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* At the climax of "Thrill Kill," Lilly gives an absolutely ''terrifying'' BreakingSpeech to the wife of the killer [[spoiler:and mother of the victim, pulling no punches in laying it on how much of a pathetic coward she must be to stand by the man who murdered her only child in cold blood]]. Best part? [[spoiler:It works, and the wife gives up the murder weapon]].
14th Nov '17 9:53:18 AM H8FearADRLuv
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* In "Spiders", the way Spider's hide-out is busted by the detectives and a SWAT team.
** [[spoiler: Lily and Will trick Spider's ex-girlfriend into confessing by simply mentioning a witness saw her helping Spider kill an innocent woman, [[NeverSaidItWasPoison but not that it was nighttime]] when it happened.]]



** Another, smaller one: [[spoiler: In the flashback, when baby Max's abductors read what's sown on the pajamas his real mother made him: "[[ArmorPiercingResponse MY MOMMY LOVES ME]]" It's as though this innocent baby were defiantly telling his abductors "Just you wait, one day, my ''real'' Mommy will find me!" And years later, she does.]]

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** Another, smaller one: [[spoiler: In the flashback, when baby Max's abductors read what's sown on the pajamas his real mother made him: "[[ArmorPiercingResponse MY MOMMY LOVES ME]]" It's as though this innocent baby were defiantly telling his abductors "Just you wait, one day, my ''real'' Mommy will find me!" And years later, she does.]]
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** Earlier on, when Scotty and Lily confront Mr. Freely in the interrogation room. Lily presents case files on every child he ever worked with. And she tells him that they're on the other side of the window, telling "all about Mr. Freely". ...Only, there's nobody there. But ''he'' doesn't know that. It works, and he spills the beans about what happened to Toya and Rosie.
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*** Even better is that she actually says it in a dismissive, ''annoyed'' manner. This creep has tried to rape her, shot her husband, and is about to kill her, and she's ''irritated'' instead of skilled.

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*** ** Even better is that she actually says it in a dismissive, ''annoyed'' manner. This creep has tried to rape her, shot her husband, and is about to kill her, and she's ''irritated'' instead of skilled.skilled.
*** What makes it brilliant, it's a CallBack to an earlier flashback, to when the female victim said the holes in her stockings and the blisters on her fingers did not exist. She not only refuses to acknowledge the foreman, but she's regarding as little more than a blister or a hole in her stocking. In other words, she just gave the foreman a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech in ''just 3 words''.
26th Sep '17 7:34:45 AM Erin582
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* Several victims get pretty awesome {{Final Stand}}s against their killers. Examples include "Family 8108," "Devil Music," and "Strange Fruit."

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* Several victims get pretty awesome {{Final Stand}}s [[LastStand last stands]] against their killers. Examples include "Family 8108," "Devil Music," and "Strange Fruit."


