It was in the form of a jailed, somewhat effete pederast. Seen in "Greed" where the manipulative stockbroker tells young men they can get ahead if they sleep with him, and sleeps with a mother and a son to get the mother to invest money.
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Distaff Counterpart
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"Justice", which is essentially the Distaff Counterpart to "The Plan", has a date rapist's victims also find each other and threaten him with a gun. They just terrify him - it's actually one victim's brother who finds the gun afterwards and finishes the job.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: The killer's brother in "Strange Fruit" may be a rapist and a Morally Bankrupt Banker, but lynching a man and making a child watch brings even him to tears. Mac in "Wishing" may have been a major Jerkass, but even he was disgusted by the victim's "friend" Josh’s actions. The rapist in "Offender" considered his own son off-limits. The racist prison guard in "Family 8108" admits that he left the victim alone after witnessing the full extent of his fucked up family life (his marriage is falling apart, his wife's pregnant, his son is rebelling, he's trying to remain sunny and upbeat despite the situation) simply because he just didn't have it in him to pick on someone that miserable.
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Age-Appropriate Angst
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Age-Appropriate Angst: Highlighted when they confront the killer in "Honor". The man claims that he understood his victim's actions (He was a Vietnam POW who took early release and let the killer's father behind to die) but the detectives point out that that is the perspective of a mature adult, which he very much wasn't at the time of the murder.
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Dies Wide Open
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Dies Wide Open: How many bodies are found.
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Silent Snarker
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Silent Snarker: Andy and Carlos from "Andy In C Minor".
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Hollywood Law
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Hollywood Law: The headmistress of the school for the deaf is used as an interpreter in "Andy in C Minor". Leaving aside the fact that the Philadelphia Police Department probably either has one on staff already or could easily enlist a sign language interpreter, is it really advisable to use a possible suspect as an interpreter? The gang leader in "Knuckle Up" is not arrested for running away from the scene of a murder, despite doing so making him an Accomplice by Inaction. Same goes for the girls in the "The Promise". As noted below, at the end of "World's End" the squad arrests the nonagenarian, Alzheimer's-afflicted Felton Metz as the man's son is begging them to let him live out his final days in peace. In reality, the fellow would be out of custody before the cops finished filing the paperwork, because the lawyer the son would call would invoke the defense principle that an individual with dementia as advanced as Metz's is in no wise competent to give a legally-admissible confession. It's not unreasonable though, to assume something like this might have happened anyway. Detectives usually need a solid reason for reopening a cold case, such as the discovery of new evidence or eyewitness testimony. The show usually gets this right, but there are a few episodes where in reality the reason presented would not be enough. For example, in "It's Raining Men", Rush reopens a twenty-one year old case simply because a man wants his long-dead lover's murder solved as a wedding present. The detectives will occasionally badger a suspect into not calling their lawyer, something very much not allowed in real life.
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Hollywood Old
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Hollywood Old: Actors who are only in their 60's are frequently hired to play characters in their 70's, 80's, or even 90's. Particularly noticeable in "Family 8108", where two characters old enough to have teenage children in the 1940s don't look a day past a very well-aged 70 in the present, and in fact a friend and peer of one of said children actually looks older than them. One of the two (ostensibly) older characters also picked up an accent with age somehow.
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In "Stand Up and Holler", this is the obvious in-universe intent behind the tradition of having two newly-inducted high school cheerleaders kiss each other on the lips, as exemplified by the entire team of football players demanding they use tongue. Hot for the football players, not so much for the audience. Discussed in "Torn". Audrey Abruzzi is amused when the detectives suggest that her mother and the murder victim were lovers (they weren't).
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Kick the Dog
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One in "Justice". One would think Mike would be smarter than to taunt the younger brother of his rape victim (who has a gun aimed point blank at him, by the way).
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Tragic AIDS Story
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Tragic AIDS Story: There's an episode where the detectives are re-investigating the murder of a gay man in the 1980s. The victim became an AIDS activist after his lover contracted HIV. Flashbacks show him receiving a lot of grief from many gay people who were not yet aware of the seriousness of the situation and thought it was another ploy to destroy the subculture they have built. The present day investigation is complicated by the fact that many of the witnesses have died of AIDS in the meantime. The victim's lover actually survived the disease and went into remission. He is the one who comes to the Cold Case detectives asking for the case to be reopened.
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Gentle Giant
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Gentle Giant: "Metamorphosis" has a subversion, as it is discovered that Lester is in reality a very mean Smug Snake that plays dumb to draw suspicions off him. He is Out-Gambitted and tricked to confess the crime. Detectives Jeffries and Vera are straight versions. Most of the time.
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Gayngst-Induced Suicide
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Gayngst-Induced Suicide: In the episode "Best Friends", a butch lesbian dies and her girlfriend lives after they try to commit suicide by driving off a bridge, while being chased by her homophobic brother.
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False Rape Accusation
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Leah in "Wishing": Filing a False Rape Accusation heightened the stress of the victim‘s mother and made it so that he could never be put in a proper facility, making the killer desperate enough to do what he did.
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Ate His Gun
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Paul Shepard from "The Last Drive-in"/"Bullet" had a pretty rough life, too. His father lost his business due to a minor clerical error by his accountant's secretary, then lost most of his property due to being unable to keep up payments and ultimately Ate His Gun. Paul himself settled down with a fellow film geek and opened a video store, but then the home video market crashed and, at the same time, he discovered he couldn't have children, and finally snapped.
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BreakingSpeech
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Breaking Speech: John Smith tries this on Lilly in "The Road". Then he takes it too far and Lilly's Kensington background proves vital to the case. George Marks uses it on everyone in both the episodes he's in.
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Pac-Man Fever
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Pac Man Fever: In the episode "It Takes a Village", the central clue to catching the killer is an arcade game called Defector 3. They describe it as a 'Role Playing Game' despite the fact that the on-screen action is akin to the fighting game Mortal Kombat. Great job, guys.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: The army surplus store owner George Marks got most of his stuff from was wearing a USS Enterprise cap, a reference to John Billingsley's previous role in Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Kill 'Em All
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"Disco Inferno": main victim killed and burned along with everyone else in the disco .
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Artistic License – Astronomy
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Artistic License – Astronomy: Not only is the moon in the wrong phase on the date in "One Small Step", the moon in that phase could not be in the position it is in the sky during the events of that episode.
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Conspiracy Theorist
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Conspiracy Theorist: One of the suspects in "One Small Step" believes that the moon landings were faked. The murder they are investigating occurred on the day of the first moon landing, and the events of that day may have fueled his later delusion. A witness in "Glued" believed the murder was the first step in an extremely elaborate real estate scam. He's right about who did it, but the motive was rather more mundane.
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Psychopathic Manchild
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Psychopathic Manchild: The killer from "Forensics" who turned out to be the victim's debate coach who had once been a debating prodigy until he lost his temper in the finals. He had turned his back on a promising legal career to teach debate and find someone to avenge his loss. He killed the victim when the latter decided to quit to take care of his suicidal father. Since she was 12, Ariel from "The Sleepover" has spent her life trying to please the popular Alpha Bitch. Even to the point of killing her geeky former friend The killer from "Iced" who turned out to be the victim's best friend who drugged and raped the victim's girlfriend. He showed up at the ice rink to explain himself, stating "chicks like guys who step up and pull the trigger" and calling her a "sporty little slut". When the victim punches him down and insults him, he beats him to death with a hockey stick.
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Something Completely Different
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Something Completely Different: "Officer Down" deals with a current homicide that was solved within a few hours instead of a cold case.
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So Beautiful, It's a Curse
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So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Anton, a studly orderly at the women's mental hospital in "Committed," is a rare male example. He is much-ogled by the patients, and the Big Bad uses that fact to his advantage to blackmail him into helping with the murder, threatening to press false charges against him for sexually abusing said patients. Note that Anton is black and the episode is set in the '50s, meaning he ran the serious risk of not just being arrested but lynched.
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Foregone Conclusion
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Foregone Conclusion: We already know someone's going to die—the very first minutes of each episode depicts this. The flashbacks and investigations serve to reveal the identity and motive of whoever is responsible.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: Quite a few killers demonstrate these, particularly in the episodes about sports. Victims have been killed for the terrible crime of wanting to leave a sports team to provide for their pregnant girlfriend ("The Lost Soul of Herman Lester"), save their family ("Stealing Home", "Forensics"), marry the love of their life ("Colors"), or expose wrongdoing done by the coach ("Glory Days"). The victims will usually give a "sports isn't everything" speech to the killers, swiftly answered by a bullet between the eyes/bat upside the head/whatever.
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Related to the Hollywood Law entry above—in several instances, a suspect's explicit request for a lawyer is blatantly ignored while the interrogation continues (although one puts his foot down and staunchly refuses to answer anymore questions until his attorney arrives). Another has Vera convinced that a suspect is guilty because the man refused to talk with them or offer a DNA sample. Both of these are perfectly within his rights, yet Vera sees them as proof of guilt and justification for continuing to hound the man. The occasional snarky "Why, got something to hide?" can probably be written off as simple Perp Sweating, but there are times it goes much further than that.
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Musical Nod
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Musical Nod: "Get Together" by the Youngbloods is the ending song for first season episode "Volunteers"; the song shows up again in the final season episode "Free Love". Both cases occur in the year 1969.
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The Greatest Story Never Told
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The Greatest Story Never Told: Most victims are genuinely heroic people, which is usually why they get murdered, but the details of all the good things they'd done are only revealed as the investigation proceeds.
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Wide-Eyed Idealist
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Wide-Eyed Idealist: Many victims, such as the one from "The Good-Bye Room" sometimes going into Honor Before Reason territory. The clash of their optimism with cruel reality is often what ultimately gets them killed.
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Make It Look Like an Accident
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Make It Look Like an Accident: "Blood on the Tracks". The explosion that killed the two victims was thought to be due to an accidental gas leak. 20-something years later, evidence surfaced revealing that it was the result of a bomb. A handful of other deaths as well were initially thought to be accidental, suicide, or even natural causes.
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Strictly Formula
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Strictly Formula: (Like most CBS Procedurals...) Mundane scene in the past that introduces us to the victim, his or her loved ones and sometimes even a few hints as to why they'll be murdered. Then, said murder. Case reopened in the modern day due to discovery of new evidence. Interviews. Flashbacks. Case solved. Medley Exit. Where Are They Now. Somebody sees the victim's ghost.
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Adaptational Heroism
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Adaptational Heroism: While Heroism might be overstating things a bit, the victim turned Serial Killer Martha in "Lonely Hearts" is based on the very real Martha Beck. Whilst the things this Martha did were cold and savage she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them unfortunately this got her killed. The real Martha on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably worse since she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter. With that in mind this Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.
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Secret Test of Character
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The Plan has a non-villainous example of failing the Secret Test of Character. Instead of helping the pedophilic swimming coach out of the pool when he's drowning, he allows him to drown once they're alone.
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Ungrateful Bastard
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Ungrateful Bastard: The victim's family in "Lotto Fever". The killer in "A Perfect Day" perceives his wife as this, although it's pretty clear to everyone else that he's the one with the problem.
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Broken Aesop
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We are supposed to believe that the brilliant, creative dancer was this in "World's End", but it's something of a Broken Aesop for the uncritically sympathetic way some of her more asshole-ish behavior is treated.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard: Mel Davis, the killer in "Resolutions". Jealous of his best friend, Greg Cardiff, and his family, he kills him by poisoning him. He then marries Greg's widow, Susan, leaving his own wife high and dry. He allows two innocent people to take the fall for his crime (as they thought they killed him by striking Greg with their car, even though he was already dead when he was hit). After it's eventually discovered to be a murder instead of an accident some years later, he then tries to pin his death on his second wife/Greg's widow. When that fails and as the detectives discover he's the real killer and close in on him, he kills himself to avoid arrest, preventing any real justice to be found in the case and leaving his wife a widow and stepson fatherless for the second time.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Every episode. The flashbacks spend a lot of time developing the victim's character, allowing the audience to get to know him or her, often making them so nice that it's easy to forget that he/she is already dead. Even their killer finally being arrested can't take away the sting of this person being gone forever—especially since the killer themselves is often depicted as being genuinely horrified by their actions. And in the case of the occasional Asshole Victim, it bites that someone's being arrested for killing someone who probably got what he or she deserved. "The Runaway Bunny" has one of these. The doer is caught and the victim gets justice. Great! Unfortunately the doer was just a henchman, and they don't have enough evidence to charge the real villain. "Chinatown". Literally everything could have been prevented had one specific cop just arrested the local Chinese mob leader, but he didn't because he figured someone else just as bad would replace him. Even all three villains - the cop, the mob boss, and the killer - getting theirs at the end doesn't seem to balance out the fact that two innocent lives were lost and several more ruined all due to the cynicism of one man.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: Occasionally occurs during interrogation scenes with the eventual perpetrator. Most notably via Stillman in both "Fireflies" and "Forever Blue". With Valens in "8:03 A.M." and "Slipping" (though he also does one on a child abductor who was not the main doer in "Revenge").
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: "Creatures of the Night", where the lighting in the flashbacks is more intrusive than usual, and everyone in the flashbacks is acting fairly hammy.
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Spoiler Title
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In Episode 9 of Season 1, we have Sherry Fox. Outside: A beautiful, caring young woman who loved her boyfriend. Inside:Con-Artist, Gold-digger, Murderer.
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Big Brother Bully
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Big Brother Bully: There were two in "One Small Step". Granted, one was a lot more Ax-Crazy than the other, an ordinary mean older sister.
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Shoot the Messenger
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Shoot the Messenger: The two successful kills in "Sabotage" were just unlucky enough to have been the one to tell the bomber he couldn't get what he wanted; neither of them was responsible for that decision, nor did they have the power to overrule it. The intended victims who had genuinely wronged the killer (at least in his opinion) both survive. In "The Last Drive-In"/"Bullet" only the second victim had actually done something wrong; everyone else was either this or collateral damage.
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Downplayed Trope
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Downplayed in "The House", "Late Returns" and "Roller Girl" where a legal loophole leaves the detectives unable to arrest the killer, but a.) the death was accidental (though the "killer" still didn't report it, which was definitely wrong), and b.) all three episodes include a genuinely evil character who is sent to jail (the one in Late Returns was arguably responsible for the death anyway, and was also a murderer on her own time).
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Nothing but Hits
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Nothing but Hits: Each episode almost exclusively used chart-toppers from the year of the episode's case during the Flashbacks.
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Tranquil Fury
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The mastermind in "That Woman". While the killing itself was planned with the others, it still had that crime of passion element with each of them showing genuine guilt for their actions. The leader of the group, however, not only did plan the whole thing, the expression never left her face. Add to this that she seems to be a Cloud Cuckoolander who can’t tell reality from fiction.
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Guilt-Ridden Accomplice
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In the pilot episode, "Look Again," the younger and weaker-willed of the two murderous brothers pulls this. The amoral older brother, who had been the direct killer, decides to throw the cops off his scent and gives a bare-bones statement implicating the younger, who was actually just a Guilt-Ridden Accomplice. When Lilly (who doesn't fully believe the older brother) goes to arrest the younger brother, he finally decides to stand up for himself and proceeds to give a much more detailed confession, including providing blood evidence and the location of the murder weapon, implicating both of them.
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Honor Before Reason
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"Street Money" - The victim's devotion to being a completely honest politician, despite everyone from his campaign manager to his opponent telling him this is unrealistic.
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Corrupt Politician
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Corrupt Politician: Councilman Avery in "The Promise" is secretly a rapist. Councilman Boone in "Street Money". The detectives were extremely disappointed that he turned out to be innocent.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: George Marks sees Lily as this, and such as ensures that she is the one who kills him.
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Drop the Hammer
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Drop the Hammer: "Spiders". The Victim of the Week has he head caved in the hammer the killer had earlier used to break the lock on the basement window so she could escape.
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Gayngst
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Gayngst: The surviving partners in "Forever Blue" and "Best Friends", who are still closeted and mourning their one true love when the team comes to investigate decades later.
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Someone to Remember Him By
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Someone to Remember Him By: "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester", "Soul", "Sandhogs" and "Shore Leave". Gender Flipped in "The Goodbye Room".
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The junkyard owner in "One Small Step". Vera offered to pay the hospital bills of a mother who he had mouthed off to earlier. The victim's tutor in "Glory Days"; after years of working his ass off while watching Dumb Jock get a free ride, became very jaded and started to see the jocks as a means to an end. But once he saw that the victim not only took school very seriously but was also very intelligent they became fast friends. It also helps that the victim was a Lovable Jock. The dance instructor in "Shuffle, Ball Change" combines this with Drill Sergeant Nasty. At first he comes off as a complete asshole towards the victim, but he recognizes talent when he sees it. Knowing the victim is unable to leave his job at the family supermarket to take lessons, he makes it a point to visit the market daily and teach the victim on the sly.
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Tina Bream Revenge is a My Beloved Smother who blames her husband for their son getting kidnapped because he let him go to the dressing room by himself. She’s also believes Police Are Useless so when the ransom failed she blamed him again for trusting them. It turns out the kidnapping was entirely her fault because she told her drug attic brother in law about money that was supposed to be kept secret and then told him about the police sting operation tipping him off. What truly makes her this after finding out that their son was dead she manipulated her husband into killing the one they thought was responsible and afterwards she continued to blame him.
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Would Hurt a Child
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Would Hurt a Child: The victims in "Glued", "The Boy in the Box", "Baby Blues", "Thrill Kill", "The Sleepover" and "One Small Step" are all children (though for the last two the killers were also children).
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I Just Want to Be Normal
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I Just Want to Be Normal: Lampshaded, during the episode "Thick as Thieves", by the victim's son, who turned out to be the one who planned her death. Considering he had been on the road with his mother since he was 6, it's not surprising he'd feel that way.
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I Want My Mommy!
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I Want My Mommy!: "Mind Games" has the teenage track star cry out "I want my Daddy!" just before George Marks fatally shoots her. "Shuffle, Ball Change" has the aspiring dancer cry out for his father as his jealous older brother crushes his foot with his crutch then beats him to death with it.
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Honor-Related Abuse
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Honor-Related Abuse: Explored as a possible motive in "Chinatown", as the boyfriend and girlfriend victims were Chinese and Vietnamese respectively and their relationship was thus looked down upon by the community. This turned out not to be the case; they were killed because they got caught up in a feud involving the local Tong boss.
