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14th May '16 9:20:53 PM nombretomado
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** In one episode, they even gave ''one of Michael's MacGyver contraptions'' a witty subtitle.

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** In one episode, they even gave ''one of Michael's MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} contraptions'' a witty subtitle.
7th May '16 12:22:59 AM HeroGal2347
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* CallingOutForNotCalling:
** The show has a recurring argument between Michael and his mother Madeline about how he was mostly out of contact with home, with some exceptions, since the early '90s. This comes to a head in "Breaking and Entering":
--->'''Madeline:''' What about me, Michael? All these years, and finally, I see what you do. You tell me I have to leave town at a minute's notice. I can't talk on the phone, we're being chased by men with guns. How am I supposed to deal with this?
--->'''Mike:''' All these years you wondered why I didn't come home, why I didn't call. ''This'' is why, Mom. I never ''wanted'' this for you. I'm ''sorry''.
--->'''Madeline:''' ''({{beat}}; somewhat mollified)'' Well, it still doesn't explain why you didn't write.
** He did, however, make a habit of calling her on her birthday, and she got very upset when he didn't one year. When she finally asked him about it in a counseling session in "Turn and Burn", it turns out he had been wounded in action and was laid up in a field hospital that didn't have a phone.
** In one episode Fiona is nearly burned to death in a bombmaker's BoobyTrap, and Michael goes frantic all afternoon trying to reach or find her. He finally comes back to his apartment to find Fiona there waiting for him. Turns out the fire destroyed her cell phone but she got out with her skin intact. In a subversion, he's so relieved to see her alive [[GladToBeAliveSex they end up in bed]].
22nd Apr '16 9:13:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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%% HeyItsThatGuy is not a trope and therefore belongs on the Trivia page.
30th Mar '16 1:10:50 AM alexandrajade
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or, perhaps more accurately, [=MildEarlyInstallmentTweaksToTheFormula=]. Mike's voiceover narrations, which quickly developed into more abstract spy tips related to the scene at hand (Fi sneaks into a guarded house, and Mike's voiceover talks about the difficulties of breaking into a guarded compound), actually feature some first person discussion. Also, there are some (very) mild profanities in the early episodes ("tits," "goddammit," "bitchy") that never made it past episode four or five.
** In the pilot, a big deal is made Madeleine's hypochondria. It's never brought up again besides a single reference in season 2, although occasionally we see a table with about a dozen bottles of pills on it. Although, as anyone who has a 60-something parent (or is themselves), bottles of pills come with the age legitimately.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or, perhaps more accurately, [=MildEarlyInstallmentTweaksToTheFormula=]. Mike's voiceover narrations, which quickly developed into more abstract spy tips related to the scene at hand (Fi sneaks into a guarded house, and Mike's voiceover talks about the difficulties of breaking into a guarded compound), actually feature some first person discussion. They also commonly take place on freeze-frames. Also, there are some (very) mild profanities in the early episodes ("tits," "goddammit," "bitchy") that never made it past episode four or five.
** In the pilot, a big deal is made Madeleine's hypochondria. It's never brought up again besides a single reference in season 2, although occasionally we see a table with about a dozen bottles of pills on it. Although, as anyone who has a 60-something parent (or is themselves), bottles of pills come with the age legitimately. Sharon Gless also wears a wig in the pilot that was never seen again.


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** Fiona's Irish accent is another thing that went away after the pilot, though this was justified in-universe as Fiona ditching it to blend in better.
19th Mar '16 2:42:08 PM nombretomado
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* TheCracker: Eve, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] in "No Good Deed" is one of these. She's also a pint-sized, YoungerThanTheyLook EvilRedhead with a temper and ego rivaling those of '''[[RunningGag Doctor]]''' [[TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]].

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* TheCracker: Eve, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] in "No Good Deed" is one of these. She's also a pint-sized, YoungerThanTheyLook EvilRedhead with a temper and ego rivaling those of '''[[RunningGag Doctor]]''' [[TheBigBangTheory [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]].
22nd Feb '16 6:14:46 PM PaulA
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* AtTheCrossroads: Sort of a common theme with anybody trying to convince Michael to make a particular choice. "You're at a crossroads, Michael...", "Mike, you're at a crossroads", "Michael, you've got two paths before you..." etc. ''Every single time'' someone brings it up, Michael does the ''opposite'' of what they're trying to convince him to do.
14th Jan '16 2:04:44 AM schoolmann
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* CaptainsLog: Michael's voiceovers function as notes to a class or book on how to be a spy.
5th Jan '16 12:32:52 AM ZeroCredibility
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* DependingOnTheWriter: for the most part the characters are fairly consistent across the board, but it does depend on the writer whether in a single episode Michael and Fiona will actually act like an ex-spy and arms dealer or heroes who would never cross into the morally grey area. Their centers of morality and double standards do shift depending on whether its convenient for the writer.
31st Dec '15 11:22:05 AM JBK405
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* EnforcedMethodActing: In-Universe example: In "Bloodlines", Madeline is pretending to help Takeda, a Yakuza human trafficker who has been wounded. Michael tells her beforehand that he's going to have to treat her roughly so that she can be convincing as a reluctant nurse. She's sort of blase about the idea at first, until Michael channels his abusive father so convincingly that Madeline gets ''really'' frightened, so much so that she's still shaking even after it's over. In a later scene, Michael actually slaps her. They agreed to do that before it happened, and it was her idea, but she's visibly shaken again.
28th Nov '15 11:49:32 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: The show generally likes to cast actors in roles that are [[ActorAllusion appropriate to their acting history]], but this really hits home when [[{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]] is cast as Tom Card, Michael's CIA mentor. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girls name or "newbie."

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* {{Expy}}: The show generally likes to cast actors in roles that are [[ActorAllusion appropriate to their acting history]], but this really hits home when [[{{Scrubs}} [[Series/{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]] is cast as Tom Card, Michael's CIA mentor. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girls name or "newbie."
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