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* Meta example: The fact the series, for the most part, did an ''incredibly well'' job with [[TimeShiftedActors casting actors that strongly resembled one another from the past/present.]] Perhaps the best example is the younger Lt. John Stillman, portrayed by Anthony John Crane, looking ''eerily'' similar to the older, present-day Stillman, portrayed by John Finn, which you'll notice if you watch his older work, such as the first season episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' "Poison Ivy", where he also played a cop (albeit a [[DirtyCop dirty and racist one]], unlike the decent, ByTheBookCop he portrays here.)
9th Sep '17 12:55:14 PM DrOO7
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* Stand Up and Holler:
-->'''Lily:''' [[IronicEcho Don't move a muscle,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch.]]
** Also, how they arrest the AlphaBitch who had a bunch of {{Jerk Jock}}s rape the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer: they grab her right out of her ten-year high school reunion.
*** While she walks away with the arrested AlphaBitch, Lily [[DeathGlare glares]] at the JerkJock who raped the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer]] and the ManChild gym coach who allowed it. It's almost like she's wordlessly telling the two "Wipe that smile off your faces: you're next."
** We also get this:
-->'''Becca:''' You don't know how lucky you are! Do you know how many girls would die to shake your pompoms?
-->'''Rainey (smiling calmly):''' Let them.
** It's no wonder we get this bit: [[spoiler: "My daughter is my hero."]]
** When Becca gives a poor "presentation" in class, Rainy voices how inadequate the presentation was. Bonus points for being a moment of character development. Earlier, Rainey backed down when Becca told her being smart was "stupid". Here, we see Rainey stand her ground and tell her how school is supposed to be a place for learning, not earning popularity points.
* Scotty taking down the BigBad in "Stalker".
* Scotty pulling an in-universe version of ShownTheirWork in ''Saving Sammy'' to make a connection with the previously-unreachable Brent Harris and solve his parents' murder.
** In the same episode, the Head of the special needs school, who extorted Brent's parents for their money, [[LaserGuidedKarma getting arrested in the ending montage]] (possibly for some off-screen misdemeanor).
* Miller has Scotty to talk to a guy who has been hanging around a local playground. Scotty talks to the guy and realizes he's a pedophile. After warning him never to come back to the playground, Scott returns to find out that not only has the man returned to the playground, he's now talking to one of the kids he noticed him eyeballing earlier. Without saying a word, Scotty merely gestures to the kid, who instantly knows to get out of there. The next thing we see is Scotty beating the crap out of the guy.
* Nadia Kosolov, the victim in "Triple Threat," is standing on a street corner singing Tom Petty's "Free Falling" when her father shows up. When she sees him she transitions flawlessly into "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's ''Nabucco'', a song about freedom and homesickness, then switches back to "Free Falling". Doubles as a CrowningMusicOfAwesome.

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* Stand Up In the later portion of "Look Again", Lily Rush boldly faces one of the suspects, an abusive spouse. When he tries to shake her down for information on where his wife and Holler:
-->'''Lily:''' [[IronicEcho Don't move
family has gone off to, Lily refuses to tell. She instead goes into a muscle,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch.ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech with a side dish of her EstablishingCharacterMoment.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' Is this how you handle women you can't control? You're supposed to scare me?
--> '''Todd:''' It's supposed to make you think.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' I'm not like the girls you're used to, Todd. You can't try to charm me, then when that doesn't work, talk down to me. Then when ''that'' doesn't work, get aggressive. I'm not Jill, or Melany. [[IAmTheNoun I'm the police Headquarters]], you moron.
* Near the ending of "Gleen", [[spoiler: When Lily and Vera confront the killer. Instead of letting him listen in on his daughter's conversation with his would-be fiancée, he's forced to stay out. It's barely even thirty seconds before he's stewing in frustration, revealing his weakness as a ControlFreak. Lily and Vera imply a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech about how the killer controls his wives instead of letting them lead their own lives. Just when he's a split second from "[[WouldHitAGirl teaching a lesson]]" to Lily, she calmly drops an ArmorPiercingQuestion about how his wife's flasher was a convenient scapegoat. This leaves the killer speechless, unable to deny what an overall weak person he is.
]]
** Also, how they arrest * During the AlphaBitch who had a bunch MedleyExit of {{Jerk Jock}}s rape the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer: they grab her right out of her ten-year high school reunion.
*** While she walks away with the arrested AlphaBitch,
"Fly Away", we see Lily [[DeathGlare glares]] at going into a interview room and passing by a long line of young girls. Once inside, a little girl tearfully fingers the JerkJock [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices arrogant, pedophilic social worker]] who raped molested her, who sits on the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer]] other side of the mirror and the ManChild gym coach who allowed it. It's almost like she's wordlessly telling the two "Wipe knows that smile off your faces: you're next."
** We also get this:
-->'''Becca:''' You don't know how lucky you are! Do
his [[OffscreenKarma karma]] is finally coming. Judging by both the evidence and Lily's expression (who at this point is '''''pissed'''''), you know how many girls would die to shake your pompoms?
-->'''Rainey (smiling calmly):''' Let them.
** It's no wonder we get this bit: [[spoiler: "My daughter is my hero."]]
** When Becca gives a poor "presentation" in class, Rainy voices how inadequate the presentation was. Bonus points for being a moment of character development. Earlier, Rainey backed down when Becca told her being smart was "stupid". Here, we see Rainey stand her ground and tell her how school is supposed to be a place for learning, not earning popularity points.
* Scotty taking down the BigBad in "Stalker".
* Scotty pulling an in-universe version of ShownTheirWork in ''Saving Sammy'' to make a connection with the previously-unreachable Brent Harris and solve his parents' murder.
** In the same episode, the Head of the special needs school, who extorted Brent's parents for their money, [[LaserGuidedKarma getting arrested in the ending montage]] (possibly for some off-screen misdemeanor).
* Miller has Scotty to talk to a guy who has been hanging around a local playground. Scotty talks to the guy and realizes he's a pedophile. After warning him never to come back to the playground, Scott returns to find out
that not only has the man returned to the playground, he's now talking to one of the kids he noticed him eyeballing earlier. Without saying a word, Scotty merely gestures to the kid, who instantly knows to get out of there. The next thing we see is Scotty beating the crap out of the guy.
* Nadia Kosolov, the victim in "Triple Threat," is standing on a street corner singing Tom Petty's "Free Falling" when her father shows up. When she sees him she transitions flawlessly into "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's ''Nabucco'', a song about freedom and homesickness, then switches back to "Free Falling". Doubles as a CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
bastard's going down.
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* Similarly, in "Justice", as Vera puts away the AssholeVictim box (he was a serial date rapist finally gunned down by the younger brother of one of his victims), he sees the victim's ghost staring at him in disbelief (the cops had convinced the now grown man to claim that he acted in self-defense, thus making it a justifiable homicide, meaning that he wouldn't spend a day in jail). Vera simply sneers at him and walks off.