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I Never Said It Was Poison
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I Never Said It Was Poison: How they trip up the doer in "Red Glare" - he knew something about the victim he could've only known if he'd been the last one to see him alive. Played with in "The Hitchhiker". The prime first suspect, a violent-tempered truck driver, seems to slip up this way when he denies killing "that hitchhiker". The detectives never told him the victim was hitching at the time of his death. As it turns out, he didn't kill the episode's victim. He did however kill two other hitchhikers the cops were trying to nail him for. The killer in "8:03 AM" gives himself away by correctly identifying the type of gun used in the murder without being told. One of the Neo-Nazis in "Spiders", when told a witness put her at the scene of a murder, replies: "That's impossible; it was pitch-dark!" The killer in "Breaking News" knew about an interview he couldn't have known about unless he was involved with the murder. The killer in "Fireflies" said the name of the witness who saw him before the cops even mentioned it. The killer in "The Dealer" denies both killing the victim and stealing her bonus. The detectives had only mentioned her money being stolen, not the source of that money.
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I'm Cold... So Cold...
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I'm Cold... So Cold...: When a villain flashes back to his first kill (inadvertent, as he merely let the woman die rather than outright harming her), he remember a woman trapped in a well, frantically treading water and babbling, "Cold. . .so cold".
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"Scooby-Doo" Hoax: "Slipping" features an extremely cruel one performed on the victim by the killer, in an attempt to drive her to suicide. When this gambit fails, he does the deed himself.
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Motive Rant
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Motive Rant: This is the main way to get convictions, since, in many of the cases, any physical evidence has degraded beyond use.
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Improvised Weapon
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Improvised Weapon: Since a lot of the murders are spur-of-the-moment, lots of different objects have been used. Some examples include a clock, a metronome, a phone, a crutch, and a skateboard.
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: While most episodes are bittersweet at best, a few episodes end this way due to the doer getting off or even if the victim had lived, they still would been implied to have had lead an unhappy life: "Mind Hunters" ends with George Marks walking out of police headquarters a free man fue to lack of evidence and the follow up episode, "The Woods" reveals that he was able to successfully kill the lone woman who had escaped him in 1997. "The Runaway Bunny" has the Evil Stepmother of the eponymous Bunny not be charged in the long-unsolved murder of her father for similar reasons. "Death Penalty:Final Appeal" has the wrong man executed for raping and killing a teenage girl in 1994 due to an overly ambitious prosecutor who fudged the case. The man's angry ghost appears at his funeral alongside Lilly and Jeffries. The victim from "Honor", a former prisoner of war who served in Vietnam, faced a post-service life with a wife and son who abandoned him for a Phony Veteran who pretended to be him and his old friends and fellow soldiers turning on him due to blaming him for his best friend who died in the POW camp's death. The victim from "Spiders" had came from an abusive home, was unsuccessfully being made an emancipated minor and was ultimately held captive by a group of Neo-Nazis then murdered by one after she had escaped. The victim's daughter in "Gleen" was left an emotional wreck due to her mother's brutal murder as a child and the heartbreak to learn that her father had killed her. "Committed:" The Big Bad had been dead for decades, with nobody the wiser that he was a murderer for the entirety of his life, and so his tragic Guilt Ridden Accomplices whom he'd blackmailed into assisting him get the blame for the whole thing.
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Screw the Political Power, I Have Rules!: This gets the victim in "Street Money" killed. He was an up-and-coming city council candidate who refused to use blackmail against the powerful incumbent and thus probably sacrificed any chance of beating him. When one of his campaign staff, who viewed the victim as the last hope for the neighborhood, finds out, he shoots him.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: "Rampage": "Daniela": "Libertyville": "Soul": "The Woods": "The Plan": "Red Glare": "Spiders"
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The Atoner
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The Atoner: Many of the more sympathetic killers try to turn to this, living exemplary lives to make up for what they did, or living crappy lives as a means of punishing themselves. The victim in "The Brush Man", who had accidentally killed a Domestic Abuser in a bar fight years before, and after serving his manslaughter sentence began giving money to the dead man's widow (who was nevertheless relieved to be rid of him). The victim in "Blood On The Tracks" was determined to go to the police and confess to a crime he and his friends had been involved in that resulted in another friend's death. Unfortunately, he failed to anticipate the rest of them making sure he kept his mouth shut.
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Kavorka Man
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Kavorka Man: Det. Vera. Even though he NEVER stays with any of the women he hooks up with, it boggles the mind how someone as uncouth as he is always tends to get them.
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Smug Snake
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Jim Larkin ("Lover's Lane") starts out as a Smug Snake... until the team reveals they have DNA evidence, at which point he has a Freak Out and rants about how both the victim and his girlfriend should have died that night.
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Divorce Requires Death
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The killer in "Gleen". Being a retired firefighter and caring father makes for fine sheep clothing. But underneath, he's a controlling, overbearing monster who scared off his last two wives and killed his third wife, the victim, with a bomb he planted.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution:
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: The victim in "Witness Protection" videotaped his deposition so that even if he was killed the crime boss would go to jail.
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Fat Bastard
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In "Ravaged", the victim's sexually harassing Fat Bastard boss is revealed to have kept her dog after she died.
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Always Murder
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Always Murder: Sort of necessary, given the format, since murder is one of the few crimes with no Statute of Limitations. However, there have been a few aversions: "Fireflies". The victim never actually died, she was just kidnapped and due to the bullet the kidnapper shot into her head forgot who she was. She was put in the adoption system as a runaway and eventually is reuinited with her real parents (and gets her memory back) thirty years later. "Ghost of My Child". Much like the above example, the victim was kidnapped and presumed dead. In “The River” and "The Good Death", it was the result of a Mercy Kill rather than a cold-blooded murder. "Fly Away" and "Best Friends" were supposed to be double suicides that went awry and only one person died. In "Two Weddings" the victim jumped to his death the night before his wedding, after hearing that his first wife, who he was still in love with, died after being in a coma for 8 years.
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We Used to Be Friends
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We Used to Be Friends: The popular girls clique in "The Sleepover" hate each other as grownups. The victim has this with one of the girls in the clique; they were close friends until the one girl was invited into the clique, whereupon she stopped being friends with the victim so as not to risk her popularity by being associated with an "uncool" kid. The footballers and the cheerleaders in "Stand Up And Holler" were this, though they're sort of forced back into it at the school reunion, but most of them have barely seen each other for years before then.
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Daddy Didn't Show
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Daddy Didn't Show: Subverted in "Static". Apparently, Daddy took too long to show. His wife was pissed off, and shot him when he tried to apologize.
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Book-Ends
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Bookends: "It Takes A Village" starts with the victim bidding farewell to his grandmother as she's sitting on the porch (this was the last time she saw him alive). It ends with her in the same place, listening to his iPod, looking up to see his spirit standing there before he smiles and fades away as he turns to head down the steps just as he did in the beginning.
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Affably Evil
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In "Who's your Daddy", Brad Atwater is this to an extent. Although the foreman is earlier described as an unfair boss to his employees, he's initially introduced as a friendly sort who has a family of four, and an ailing wife he cares about. But later, it's revealed that not only is he unfaithful to said-wife, he makes the wives of his Asian employees service him sexually by licking his boots. And later, when the wife offers some evidence, Atwater denounces her as crazy and even claims her illness is probably 'made up'.
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Flashback
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Flashback: The show runs on this trope in order to portray events in the past as told by people who knew or encountered the Victim of the Week.
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Signature Item Clue
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Signature Item Clue: In "8:03 AM", Miller's informant Toomey has a very distinctive dreamcatcher pendant. Over the course of the investigation, the detectives learn that the pendent originally belonged to one of the two victims, who had given it to the second victim as thanks for pulling her out of a dangerous situation. On learning this, Miller realises that the only way Toomey could have it was if he was involved in the murders.
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Revisiting the Cold Case
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Revisiting the Cold Case: The premise of the series.
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Snow Means Death
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Snow Means Death, "Glued", "Ravaged", "Baby Blues", "Committed".
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Mistaken for Gay
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Mistaken for Gay: The girl murdered in 1919 was thought to be this after a letter from her maid talking about their "shared passion", which is being suffragettes.
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No True Scotsman
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No True Scotsman: Jeffries grew up in the poorest part of Philadelphia and wanted to be a Gang Banger as a kid, until he was straightened out by his football coach and his first boss and became a cop instead. As such, a good way to piss him off is to suggest he "sold out" by doing so. In "Wunderkind", a slimy witness insinuating he's forgotten "his people" leads to Jeffries almost strangling the guy. In "Fireflies", a suspect tries to curry Jeffries' favor by reminding him how bad black people had it in the '70s. Jeffries simply responds that he lived through the '50s and '60s.
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Domestic Abuse
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The killer in "A Perfect Day", who used his police connections to cover up his own Domestic Abuse.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: Jimmy Tully and Gene Karnow, boxing opponents with a fair amount of Interservice Rivalry going against a threatening civilian together in Shore Leave.
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Future Loser
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Future Loser A special yet recurrent variant is to show people that were beautiful or hot in the past (and exploiting it for their benefit) to be "fugly" or having aged way worse than others in the present, even if they weren't really bad people back then. Examples include the rival male dancer in "Disco Inferno", the football player in "Stand Up and Holler", the Gold Digger in "The Runaway Bunny", the gorgeous blonde in "Justice", and the former prom king in "Almost Paradise" None are hit as hard as the dumb babysitter in "Baby Blues", which in the modern day is still dumb, really ugly and now... "works" in the street. Notably averted in "Debut" - all of the young, beautiful high-society debutantes (male and female) are still fairly attractive (for their age) 40 years later. Wealth and privilege can have that effect though. "Almost Paradise" also had an inversion; the victim's mousy, bespectacled Hopeless Suitor grew up to be a tough martial arts instructor, albeit still one who uses an inhaler. Inverted with a victim's brother in "The Badlands", who has gone from Addled Addict to upstanding military recruit in the year since the murders. It turns out that HE'S the killer and this was his effort to atone for his actions. Played straight with several other characters who have gone from being decent people to criminals.
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The Un-Reveal
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The Unreveal: In "Wilkommen", we never learn why Lilly hates musical theatre so much.
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It's All My Fault
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comment
Missy, the victim of "Roller Girl" sees her loose-goose friend, Julie, drugged senseless and about to be taken advantage of by a sleazy skating rink manager. Instead of just turning a blind eye and going home, she helps Julie home. An embarassed Julie repays her by breaking off their friendship and refusing to let Missy stay the night at her place and this ultimately leads to Missy's accidental death. Unlike the similar example in "The Sleepover", though, Julie at least has the decency to feel bad about it and make some serious life changes.
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1.0
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 Cold Case / int_5af55436
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Forced to Watch
 Cold Case / int_5af55436
comment
Forced to Watch: The killer's nine-year-old niece in "Strange Fruit". The killer was a real piece of work, as you can probably tell. In "A Perfect Day" Cindy's abusive husband at one point threatens "to take away what she loves the most". One of the women who runs the battered women shelter translates this as: he'd murder their children and make her watch him do it. Nice guy. He does in fact murder one of their children in front of her, but she is able to save the other.
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Cold Case / int_5af55436
 Cold Case / int_5b88d4c4
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A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted
 Cold Case / int_5b88d4c4
comment
A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: "Lotto Fever". His financial adviser states so himself.
 Cold Case / int_5b88d4c4
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1.0
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1.0
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Cold Case / int_5b88d4c4
 Cold Case / int_5c554458
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Dumb Jock
 Cold Case / int_5c554458
comment
The victim's tutor in "Glory Days"; after years of working his ass off while watching Dumb Jock get a free ride, became very jaded and started to see the jocks as a means to an end. But once he saw that the victim not only took school very seriously but was also very intelligent they became fast friends. It also helps that the victim was a Lovable Jock.
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1.0
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 Cold Case / int_5ce7dbb9
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Some episodes have their own. "Thrill Kill": What You Are in the Dark. "Glory Days": What do you do if you find out that the person you idolize isn't as good as you thought they were? "Boy Crazy": Abandonment. "Running Around": You Can't Go Home Again, or can you? "Saving Patrick Bubley" is partly about a family's attempt to rise above poverty and achieve success, whether by legitimate or illicit means. An idealistic person who has become jaded can easily be pushed from one side to the other.
 Cold Case / int_5ce7dbb9
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 Cold Case / int_5d1eca88
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Awesome Mc Coolname: Two episodes feature (as victims) singers named Truck Sugar and Bingo Zohar. Judging by the fact that these names appear on their boxes, they apparently aren't stage names.
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1.0
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 Cold Case / int_5d753b19
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The Smurfette Principle
 Cold Case / int_5d753b19
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The Smurfette Principle: In the early seasons Lilly was not just the only female member of the Cold Case squad, but it was stated several times that she was the only female detective in Philadelphia. Or at least, the only female homicide detective in Philadelphia. Female detectives from other parts of Philadelphia are introduced after the second season, and in later seasons Kat joined the squad.
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Chocolate Baby
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Chocolate Baby: Played with in "Libertyville"; the victim was afraid of this because he was hiding his race, but his daughter was born with no signs of her black ancestry .
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1.0
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Triumphant Reprise
 Cold Case / int_5da37ab5
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Triumphant Reprise: A weird version: In Season 3's "Detention", the Ending Montage song is the Smashing Pumpkins' cover of "Landslide". In next season's "Fireflies", where the victim turns out to have survived, the Ending Montage song is the original version by Fleetwood Mac.
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1.0
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Cold Case / int_5da37ab5
 Cold Case / int_5e5b1f43
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Sports Dad
 Cold Case / int_5e5b1f43
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Sports Dad: In one episode, the father of a high school basketball player murdered his son's main competition. He cut his son out of his life for quitting the game.
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1.0
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Cold Case / int_5e5b1f43
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Intrepid Reporter
 Cold Case / int_5f52cfcf
comment
Intrepid Reporter: The Victim of the Week in "Breaking News".
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1.0
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Cold Case / int_5f52cfcf
 Cold Case / int_60492b98
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Have You Told Anyone Else?
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comment
Have You Told Anyone Else?: a variation is occasionally used where the key piece of evidence is a prized possession of the victim's that had mysteriously gone missing; usually, this item turning up in the hands of one of the suspects is all the detectives need to close the case.
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Parental Incest
 Cold Case / int_606244c2
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Parental Incest: The victim in "Blackout" had done this to her son for years, and was now starting in on her grandson when she was killed.
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1.0
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In with the In Crowd
 Cold Case / int_60985aa7
comment
Subverted with Jim Horn in "Wednesday's Women". He joined the Ku Klux Klan, but mostly just because everyone else was doing it and killed the victim, a white civil-rights activist, not out of racism but because she embarrassed him in front of his much-more-racist friends.
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Heel–Face Turn
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The victim in "The Runaway Bunny" was a former Philadelphia cop who was fired from the force for being on the take. He became a very disreputable private investigator but eventually performed a Heel–Face Turn that resulted in his death when he realized what his Black Widow client was up to.
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Psycho Psychologist
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Psycho Psychologist: The killer in "Mind Games" was a respected psychiatrist who was secretly mentally ill himself and in denial about it. When he was diagnosed and prescribed medication by one of his subordinates, the hit to his ego was such that he not only killed her, but tricked her favorite patient into disposing of the evidence for him.
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: The flashbacks in "Blood on the Tracks" are all in the same house, over a weekend. Used in "Blackout", where the flashbacks were in the same house over a matter of hours. Used in "Almost Paradise", depicting the victim's prom night. "One Night"—all of the present day scenes take place through. . . one night, as do most of the flashbacks. "Two Weddings" does the same thing, with both the flashbacks and the present day investigation take place over one day in their respective time periods.
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Boot Camp Episode
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comment
Boot Camp Episode: The two part season 6 finale.
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Kids Are Cruel
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Kids Are Cruel: "The Sleepover". The victim, a mousey teen named Rita, is invited by her wannabe popular former bestie, Ariel, to a sleepover where the popular girls mock her appearance and weight and only half-joke about killing her. The leader ends up tossing Rita and Ariel out despite the fact that(or partially because) Rita tries to save her from her abusive parents. This results in Ariel thinking she's not part of the clique anymore, blaming Rita for it, and killing her as a result.
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Disabled Love Interest
 Cold Case / int_6339e2bd
comment
Disabled Love Interest: Vicki in "Bad Night", who has no less than three suitors throughout the episode, including the victim and the killer.
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Drill Sergeant Nasty
 Cold Case / int_6375f746
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The dance instructor in "Shuffle, Ball Change" combines this with Drill Sergeant Nasty. At first he comes off as a complete asshole towards the victim, but he recognizes talent when he sees it. Knowing the victim is unable to leave his job at the family supermarket to take lessons, he makes it a point to visit the market daily and teach the victim on the sly.
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I See Dead People
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comment
I See Dead People: At the end of most episodes the ghost of victim is seen by the officers and/or by someone who is they were close to (family, friend etc.) Occasionally the killer will also see the victim. Subverted in two episodes in which the victim is not seen; the first because the case wasn't closed, and the second, because the victim was only a infant at the time of death. And then, there was the one where it turned out the victim wasn't dead.
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Flashback Effects
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Flashback Effects: Flashback scenes imitate the style and appearance of actual footage from that time period, including Deliberately Monochrome for really old cases, spots on the film, and what have you. An episode where the crime happened at a party in 2004 had flashback footage looking like it was filmed with a camera phone. An episode set in 1990 looked as though it were filmed on home video. Episode 3x01, "Family", is set in 1988. They use a pop art style with four windows in one screen, and colors exaggerated. "The Woods", set in 1972, has flashbacks that appear to have been filmed with low-quality Super-8 home movie film, giving the scenes a de-saturated quality that adds to the nightmarish atmosphere of the story.
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He Knows Too Much
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The drug dealer in "Discretion" participates in a sting operation to help the cops bust the initial murderers; the main victim had been killed after discovering the man arrested for that crime had been framed.
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Aluminum Christmas Trees
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Aluminum Christmas Trees: "Pin Up Girl" has a group singing "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" in a bar. If you don't know that the They Might Be Giants version is a cover, this would give you pause.
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If I Can't Have You...
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comment
"The Perfect Day", and how! In a fit of If I Can't Have You..., an abusive husband forces his wife to choose which of their twin daughters she'll save, and which one he'll throw off the bridge. You can guess what happens next.
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Gilligan Cut
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Gilligan Cut: In "Saving Sammy", Valens and Vera go to interview a witness who is has autism. Valens tells Vera to take off his yellow tie as the witness does not like the colour yellow. Vera refuses. The next shot has them walking into the room of the boy with autism. Vera is not wearing his tie.
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Railroad Tracks of Doom
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Railroad Tracks of Doom: "Wishing".
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Those Wacky Nazis
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Those Wacky Nazis: Both the originals ("The Hen House") and the imitators ("Spiders")
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: The FBI agents from "Red Glare". Everything turns black & white when they come around.
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The Unfair Sex
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The Unfair Sex: In "The Key", the victim's husband is incensed that his wife is cheating on him, despite the fact that he's been cheating on her left and right for years. Interestingly enough, he is NOT the murderer.
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Death by Falling Over
 Cold Case / int_6af8ebb5
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Death by Falling Over: Multiple episodes feature the Victim of the Week dying after being shoved (down a flight of stairs, off a balcony, on to a curbstone, etc.) by the killer.
