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    One thing I've noticed is the explanation of the case to either a superior or the accused takes a form where each character in turn delivers a line of dialogue to reveal what happened. This happened a lot in Elementary as well. It's very, very weird and unrealistic.

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      And yet, I’d watch that twice. Like a sap.

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        It's obviously standard plotting to show things going well for a character early on, so that they can be undone by events later.

        A common way is for them to get a new job or promotion they've been hoping for. At which point s/he will announce the news to their nearest and dearest by describing themselves thus: "You are now looking at the ..." (new partner in the law firm, or tenured professor, or CEO at TrustTech ...).

        I have never heard anybody say this, and if they did I would certainly never want to work with them.

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          tee rex
          promotion they've been hoping for
          Smithers Jones earworm.

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            At home, relaxing, everything's fine, nobody else around. Go to fridge. Open door. When you close the fridge door again, there's somebody there. Somebody scary (or comically angry).

            (can happen with other doors too, but fridges are major players).

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              Often happens when closing a mirrored bathroom cabinet too.

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                Any group of hookers on a street corner in the deadbeat end of town will always look like they should be walking on a catwalk rather than a carefully litter strewn pavement..

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                  And if any of those hookers becomes a featured character, she will not be a hopeless drug addict, and will not have a pimp, or a child. Instead they are a savvy businesswoman who has their own place, and is paying for college, or planning an early retirement after a few more years.

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                    If an actress is playing a dying character, film her with no make up , if it's an actor, tell him to lose 20,/30 pounds.

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                      If a character has died while playing a record, it’s almost inevitable their record player will not have an auto stop when the record ends. This way, when they are discovered a repetitive clicking will be audible.

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                        Originally posted by willie1foot View Post
                        My father-in-law does it if you say 'shit'.
                        Does he not understand the instruction, then?

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                          Chatting shit about somebody, only to realise via the alarmed expressions of their audience that 'they're right behind me, aren't they?'

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                            It occurred to me watching the latest Ted Lasso that when it came to the Christmas Present Opening Scene I was absolutely completely expecting the present from dad to kid to be something terrible, embarrassing and unwanted. Because that's what always happens in a TV or Film Christmas Present Opening Scene.

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                              I thought that cliche was undermined slightly early in the episode when everyone got booze but Colin got a handknitted Wales scarf from Bumbercatch. "I find it soothing", "Thanks mate, I can wrap my booze in it!"

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                                Originally posted by Snake Plissken View Post
                                I thought that cliche was undermined slightly early in the episode when everyone got booze but Colin got a handknitted Wales scarf from Bumbercatch. "I find it soothing", "Thanks mate, I can wrap my booze in it!"
                                I was actually thinking that the whole episode subverted the cliche. What interested me was that I was just totally expecting the present to be rubbish and embarrassing - the fact that it wasn't was a real surprise.

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                                  Agreed - the entire episode (and show) walks various tightropes really well. I'm trying to think of moments of cringe and they aren't any - even when characters get their deserved comeuppance, it's done in a positive way. Mrs P wasn't feeling too great one evening and simply said "Can we put the Ted Lasso Christmas episode on again, I need cheering up."

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                                    Originally posted by tee rex View Post
                                    At home, relaxing, everything's fine, nobody else around. Go to fridge. Open door. When you close the fridge door again, there's somebody there. Somebody scary (or comically angry).

                                    (can happen with other doors too, but fridges are major players).
                                    Nah

                                    That's The Return of the Pink Panther

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                                      Ooh, the series Devils! Wall to wall clichés, takes itself deadly seriously and is utterly hilarious. Spooks meets wheeler dealers with Ferraris.

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                                        Surprise Parties - an opportunity for the person on the receiving end to either lash out about how awful all their friends are, or reveal some shameful event or desire, only for everyone to leap out from behind furniture to yell SURPRISE!! Or sometimes to half-heartedly SURpri...se.

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                                          I've seen that scene so often I feel deprived that it's never happened to me. Maybe a surprise arrival in a bar or somewhere ("hey, didn't know you were back!") but people going to that much trouble, with all those decorations and everything ... nah. *sniff*

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                                            Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
                                            Surprise Parties - an opportunity for the person on the receiving end to either lash out about how awful all their friends are, or reveal some shameful event or desire, only for everyone to leap out from behind furniture to yell SURPRISE!! Or sometimes to half-heartedly SURpri...se.
                                            And/or the surprisee has already figured out that there's a surprise party he (usually a he) really doesn't want -- "You know I really hate surprise parties" -- but is told "Just pretend you're surprised". Which he then does half-heartedly. In the course of the party, The Big Reveal.

                                            Also, where do these miserable fucks get so many friends from???

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                                              Well that's another thing. It was really noticeable on Friends. Here is a fairly exclusive group and then suddenly there are all these people at a party. All their other friends who have never ever been seen before.

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                                                Yep, also wedding parties.

                                                Not one committed to film has ever gone off smoothly. Not one.

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