*** Even better is that she actually says it in a dismissive, ''annoyed'' manner. This creep has tried to rape her, shot her husband, and is about to kill her, and she's ''irritated'' instead of skilled.



* In "Into The Blue," Lilly [[spoiler:figures out the case ''in a hallucination'']]. MindScrew it may be, but it's also a serious testament to her deductive skill.
* Vera and Miller's tag team operation to sneak the deputy commissioner's gun out of his desk in "Shattered".
* Pretty much everything about [[LittleMissBadass the victim]] in "Fireflies," especially the fact that [[spoiler:she's one of the only two main victims to survive the attempt on her life, and the ''only'' one of the two to do so under her own power. Also, she's in grade school.]].
** Also, [[spoiler: this same little girl was bullied earlier by a young man to hit her own best friend, and instead responds by hitting him in the nose with her ''lunchbox''.]]
* Maybe it was the wrong thing to do and it was probably traumatizing for [[spoiler:him]] but I can't be the only one who broke into a smile in [[spoiler:"Justice" when the young boy shot and killed the bastard who raped his sister (and several others).]]
** Even before that, [[spoiler: the sister in question had her rapist at her mercy when she holds a gun to him. All his other victims are egging her on to pull the trigger. She has every right to kill somebody who should've been jailed a long time ago. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark But she doesn't]]. Why? Because [[HeWhoFightsMonsters she doesn't want to be the monster he is]].]]
** It's satisfying poetic justice that [[spoiler: since the victim got away with rape in life, his killer gets away with his murder.]]
* The ballet dancing TrainingMontage in ''Shuffle, Ball Change''. The fact that it's done to "[[Film/{{Footloose}} Heaven Helps the Man]]" makes it all the more amazing.
* Several victims get pretty awesome {{Final Stand}}s against their killers. Examples include "Family 8108," "Devil Music," and "Strange Fruit."