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1.0
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The Reveal
 Cold Case / int_6b2b3b59
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Often happens during the interrogation that leads to the perpetrator's confession and just before The Reveal of the actual murder scene.
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Serious Business
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Serious Business: The killer in "That Woman" took her high school chastity club so seriously that she never even slept with her husband, costing her her marriage.
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition: In "Family", a Prom Baby is born shortly before her father is murdered by the doer, when he reneges on a deal to have the doer adopt the baby, after deciding to raise her himself.
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Meaningful Echo
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Meaningful Echo: At the end of "Bombers", having learned that his mother was raped, Scotty is distressed to see her pulling away from his father when he touches her hand. After he's avenged her, at the end of "Almost Paradise", he's pleased to see HER reaching for HIS hand, laughing and smiling, clearly having recovered her ordeal.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name : Deconstructed when you have a pedophilic social worker named Josh Freely who freely abuses his power over single mothers and their daughters. Not surprising that woman named Sherry Fox would turn out to be a con-artist.
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Gangbangers
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Gangbangers: All of the suspects in "Saving Patrick Bubley".
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Driven to Suicide
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The earlier episode "Daniela" focused on a trans woman in the 70s who is Driven to Suicide when her boyfriend's father forced them to break up.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: One of the suspects in "Daniela" is a man named John who frequently hires prostitutes.
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Dead Person Impersonation
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Dead Person Impersonation: The dead woman from "Committed" was using the identity of a murder victim. The killer from "Blood on the Tracks" took the identity of one her victims. As it turns out, this was easy to do as they bore a strong resemblance to each other. "The Hen House", the murderer was a Nazi guard at Auschwitz who stole the name of a young man killed at the camp, both to escape and in an attempt to redeem himself. With the rest of the family also having died at the camp, he easily passed without much question, even going so far as to join the man's living family members in the US (who didn't have a way of knowing it was a impostor, having likely never met) and lived among them for over sixty years. He was only caught thanks to a investigation into the murder he committed in the 40's, both to prevent from being exposed and being half-enraged/half-heartbroken that his victim (whom he'd fallen in love with) rejected him after finding out what he'd done.
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Babies Ever After
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Babies Ever After: In the final minutes of the series finale, Lily discovers she's an aunt when she finds her missing sister—and her infant daughter.
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UngratefulBitch
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Ungrateful Bitch: Brandi from "The Sleepover" and Julie from "Roller Girl".
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Moon-Landing Hoax
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Moon-Landing Hoax: One of the suspects in "One Small Step" believes that the moon landings were faked. The murder they are investigating occurred on the day of the first moon landing, and the events of that day may have fueled his later delusion.
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Honest John's Dealership
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Honest John's Dealership: Such a dealership and its almost universally sleazy sales force are central to events in "The Dealer".
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Just One Little Mistake
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Just One Little Mistake: "The Road" has probably the best example in the series. Guy gets pulled over for speeding. Traffic cop notices blood in his car. Detectives are called in to investigate. Investigation reveals guy is actually a brutal Serial Killer. Several other episodes (including "Debut" and "Sandhogs") have the villains' greed get the better of them and steal a prized possession of the victim off the body. One suspect in "Devil Music", in his first interview, sings a few lines of a song written by the victim. Later on, however, another witness claims that she was the only one the victim had told about the song. Adding to the fact that the first guy turned out to have lied about his alibi, this makes the case a slam-dunk. Speaking of alibis, the villain in "Iced" contracting out his snowplow job to his underage cousin turns out to be what does him in, as the plow company's records are able to confirm it was the cousin behind the wheel that night. In "The Dealer", the killer is caught because he stripped the victim's car for parts and added them to his own. The detectives actually point out that if he had just refrained from doing this, he almost certainly would've gotten away with it. In "November 22nd", the culprit made the mistake of writing a letter to the victim's last rival, calling him the nickname she called him.
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In "Stand up and Holler", we have one of those rare examples where it's not Played for Laughs. A flashback shows two girls, Celeste and Rainey, are ordered to kiss each other as part of a hazing ritual into the cheerleading squad. Celeste encourages Rainey they should go ahead with it, since it would be "Stoopid" (slang term for cool). Rainey responds "Exactly", in the sense she thinks it would be "stupid". Needless to say, the miscommunication prompts Celeste to go ahead with kissing her friend.
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Up to Eleven
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Also in the same episode, James' half-brother was left alone with Sherry for a few minutes, before Sherry started flirting with him. She offered that they run away together. But as it turns out, the brother had more integrity than Sherry anticipated.
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Politically Incorrect Villain
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Everything up to and including the title of the episode in "Colors" wants you to think race was the motive. The killer is the only non-racist white character in the episode.
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Being Good Sucks
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Being Good Sucks: The victim in "Bad Reputation" found this out the hard way.
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Invoked Trope
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Invoked in "Stand Up and Holler". A friend of the victim anonymously posts a (false) confession to having murdered her, complete with a drawing that matches an image that had been drawn on the victim's leg, because he wants to force the police to take another look. (He knew about the drawing because he was the one who drew it, in a conversation with her shortly before she was killed.)
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School Nurse
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School Nurse: A suspect in season 3 opener "Family". She's a school nurse who talks kids out of getting their pregnancies "taken care of" because "murder is never easy."
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Serial Killer
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Paul and Claire Shepard in "The Last Drive-in"/"Bullet". He's an overweight, nerdy, infertile Serial Killer. She's a cute-as-a-button Luna Lovegood lookalike who seems about half his age and has no knowledge of his... extracurricular activities.
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Suicide by Cop
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Suicide by Cop: Played straight with George Marks, by Lilly.
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Jerkass Ball
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Jerkass Ball: Vera tends to catch this whenever the writers need to make a point. He's made misogynistic statements, expressed belief in the "no humans involved" principle (that criminals killed by criminals aren't worth the police's time), and even made a pro-rape comment at one point, which is especially weird since in other episodes he's the one most disgusted by rapists.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "The woods" in the George Marks two-parter. "Nobody cares" in the Paul Shepard two-parter. "The Republican Hotel" in "Wings". "Together we stand" in "Glory Days".
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Two Girls to a Team
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Two Girls to a Team: Lilly and Kat.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: The mostly forgotten detectives Chris Lassing (Lilly's first partner) and Josie Sutton.
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Transatlantic Equivalent
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Transatlantic Equivalent (Waking the Dead and Cold Squad)
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Nostalgia Filter
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Nostalgia Filter: Purposefully used in the opening scene of every episode. The opening scene shows an idealized world where everyone was happy. The rest of the episode then subverts and deconstructs this trope as it reveals that the lives of the people in the opening scene were quickly thrown into upheaval or that they were all secretly miserable the whole time.
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Gaslighting
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Gas Lighting: The killer in "Slipping" tried to drive his wife to suicide by making her believe the ghost of her mother (who had killed herself) was after her, while maintaining the facade of a caring husband to her face.
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Brother–Sister Incest
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Brother–Sister Incest: The baddie in "Late Returns" turns out to be the older sister of a prominent Congressman, who had molested him as a child. In the present she's his campaign manager, and still retains a disturbing obsession with and degree of control over him.
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God Is Evil
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God Is Evil: George Marks believes that "God's a sociopath." John Smith refers to Him as "the greatest conman of all."
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Married to the Job
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Married to the Job: Led to the divorces of John Stillman, and is the reason for some of Lilly's failed relationships. Subverted in Vera's case. Yes, like with Stillman, his job was very important to him, but it's seen and implied many times that he was unfaithful to her and was unable to get her pregnant, all of this culminating in her leaving him.
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Batter Up!
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Batter Up!: "A Time to Hate", "Colors" and "Stealing Home". All three are Baseball Episodes.
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Self-Made Orphan
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Self-Made Orphan: Some of the killers are this, either because the parents are Abusive Parents or because the children have problems of their own. Season 7's "Dead Heat" is a good example of the latter.
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Vengeance Feels Empty
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Vengeance Feels Empty: Hank Butler when he shoots Moe Kitchener and Scotty after engineering the prison shanking of Jimmy Mota.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: One of the story arcs in season seven is the department suffering severe budget cuts, which coincides with CBS also doing budget cuts on the series. Possible Take That! involved in the fact that the guy forcing those cuts is a new Deputy Commissioner that Stillman despises.
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Impoverished Patrician
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Impoverished Patrician: "Beautiful Little Fool" involved a formerly rich family who lost everything in the Stock Market Crash. By the present day, the only surviving member of the family is an old woman who was but a child in 1929. She still lives in her family's faded mansion. She does however mention that while the family lost a lot at first, they essentially survived the Crash and didn't fall as hard as others, which makes it all the sadder, since they could've taken in her brother's baby daughter.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Revolution", "Honor", "War at Home", "Family 8108", "The Brush Man", "The Good Soldier".
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Eagleland
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Eagleland: "Devil Music" is a deconstruction of Type 1, in a similar vein to Pleasantville. It's set in a seemingly-idyllic Leave It to Beaver-style community, but over the course of the episode, the victim, an Elvis Presley Expy, starts discovering and bringing to light dirty little secrets about the town, such as its incredibly-restrictive racism and sexism. He's ultimately killed by his cousin, who had bought into the facade completely and blamed the victim for taking his Utopian life away from him (but, of course, it was never utopian to begin with and the cousin was Completely Missing the Point).
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Armor-Piercing Question
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"Torn": the murdered suffragette was accidentally killed by her mother after she asks "Are you happy?"
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: "Creatures of the Night" has The Rocky Horror Picture Show star Barry Bostwick as a serial killer, in an episode about the murder of a The Rocky Horror Picture Show fan. "One Fall" has "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as a fictional wrestler.
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Character Name Alias
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Character Name Alias: In "One Small Step", a witness who hands in a piece of evidence related to a murder that took place on the day of the first moon landing uses the alias 'Michael Collins', the name of the third astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission.
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Cannot Tell a Lie
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Cannot Tell a Lie: The only witness in "Saving Sammy" is a boy with High-Functioning Autism. He regresses for several years, making it hard for him to even speak, much less tell the truth.
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THeUnfavorite
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The Unfavorite: The victim in "Read Between The Lines" was murdered because she was this. She and her sister were foster kids, and their foster mother was much more attached to the sister (if understandably so — she initially tried to connect with both of them, but the victim, jaded by past experience, pushed her away). Then she figured out that her foster father was a pedophile because of the way he looked at her. When the foster mother found out she was planning to leave and take her sister, she murdered her. The younger daughter, particularly in the present-day, from "Superstar". Even though the pushy Stage Dad was a Jerkass to his tennis-playing elder daughter during her lifetime, years later, he mourns her death and acts as if she were his only child. It wasn't even until Lilly calls him out on this that he finally gets his act together.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Often happens during the interrogation that leads to the perpetrator's confession and just before The Reveal of the actual murder scene. Stillman gives a particularly vicious one in "Chinatown" to another cop who had been discovered to be in bed with the Tongs, the Chinese mob. The guy was completely aware of who the local Tong boss was and could have arrested him at any time, which would have prevented the murders, but didn't because he felt there was no point, as someone else would just take over. Stillman... was not amused. The victim in "Officer Down" gave an epic one to the punk who was trying to shake him down. Victims usually give them to their killers before their death, such as in "8:30AM" and "Glory Days"
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Off with His Head!
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Off With Her Head!: "Mind Hunters". The killer chased his victims through the woods before shooting them in the head and decapitating them.
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Politically Correct History
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Politically Correct History: Averted. The episodes that flashback far enough don't shy away from the racism or sexism that was prominent at the time. Deliberate Values Dissonance is in full effect. Even the cases set in later years don't ignore how prevalent discrimination still is—in 2001/2004, a landlord blithely admits that she would never rent to a black tenant nor even allow black people in her building, while an innocent black murder suspect admits that he ran from the police because he knew he'd be the prime suspect simply for being a black man in the vicinity of a dead white woman and her child.
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Serial Rapist
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Was so obsessed with solving the case of a Serial Rapist who had murdered his latest victim that he relentlessly browbeat two suspects (despite the fact that one of them cooperated fully) to the point where the DA had to explicitly tell him to stay away from each man. Five years later not only does the warning still stand, both men are still afraid of him.
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Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
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Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The serial killer from "It Takes a Village" Surely someone who tortures, mutilates and murders young boys just because they are able to beat him at a video game couldn't possibly have any sympathetic qualities right? As it turns out the game is symbolic of a room in a particularly awful foster home where he spent his childhood. During which he and five other boys were made to stand naked on a square for days at a time by his counselor. He attempts a Moment of Awesome by standing up to said counselor. Instead of joining in the other boys gang up on him and cut his finger off. He targeted boys who reminded him of the ones who attacked him and at times seems to legitimately believe its them, even though its been over twenty years. By the time the detectives catch up to him, he's an incoherent mess who slips in and out of third person. He finally comes to his senses long enough to realize that his latest intended prey is just an innocent little boy who has nothing to do with what happened to him so he lets him go. As awful as his crimes were, even the detectives couldn't help but feel a tinge of sympathy for him, or at least for the little boy he was. The killer from "Sabotage". The pedophile killer from "Offender" qualifies, given that he had been wrongfully incarcerated for killing his own child for 20 years, was freed largely on a technicality (prime evidence was contaminated) and his own wife abandoned him. By the time he finally confronts the bastard who killed his child and framed him for the deed he's completely lost it. Phil, one of the robbers from "Dog Day Afternoons", qualified as such. Despite his cold, almost murderous exterior, he actually had somewhat of a heart, and actually wanted to get out of the robbery business for good, unlike his boss Julius Carver, and tried to warn Roween Ryan about Julius's lying nature as well as his having another accomplice that he seduced to helping him rob the bank. When she decided to have Julius be turned in, Phil also tried to stand up to Julius when he ordered for her to be executed, but unfortunately, he was verbally and emotionally broken by Julius's words, and thus ended up having to kill her anyways. At the end, despite his being the murderer, you actually have to pity him. The Congressman in "Late Returns", if you can even call him a "destroyer" at all. As a teenager, he was taken advantage of by his controlling older sister, and ultimately kills his girlfriend essentially on a reflex when her touch caused him to have flashbacks to his sister abusing him. The killer in "Revenge", that is, the pedophile's son. It helps that he didn't physically kill the little boy his father had abducted, although he did tell him to swim an impossibly long distance. But the fact that he's solely motivated by his mistaken belief that his monstrous father actually loves him. Also in "Revenge": the father who felt so blamed for his son's death that he shot the pedophile who, he believes, killed him. As the victim is a pedophile and murderer who [[spoiler:even abused his own son it's hard to feel any sympathy for the victim over the killer. Tina from "Rampage". She had been gang-raped in the back room of a mall by some Jerk Jocks, and lost her best friend immediately afterward due to a misunderstanding. She ends up walking up to two disturbed teenagers who work at the mall and telling them point-blank "Kill. Everyone." Which they do. Quite messily. And not just the jocks but literally everyone, including children. When she gets arrested at the end, it almost feels like the detectives are kicking the dog, especially as she didn't actually kill anyone. Paul Shepard from "The Last Drive-in"/"Bullet" had a pretty rough life, too. His father lost his business due to a minor clerical error by his accountant's secretary, then lost most of his property due to being unable to keep up payments and ultimately Ate His Gun. Paul himself settled down with a fellow film geek and opened a video store, but then the home video market crashed and, at the same time, he discovered he couldn't have children, and finally snapped.
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I Coulda Been a Contender!
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I Coulda Been a Contender!: Many of the victims died before they reached their full potential.
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Developing Doomed Characters
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Developing Doomed Characters: The Victim of the Week is fleshed out in numerous flashbacks that keep him/her onscreen throughout the entire episode. As such, it is often very easy to forget that these persons are already dead despite their death having been established within the first five minutes, making the final scenes that depict their murder and the person responsible quite gut-wrenching.
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Lonely at the Top
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Lonely at the Top: The prom queen victim in "Almost Paradise". As the episode progresses she makes peace with everyone she's alienated and pissed off with her popularity, only to be murdered over something completely unrelated that same night.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Happens relatively often. One example is Matthew Ridgely from Debut. After the victim (the daughter of his childhood friend and family housekeep) tried to withdraw from the debutante ball due to the unavailability of her father (who she was supposed to bow in front of), he offered to stand in for Emma's dad. This was a kind gesture without any ulterior motives, but if he hand't done so, then Emma wouldn't have gone to the ball and been killed there. The detectives also wonder if it might have caused Matthew's daughter to murder her out of jealousy, although this turns out to be just another Red Herring.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: At times, it's the point of the prologue. It helps to introduce the characters of the week to the audience. In "Strange Fruit, this father is put-off by how a gelatin dish was brought to the BBQ by an African-American family and tries to discourage his daughter from having some. He even tries to convince her to have cake, despite that she voices she doesn't like cake.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: The flashbacks that fill in the gap between when we first meet the victim and when they were murdered. Occasionally, they even fill in the blanks from before the introduction.
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Outlaw Couple
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Outlaw Couple: "Lonely Hearts".
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Defiled Forever
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Defiled Forever: How the sisters in St. Mary (an American Magdalene laundry) wanted the girls to think of themselves in "The Goodbye Room". The victim actually defies this:
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Phony Veteran
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Phony Veteran: The victim's wife's boyfriend in "Honor", who pretended to be the victim while he was a POW. Fellow Vietnam vet Stillman gives a guy a Tranquil Fury Moment of Awesome by telling him "you lie about being a race car driver or a brain surgeon, but never a POW".
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Foreign Wrestling Heel
 Cold Case / int_815ea36
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Foreign Wrestling Heel: One of the wrestlers interviewed in "One Fall" played an angry Communist Russian character.
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Sympathetic Murderer
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Sympathetic Murderer: Basically any episode in which there was an example of: Asshole Victim: "Blackout", "Justice", "Greed", "The Plan", etc. An Asshole Victim that's not the main victim: "Revenge", "Offender", "A Perfect Day", etc. Averted in "Maternal Instincts", which has an Asshole Victim... and an Even Bigger Asshole Killer. Accidental Murder: "Kensington", "Late Returns", "Detention", etc. A mercy killing, like in "The River", "The Good Death", "Boy Crazy", etc. A crime of passion, committed in the heat of the moment and almost instantly regretted—"The Sleepover", "Colors", "Shuffle, Ball-Change", etc. A plain tragic killer, such as in "The Promise", "The Good-Bye Room", "Cargo", etc.
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Evil Matriarch
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Evil Matriarch: Many: The victim in "Blackout" is an ex-beauty queen who needs to feel sexually attractive to men — all men, including her own son and grandson (which is what gets her killed after her neglected "plain Jane" daughter catches on). The killer's mother in "Spiders" is a sweet, '50s-style mom who runs a neo-Nazi coven in her basement and emotionally railroads the other killer into committing his crime.
