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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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The Enforcedmethod Acting trope is for when they DON'T know what's going on
* 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."
25th Jul '15 1:30:07 PM Arancaytar
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* GenderBlenderName: In "Fearless Leader", Sam is hoping to get out of an IRS audit by turning up his charm, expecting Stacey Conolly to be a woman; he's wrong.
7th Jul '15 8:36:48 AM JimmyC
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* ActorAllusion: Season 6, Episode 6, Barry to Sam, in reference to an improvised mortar: --> "I don't know how this [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness boomstick]] of yours is supposed to help. ** In an earlier episode, Mike is covered in blood, and Sam says he looks like "the walking dead". ** One episode has Bruce Campbell break out a bulletproof vest for a client they're protecting. Client comments that the vest smells like Old Spice. ** Mike's mentor Tom uses a very familiar whistle when scolding him for not obeying his orders. ** Fiona finally [[ScentOfAWoman got to tango]] in season 5. ** At one stage, Maddie had to get records from a woman at the County Records Office, who she ends up befriending. Said woman was played by Tyne Daly. She and Sharon Gless (who plays Maddie) were the two lead actresses in ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''. ** Part of James Kendrick's final plan was to [[spoiler: have Michael turn him over to the CIA and leave his organization to Michael, allowing him to run it while being viewed as hero by the U.S. Government.]] While not exactly the same, this is similar to what [[Series/{{Alphas}} Stanton Parrish had in mind for Rosen]] at the end of that series.
1st Jul '15 5:36:37 AM Thecommander236
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*** [[WordsOfGod Word Of God]] also notes this as 'owing' something to previous episodes. While they could handwave something such as killing a previously established character X as the best/biggest car thief in Miami if they need to do something related in a future episode, they find it adds something to acknowledge that continuity.
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*** [[WordsOfGod Word Of God]] WordOfGod also notes this as 'owing' something to previous episodes. While they could handwave something such as killing a previously established character X as the best/biggest car thief in Miami if they need to do something related in a future episode, they find it adds something to acknowledge that continuity.
1st Jul '15 5:34:22 AM Thecommander236
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** [[WordsOfGod Word Of God]] mentions this; while the show is not a soap opera and thus doesn't need constant reminders, they do try to keep aware of continuity and the development of events in the show. This, for instance, is why in later seasons, there are more clients that find Team Westen or whom Sam or Fi offer services/seek out clients for rather than clients bumbling on them or Michael on to them; WordOfGod mentions that they would be well known enough at this point to where this would be possible. Likewise, some episodes try to include instances of where Team Westen gets their money to avoid the appearance that the team refuses rewards all the time.
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** [[WordsOfGod Word Of God]] WordOfGod mentions this; while the show is not a soap opera and thus doesn't need constant reminders, they do try to keep aware of continuity and the development of events in the show. This, for instance, is why in later seasons, there are more clients that find Team Westen or whom Sam or Fi offer services/seek out clients for rather than clients bumbling on them or Michael on to them; WordOfGod mentions that they would be well known enough at this point to where this would be possible. Likewise, some episodes try to include instances of where Team Westen gets their money to avoid the appearance that the team refuses rewards all the time.
22nd Jun '15 2:25:33 PM Lightning4119
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* HeroAntagonist: Some of the law enforcement types who come down on Michael and co. have this feel to them.
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* HeroAntagonist: Some of the law enforcement types who come down on Michael and co. have this feel to them. Mostly they're just cops who are quite reasonably investigating some of Team Westen's [[StuffBlowingUp more high-profile activities.]]
16th Jun '15 2:36:38 PM notShemp
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* EmbarrassingRingtone: An early episode features Michael using a ring tone on his phone as an alarm for when someone sets off a motion sensor he sets up at a safe house for the clients of the week. It's from some flash in the pan girl group. -->'''Teen girl:''' Nice ring tone.\\ '''Michael:''' It came with the phone.
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