* Scotty and Vera give the murderer in "Slipping" - [[spoiler:a vile piece of work who not only tried to drive his wife to madness to steal her work (recruiting the gullible and lovelorn housekeeper into helping him) and murdered her when she confronted him, but also allowed her daughter to spend 45 years thinking that she had driven her Mom over the edge and that she might go crazy too before wrongfully claiming the Nobel laurate that her work earned]] - a Massive ReasonYouSuckSpeech outlining just how much of pathetic bag of garbage he really is before arresting the bastard in front of a crowd of people.
** What ultimately gets the murderer caught? [[spoiler: His own step-daughter's drawing, which turns out to be the evidence to how he stole his wife's work.]]
** In the end, [[spoiler: even the killer can't help but bitterly admit he may have been a good writer, but his wife (the victim) was ''better''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''']] You still don't get it, do you?
--> '''Scotty:''' Get what?
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''' ''How good'' Nancy was.]]
* The victim of the week often gets one of these in the trailer, or at some point in the episode, just before they turn up dead. Sadly, this is sometimes the very reason they end up dead. (ex: the victim in "Blood On The Tracks" who wanted to confess to a crime committed years ago, but was murdered to ensure his silence, the reporter in "Breaking News" who was about to blow the lid off a scandal, etc.)
* The end of "Sandhogs." They track down the killer, a bitter old man, in his favorite bar, where he spends his days drinking, smoking, and pining away for his youth in the '40s. The detectives strike up a friendly conversation with him about said glory days, and then Lilly drops ''this'' on him; cue OhCrap:
--> "Well, nothing lasts forever... except the statute of limitations on murder."
* The victims in "Witness Protection," "Cargo," and "Chinatown" all get posthumous [=CMOAs=] for essentially the same reason, in that although they're killed in the process they manage to leave behind clues that ultimately lead to the arrests of [[TheDon seemingly-untouchable crime kingpins]].
* In the later portion of "Look Again", Lily Rush boldly faces one of the suspects, an abusive spouse. When he tries to shake her down for information on where his wife and family has gone off to, Lily refuses to tell. She instead goes into a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech with a side dish of her EstablishingCharacterMoment.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' Is this how you handle women you can't control? You're supposed to scare me?
--> '''Todd:''' It's supposed to make you think.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' I'm not like the girls you're used to, Todd. You can't try to charm me, then when that doesn't work, talk down to me. Then when ''that'' doesn't work, get aggressive. I'm not Jill, or Melany. [[IAmTheNoun I'm the police Headquarters]], you moron.
* Near the ending of "Gleen", [[spoiler: When Lily and Vera confront the killer. Instead of letting him listen in on his daughter's conversation with his would-be fiancée, he's forced to stay out. It's barely even thirty seconds before he's stewing in frustration, revealing his weakness as a ControlFreak. Lily and Vera imply a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech about how the killer controls his wives instead of letting them lead their own lives. Just when he's a split second from "[[WouldHitAGirl teaching a lesson]]" to Lily, she calmly drops an ArmorPiercingQuestion about how his wife's flasher was a convenient scapegoat. This leaves the killer speechless, unable to deny what an overall weak person he is.]]
* Lilly and Scotty pull some awesome {{Rules Lawyer}}ing in "Dead Heat" to arrest the evil racetrack owner who had thought he'd beaten the rap for insurance fraud for thirty years.
* Both the fathers in Family and Bad Reputation.
* In "Ghost of my Child", [[spoiler: We have Priscilla Chapin, a former drug addict who, against all odds, stayed clean for her son, even [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave in the span of the five years she thought he was dead]].]]
** Another, smaller one: [[spoiler: In the flashback, when baby Max's abductors read what's sown on the pajamas his real mother made him: "[[ArmorPiercingResponse MY MOMMY LOVES ME]]" It's as though this innocent baby were defiantly telling his abductors "Just you wait, one day, my ''real'' Mommy will find me!" And years later, she does.]]
* The kids beating up the bullies in One Small Step especially since they were completely insane.
** Later jumping in to save his killer.