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Relative Error
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Relative Error: "Thick As Thieves". The detectives investigate the past of the victim Margot and her boyfriend Spencer, eventually discovering that Margot and Spencer were con artists and they weren't a couple, as an informant tells them:
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion
 Cold Case / int_8387bb18
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion: The agenda of a suspect in season 3 opener "Family". She's a school nurse who talks kids out of getting their pregnancies "taken care of" because "murder is never easy." The show doesn't push the issue, as the character is a radical who has been arrested on multiple occasions in the process of pushing her cause, usually violently. Averted in Season One's "Volunteers". The victims were helping run an abortion clinic in the 60's, and are even presented heroically because of this. One of the victims' friends tells the detectives that the female victim initially found the clinic when she needed an abortion, and was so grateful for being able to get a safe procedure (especially after seeing the horror show that one of her friends went through) that she joined the group to help other women get the same.
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Stepford Smiler
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Stepford Smiler: Jakob in "Running Around". He talks about how he hates the Amish world and is happy in the English world, he's actually deeply screwed up, and wants to go back. Unfortunately, because he's addicted to drugs they refuse to let him back. He ultimately murders the victim because she refused to help him go back (having decided to tough Rumspringa out in order to make a more informed choice), and because he resented her having a supporting family waiting at home. "Torn": the murdered suffragette was accidentally killed by her mother after she asks "Are you happy?"
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The Tragic Rose
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The Tragic Rose: Played very very straight in "Daniela". The titular girl is given a rose corsage by her boyfriend as they prepare for prom. Then the boy's father arrives and the boy denies their relationship out of some combination of embarrassment and fear, and the corsage ends up in the trash along with her bloodied clothes after she kills herself. Rose Collins, in the episode "Best Friends", who is still mourning her one true love seventy years later.
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Right for the Wrong Reasons
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In "Debut", a woman asks the Cold Case squad to re-investigate her daughter's death (she fell down a flight of stairs) after finding out that a man who was present on the night of the murder had a wife who died in a fall down the stairs. It turns out that said suspect was in fact guilty, but his wife's death was a legitimate accident. It was complete coincidence she died the same way as the girl he killed.
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Nerd Glasses
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"Almost Paradise" also had an inversion; the victim's mousy, bespectacled Hopeless Suitor grew up to be a tough martial arts instructor, albeit still one who uses an inhaler.
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Gay Aesop
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Gay Aesop: The whole show is this, even during episodes where a gay person is not the Victim of the Week. However, it also crosses into being a Broken Aesop due to the tremendous amount of crap that the gay victim/relative/non-victim/etc. goes through during the episode.
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I Know Mortal Kombat
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I Know Mortal Kombat: The victim in "Stealing Home" used his skill as a baseball player to get into the country.
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Jerk Jock
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Tina from "Rampage". She had been gang-raped in the back room of a mall by some Jerk Jocks, and lost her best friend immediately afterward due to a misunderstanding. She ends up walking up to two disturbed teenagers who work at the mall and telling them point-blank "Kill. Everyone." Which they do. Quite messily. And not just the jocks but literally everyone, including children. When she gets arrested at the end, it almost feels like the detectives are kicking the dog, especially as she didn't actually kill anyone.
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Broken Pedestal
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"Glory Days": What do you do if you find out that the person you idolize isn't as good as you thought they were?
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Creepy Gym Coach
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Creepy Gym Coach: The series often portrays its gym teachers as very perverted: "The Plan": The victim - a swim coach at a military academy - is revealed to have sexually abused his students. "Family": The coach had raped one of his students in the locker room and seemed to be about to molest her daughter (who he may have actually thought was his own daughter from the rape, but she wasn't) when he was killed. Played with in "Stand Up And Holler". Although the coach in this case wasn't explicitly abusive, he was a slimy, pathetic loser who was far too invested in his students' lives and wanted to be viewed as one of them, so he covered up the rapes perpetuated by the football players.
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Ghost Reunion Ending
 Cold Case / int_87021519
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Ghost Reunion Ending: The series almost always ends with somebody seeing the victim. Often they were seen by a detective but it was a loved one a lot too (especially in the later seasons).
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MedleyExit
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Nick Vera: "Our Boy is Back", "Triple Threat", "Flashover" he is suspended during the Medley Exit.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: In "Saving Patrick Bubley", Miguel Maldonado and Patrick's older brother, Vaughn, fight over Patrick's scooter. Miguel lets Vaughn think he's won the tussle, then catches him off guard and shoots him to death.
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Villain with Good Publicity
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Villain with Good Publicity: Half the killers in the show until they're caught, to the point of being a show staple...the idea is that these people may have adjusted totally normally to life afterwards, but they still killed someone. Notable examples include: Ariel in "The Sleepover" killed her "best friend", Rita, solely because Rita tried to comfort Ariel for losing the monstrous Brandi as a friend. She became the most respected of the friend group after this, becoming a doctor.
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Go Out with a Smile
 Cold Case / int_88f16cee
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Go Out with a Smile: The victim in "The River" flashes his friend a smile, after requesting that said friend kill him so his wife and son can collect on his life insurance policy. He wears it right up to the moment his friend honors his wish and shoots him.
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Bank Robbery
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Bank Robbery: "Dog Day Afternoon".
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
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The killer's brother in "Strange Fruit" may be a rapist and a Morally Bankrupt Banker, but lynching a man and making a child watch brings even him to tears.
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Deconstruction
 Cold Case / int_8ae880f7
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"Running Around" features a deconstruction of the All Girls Want Bad Boys trope as a major plot element. Turns out the dreamy, leather-clad drug dealer with a seeming heart of gold really is just a knob.
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Department of Child Disservices
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Department of Child Disservices: The episodes "Fly Away", "The Woods", and "Ghost of My Child" have the child service workers being a pedophile, a burglar, and a child kidnapper, respectively.
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Posthumous Character
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Posthumous Character: With only a few exceptions, the victim of the week, whose death is established in the opening sequence, yet remain onscreen throughout the episode, fleshed out via flashbacks with the information provided by friends, family members, etc. Occasionally, some of those tertiary characters themselves fit this trope, depending on how long ago the murder took place (1919, 1929, etc.)
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "The Runner": three fatal gunshots to the heart. "Offender": rape followed by murder. "A Perfect Day": the victim falls several stories and drowns. "Disco Inferno": main victim killed and burned along with everyone else in the disco .
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Category Traitor
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Category Traitor: "Discretion" had a Hispanic detective and prosecutor (the latter is the episode's main victim) working a Missing White Woman Syndrome case being seen as this by their community, since the prime suspect was Hispanic as well.
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By-the-Book Cop
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By-the-Book Cop: Stillman to a T. He's the only one of the main characters who never flirts with dirtiness at any point in the show.
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Finger in the Mail
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Finger in the Mail: A coyote (smuggler of humans along the US-Mexico boarder) would kidnap the children of families that missed payments, cut off their ear and mail it to the family, then kill the child if there was still no payment received.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: The end of "Stalker", which has the killer go batshit and take several members of the team hostage, shooting and nearly killing both Lilly and John.
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Fish-Eye Lens
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Fish-Eye Lens: The flashbacks in "The Hitchhiker" are mostly shot like this.
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Asshole Victim
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Averted in "Maternal Instincts", which has an Asshole Victim... and an Even Bigger Asshole Killer.
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Recycled IN SPACE!
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Recycled In Space: "Disco Inferno" is The Jazz Singer, in The '70s.
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Justified Trope
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Two other episodes ("Torn" and "Beautiful Little Fool") had the murder take place so long ago (1919 and 1929 respectively) that an investigation seemed utterly pointless, since virtually everyone involved with the case is dead, so it's a safe bet the killer is too. The 1929 case might be at least partially Justified by the fact that they'd recently closed a 1932 case where the two key people (other than the victim, of course) were still alive ("Best Friends"), so they might have perceived a slim chance that the same would hold true for the 1929, but the 1919 one had to be a Foregone Conclusion.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: Because of his claustrophobia and the nature of his crimes, merely being caught is this for the killer in "The Road", as it means he’ll spend the rest of his life locked in a cell.
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The Suffragette
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The Suffragette: The oldest cold case that Lily and her team handled is set in 1919 which involves the murder of Francis Stone, a suffragette who was in conflict with her family for joining the movement. She and her family maid, Phil, are inspired to join the movement after the former saw that the latter had black eye given by her husband who disapproves of her reading a pamphlet given by the suffragettes. However, her mother tries to appeal to Francis that giving women the right to vote would to lead to the Prohibition being enacted which would shut down the family's brewing business. Despite being threatened to be disowned by her father, Francis sticks to her beliefs, leading to a heated argument with her mother who accidentally pushed her off the second story balcony, killing her.
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Children Are Innocent
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Children Are Innocent: The victim in "Glued" is a little boy that doesn't understand the pressures of being raised by a single mother or the racist tension in his neighborhood. He is killed by someone who claimed something like "he betrayed his race", again something he didn't understand.
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Lovable Jock
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Lovable Jock: The victim and his best friend in "Glory Days". The coach and sponsor of the team had been slipping them steroids against their will, the side effects of which cause the friend to lose his scholarship. When the victim confronts the sponsor, the sponsor murders him.
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Betty and Veronica
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Betty and Veronica: "Soul" had Chandra the church girl and Beatrice, a girl with a reputation who is secretary to a record producer. It turns out to be a Betty and Veronica Switch—the victim ends up having a son with the latter and gets killed by the former because she's a Yandere.
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Age Cut
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Age Cut: The viewer is frequently treated to flashes between the younger and older versions of the characters.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: George Marks suffers this after Lilly resists being completely broken, confronts him about his past, and rips his god complex apart saying that all he is is a frightened little boy whose mommy never loved him. In the span of two minutes, George goes from Smug Snake / Manipulative Bastard to Screaming Lunatic who can only scream "You shut up!" over and over again. After watching him walk away like a smug bastard in "Mind Hunters", watching George lose it felt strangely satisfying. John Smith ("The Road") kind of has this too. He's rattled by the fact that his latest victim refuses to give up hope of rescue, leading him to make the mistake that gets him arrested, and he's infuriated that Lily doesn't give up either and instead figures out where the victim is being held in time to save her from starving to death. Jim Larkin ("Lover's Lane") starts out as a Smug Snake... until the team reveals they have DNA evidence, at which point he has a Freak Out and rants about how both the victim and his girlfriend should have died that night. The killer in "Shore Leave" has a pretty epic one when the detectives inform him that the man he tried to wash out of the military by framing for the theft of an officer's gun went on to become a Navy Cross-winning Marine.
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Heel Realization
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Heel Realization: The father in "Superstar" realizing he’s been neglecting his youngest daughter all these years by obsessing over his oldest daughter’s death and her lost career. The guy who hired someone to steal his car for the insurance in "Resolutions" after coming this close to going down for murder due how much of a Jerkass he is to the point that that he became The Atoner. The father in "Shuffle, Ball Change", who declares, "It haunts me how I raised those boys. Pushing one (the athletic wrestler who was more like him), ignoring the other."(the one who was more like his late wife), realizing that he set the stage for one to murder the other out of jealousy.
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Standard Cop Backstory
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Standard Cop Backstory: Lilly's father abandoned the family when she was young. She grew up on welfare with an alcoholic mother and an irresponsible younger sister. She has a history of failed romances and, outside of these failed romances, no personal life.
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Big Damn Reunion
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Big Damn Reunion: Brenda the kidnapping victim and her fiancé David in " The Road", she races up, and hugs him ad he lifts her off a feet and in a circle as both of them beam with happiness.
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Riddle for the Ages
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Riddle for the Ages: We never find out whether Elisa, Scotty's childhood sweetheart, was murdered or committed suicide. Evidence is offered both ways, but nothing is stated for certain.
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Big Bad
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A particularly notable example is Linda Boyka, the Big Bad in "Cargo". At first, she seems to be quite the Magnificent Bitch, never losing her cool during her interrogation while freely admitting to her crimes because, according to her, it doesn't matter, as she calmly states that by the time the case is over, the team will have no evidence against her, she will go free, and The Dragon, who flipped on her, will be dead before he ever gets the chance to testify (even though he's already in prison). By the end of the episode exactly none of this has happened, showing she really was just full of hot air.
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Never My Fault
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The two teenage boys in "Thrill Kill", who didn’t realize that playing for the camera in a murder trial against three children was a bad idea. To make matters worse, after they reopened the case, the surviving one tried to invoke Never My Fault.
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Big Bad Duumvirate
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Perhaps the biggest example is in "Love Conquers Al", as even the killers acknowledge it wasn't. Big Bad Duumvirate Jane and Bennett killed Bennett's other woman, Paige, because he had cheated on Jane with her. Their relationship broke down anyway, so it was literally All for Nothing.
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555
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555: 215-555-0196, on "Saving Sammy". The number flashes on the doer's cell phone, putting him at the crime scene.
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Wardens Are Evil
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Wardens Are Evil: Well, probably not all wardens, but the one in "The House" certainly is. Though as an expy of Samuel Norton, could he be anything else?
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Serial killer George Marks used this straight on Lilly in "The Woods". The victims in the episodes of "Hoodrats" and "Read Between the Lines" play this straight as both were trying using their respective talents for monetary gain to create better lives for their brother and sister respectively.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A particularly heartbreaking one in "Wishing" gave us a girl who had a crush on the Victim of the Week, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him, and when her meathead boyfriend walked in she lied and said he tried to sexually assault her so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation". This caused the boy to be beaten up by said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as his only friend, who was embarrassed by him); her parents filed charges against him, and because of his alleged sexual deviance he ended up institutionalized in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients was horrifyingly neglectful. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) was dying of cancer as all of this was occurring, the boy's father wouldn't take care of him because of his mental status and the boy's caregiver, who was also dating the mother, took him from the institute and had him ran over by a train rather than let him live a life of loneliness and neglect. In present day, the the now-adult girl tears up in remorse upon realizing that she inadvertently caused the death of an innocent and harmless boy because of a little white lie. The teacher/priest in "That Woman". He had an affair with the killer, and when the victim pointed out the hypocrisy the killer (who was already unstable) blamed the victim for what happened and killed her. When interviewed he admits that he transferred largely out of guilt for causing the victim's death. The Jerkass in "Pin-Up Girl" who asked the killer out to get close to the victim only to laugh in her face for not realizing that was what he was doing. If the wife in "Revenge" hadn't told her brother-in-law about her husband's bearer bonds like she was told to, her son would be alive today. Roy Brigham Anthony’s aunt in "Creatures of the Night" was the one who gave him the idea that the voice in his head was god telling him what to do. Before that he believed he was crazy and could have gotten help. This is one of the few instances when the UWID are perfectly aware of it. Dr. Breslin in "it takes a village". Had he actually done something about the abuse going on at the foster home, for example the boys being made to stand naked for days on end poor Malik might not have been tipped over the edge by having his finger cut off by the other boys and the victims would certainly still be alive. In the present day he does show some regret, though it only took twenty one years and four children dying for it to sink in that he failed. By telling Jerry in "Yo, Adrian" that his fight was fixed his girlfriend started the process that led to his death. By threatening and yelling at him after he had an outburst at a debate, the victim's classmate in "Forensics" convinced the victim to quit debate, which his coach REALLY disapproved of.
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The Central Theme of the show is how the death of the victim changes the lives of everyone involved and how its consequences still reverberate through the years.
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Been There, Shaped History
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Been There, Shaped History: A few minor examples with the side characters. The victim in "Colors" was almost the first man to break the race barrier in baseball, but then he was killed and the honor went, as per history, to Jackie Robinson (who appears as a minor character in the episode). Likewise, the victim in "Devil Music" was in the process of recording one of the first demos for American Bandstand and certainly would have been one of the first rock and roll artists to appear on television if he hadn't been killed. The (fictional) 1995 mall shooting in "Rampage" is listed alongside Columbine by Stillman as an example of famous acts of violence that lead to the push for modern gun control laws. There have also been a couple fictional politicians and a fictional first woman to break the sound barrier (it was actually Jacqueline Cochran).
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart: Some of the killers are this to the victim or someone else involved. The killer in "Witness Protection" to the victim. They both made mistakes that they were trying to make amends for and had difficult family lives because of this. But while the victim was getting his life together and realized he couldn’t let his family pay for his mistakes, the killer wanted to hold on to what he had with an iron fist. The gang leader in "The Badlands" is this to Jeffries. Both grew up in the titular neighborhood, the roughest part of Philly, and both aspired to be in the gangs. Jeffries, however, met the right people, who straightened him out, while the positive influences in the gangster's life, the episode's victims, were killed. Jeffries using this fact to empathize with the gangster, pointing out that he'd likely have ended up the exact same way in the same situation, scores him some critical testimony.
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Addled Addict
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Inverted with a victim's brother in "The Badlands", who has gone from Addled Addict to upstanding military recruit in the year since the murders. It turns out that HE'S the killer and this was his effort to atone for his actions. Played straight with several other characters who have gone from being decent people to criminals.
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Depraved Homosexual
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"It's Raining Men" had a character who was a Depraved Homosexual who deliberately gave other men HIV in 1983 become a kindly pet shop owner by 2004, who is literally seen playing with puppies in the ending montage.
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Upper-Class Twit
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Upper-Class Twit: All of the suspects in "Blackout". One of them responds to learning of the Rwandan Genocide with "Isn't that where the gorillas are?"
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Taking the Bullet
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Taking the Knife: How the victim in "Kensington" dies. One wonders why he bothered, since the guy he saved was a Too Dumb to Live Ungrateful Bastard.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: The opening scenes often drop hints as to what lead to the victim's murder. In "Blood On The Tracks", a character declares "If I died tomorrow, no one would know or even care." By the episode's end, we learn that she WAS killed the very next day and that her killer assumed her identity (they looked very much alike). And indeed, there was no one in her life to notice or care. In "Almost Paradise", when the victim defends her boyfriend from the vice principal, the camera pans down to her ass. It turns out the VP has a crush on her, and later attempts to make out with her in his car. When she rejects him and runs off, he runs her over.
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Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be
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Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be: This show exposed the unseemly sides of every time period, showing there's no such thing as "the good old days".
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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The father of the murder victim the detectives investigate in the "Disco Inferno" episode confesses to this: When the victim decides to defy him on his choice for future life career path, the father said "I... renounce... you." before leaving, barely hours before the son dies.
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Accomplice by Inaction
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The gang leader in "Knuckle Up" is not arrested for running away from the scene of a murder, despite doing so making him an Accomplice by Inaction. Same goes for the girls in the "The Promise".
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Sarcasm Mode
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In "A Perfect Day" Cindy's abusive husband at one point threatens "to take away what she loves the most". One of the women who runs the battered women shelter translates this as: he'd murder their children and make her watch him do it. Nice guy. He does in fact murder one of their children in front of her, but she is able to save the other.
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Who's on First?