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* Miller has Scotty and Vera give the murderer in "Slipping" - [[spoiler:a vile piece of work to talk to a guy who not only tried to drive his wife to madness to steal her work (recruiting the gullible and lovelorn housekeeper into helping him) and murdered her when she confronted him, but also allowed her daughter to spend 45 years thinking that she had driven her Mom over the edge and that she might go crazy too before wrongfully claiming the Nobel laurate that her work earned]] - a Massive ReasonYouSuckSpeech outlining just how much of pathetic bag of garbage he really is before arresting the bastard in front of a crowd of people.
** What ultimately gets the murderer caught? [[spoiler: His own step-daughter's drawing, which turns out to be the evidence to how he stole his wife's work.]]
** In the end, [[spoiler: even the killer can't help but bitterly admit he may have
has been hanging around a good writer, but his wife (the victim) was ''better''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''']] You still don't get it, do you?
--> '''Scotty:''' Get what?
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''' ''How good'' Nancy was.]]
* The victim of the week often gets one of these in the trailer, or at some point in the episode, just before they turn up dead. Sadly, this is sometimes the very reason they end up dead. (ex: the victim in "Blood On The Tracks" who wanted to confess to a crime committed years ago, but was murdered to ensure his silence, the reporter in "Breaking News" who was about to blow the lid off a scandal, etc.)
* The end of "Sandhogs." They track down the killer, a bitter old man, in his favorite bar, where he spends his days drinking, smoking, and pining away for his youth in the '40s. The detectives strike up a friendly conversation with him about said glory days, and then Lilly drops ''this'' on him; cue OhCrap:
--> "Well, nothing lasts forever... except the statute of limitations on murder."
* The victims in "Witness Protection," "Cargo," and "Chinatown" all get posthumous [=CMOAs=] for essentially the same reason, in that although they're killed in the process they manage to leave behind clues that ultimately lead
local playground. Scotty talks to the arrests of [[TheDon seemingly-untouchable crime kingpins]].
* In the later portion of "Look Again", Lily Rush boldly faces one of the suspects, an abusive spouse. When he tries to shake her down for information on where his wife
guy and family has gone off to, Lily refuses to tell. She instead goes into a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech with a side dish of her EstablishingCharacterMoment.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' Is this how you handle women you can't control? You're supposed to scare me?
--> '''Todd:''' It's supposed to make you think.
--> '''Lily Rush:''' I'm not like the girls you're used to, Todd. You can't try to charm me, then when that doesn't work, talk down to me. Then when ''that'' doesn't work, get aggressive. I'm not Jill, or Melany. [[IAmTheNoun I'm the police Headquarters]], you moron.
* Near the ending of "Gleen", [[spoiler: When Lily and Vera confront the killer. Instead of letting him listen in on his daughter's conversation with his would-be fiancée, he's forced to stay out. It's barely even thirty seconds before he's stewing in frustration, revealing his weakness as a ControlFreak. Lily and Vera imply a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech about how the killer controls his wives instead of letting them lead their own lives. Just when
realizes he's a split second from "[[WouldHitAGirl teaching a lesson]]" pedophile. After warning him never to Lily, she calmly drops an ArmorPiercingQuestion about how his wife's flasher was a convenient scapegoat. This leaves come back to the killer speechless, unable playground, Scott returns to deny what an overall weak person find out that not only has the man returned to the playground, he's now talking to one of the kids he is.]]
* Lilly and
noticed him eyeballing earlier. Without saying a word, Scotty pull some awesome {{Rules Lawyer}}ing in "Dead Heat" merely gestures to arrest the evil racetrack owner kid, who had thought he'd beaten the rap for insurance fraud for thirty years.
* Both the fathers in Family and Bad Reputation.
* In "Ghost
instantly knows to get out of my Child", [[spoiler: We have Priscilla Chapin, a former drug addict who, against all odds, stayed clean for her son, even [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave in the span of the five years she thought he was dead]].]]
** Another, smaller one: [[spoiler: In the flashback, when baby Max's abductors read what's sown on the pajamas his real mother made him: "[[ArmorPiercingResponse MY MOMMY LOVES ME]]" It's as though this innocent baby were defiantly telling his abductors "Just you wait, one day, my ''real'' Mommy will find me!" And years later, she does.]]
*
there. The kids next thing we see is Scotty beating up the bullies crap out of the guy.
* The father
in One Small Step especially since they were completely insane.
** Later jumping in to save his killer.
"Family".