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Who's on First?: A short version happens in "The Long Blue Line" when Bell asks Miller out to see a band called The Heartless Bastards:
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Secret Keeper
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Secret Keeper: Plenty of episodes have a character whose been keeping a secret of the victim that was related to the case until being found by the investigators. Examples include French from Runaway Bunny who knows that Bunny is still alive, having helped her go into hiding, and Harry Kemp Jr. from ''Libertyville Who Julian confessed his mixed race heritage to, something that Harry only ever told his father and Julian's father-in-law about, with the old man taking it far less well than Harry did and urging him to not tell his sister or niece.
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Prom Baby
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Prom Baby: "Family". The cheerleading captain gives birth to the popular kid's baby on prom night. She leaves it in a trash can and it's eventually put up for adoption. The dad is killed.
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It's Personal
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The serial rapist from season seven, despite having what was essentially a multi-episode side arc in which he raped Scotty's mother. Later averted, his name was given in a later episode as Jimmy Mota.
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Left the Background Music On
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Left the Background Music On: The music playing during flashbacks or the end are occasionally shown to be playing in-universe. In "8 Years", "Glory Days" is playing on a jukebox in a bar, in "Wednesday's Women", "This Little Light of Mine" is a lullaby Kat Miller is singing to her daughter, and in "Shore Leave", "Taps" is being played on the bugle at the Marine's funeral.
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Dumb Muscle
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Dumb Muscle: Averted with French, in Runaway Bunny who serves as the PI's muscle, but is fairly resourceful and street-smart.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: The more sympathetic killers show this after they've committed the murder, ranging from horrified looks on their faces to tearfully apologizing to the dead/dying victim (such as in "The Red and the Blue" and "Read Between The Lines"). Jeffries in "Death Penalty: Final Appeal", when he realizes the convicted man wasn't lying...after the titular death penalty has been carried out. This is a common interpretation to even some of the victims, particularly the less-sympathetic ones: the victims in "Maternal Instincts" (ashamed that she kidnapped a baby before she was murdered), "Blackout" (her pedophilia leading to her death) and "Greed" (the killer, a corrupt, manipulative executive, sheepishly thanking Lilly for solving his murder.) While not the killer in "Roller Girl", the victim's friend Julie suffers this when she learns that refusing to allow the victim to stay the night at her place in part led to her getting killed.
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face
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I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: All over the place in "Time to Crime", with the same MAC-10. Two kids are playing with guns in a hallway, and an adult is horrified to learn that one of the guns is real and fully loaded. Two college kids get their hands on the gun, and decide to randomly shoot some geese. They also end up hitting a nearby horse. Most heartrendingly, the killer of the episode shot at a crowded park and not only missed his target, but also killed his little sister.
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Benevolent Boss
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John Stillman, the Benevolent Boss to the unit, who will take care of all of them when they need him.
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Black Sheep
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Black Sheep: Christina Rush. Though in a way every Rush save Lilly is a Black Sheep, which would then make her a White Sheep.
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"You don't exist." in "Who's Your Daddy?"
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Meet the New Boss
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"Chinatown". Literally everything could have been prevented had one specific cop just arrested the local Chinese mob leader, but he didn't because he figured someone else just as bad would replace him. Even all three villains - the cop, the mob boss, and the killer - getting theirs at the end doesn't seem to balance out the fact that two innocent lives were lost and several more ruined all due to the cynicism of one man.
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Circus Episode
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Circus Episode: In "Metamorphosis" the team investigates the death of a teenage circus aerialist.
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Playing the Victim Card
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Playing the Victim Card: Played with, Tina Bream really is a victim. It’s just that she blames everyone from the police to her husband for her son’s kidnapping and death. It’s telling that when everyone found out that it was entirely her fault her response to the cops calling her out when the cops found out that she was told who kidnapped her husband. Her response was that she didn’t have a lot of reasons to trust the police. Sandra Riley from the same episode uses being a Hot Guy, Ugly Wife ignoring her husband molesting her child as kidnapping other children to molest.
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Enfant Terrible
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Enfant Terrible: Averted; most young killers are very sympathetic. The one exception was apparently John Smith, and even he would only start committing his murders as an adult (though he did let someone die as a kid).
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Died in Your Arms Tonight
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Died in Your Arms Tonight: In "8:03 AM", Miller reopens the cold case of Skill Jones; a young drug dealer who died in her arms when she was working undercover for narcotics
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Recycled Premise
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Recycled Premise: Though the majority of the premises are different, there are a few examples: "Family" and "Almost Paradise" have strikingly similar endings because both involve a faculty member or teacher asking a favor from a student during a late 1980's high school senior party, both have the student refusing to comply, and both have student killed by faculty member running him or her over with a automobile. "Glory Days" and "Forensics" also end rather similarly, with a student being murdered by a teacher after confronting them with both their own wrongdoing and the fact that their glory days at school were in reality anything but. The victims in both the "The Plan" and "Blackout" are both killed in the same manner and for mostly the same reason, both get drowned in a swimming pool for being a pedophile. "Static" and "November 22nd" are about money-broke men getting shot by a sentimentally-involved woman because they wanted to spend more time with their estranged daughters. Both episodes also have the victim temporarily persuading their killers to back down, only for them to kill them anyway. "Daniela" and "Boy Crazy" both end with a boy coming too late to save the girl they love, and both involve a protagonist who was in some way gender-nonconforming — the victim in the former was MtF transgender, while the latter is a girl who preferred to dress like a boy and do "boy" things (the exact nature of that victim's identity is never specified). The victims of "Shuffle, Ball Change" and "Wunderkind" are both killed by their older brothers who they tried to help chase their dreams. "Fly Away" and "Baby Blues" are both about mothers who try to kill themselves and their child, and are only half successful. The victims of "A Time to Hate", "Colors", and "Stealing Home" were all baseball players who got killed with their own bats. The victims of "Beautiful Lttle Fool" and "Street Money" were killed because they refused to blackmail a public figure. Both "Hubris" and "Triple Threat" deal with teacher-student romances. Both "Family 8108" and "Bad Reputation" dealt with fathers in a horrible situation who had sons that felt they were cowards for not making the situation worse than it had to be.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Although George dies in "The Woods", it's Suicide by Cop that happens on his own terms (at the hand of the one person he felt was worthy of ending his life). In "Death Penalty: Final Appeal" the crooked DA who got an innocent man executed simply loses his job (although it was also in the paper so to be fair his reputation was also irreversibly damaged).note In Real Life, what he did would get him disbarred and possibly even sent to prison. It's not unreasonable to think the same happened here, just simply off-screen. Scotty never suffers any consequences for engineering the death of his mother's rapist, nor for beating up the would-be pedophile (though Scotty's assessment of him was correct, the man had technically not done anything illegal and as such, there was no reason for Scotty's assault on him). Ironic, since throughout the series he is reprimanded for other mistakes that he's made. In all fairness, the first one may have been because the show ended with the next episode. In "Stand Up and Holler", while the Alpha Bitch who organized the rape of the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds killer is arrested, neither the Jerk Jock who actually committed the crime nor the slimy loser gym teacher who covered it up in a desperate attempt to get all the Jerk Jocks and Alpha Bitches to like him are ever seen facing charges, though as statute of limitations hadn't expired, it is feasible that the killer flipped on them to get a deal off-screen or something. "Running Around", that case of the murdered Amish girl. Her friend had been raped and impregnated but she refused to press charges because it would wreck her family. Subverted with the killers, who've been able to live a normal life for any number of years, even if they're finally arrested in the end. Subverted with Chuck Pierce. It's revealed that all of his attempts to achieve success ultimately fell short, and that he spent 40 years very much aware that his victim was better. The guy in "Red Glare" qualifies to an extent. The cops arrest him, but he smugly notes that given his age (the crime took place fifty years ago and he was at least thirty then) he's likely to be let off with a slap on the wrist. By extension, this may also be true of similarly aged villains such as in "Sandhogs", "WASP", "Family 8108", "Factory Girls", and maybe "Shore Leave". Downplayed in "The House", "Late Returns" and "Roller Girl" where a legal loophole leaves the detectives unable to arrest the killer, but a.) the death was accidental (though the "killer" still didn't report it, which was definitely wrong), and b.) all three episodes include a genuinely evil character who is sent to jail (the one in Late Returns was arguably responsible for the death anyway, and was also a murderer on her own time). A lot of people in the series - while not committing the actual murder - did play a big part in it and would have gone down for at least manslaughter in real life. Geraldine the secretary in "Start Up" is a good example. She knew her boss had poisoned the victim with his own medication, and she even covered it up by refilling the boss's prescription. That'd be at least an accessory to first-degree murder charge in real life, but the detectives let her off, implicitly due to the fact that she's absolutely terrified of her boss. The ex-partner from "Disco Inferno" said she would sleep with the killer if he broke the victim's leg to ruin her rival's chances: not only did she get off scott-free (she hired someone to commit a crime and someone was killed in the process of said crime), she was able to get out of the fire unscarred, yet her rival had the entire right side of her body burned. Leah in "Wishing": Filing a False Rape Accusation heightened the stress of the victim‘s mother and made it so that he could never be put in a proper facility, making the killer desperate enough to do what he did. The wife in "Witness Protection" cheated on her husband with the agent who assigned them. He ended up madder at the agent than at his wife. The Cold Case team actively aided the killer in "Justice" evade prosecution because he is the brother of one of the rape victims and was a child at the time. In fairness, given the situation, this one could be considered Justified given all the factors involved. The guy that organized, and participated in, the brutal rape of the victim in "The Letter" died peacefully of old age, surrounded by family. The fact that he was a rapist was completely unknown for almost seventy years, by which point he was already dead. Compare the actual killer, who was much more sympathetic and is still alive, but who they still arrest. This started to happen less and less as the series went on with second and even third parties being shown to get their comeuppance.
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Black Widow
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Black Widow: The killer in "Gleen" is a Black Widower, as is the accomplice in "Start-up", which is how he knew what poison to give to the killer to commit the dirty deed. "The Runaway Bunny".
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Time-Shifted Actor
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Timeshifted Actor: Used heavily due to the reliance on flashbacks to tell the case's story, with nifty juxtapositions and actor-switching in between, to demonstrate just how much (or little) each person questioned in the case has changed over the years.
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Hanging Judge
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Hanging Judge: Judge Alvarez in "Jurisprudence", who sentences young offenders to long sentences for minor crimes in exchange for kickbacks from the reform centre where they are sent.
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RealLife
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In "Death Penalty: Final Appeal" the crooked DA who got an innocent man executed simply loses his job (although it was also in the paper so to be fair his reputation was also irreversibly damaged).note In Real Life, what he did would get him disbarred and possibly even sent to prison. It's not unreasonable to think the same happened here, just simply off-screen.
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Homeless Pigeon Person
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Homeless Pigeon Person: There was a one-shot character who had known and mentored the victim of the week and was your typical pigeon keeper. He's like this due to depression caused by a mistake in his airplane design leading to several accidental deaths.
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Like a Son to Me
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Like a Son to Me: The killer's relationship to the victim in "Glory Days" and "Breaking News". Also invoked by the theatre director in "Willkommen".
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Adults Are Useless
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Adults Are Useless: As seen in the two-parter "The Thin Blue Line/Into The Blue", as well as stupid, misogynistic and corrupt. The victim, the lone female cadet at a military school, is continuously harassed by her fellow cadets, instructors and even a parent of a boy who was rejected for the school. The latter example is the most shameful; while the students and teachers had a right to be there and would (and did) protect their own by looking the other way, the father was a visitor who would come by daily in his drunken travels just to pointlessly bitch at her to her face and personally blame her for his son not getting in during the flag ceremony practice. Whereas she wasn't able to speak up for herself or even react to his acrimonious behavior, school officials could have easily kicked the asshole out and have him banned from coming onto the premises.
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Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult
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Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: In "The Brush Man", one of the suspects is a reclusive Vietnam veteran who keeps any toy who lands on his property. When the police search his home, they find a huge stash of bikes and balls.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Shore Leave". One suspect, a former Marine, lied about his age to fight in The Korean War, but became the Butt-Monkey of his platoon and attracted the Drill Sergeant Nasty because of his ineptitude. He ended up saving the lives of his comrades by responding quickly to a P.L.A. ambush on the front lines and was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor. Years later, even with proof of his heroism, his old Sergeant still thinks he was only one step up from a total washout. Curtis Bell, the ADA introduced in "Street Money". He appears completely disorganised, and acts like he doesn't know what day of the week it is, but is one of the shrewdest prosecutors around.
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Obfuscating Disability
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Obfuscating Disability: The killer in "Metamorphosis" pretended to suffer from cerebral gigantism and uses the fact that people expect him to be mentally retarded to conceal his true intelligence. The killer in "Shuffle, Ball Change" faked a career-ending knee injury in order to drop out of wrestling without disappointing his father. One of his crutches turned out to be the murder weapon.
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Parting Words Regret
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Parting Words Regret: The father of the murder victim the detectives investigate in the "Disco Inferno" episode confesses to this: When the victim decides to defy him on his choice for future life career path, the father said "I... renounce... you." before leaving, barely hours before the son dies. The same thing happened in "Superstar": the father chastised the victim for wanting a life of her own outside of tennis. Similarly in "Soul": the father of the victim slapped him after learning he was leaving home and told him "They took the wrong son" (in reference to his brother's death). The victim stormed off. Similarly, in "Forever Blue", the father of the victim renounced him for being gay. And then sent him to his death without meaning to. He's still haunted by that more than thirty years later. In the episode "Shuffle, Ball Change", the victim and his brother got into a shoving match that resulted in the brother injuring his knee, possibly derailing his wrestling career. Their infuriated father told the victim, "God help you, Maurice". The boy disappeared soon afterwards, leaving the father thoroughly haunted by the thought that his son had run away from home thinking that his father hated him, and even more torn up when he learned that his son had in fact been murdered, and that either way, those were the last words that he said to him. The last time the father saw his daughter in "Into the Blue" he had left an award ceremony without honoring her. In "The Key", the daughter of the victim said she hated her mother one night before she died. The next day, she rejected her mother's attempt to patch up things between her. That's probably why, twenty-odd years later, she's the one still trying to find out who killer her mother.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Abounds in "The Goodbye Room", in an institution driven by nuns for pregnant unwed girls in 1964.
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: The victim in "The Brush Man" spent hard time for killing a man who was beating his wife, and later tracks down the wife to give her money on a regular basis as an apology for doing so. He gets killed when, having started a new life as a successful traveling salesman, he intervenes in another domestic abuse scenario involving one of his customers' kids.
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Fatal Flaw
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Fatal Flaw: The victims are usually killed because of their own best qualities. "Bombers" - The victim's obsession with honoring, later avenging, his friend. "The Runaway Bunny" - The victim can't help being a Deadpan Snarker even when his life is in danger. "The Brush Man" - The victim's hate towards abusive husbands and fathers. "Street Money" - The victim's devotion to being a completely honest politician, despite everyone from his campaign manager to his opponent telling him this is unrealistic.
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Straw Misogynist
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Straw Misogynist: Played with in "The Long Blue Line" and "Into the Blue" while at first it seemed played completely straight with none of the cadets liking the victim because she was a girl, it turned out that that was mostly a mentality held by the teachers. In an effort to prove that she was just as good she unintentionally shut herself off, accidentally coming off as a Smug Snake, something she was rectifying when she got killed. Even then she was killed due to the fact that the other cadets were going to embrace her and not her killer.
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Weirdness Censor
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The target in "Sabotage" couldn’t comprehend the fact that his brother was trying to kill him. It reached the point of Weirdness Censor, forcing the police to sit him down and make him see reason.
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: The target in "Sabotage" couldn’t comprehend the fact that his brother was trying to kill him. It reached the point of Weirdness Censor, forcing the police to sit him down and make him see reason. Or apparently crazy, as was the case of the victim in "A Dollar, A Dream". After she and her daughters wound up homeless due to her husband and the sole breadwinner's death from cancer, they all end up living in their car and she befriends a fellow homeless man who ends up killing her due to his belief that she was holding out on a lottery ticket that was worth a lot of money. She did win, but it was only enough for pocket change for him and enough to buy a birthday cake for her younger daughter. Unfortunately, she had no idea how unstable the man was; he became convinced that she won the jackpot and was holding out on him, with tragic results. Several victims end up dying due to having too much trust in their killers. Two examples which at best could be explained by their young ages are "Sleepover" and "That Woman". The former had a friendly 12-year-old who couldn't grasp why the "cool" girls would invite her to their slumber party just to make fun of her. The latter had a promiscuous 16-year-old girl who joined her school's Christian Club and was confused about the fellow members considered their "unholy" actions (like premarital sex and exploring their sexuality) to be secrets worth killing her for.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Tina in "Rampage". She was raped by a group of jocks in her high school and noticed that the episode's killers were planning to kill them. She goads them on and they attack the mall where the rapists are hanging out. Unfortunately, they don't stop after the jocks are killed and murder ten more innocent people before taking their own lives. Tina is clearly horrified and breaks down sobbing, pleading with one of the victims that he has to live.
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Red Scare
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Red Scare: "Red Glare"
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Chekhov's Skill
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Chekhov's Skill: Vera's rudimentary knowledge of sign language (which he picked up on advice of Dean Harden) proves useful when he comprehends Andy's parents's conversation, leading them to his killer.
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Deadpan Snarker
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"The Runaway Bunny" - The victim can't help being a Deadpan Snarker even when his life is in danger.
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Transgender
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Transgender: The victim in "Boy Crazy" is diagnosed with "gender identity disorder" (the older term for gender dysphoria, from when being trans was pathologized and considered synonymous with it), and winds up being murdered for presenting as a boy. The earlier episode "Daniela" focused on a trans woman in the 70s who is Driven to Suicide when her boyfriend's father forced them to break up.
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Thanksgiving Episode
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Thanksgiving Episode: "Saving Patrick Bubley" shows the Bubleys having Thanksgiving dinner in 1999 and 2003, as well as murders that follow each time.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Face–Heel Turn: Far too often in this show, the killer us the victim's loved one—a friend/relative/spouse—who turns bad.
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What You Are in the Dark
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What You Are in the Dark: It's ultimately what Rush and the detectives sweat out of the suspects (and the killer) after they've hidden it for so many years. Sometimes, it's how the victim's character shines the brightest (when they're not Asshole Victims). And sometimes, it's when you see the killer's weakness in character. In Sherry Darlin, James was the one set up to smother his grandmother to death for her money. Instead, he fluffs her pillow and tries to leave her to sleep peacefully. Sherry, on the other hand... Also in the same episode, James' half-brother was left alone with Sherry for a few minutes, before Sherry started flirting with him. She offered that they run away together. But as it turns out, the brother had more integrity than Sherry anticipated. Ghost of my Child, where a former drug addict named Priscilla Chapman is at a crossroads between staying clean for her baby and giving him up for adoption. Her ex-boyfriend offers her a fix, to mark the end of her drug hiatus. But ultimately, she declines and goes straight home. The Plan has a non-villainous example of failing the Secret Test of Character. Instead of helping the pedophilic swimming coach out of the pool when he's drowning, he allows him to drown once they're alone.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Rita, the title character in "Pin-Up Girl", fittingly for her profession essentially looks like a live-action Jessica Rabbit. She's not entirely content to keep modeling forever, though. Carrie, the victim from "That Woman".
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: The killer in "Pin-Up Girl" finally got to be in front of the camera. Averted in "Bad Reputation". The son of the victim wanted to be just like his father. To nip that in the bud his father pretended to be a jerk. Crumbs in "Colors" would have given anything for one good swing and in a fit of rage, he took it... killing his friend in the process.
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No Historical Figures Were Harmed
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No Historical Figures Were Harmed: In "Beautiful Little Fool", the 1920s film star Carmela LaFleur is based on Mae West. Lt. Stillman even lampshades this when he describes Carmela as a "Mae West-type actress."
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Extreme Doormat
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The victim and her cuckolded (but innocent) husband in "Maternal Instincts". She's so far out of his league that their pairing seems utterly incomprehensible. It doesn't help that he's an Extreme Doormat when it comes to her—instantly forgiving her for cheating on him, and helping her kidnap a baby to fulfill her dream of having a child. Not even her immediately abandoning him and running off with said child can make him muster up any real anger to her even years later. (Though one could argue she married him because she knew how much she could manipulate him.)
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Selective Obliviousness
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Selective Obliviousness: Sandra Riley ignored the fact that her husband was molesting her son as well as the fact that he kidnapped another boy to kidnap because she enjoyed Hot Guy, Ugly Wife
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: The victim from "Thick as Thieves" receives this. Even as an unlikable victim (while still being the one of the better of these types of victims, she may have been a thief who made her son participate in her crimes, but she wasn't a murderer or a rapist), she was shot at point blank range but didn't die. Instead, she ended up in a coma for twenty years.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: Many of the victims die this way (to the point that it's the most common way to die after gunshot wounds.) Some of the many items used to kill someone included a hand weight ("The Long Blue Line/Into The Blue"), a wine bottle ("Soul"), a baseball bat ("A Time To Hate", "Colors" and "Stealing Home"), a rock ("The Good-Bye Room"), a hockey stick ("Iced"), a metronome ("Andy In C Minor") and a skateboard ("Hoodrats").
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Enhance Button
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Enhance Button: Played with - the detectives move up close to the screen. Though Vera laments that their station is too poor to have one of those zoomer things.
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Rape and Revenge
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Rape and Revenge: Played straight in "Rampage". Tina's rape in the mall leads to her encouraging the two killers to commit their massacre, which they do that very day. Played with in at least four episodes: "The Plan" has a pedophile teacher's victims find each other and decide to take revenge on him...only to back out when they've pushed him into the pool. It's actually the other teacher at the school, who has overheard the conversation and knows what he did, who lets him drown. The appropriately named "Revenge" has a grieving father avenge the death of his son, as he believes the victim raped and murdered his son. Played with, though, in that the molester actually didn't commit the murder, his abused son - who has no interest in revenge - did. "Justice", which is essentially the Distaff Counterpart to "The Plan", has a date rapist's victims also find each other and threaten him with a gun. They just terrify him - it's actually one victim's brother who finds the gun afterwards and finishes the job. "Blackout" is a similar variation. The detectives suspect it could be the sexually abused son who committed the murder, but it's actually his sister, who knew what her mother had done and finally lost it when she found out that her mother was planning to do the same to her grandson/the murderer's son.
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Men Act, Women Are: The wife in "Joseph" was a drug rehab counselor who molested one of her students, and when he killed a witness she threatened the person who was going to testify against him. Yet it turns out it was the husband who was the killer. To make matters worse the wife is shown not to be the least bit grateful as she still kept the affair behind her husband's back afterwards.
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AxeCrazy
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In "Forever Blue" the victim's father, a police sergeant, hired another cop to beat the homosexuality out of his son; unfortunately the guy was completely Axe-Crazy and shot him instead. He kept this a secret well into his twilight years, until the detectives persuaded him to tearfully give up himself and the killer.
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Moral Myopia
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Moral Myopia: The victim in "Lonely Hearts", in an effort to keep her con-artist boyfriend, gave him the idea of becoming a Blue Beard. While she was freaked out by the murders, she only seemed to realize he was a bad guy when she thought she had outlived her usefulness. The first suspect in "The Red and the Blue" didn’t mind the fact that she was her husband's mistress when they were dating, but shot him when she found out he was cheating on her after they got married. Made worse by the fact that she hinted that she was cheating on him as well. The victim in "Blackout" had the gall to call her ex-husband a pedophile for cheating on her with a younger woman when she had been molesting her son for years and was killed for attempting to molest her grandson. The serial killer in "Sabotage" would rather kill his young niece than destroy the place his father built. The wife in "Witness Protection" yelling at her husband about relocating then having an affair with the agent assigned to them.
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My Greatest Second Chance
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My Greatest Second Chance: "Forensics" uses this trope in an appropriately twisted fashion fit for a murder mystery. The victim was a high school debate prodigy who was seen as this by his teacher, who had himself been an apt debater in high school before, so he tells it, his partner made an embarrassing mistake that cost him the national title. It's eventually discovered that he got the team disqualified by going apeshit on his opponent and was in denial about it, and what's more murdered his student when he decided to quit the team.
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Troubled Teen
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Troubled Teen: The "Maternal Instincts" (S1E21) episode of Cold Case features the son of the murdered victim and who is since getting in all sort of problems, who came to police to say he saw his mother being murdered.
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Gorgeous George
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Gorgeous George: One of the wrestlers interviewed in "One Fall" played an effete, feather boa-clad heel character. He wasn't the killer, but he witnessed the crime and did nothing, and so was arrested as Accomplice by Inaction.
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Epic Fail
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Epic Fail: The low point for the three guys in "Kensington" was when they tried and failed to steal a chandelier from an empty house.
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Take That!
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Take That!: "The Last Drive-in" contains an arguable dig at Criminal Minds and possibly Mindhunters, which starred Kathryn Morris, in a scene where an FBI agent complains that the profilers always give her useless information like the killer's favorite underwear color.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: Two examples from "Stalker": The daughter: after literally being sent a stalker's shrine she responded by saying how romantic it was. When you add to that the repeated threats the guy made on her and her family... Her mother, for using her daughter’s picture in her profile and being the one who was actually writing the stalker. The two teenage boys in "Thrill Kill", who didn’t realize that playing for the camera in a murder trial against three children was a bad idea. To make matters worse, after they reopened the case, the surviving one tried to invoke Never My Fault. The pedophile in "Revenge" has a gun pointed at him and feels that that is the right time to taunt the would-be shooter. The victim in "Jackals" joined a dangerous biker gang because she was mad at her dad, despite everyone, including them, telling her it was a stupid idea. The killer in "Officer Down". One perp was arrested simply for being this, selling the gun to the person who tried to kill him, who just happened to be a 12 year old boy. One in "Justice". One would think Mike would be smarter than to taunt the younger brother of his rape victim (who has a gun aimed point blank at him, by the way).
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Amoral Attorney
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Amoral Attorney: ADA Danner in "Death Penalty: Final Appeal", who knowingly sent an innocent man to the lethal injection to pretty up his numbers. In the closing montage, he gets disbarred.
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Ballet Episode
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Ballet Episode: "Shuffle, Ball Change"
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Awkward First Sleepover
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Awkward First Sleepover: One case revolves around a first sleepover gone wrong - the newcomer was only invited so that the other girls could humiliate her, and when she wouldn't play along, one of the other girls accidentally killed her in a blind rage, afraid that she would become the new designated loser in the group.
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Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere
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Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: MO of the serial killer from "The Road".
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Hot for Preacher
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Hot for Preacher: The chastity club president in "That Woman", who began a relationship with the teacher/youth counselor in spite of values they both allegedly had in place.
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Cycle of Revenge
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Cycle of Revenge: "Saving Patrick Bubley". Tragically so.
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"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The present-day situations of each person involved in the case is interposed with shots of what they were like when the case first happened.
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Jackie Robinson Story
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Jackie Robinson Story: "Colors". In fact, a good portion of the victims fall into this category, given that their murder is related to the social issues of the time. Lilly's racist first partner Detective Fulcrum, seen in flashback in "Saving Patrick Bubley"; it's implied rather strongly he wrote off pretty much all of his cases where the victim was poor and black as "public service murders" and made no effort to solve them. In "Our Boy Is Back": the boyfriend of a rape victim who refused to give a DNA sample because it would have proven that he had never slept with the victim.
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TheBlueBeard
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The Blue Beard: "Lonely Hearts" and to a lesser extent "Gleen". The husband in the former episode was initially just a con artist until his girlfriend convinced him to marry several women just so they can kill them and get the insurance money and in the end, had five dead wives. The husband in the latter episode is more of a subversion; he kills the victim who was the wife he had a daughter with, but didn't get the chance to kill the other women he was to marry because they either left him after he got too possessive or in the case of his current fiancee, he was arrested the weekend they were to get married.
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Color Motif
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Color Motif: The flashback scenes in "Spiders" are terribly drab but the color red is quite vivid.
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The Bluebeard
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The victim in "Lonely Hearts", in an effort to keep her con-artist boyfriend, gave him the idea of becoming a Blue Beard. While she was freaked out by the murders, she only seemed to realize he was a bad guy when she thought she had outlived her usefulness.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: In "Who's your Daddy", one of the two victims was given a choice between accepting visas from another family (and basically condemning them) and allowing himself and his family to be deported (the same as a death sentence). "The Perfect Day", and how! In a fit of If I Can't Have You..., an abusive husband forces his wife to choose which of their twin daughters she'll save, and which one he'll throw off the bridge. You can guess what happens next.
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Tyrant Takes the Helm
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Tyrant Takes the Helm: Season 6 introduces Patrick Doherty, a loathsome new Deputy Commissioner who's never worked an actual case in his life and rose to his position by kissing the asses of Philly's crookedest officials. He has a particular axe to grind with Stillman, who sent Doherty's druggie son to prison years before.
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: Michael McShane, the victim in "Glory Days", turned out to be smarter than he himself thought and could have had a future away from football.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: Crosses over with N-Word Privileges in "Spiders." The show wasn't shy about using mild swear language, but nothing too offensive. Which is why it's so jarring to hear the n-word dropped nonchalantly into conversation by a neo-Nazi white woman on a show that, at the time, aired on Sunday night at 9.
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Clear My Name
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Clear My Name: Why the cases in "Hubris", "It's Raining Men", "Frank's Best", "Death Penalty: Final Appeal", "Thrill Kill", "Iced", "Two Weddings", "Flashover" and "Bad Night" were opened.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: ALL of the detectives react very badly while interrogating George Marks, when rather than caving in and confessing, he instead taunts them about traumatic events in their life—Scotty's schizophrenic girlfriend and her suicide, Vera mishandling a rape case (to the point that Vera needs to be restrained from attacking him), the death of Jeffries' wife (George implies he was the one who killed her, though he wasn't. Jeffries stays calm in the interview but loses it later), Stillman's failed marriage and Lilly's childhood mugging. Scotty Valens: Suspended in an episode after beating the crap out of an inmate that said suicide is cowardly and a result of the loved ones failing to do their work. His childhood love had recently committed suicide. Vera: Used to react very badly to comments about his failed marriage. Was so obsessed with solving the case of a Serial Rapist who had murdered his latest victim that he relentlessly browbeat two suspects (despite the fact that one of them cooperated fully) to the point where the DA had to explicitly tell him to stay away from each man. Five years later not only does the warning still stand, both men are still afraid of him. He really seems to hate rapists in general, possibly due to the effect the above case had on him. Jeffries: Beats the crap out the crooked DA whose obstruction resulted in an innocent man getting executed (and violently forces the real killer against the wall). It's not wise, if you're a minority suspect, to pull the "I was only arrested because all police are racist" card in front of Jeffries. It's reckless drivers, due to his wife’s death on a hit and run accident, as seen in "Bad Night". He did eventually realize he was being too hard on the victim of that case because of it. Stillman: just about anything having to do with the armed forces—disrespect, ill-treatment—is this, having been in the service himself. His contempt for a man who falsely claimed to have been a POW (like the victim) is greater than that for the killer himself. Lilly: it's bad mothers, to the point where she acts extremely cold to two women who were genuinely trying to improve as parents. It's Personal for her. Many of the victims get killed because they trip on the killer's button. For example, the victim in Beautiful Little Fool is killed because she called the killer "lowly".
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His Name Is...
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"Yo Adrian", essentially. An elderly boxing referee on his deathbed confesses that he was paid to rig a match, which resulted in the death of a boxer, but dies before he can tell the detectives who paid him. It's ultimately revealed that the match was fixed in the victim's favor... and the victim himself fixed it back in the other direction in order to prove he could win without his opponent taking a dive. As it turned out, he couldn't, and he died, so ultimately the investigation was entirely unnecessary.
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Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot
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Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A frequent device used to get evidence to reopen a case or even close it at last. Situations have included the following: The victim's prized possession turning up in the hands of someone who would be very unlikely to have it unless they were involved. Something "not quite right" being noticed in a suspect's finances. The murder weapon, by sheer coincidence, being turned in or seized in an unrelated incident. Most prominent in "Spiders": The arrest of four neo nazis and the solving of the disappearance of a Latino woman is originally kicked off by investigating another victim's abusive father as a suspect after he was arrested for beating his stepdaughter into a coma.
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Used to Be a Sweet Kid
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Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Patrick Bubley was scoring in the gifted range on school exams, but after his brothers were murdered, he became preoccupied with avenging them, and began to slack off. By the time that Luther has been killed, Lily discovers that Patrick is flunking out of high school. Once she reminds Patrick that his brothers wanted Patrick to have a better life, Patrick is able to find a measure of peace, and he renews his commitment to his studies. the killer of all people in it takes a village before he became a Tragic Monster.
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Shrouded in Myth
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Shrouded in Myth: The fate of the victim in "World's End" had become a local urban legend.
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Mind Screw
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Mind Screw: "Into the Blue". The entire episode, apart from the very beginning and very end, and including all Lilly's efforts to solve the case therein, is a Dying Dream. Granted, the final montage shows that she turned out to be right in her dream-deductions.
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Cunning Like a Fox
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Not surprising that woman named Sherry Fox would turn out to be a con-artist.
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Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
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Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The victim's parents in "Revenge", played by Brent Sexton and Brigid Brannagh respectively. The victim and her cuckolded (but innocent) husband in "Maternal Instincts". She's so far out of his league that their pairing seems utterly incomprehensible. It doesn't help that he's an Extreme Doormat when it comes to her—instantly forgiving her for cheating on him, and helping her kidnap a baby to fulfill her dream of having a child. Not even her immediately abandoning him and running off with said child can make him muster up any real anger to her even years later. (Though one could argue she married him because she knew how much she could manipulate him.) Paul and Claire Shepard in "The Last Drive-in"/"Bullet". He's an overweight, nerdy, infertile Serial Killer. She's a cute-as-a-button Luna Lovegood lookalike who seems about half his age and has no knowledge of his... extracurricular activities.
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Suicide Pact
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Suicide Pact: In "Detention", three of the kids make one, but two of them back out. The victim gets killed while trying to keep the one who didn't want to back out from killing himself.
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CrazyHomelessPerson
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Crazy Homeless Person: The killer in "A Dollar, A Dream". Although initially seen as a friend of the victim who was showing her and her daughters "the ropes" of surviving in the streets, his delusions and lack of stability become crystal clear as the detectives are interviewing him in the present day and how he killed the victim due to believing her winning ticket was worth more money than it she said it was.
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Played with the first suspect in "The Red and the Blue", a woman who shot her husband after she caught him cheating. She was sent to jail and was presented as Ax-Crazy. Throughout her interrogation, not only did she hint that she was cheating on him as well (in addition to admitting she was his former mistress) but she sent the cops after him. However, at the end of the episode the two reconciled and embraced each other.
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Lives in a Van
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Lives in a Van: In "A Dollar, A Dream", a car is found at the bottom of a lake with the remains of a woman missing since 1999 inside. The detectives learn the woman had endured dire financial straits after her husband's death and was forced to live in the car with her two young daughters.
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Good Cop/Bad Cop
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Good Cop/Bad Cop: Averted. The characters usually go with the no sympathy route with suspects.
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I Lied
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I Lied: Rare heroic example, believe it or not. In "Spiders" the detectives get a former white supremacist to give up her even more evil ex-boyfriend by saying "It's you or him". After she gives a full statement, they arrest her and say "We meant you and him."
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Irony
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Irony: Two in "Witness Protection": The ex-con trying to get his life together was the one who killed a federal witness. He killed the witness because he wouldn’t tell him where his son was who he thought was with his daughter. The moment he killed him his daughter called. In "The Badlands", we realize that what caused a victim's drug addict brother to get his act together and genuinely become an upstanding citizen in the year since the murder. . . is that HE'S the killer and was so horrified by his actions that he's been trying to atone ever since.
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Hope Spot
 Cold Case / int_c3c18143
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"Static" and "November 22nd" are about money-broke men getting shot by a sentimentally-involved woman because they wanted to spend more time with their estranged daughters. Both episodes also have the victim temporarily persuading their killers to back down, only for them to kill them anyway.
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Vehicular Sabotage
 Cold Case / int_c4976d7c
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Vehicular Sabotage: In "WASP", the murderer switches the fuel and coolant lines in the victim's plane.
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One-Woman Wail
 Cold Case / int_c4b8e2ae
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One-Woman Wail: The cold opening cuts to a single female voice sliding into a high note which starts off the lyric-less theme song.
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 Cold Case / int_c601fc37
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Professional Killer
 Cold Case / int_c601fc37
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Professional Killer: Hector in "Sanctuary". He killed the victim too, but not because she was one of his targets; he just wanted the drugs she was muling.
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 Cold Case / int_c660bc15
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Fan Disservice
 Cold Case / int_c660bc15
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Fan Disservice: The seduction scene in "Blackout". Donna Mills in a backless swimsuit going after a younger guy in a jacuzzi. Hot, right? Well, by "younger" we mean "thirteen years old and also her grandson" so no, not really. The locker room scene in "Stand Up and Holler", where two cheerleaders are forced to kiss by their Alpha Bitch team captain. Two cute cheerleaders kissing is just dandy, except for when one girl really does not want to and it's clearly a form of humiliation and emotional abuse by the entire team of football players in the locker room who demand that they do it with greater intensity.
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Shout-Out
 Cold Case / int_c75df49a
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"The House" also has many Shout Outs to The Shawshank Redemption, although the main plot itself isn't lifted from the movie. It also seems to lift some of its story from Cool Hand Luke.