* During the MedleyExit of "Fly Away", we see Lily going into a interview room and passing by a long line of young girls. Once inside, a little girl tearfully fingers the [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices arrogant, pedophilic social worker]] who molested her, who sits on the other side of the mirror and knows that his [[OffscreenKarma karma]] is finally coming. Judging by both the evidence and Lily's expression (who at this point is '''''pissed'''''), you know that bastard's going down.
* The end of "The Road." Lilly refuses to take the bait when the exceedingly loathsome doer attempts to [[SuicideByCop provoke her into killing him]], as had happened with George Marks three years prior, and instead makes the arrest by the book. The last we see of him, he's being shoved into a tiny, cramped cell - and he just happens to be claustrophobic. For bonus points, it's discovered his most recent victim is actually still alive, and she is rescued and reunited with her fiancé, [[HeartwarmingMoments who had never stopped loving her even with the rest of the world believing she was dead]].



* In "8:03", [[spoiler: Madison's killer, a SmugSnake who dealt drugs in his youth, continues acting cool as a cucumber when Lily and Scotty confront him. Evidence points to him, especially since he identified [[INeverSaidItWasPoison the gun he purchased from Skill]]. But the true crowning moment of awesome comes when Scotty ''only'' threatens the killer, and the killer turns [[DirtyCoward coward]] and promises to spill his guts.]]