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Bystander Syndrome
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Bystander Syndrome: Occasionally, a murder will happen because someone who isn't involved in the crime let it happen either due to ignorance or apathy. A disturbing example came from "Triple Threat" where a witness took the purse off of a young woman found in a subway. Even though in the present day, he defended himself to the detectives by saying she was already dying by the time he got there and became a nurse to atone for what happened, it still doesn't excuse the fact that he stole from someone who was dying instead of trying to call for help and kept the purse for 20 years instead of turning it in.
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Parodies for Dummies
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Parodies for Dummies: The episode "Andy in C Minor" has a book called "Sign Language for Dummies".
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DomesticAbuser
 Cold Case / int_c8c7fb4f
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The victim in "The Brush Man", who had accidentally killed a Domestic Abuser in a bar fight years before, and after serving his manslaughter sentence began giving money to the dead man's widow (who was nevertheless relieved to be rid of him).
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Slut-Shaming
 Cold Case / int_c972d624
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Slut-Shaming: "That Woman". The members of the school's "Abstinence-only" club can't comprehend the fact that the "slut" was actually a much better person than they are, and so murder her. Abounds in "The Goodbye Room", in an institution driven by nuns for pregnant unwed girls in 1964.
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 Cold Case / int_ca87e3ec
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No Name Given
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No Name Given: The serial rapist from season seven, despite having what was essentially a multi-episode side arc in which he raped Scotty's mother. Later averted, his name was given in a later episode as Jimmy Mota. John Smith's real name is never uncovered, since the guy was pretty much a ghost (always paid in cash, drove stolen cars and fake licenses, had no fingerprints or DNA on file). As one of the team put - "John Smith? More like John Doe."
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 Cold Case / int_ca95473c
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Series Continuity Error
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Series Continuity Error: What Vera was in high school. "Lovers' Lane", one of the earliest episodes, says he was fat and unpopular. "Almost Paradise", one of the last episodes, says he was a football star and prom king (he even has a picture to prove it). Jeffries' age seems to change Depending on the Writer, as well.
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: This exchange from "Knuckle Up". This is followed by the confession that implicated the one making the threat: Mitch Hathaway tried to do this with Cliff Burrell before his wife told him to stand down. In the pilot episode, "Look Again," the younger and weaker-willed of the two murderous brothers pulls this. The amoral older brother, who had been the direct killer, decides to throw the cops off his scent and gives a bare-bones statement implicating the younger, who was actually just a Guilt-Ridden Accomplice. When Lilly (who doesn't fully believe the older brother) goes to arrest the younger brother, he finally decides to stand up for himself and proceeds to give a much more detailed confession, including providing blood evidence and the location of the murder weapon, implicating both of them. The ending of "One Fall" follows much the same formula, with the killer giving a weak testimony in an attempt to pawn the blame off on his accomplice, prompting the accomplice to give a more credible confession even knowing he'll go down, too.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The "apparitions" that appear at the end of every episode.
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Glory Days
 Cold Case / int_cbd2bfa3
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"Together we stand" in "Glory Days".
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
 Cold Case / int_cbe687ab
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Corrupt Corporate Executive: Such a person is an accomplice in "Breaking News". To his credit, he probably didn't intend anyone to actually die, but that still doesn't save him from the slammer.
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Incriminating Indifference
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Incriminating Indifference: Vera became suspicious of the victim's boyfriend in "Our Boy Is Back" after noticing that the man was rude and hostile when being questioned and refused to cooperate by taking a DNA test. While not illegal, it's in stark contrast to how a grieving boyfriend would act. Ironically, the man was innocent.
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Lighter and Softer
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Lighter and Softer: As far as cop shows go, anyway. Karma Houdinis are rare, the victims are usually genuinely good people, and the detectives often manage to solve several other people's problems by solving the case. Granted, there's still plenty of rape, murder, and misery to go around, but compared to, say, CSI (where the victims and killers are frequently equally scummy and the perp gets away with it much more often), there is a much greater sense of hope in Cold Case.
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Sociopathic Soldier
 Cold Case / int_ce70175b
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Sociopathic Soldier: The killer in "Revolution" murdered his sister when she found out he had committed war crimes in Vietnam and was going to leave him behind to go to Canada with her lover.
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Offender". A man starts killing pedophiles and won't stop until the team solves his young son's 1987 rape and murder.
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Never Suicide
 Cold Case / int_cfbd1467
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Never Suicide: Averted; while most of the deaths initially classified as suicide turn out to be murder, there are a few cases thought to be murder that turn out to be suicide, i.e. "Two Weddings", "Daniela", "Best Friends".
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Spoiled Brat
 Cold Case / int_cfc52d52
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Spoiled Brat: The dumb babysitter in "Baby Blues" believes that her daddy can get her out of any problems.
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Title Confusion
 Cold Case / int_cfeb01b3
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Title Confusion: Contrary to what many fans believe, the main characters are not a specialized team that works in cold cases only. They are average Homicide detectives that from time to time reopen old cases, and they often talk about recent cases they closed before they went cold (and are rarely shown through the series). If the cold case is recent enough, there is a chance you'll see one of the main characters themselves putting the box on the shelf in the prologue. Lilly, though, seems to have built an informal fame as "cold case investigator" over the years. A lot of that confusion comes from the episode "Love Conquers Al" in which Det. Valens is introduced. He complains to Lilly about working in cold cases when he would rather be out solving live ones. Lilly then tells him that she chose it because everyone deserves justice, no matter how long it takes.
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Deliberately Monochrome
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Flashback scenes imitate the style and appearance of actual footage from that time period, including Deliberately Monochrome for really old cases, spots on the film, and what have you.
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Mrs. Robinson
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Mrs. Robinson: Played for horror in "Blackout". Being seduced by a hot older woman isn't nearly as sexy when you're only thirteen and related to her. In "Joseph", the older woman's lusting after her teenage client is seen for what it is—the actions of a deeply disturbed person. As if her behavior weren't sick enough, it's implied that she's attracted to the boy because he reminds her of her late son. Making you wonder just what the hell she did to HIM.
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Did I Mention It's Christmas?
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Did I Mention It's Christmas?: "Frank's Best" is set right around Christmastime.
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Everybody Did It
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Everybody Did It: "That Woman". The killers are all members of a high school chastity club that kill one of their own for accidentally learning about all of their dark secrets.
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Slap-Slap-Kiss
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Slap-Slap-Kiss: How we find out the cops from "Forever Blue" are gay.
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Hunting the Most Dangerous Game
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Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The character of George Marks, played by John Billingsley, is shown hunting his victims in forests, much like the real-life serial killer Robert Hansen.
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Cool Old Lady
 Cold Case / int_d2b59903
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Cool Old Lady: Audrey Abruzzi, the last surviving witness in "Torn", is very elderly, very quirky, and very helpful to the case.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: "Hubris": The killer frames someone else for the crime and then asks the police to reopen the case, hoping to get that person convicted so the victim's family would get off his back. Unfortunately, the detectives were smarter than he thought and his intended patsy cooperated fully with them, allowing the case to lead right back to him. Oops. In "Strange Fruit" the killer punishes his little niece for befriending a black man by making her watch the murder. Guess whose testimony is what puts him away in the end? The boyfriend and killer in "Saving Sammy" killed his girlfriend’s parents when he found out that they were moving, hoping that would allow her to stay. However, she ended up so distraught over their death that she broke up with him.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Scotty gets one that lasts for the rest of season 4 and the 1st half of season 5, after he accidentally gives a vigilante murderer evidence needed to work out the identity of his son's murderer (said vigilante nearly throws the murderer off a building as a result.)
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Sympathy for the Devil
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Sympathy for the Devil: Subverted in the Grand Finale, "Shattered". The killer attempts to court this reaction from Jeffries; he'd committed the murder, which was more or less an accident, as a drug-addicted teenager and had legitimately become a much better person as he got older. Jeffries's response is to look him right in the eyes and coldly tell him the victim's mother suffered worse than he did.
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Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
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Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Jack Galton from "Mind Games"; in addition to being mentally ill himself, knowingly kept a mentally ill man insane by denying him medication, and he played on the guy's own schizophrenia to cover his tracks.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: It's implied that this is how the serial rapist from "Lovers' Lane" was able to stay under the radar for so long, as his methods were so outlandish that any victim who reported him ran the risk of having their accusation dismissed as a wild story or else blamed themselves for getting into such a strange situation in the first place.
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Writing Around Trademarks
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Writing Around Trademarks: Because of copyright restrictions, the Closed Captioning refers to songs used by genre, rather than by name.
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Bromantic Foil
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Bromantic Foil: The killer in "Iced" is pretty much the stereotypical lovable loser best friend of the main character. He becomes resentful that his friend has distanced himself from him so he can concentrate on being a good hockey player so he gets back at him by raping and impregnating his girlfriend.
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Hypocrite
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Hypocrite: Ellie in "Revolution" regularly seemed to justify her actions while condemning others for theirs.
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Interservice Rivalry
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Interservice Rivalry: Turns up in the episode "Shore Leave". A marine bound for the Korean War was murdered while on furlough in Philadelphia. He was known to have rubbed several sailors up the wrong way, and beaten the navy champion in a shipboard boxing match, so the cold case team wonder if his murder could have been a case of interservice rivalry getting out of hand, especially after they learn he ventured into a navy bar. However, a flashback reveals that the sailors did resent his presence there and would have beaten him up, only he was threatened by a civilian, which caused all of the sailors to rally behind him.
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Unusual Euphemism
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Unusual Euphemism: Using the word "critter" — a neutral word in the real world — for black people in place of, uh... more well-known slurs. This is particularly noticeable in the season four episode "Fireflies", where the word is thrown around with HBO-levels of frequency. Even stranger is the fact the the n-word seems to be the only slur the show won't use; "sp*c," "f*ggot," and "mud-people" have all been said on the show.
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Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
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Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: The episode "Family". The father was a senior in high school who was killed by his principal after he decided to not give his daughter to him because he wanted to actually raise her. The victim of "Cargo" was killed before he could buy his surrogate daughter's freedom, and since his killer lied to her about his motives, she spent all that time thinking he had simply abandoned her. The victim in "Sandhogs" abruptly breaks up with his girlfriend, telling her that he's going to reconcile with his wife and that their racial difference (she was black, he was white, and Loving v. Virginia was still over 20 years from happening) meant they were doomed anyway. He was actually trying to protect her from opponents of his who had threatened her. The woman never even got a chance to tell him she was pregnant and spent decades thinking he'd ditched her.
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Not once during the episode "Knuckle Up" does anyone mention all of the bruises and cuts a number of students had. This was a Berserk Button for the students who fought like that specifically to get attention.
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You Can't Go Home Again
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"Running Around": You Can't Go Home Again, or can you?
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Writers Cannot Do Math
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Writers Cannot Do Math: Jeffries is twelve in 1963, a grown adult in 1966, and turns sixty in 2005. Stillman's daughter is said to be born in 1980, and then to be eighteen about twenty years ago. Don't even try to guess the age of the killer arrested in "World's End" for a crime he committed in 1938.
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Really 17 Years Old
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Really 17 Years Old: One episode has a subplot involving a witness who' an army recruit who lied about his age.
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All Girls Want Bad Boys
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All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed in "Running Around". Anna thinks the leather-clad, Tall, Dark, and Handsome Vince is her Jerk with a Heart of Gold Prince Charming. He's actually exactly as dangerous as he looks, being a date-rapist.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: In "Offender", one of the prime suspects is the Goth-like teenage boy who often bullied the victim and his friend. When the victim's bicycle, which he was riding when he went missing, is found buried in his backyard, his status as the killer seems certain. Only for his lame excuses—having stolen the bike from the boy in yet another bullying incident and buried it when he heard the boy was dead, knowing that police would naturally assume he was responsible—to be true and for him to be innocent. Ironically, he was still indirectly responsible—the boy was injured during the melee and hobbled off to his friend's house to get patched up—where he encountered his murderer. The man who outright threatens to harm the victim's girlfriend in "Sandhogs" ultimately had nothing to do with the murder. Remarkably averted in at least two episodes where the person presented as the prime suspect was in fact the killer. Subverted in most other cases—all suspects are presented with motives and opportunities before the guilty one is determined. Rarely has it turned out that the most innocent seeming person is in fact the murderer they've been looking for. Everything up to and including the title of the episode in "Colors" wants you to think race was the motive. The killer is the only non-racist white character in the episode. In cases that involve the team reopening a case because of newly-discovered evidence, it's not uncommon for said evidence to end up being completely irrelevant, serving the sole purpose of giving the detectives a reason to reexamine that particular case. In "Debut", a woman asks the Cold Case squad to re-investigate her daughter's death (she fell down a flight of stairs) after finding out that a man who was present on the night of the murder had a wife who died in a fall down the stairs. It turns out that said suspect was in fact guilty, but his wife's death was a legitimate accident. It was complete coincidence she died the same way as the girl he killed. In "Blank Generation", the team is asked to re-investigate the apparent suicide of a cult member after the man his family hired to "deprogram" him is found culpable in the death of another subject. The deprogrammer turns out to be completely innocent in the original victim's death, but the investigation up to that point is enough for the detectives to determine that the victim's death was murder rather than suicide. The two cases in "8:03 AM" turn out to be completely unrelated, although the investigation does reveal that the victims knew each other. In "Who's Your Daddy?", the case is reopened after the victims' daughter, by sheer coincidence, finds a unique bracelet owned by her mother on an online auction site. The theft of the bracelet and the murder turn out to be completely unrelated. Invoked in "Stand Up and Holler". A friend of the victim anonymously posts a (false) confession to having murdered her, complete with a drawing that matches an image that had been drawn on the victim's leg, because he wants to force the police to take another look. (He knew about the drawing because he was the one who drew it, in a conversation with her shortly before she was killed.)
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A God Am I
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A God Am I: Played with in "The Woods".
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Contrived Coincidence
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Contrived Coincidence: Quite a few murders are the end result of such coincidences. The Everybody Did It episode "That Woman" deserves special mention, as it features the victim discovering the deepest, darkest secrets of all her friends, within the space of a few days, by complete accident.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhov's Gunman:There are a few episodes where the killer turned out to be none of the episode's pool of suspects, such as the brother/lawyer in "Justice", the informant in "8:30AM" and the adult neighbour in "Offender". A non-killer example: Linda Boyka, the community centre receptionist from "Cargo", is the head of the human trafficking ring.
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A Million Is a Statistic
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A Million Is a Statistic: Discussed in "Wednesday's Women," where the fictional murder-of-the-week takes place in 1964 against the backdrop of the very real murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner by the Ku Klux Klan; in the present, one of the witnesses laments the fact that, while the three civil rights workers were deeply mourned because they were famous (and two of them were white), the news media of the day didn't even mention the fact that the place they were found was a mass grave containing dozens more victims of the Klan, among them, the witness' missing brother.
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Bad Samaritan
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Bad Samaritan: The killer in "Offender", who lured the victim into his garage under the pretense of helping him patch up his knee (he'd fallen and cut it) and offering him a soda.
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Miscarriage of Justice
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Miscarriage of Justice: You could consider just about every episode as an example of this, considering how long someone has been able to get away with murder, even if they are finally caught at the end.
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Extremely Cold Case
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Extremely Cold Case: In "Torn", Lilly and her team investigate their oldest case yet, the murder of a woman who was killed in 1919. They soon learn that she may have been murdered because of her activism for woman rights. The only person from the original investigation still alive was a young child at the time of the murder.
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Not Proven
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Not Proven: The very reason George Marks is able to walk is because there isn't a shred of evidence that points to him. Anything that does can easily be explained away, and despite everyone's best efforts, he never confesses. One episode ends with a prominent politician admitting to Valens, off the record, that he committed the murder years ago. Unfortunately, his sister, in a misguided show of loyalty, has already confessed to everything, and there's no evidence to contradict her claims. "Iced" has Cullen Masters, a disgraced hockey player who got banned from playing after being arrested for the murder of a rival. The cops had nothing against Masters other than the fact he hated the victim but that was enough for them to try (and fail) to force a confession out of him. While he was released, the league was so sure of his guilt they wouldn't allow him to play hockey again and, years later, this was held as a reason to ban his son from joining the league. The last part motivated Masters to investigate on his own and ask the police to reopen the case.
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The killer in "The Hitchhiker" doesn't really have any noteworthy redeeming qualities, but he can be considered rather pitiable due to what an utter failure he is.
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Throwing Off the Disability
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Throwing Off the Disability - The victim's brother in "Shuffle, Ball Change". Aided by the fact that he wasn't really hurt in the first place, just looking for a convenient way to get out of a wrestling career he no longer thought he could handle.
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Broken Record
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Broken Record: A literal version in "Static", wherein a gunshot causes a record player in immediate range to be covered in blood.
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Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!
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Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Numerous killers and accomplices express views similar to this, but special mention goes to Detective Bianchi in "Chinatown". Assigned to investigate Philly's chapter of the Chinese mob, he quickly discovers who the local boss is and could've arrested him at any time, but instead opts to help him, feeling that someone even worse would just take his place, and better the devil you know... Both victims would still be alive if Bianchi had just done his job, and the closing montage strongly implies he will finally testify, then still get the book thrown at him.
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Manchild
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Manchild: "Stand Up And Holler". The victim's friend was gang-raped as the final part of her initiation into the cheerleading squad. One of the teachers who used to be unpopular in his day covered up the rapes because he was still desperately trying to be in with the cool kids. The killer in "Who's your Daddy" is this to an extent. When he accidentally shoots the male victim in an attempt to get the female victim to service him, he snivels and whimpers because now he's "gotta kill [her] too". Almost akin to a child who dropped his ice cream, so now he'll have to throw it away.
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Cruel Mercy
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Cruel Mercy: One of the suspects in "Thick as Thieves" planned on doing this to the Asshole Victim. Instead of killing her in a fit of rage, he wanted to get her sent to jail. Given that she spent all of her life running away from her trailer park past getting exposed as a con artist would have been a fate worse than death for her.
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Hot Guy, Ugly Wife
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Sandra Riley from the same episode uses being a Hot Guy, Ugly Wife ignoring her husband molesting her child as kidnapping other children to molest.
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Musical Episode
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Musical Episode: "Creatures of the Night", "Triple Threat" and "Wilkommen" showed off the guest actors' singing.
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But Not Too Black
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But Not Too Black: The victim in "Libertyville" was half black and half white but looked completely white. It was central to the plot, as he'd passed as white and been murdered for doing so.
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Lying to the Perp
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Lying to the Perp: Done by almost every detective at least once, and especially recurrent in the case of Vera. Discussed in "Blood on the Tracks", where the right to do so is described as a good reason to be a cop instead of a prosecutor.
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Quip to Black
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Quip to Black: Frequently, and usually Lily.
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Whole Plot Reference
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Whole Plot Reference: Many episodes are based on the plot of certain movies—, "Stand Up and Holler" (Mean Girls), "Blood On The Tracks" (The Big Chill), "Yo, Adrian" (Rocky), "Joseph" (Laura), "The Dealer" (Glengarry Glen Ross), and subverted with the "Dangerous Minds" episode; the WPR for that film was actually True Calling, though it's arguably a reference to the "Nice White Lady" type of dramas the film spawned. It's arguably a Deconstruction; see the Save Our Students spoiler above. Ouch. "The House" also has many Shout Outs to The Shawshank Redemption, although the main plot itself isn't lifted from the movie. It also seems to lift some of its story from Cool Hand Luke. "Disco Inferno" combines this (Saturday Night Fever — the victim even dresses in a suit identical to John Travolta's) with Ripped from the Headlines (the Station nightclub fire) In "The Road", John Smith chose his victims after learning about their lives by editing their home videos, precisely how the killer chose his victims in Red Dragon.
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Tragic Monster
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Dr. Breslin in "it takes a village". Had he actually done something about the abuse going on at the foster home, for example the boys being made to stand naked for days on end poor Malik might not have been tipped over the edge by having his finger cut off by the other boys and the victims would certainly still be alive. In the present day he does show some regret, though it only took twenty one years and four children dying for it to sink in that he failed.
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Color Wash
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Color Wash: Almost every episode. It is used to distinguish the scenes in the past from those in the present. For instance, scenes taking place in the seventies will have vivid warm colors, scenes taking place in the early nineties are black, white, and grey, while the present-day scenes will have a 'normal'/slightly blue-tinged colour scheme. Taken a step further in a flashback in the episode "Volunteers", set in 1969. A character mentions she was "tripping", and the resulting flashback has a rather odd and slanted look.
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Manly Gay
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Manly Gay: The closeted cops in "Forever Blue".
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Karmic Jackpot
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Karmic Jackpot: Happens occasionally to secondary characters, such as Gene Karnow in Shore Leave, who met his future wife when she walked up to him, impressed after he helped his rival Jimmy Tully overpower a jealous longshoreman threatening him with a gun.
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: The abandoned baby Vera found and took care of until services came to get him. He later applied to adopt the child.
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The Charmer
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The Charmer: Dex Collins, the victim in "Street Money" has an uncanny ability to turn enemies to allies. This gets him killed by an irate shopkeeper when he found out Dex cut a deal with a corrupt city councilman.
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Cult
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Cult: "Blank Generation".
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Expy
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Expy: The victim Julian Bellowes in "Libertyville" has a lot in common with George Bailey, right down to a similar name.
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Taps
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Taps: The episode "Shore Leave" is about a Marine in the 1950s who is murdered. "Taps" is played at the end.
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Star-Crossed Lovers
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Star-Crossed Lovers: Naturally when the show regularly has a long dead victim who had a partner we run into this trope. Best Friends, A Time to Hate, Boy Crazy, Daniela and Andy in C minor are just a handful of examples.
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Hate Sink
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Hate Sink: The episodes with a Sympathetic Murderer typically also include a genuinely-vile secondary character so the audience has someone to root against - the pedophile in "Fly Away", the date-rapist club owner in "Roller Girl", the slimeball who sold a machine pistol to a kid in "Time to Crime", and so on. Sometimes this character is even the victim themselves.
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Old Flame
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Lilly and her Old Flame Ray were also revealed to be Childhood Friends before running (or rather biking) away together when she was 19.
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Suspiciously Specific Denial
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Suspiciously Specific Denial: Oscar Anderson in "The Dealer" denies both killing the victim and stealing her bonus. Thing is, the detectives had only mentioned her money being stolen, not the source of that money.
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Only a Flesh Wound
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Only a Flesh Wound: Played all over the place in the episode "Stalker". The criminal is shot, with a sniper-rifle, through the shoulder, but seems relatively unaffected and is able to carry on until he finally fatally wounded in the episode's climax. Meanwhile, he shoots Stillman in the shoulder and despite concern that he's going into shock, he's merely patched up by EMS and is apparently well enough to sit in the hospital waiting room with the others as they wait for word on Lily, who has also been shot in the shoulder, but is rushed to the hospital for treatment and nearly dies from her wounds, the only one of the three to have her injury taken seriously. Even then, her lingering trauma is emotional rather than physical.
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OOC Is Serious Business
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Detectives Jeffries and Vera are straight versions. Most of the time.
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Creepy Monotone
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Creepy Monotone: Deputy Commissioner Doherty talks like this.
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Exact Words
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Exact Words: The killer in "Bombers" stands out as not only is he one of the few, if not the only, suspect to utter a death threat out of anger and make good on it, he does it exactly the way he said he would—by literally emptying a can of spray paint down his victim's throat.
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All Just a Dream
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All Just a Dream: "Into the Blue"; borderline Dying Dream
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Acquitted Too Late
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Acquitted Too Late: In "Death Penalty: Final Appeal", the murderer is caught one day after the innocent man is executed. Narrowly averted in "Thrill Kill", where one of the people wrongfully convicted ultimately has to hang himself in prison to get the police to reopen the case. Happens in "The River". The man arrested for the murder is acquitted more than twenty years later... unfortunately, he's died in prison two months after being arrested. The victim in "Flashover" has been arrested for starting a fire in his house and murdering his kids. The detectives reopen his case and acquit him... except he's been murdered in prison already.
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Dirty Cop
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Dirty Cop: Plenty, including... The killer in "A Perfect Day", who used his police connections to cover up his own Domestic Abuse. The killer in "Bad Reputation", who, cleaned out by his ex-wife in their divorce, began using his informants to commit crimes for him. The finale reveals Deputy Commissioner Doherty was actually crooked, rather than just sleazy, albeit for idealistic reasons, fudging his druggie son's criminal record to omit manslaughter to enable him to rebuild his life. The protagonists, bar Stillman, flirt with this in "Justice" by letting a man who killed a serial rapist walk. "Forever Blue" features two examples: The victim's partner turns out to be this, albeit out of desperation. Lt. McCree, who took kickbacks from Philly's heroin kingpin at the time and cold-bloodedly shot a fellow officer for being gay. The victim in "The Runaway Bunny" was a former Philadelphia cop who was fired from the force for being on the take. He became a very disreputable private investigator but eventually performed a Heel–Face Turn that resulted in his death when he realized what his Black Widow client was up to.
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Crossover
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Crossover: When blood found at a scene on this show matched NYPD Detective Stella Bonasera's, one of the detectives traveled to CSI NY to solve it, adding to the whole The 'Verse thing, with the CSI shows and Without a Trace.
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Jerkass
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The Jerkass in "Pin-Up Girl" who asked the killer out to get close to the victim only to laugh in her face for not realizing that was what he was doing.
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Leah’s father in "Wishing": while his anger is understandable, threatening to sue a cancer-ridden single mother is a Jerkass move.
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A lot of the victims ended up being killed just because they tried to do the right thing and it ended up biting them in the butt. Not only does it get them killed but it also has a detrimental affect on their personal lives beforehand. The victim in "Cargo" was killed for trying to save a girl from a smuggling/prostitution ring, going so far as attempting to raise her as his own daughter. The security guard in "Rampage", who repaid the two disturbed shooters for treating him with respect by hanging out with them in the camera room. They repaid him by shooting him in the gut, leaving him a paraplegic. If Rita from "The Sleepover" had just gone home and not tried to save the Alpha Bitch at the sleepover from her abusive parents, she wouldn't have been killed by her wannabe best friend, who did so hoping to impress said bitch. The victim in "Blood on the Tracks" who wanted to confess to his role in the death of a friend. If only he hadn't been so vocal and insistent about this to several people who were just as adamant that he keep his mouth shut... Missy, the victim of "Roller Girl" sees her loose-goose friend, Julie, drugged senseless and about to be taken advantage of by a sleazy skating rink manager. Instead of just turning a blind eye and going home, she helps Julie home. An embarassed Julie repays her by breaking off their friendship and refusing to let Missy stay the night at her place and this ultimately leads to Missy's accidental death. Unlike the similar example in "The Sleepover", though, Julie at least has the decency to feel bad about it and make some serious life changes.
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Evil Old Folks
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Evil Old Folks: Several perps are quite elderly in the present, though with the mitigating factor that they were young when they actually committed their crimes. Special mention goes to the nonagenarian, Alzheimer-afflicted guy from "World's End", who'd gotten away with his crime for almost seventy years. They still lock up the poor old guy, too, arguably a Kick the Dog for the main characters.
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Cain and Abel
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The victims of "Shuffle, Ball Change" and "Wunderkind" are both killed by their older brothers who they tried to help chase their dreams.
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Disposable Sex Worker: Straight example in "Hubris" - the old case is reopened because a prostitute is murdered in the same way as the other victim in the modern day... yet this new victim is almost not investigated at all, and she does not appear in "ghost form" when her killer is caught at the end, while the old victim does. The case "The Letter" goes cold in the first place because the victims were mistaken as prostitutes, so the cops didn't put any effort in searching for the killer.
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Kill and Replace: One case was about a couple killed in a gas explosion in their home. The husband had revealed to their friends that he was going to turn themselves in for the accidental death of another friend. So the wife convinced her ex-lover to make a homemade bomb which she used to kill her husband and a friend of theirs who no one knew was staying on longer. She then stole said friend's identity because they bore a strong resemblance to each other and she had no family or friends who would have noticed the difference.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Averted. For example, one of the suspects the doer in "The Letter" is Nathan Jones, and the accomplice in "Metamorphosis" is Nathaniel Jones (incidentally, neither of them are pro wrestler Nathan Jones). There are also two characters named Rudy Tanner, though one never actually appears on-screen.
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Too Good for This Sinful Earth
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Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Rita in "The Sleepover" is a dorky unpopular kid who is murdered because of trying to comfort her many horrible and traumatized friends. The teacher in "Tru Calling". She genuinely only wanted to help her students, but fell afoul to a Jaded Washout co-worker. We are supposed to believe that the brilliant, creative dancer was this in "World's End", but it's something of a Broken Aesop for the uncritically sympathetic way some of her more asshole-ish behavior is treated. The girl in "The Goodbye Room" is forced to give up her baby...and then murdered by her tragic friend who wasn't able to keep her own baby after going through hell to try and get the child back. Rainey in "Stand Up and Holler" only tries to do the right thing, but is brutally murdered by her supposed friends because they want to stay cool.
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All Bikers Are Hells Angels
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All Bikers Are Hells Angels: In "Jackals", the cold case team investigates the 30-year old murder of an honor student who fell in with a notorious biker gang called the Jackals.
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There is Scotty's girlfriend Elisa, who was Put on a Bus to Hell: To an asylum after suffering a mental breakdown, despite Scotty had promised her she wouldn't be interned. And then suffered a Bus Crash: By jumping off a bridge some time after she had been discharged. All this happened off-screen.
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Tunnel King
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Tunnel King: Tommy Harkin in The House, who knows about an old, undiscovered tunnel that his grandfather dug while a prisoner several decades earlier.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: The reason the victims were killed in "Blood on the Tracks". They wanted to turn in their friend group (including themselves) to the police for an accidental murder they all committed ten years previously.
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The Coroner
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The Coroner: Frannie Ching.
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Finally Found the Body
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Finally Found the Body: Some of their cases are initiated by the discovery of the victim's body, even though the victim has been dead for years.
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Dangerous Deserter
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Dangerous Deserter: How the killer in "Free Love" saw the victim.
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Mercy Kill
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A mercy killing, like in "The River", "The Good Death", "Boy Crazy", etc.
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Easily Forgiven
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Easily Forgiven: Ken Bream from Revenge spent his entire life being blamed by his wife for their son’s death as well as blaming himself. Yet when the police discover that she was solely at fault he never once called her out.
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Never Found the Body
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Never Found the Body: Subverted in "Blood on the Tracks" and "Joseph", where bodies where found, but their mangled state thanks to the method of killing (explosion in the first case, shotgun blast to the face in the second) lead to them being misidentified. "Fireflies". The victim never actually died, she was kidnapped and lost her memory of who she was.
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Perp Walk
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Perp Walk: Frequently played straight. Even the only episode where they couldn't break the killer ("Mind Hunters") has a perp walk... but with the perp walking as a free man. Averted a few times. In "A Perfect Day" the killer is already dead. Stillman has his picture taken down from the bar he frequented though. In the episode with the case from 1919, the perp, and everyone involved except the eight year old daughter of the maid, was long dead, so all they could do was write "CLOSED" on the case box.
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Together in Death
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Together in Death: "The Boy in the Box"' and his biological mother Sister Grace. This is literally why the lesbian lovers in "Best Friends" opt to drive off the cliff, committing double suicide, rather than be separated. Unfortunately tragically subverted as one lived and the other died, though the survivor continued to mourn her lost love forever.
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Vigilante Execution
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Vigilante Execution: "Revenge", "Offender", "8 Years", "A Perfect Day", and "Justice". In the case of the latter two the victim was so utterly horrible that the detectives actually let the killer walk.
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EvilStepmother
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"The Runaway Bunny" has the Evil Stepmother of the eponymous Bunny not be charged in the long-unsolved murder of her father for similar reasons.
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Gold Digger
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Gold Digger: Johanna showed signs of this in "Blood on the Tracks". The only reason she killed her husband was because his confessing would have ruined her life of wealth. The victim's family in "Lotto Fever" in addition to his one-time girlfriend, who soon dumped him after getting what she needed from him. The eponymous Sherry Stephens from "Sherry Darlin'" who convinced her ex-boyfriend to kill his grandmother for the insurance money. In the present day, she is a wealthy doctor's wife who is hated by the rest of the family for this very reason.
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Love Makes You Evil
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Love Makes You Evil: "The Hen House", "Lonely Hearts", "Resolutions", "Saving Sammy", "Soul".
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Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
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"That Woman". The members of the school's "Abstinence-only" club can't comprehend the fact that the "slut" was actually a much better person than they are, and so murder her.
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Buried Alive
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Steve Jablonski, who was Buried Alive.
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Dark Secret
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"That Woman", in which the victim is killed after she's unfortunate enough to discover the Dark Secret of everyone in her chastity club.
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Maternally Challenged
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Maternally Challenged: The victim's mother in "Maternal Instincts". She admitted that she never wanted children, was cold and distant to her throughout her childhood and even when she learned of her daughter's death or that her killer was arrested after fifteen years, she wasn't too bothered by it.
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"Billy Elliot" Plot: "Shuffle, Ball Change". Subverted - the father accepted his younger son's dance aspirations once he saw him actually perform. The Big Brother Bully was the killer.
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My Sister Is Off-Limits!
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My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Lilly isn't exactly thrilled to learn that Scotty has been seeing her sister and it leads to them being cold to one another for a couple of episodes. She eventually opens up and explains that her disapproval is as much for Scotty's emtional well-being as her sister's; he's still trying to move on from his previous love's suicide and Lilly's addict sister has a multitude of issues that wouldn't be conducive to a healthy relationship.
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You Killed My Father
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You Killed My Brother: Cedric Bubley does this, but changes his mind about killing. His other brothers...
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Answer Cut
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Answer Cut: Customarily subverted; often, someone involved in a case will allude to information, just before a flashback containing it.
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Accidental Murder
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The Congressman in "Late Returns", if you can even call him a "destroyer" at all. As a teenager, he was taken advantage of by his controlling older sister, and ultimately kills his girlfriend essentially on a reflex when her touch caused him to have flashbacks to his sister abusing him.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: The killer in "WASP". She was a commanding officer in the first-ever brigade of female military pilots in the US. When the victim discovered another female pilot had been killed in a prank Gone Horribly Wrong by a male pilot, she threatened to report it to the brass which the CO knew, the '40s being what they were, would likely result in the women's pilot program being shut down, and so killed her to ensure her silence. Even as an old woman in the present she's totally unrepentant, feeling that her actions were all in the name of giving women a chance in the military.
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Lady Drunk
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Lady Drunk: Ellen Rush is this, having been one all through Lilly's childhood. The abusive mother in "Blackout" is this, which is implied led to her thinking it was all right to molest her son and grandson.
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Depending on the Writer
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Jeffries' age seems to change Depending on the Writer, as well.
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You Called Me
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You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In "Knuckle Up", the victim and his friend address each other as "Buck" and "Ares" respectively. When one of is about to run from a murder scene, they call each other by their first names before the friend runs away.
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Old Maid
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Old Maid: The killer in "Wings" is solely motivated being this. The innocent frenemy of the victim in "Factory Girls" at all of 22, thanks to the standards of when the episode is set.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: Often occurs in the closing montage with characters who were Jerkasses or criminals but not pure evil. "It's Raining Men" had a character who was a Depraved Homosexual who deliberately gave other men HIV in 1983 become a kindly pet shop owner by 2004, who is literally seen playing with puppies in the ending montage. In "Ravaged", the victim's sexually harassing Fat Bastard boss is revealed to have kept her dog after she died. In "Daniela", the promiscuous and morally-bankrupt first suspect is seen finally turning down the advances of a prostitute. The drug dealer in "Discretion" participates in a sting operation to help the cops bust the initial murderers; the main victim had been killed after discovering the man arrested for that crime had been framed. The Jerkass teacher in "True Calling" proudly looking on at her old student, who, inspired by the victim, became a teacher in the school.
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Stacy's Mom
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Stacy's Mom: Used in an extremely twisted fashion in "Blackout". The victim, a middle-aged former supermodel, actively tries to get this reaction out of others, including her own relatives.
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All Bikers Are Hells Angels / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Alliterative Title / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Always Murder / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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And This Is for... / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Awkward First Sleepover / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Babies Ever After / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Babies Make Everything Better / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Back-Alley Doctor / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Back to the Early Installment / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bad Samaritan / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Ballet Episode / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Baseball Episode / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bathroom Stall Graffiti / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Batter Up! / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Beauty Is Bad / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bedroom Adultery Scene / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Best Served Cold / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Big Disaster Plot / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bilingual Backfire / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
/ int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bluffing the Murderer / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Boomerang Bigot / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Break His Heart to Save Him / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Broken Record / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Buried Alive / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Bury Your Gays / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
But Not Too Black / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
CIA Evil, FBI Good / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Casualty in the Ring / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Character Name Alias / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Chocolate Baby / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Circus Episode / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Class Reunion / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
*Click* Hello / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Color Wash / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Confessional / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Conspiracy Theorist / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Creepy Gym Coach / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Crime After Crime / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dancing Is Serious Business / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Danger Takes a Backseat / int_ff2165b
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Cold Case
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dark Secret / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dead-Hand Shot / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dead Person Impersonation / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Deliberately Monochrome / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Department of Child Disservices / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Depraved Bisexual / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Detective Patsy / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Developing Doomed Characters / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Did I Mention It's Christmas? / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Died Happily Ever After / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Died in Your Arms Tonight / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dies Wide Open / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Dirty Cop / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Disabled Love Interest / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Disney Villain Death / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Disposable Sex Worker / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature
Donut Mess with a Cop / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
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Dramatic Gun Cock / int_ff2165b
 Cold Case
hasFeature