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* Stand Up and Holler:
-->'''Lily:''' [[IronicEcho Don't move a muscle,]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch.]]
** Also, how they arrest the AlphaBitch who had a bunch of {{Jerk Jock}}s rape the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer: they grab her right out of her ten-year high school reunion.
*** While she walks away with the arrested AlphaBitch, Lily [[DeathGlare glares]] at the JerkJock who raped the [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds killer]] and the ManChild gym coach who allowed it. It's almost like she's wordlessly telling the two "Wipe that smile off your faces: you're next."
** We also get this:
-->'''Becca:''' You don't know how lucky you are! Do you know how many girls would die to shake your pompoms?
-->'''Rainey (smiling calmly):''' Let them.
** It's no wonder we get this bit: [[spoiler: "My daughter is my hero."]]
** When Becca gives a poor "presentation" in class, Rainy voices how inadequate the presentation was. Bonus points for being a moment of character development. Earlier, Rainey backed down when Becca told her being smart was "stupid". Here, we see Rainey stand her ground and tell her how school is supposed to be a place for learning, not earning popularity points.
* Scotty taking down the BigBad in "Stalker".
* Scotty pulling an in-universe version of ShownTheirWork in ''Saving Sammy'' to make a connection with the previously-unreachable Brent Harris and solve his parents' murder.
** In the same episode, the Head of the special needs school, who extorted Brent's parents for their money, [[LaserGuidedKarma getting arrested in the ending montage]] (probably for doing the same thing to other families).
* Pretty much everything about [[LittleMissBadass the victim]] in "Fireflies," especially the fact that [[spoiler:she's one of the only two main victims to survive the attempt on her life, and the ''only'' one of the two to do so under her own power. Also, she's in grade school.]].
** Also, [[spoiler: this same little girl was bullied earlier by a young man to hit her own best friend, and instead responds by hitting him in the nose with her ''lunchbox''.]]
* The ballet dancing TrainingMontage in ''Shuffle, Ball Change''. The fact that it's done to "[[Film/{{Footloose}} Heaven Helps the Man]]" makes it all the more amazing.
* The end of "Sandhogs." They track down the killer, a bitter old man, in his favorite bar, where he spends his days drinking, smoking, and pining away for his youth in the '40s. The detectives strike up a friendly conversation with him about said glory days, and then Lilly drops ''this'' on him; cue OhCrap:
--> "Well, nothing lasts forever... except the statute of limitations on murder."
* In "8:03", [[spoiler: Madison's killer, a SmugSnake who dealt drugs in his youth, continues acting cool as a cucumber when Lily and Scotty confront him. Evidence points to him, especially since he identified [[INeverSaidItWasPoison the gun he purchased from Skill]]. But the true crowning moment of awesome comes when Scotty ''only'' threatens the killer, and the killer turns [[DirtyCoward coward]] and promises to spill his guts.]]]]
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[[folder: Season 5]]
* In "Justice", as Vera puts away the AssholeVictim box (he was a serial date rapist finally gunned down by the younger brother of one of his victims), he sees the victim's ghost staring at him in disbelief (the cops had convinced the now grown man to claim that he acted in self-defense, thus making it a justifiable homicide, meaning that he wouldn't spend a day in jail). Vera simply sneers at him and walks off.
* Maybe it was the wrong thing to do and it was probably traumatizing for [[spoiler:him]] but I can't be the only one who broke into a smile in [[spoiler:"Justice" when the young boy shot and killed the bastard who raped his sister (and several others).]]
** Even before that, [[spoiler: the sister in question had her rapist at her mercy when she holds a gun to him. All his other victims are egging her on to pull the trigger. She has every right to kill somebody who should've been jailed a long time ago. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark But she doesn't]]. Why? Because [[HeWhoFightsMonsters she doesn't want to be the monster he is]].]]
** It's satisfying poetic justice that [[spoiler: since the victim got away with rape in life, his killer gets away with his murder.]]
* Scotty and Vera give the murderer in "Slipping" - [[spoiler:a vile piece of work who not only tried to drive his wife to madness to steal her work (recruiting the gullible and lovelorn housekeeper into helping him) and murdered her when she confronted him, but also allowed her daughter to spend 45 years thinking that she had driven her Mom over the edge and that she might go crazy too before wrongfully claiming the Nobel laurate that her work earned]] - a Massive ReasonYouSuckSpeech outlining just how much of pathetic bag of garbage he really is before arresting the bastard in front of a crowd of people.
** What ultimately gets the murderer caught? [[spoiler: His own step-daughter's drawing, which turns out to be the evidence to how he stole his wife's work.]]
** In the end, [[spoiler: even the killer can't help but bitterly admit he may have been a good writer, but his wife (the victim) was ''better''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''']] You still don't get it, do you?
--> '''Scotty:''' Get what?
--> [[spoiler: '''Daniel:''' ''How good'' Nancy was.]]
* The father in "Bad Reputation".
* In "Ghost of my Child", [[spoiler: We have Priscilla Chapin, a former drug addict who, against all odds, stayed clean for her son, even [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave in the span of the five years she thought he was dead]].]]
** Another, smaller one: [[spoiler: In the flashback, when baby Max's abductors read what's sown on the pajamas his real mother made him: "[[ArmorPiercingResponse MY MOMMY LOVES ME]]" It's as though this innocent baby were defiantly telling his abductors "Just you wait, one day, my ''real'' Mommy will find me!" And years later, she does.]]
* The end of "The Road." Lilly refuses to take the bait when the exceedingly loathsome doer attempts to [[SuicideByCop provoke her into killing him]], as had happened with George Marks three years prior, and instead makes the arrest by the book. The last we see of him, he's being shoved into a tiny, cramped cell - and he just happens to be claustrophobic. For bonus points, it's discovered his most recent victim is actually still alive, and she is rescued and reunited with her fiancé, [[HeartwarmingMoments who had never stopped loving her even with the rest of the world believing she was dead]].
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* Nadia Kosolov, the victim in "Triple Threat," is standing on a street corner singing Tom Petty's "Free Falling" when her father shows up. When she sees him she transitions flawlessly into "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's ''Nabucco'', a song about freedom and homesickness, then switches back to "Free Falling". Doubles as a CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* In "Into The Blue," Lilly [[spoiler:figures out the case ''in a hallucination'']]. MindScrew it may be, but it's also a serious testament to her deductive skill.
* The kids beating up the bullies in "One Small Step" especially since they were completely insane.
** Later jumping in to save his killer.
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* Vera and Miller's tag team operation to sneak the deputy commissioner's gun out of his desk in "Shattered".
* Lilly and Scotty pull some awesome {{Rules Lawyer}}ing in "Dead Heat" to arrest the evil racetrack owner who had thought he'd beaten the rap for insurance fraud for thirty years.
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* Several victims get pretty awesome {{Final Stand}}s against their killers. Examples include "Family 8108," "Devil Music," and "Strange Fruit."
* The victim of the week often gets one of these in the trailer, or at some point in the episode, just before they turn up dead. Sadly, this is sometimes the very reason they end up dead. (ex: the victim in "Blood On The Tracks" who wanted to confess to a crime committed years ago, but was murdered to ensure his silence, the reporter in "Breaking News" who was about to blow the lid off a scandal, etc.)
* The victims in "Witness Protection," "Cargo," and "Chinatown" all get posthumous [=CMOAs=] for essentially the same reason, in that although they're killed in the process they manage to leave behind clues that ultimately lead to the arrests of [[TheDon seemingly-untouchable crime kingpins]].
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* In "Honor", Stillman shames Ken for having impersonated Carl's identity as a Vietnam War veteran, especially when the latter had actually been suffering in a prison camp for years. Stillman spares him no harsh words about how ''wrong'' it is to lie about being a P.O.W.

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* In "Honor", Stillman shames Ken for having impersonated Carl's identity as a Vietnam War veteran, especially when the latter had actually been suffering in a prison camp for years. Stillman spares him no harsh words about how ''wrong'' it is to lie about being a P.O.W.W.
* In "8:03", [[spoiler: Madison's killer, a SmugSnake who dealt drugs in his youth, continues acting cool as a cucumber when Lily and Scotty confront him. Evidence points to him, especially since he identified [[INeverSaidItWasPoison the gun he purchased from Skill]]. But the true crowning moment of awesome comes when Scotty ''only'' threatens the killer, and the killer turns [[DirtyCoward coward]] and promises to spill his guts.]]
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* In the later portion of "Look Again", Lily rush boldly faces one of the suspects, an abusive spouse. When he tries to shake her down for information on where his wife and family has gone off to, Lily refuses to tell. She instead goes into a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech with a side dish of her EstablishingCharacterMoment.

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* In the later portion of "Look Again", Lily rush Rush boldly faces one of the suspects, an abusive spouse. When he tries to shake her down for information on where his wife and family has gone off to, Lily refuses to tell. She instead goes into a ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech with a side dish of her EstablishingCharacterMoment.
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** In the same episode, the Head of the special needs school, who extorted Brent's parents for their money, [[LaserGuidedKarma getting arrested in the ending montage]] (possibly for some off-screen misdemeanor).
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* The ending montage of "Discretions", [[spoilers: when the two real killers of a college girl are caught in a stake-out. If they had any doubts they'd ever be arrested, those doubts practically ''evaporate'' the second those cops show up.]]

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* The ending montage of "Discretions", [[spoilers: [[spoiler: when the two real killers of a college girl are caught in a stake-out. If they had any doubts they'd ever be arrested, those doubts practically ''evaporate'' the second those cops show up.]]
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