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17th May '18 10:49:45 AM DaibhidC
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* Parodied in the NoirEpisode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', in which Finnemore is hired by a FemmeFatale in what turns out to be just one step of an overly-complicated and self-contradictory cover-up by a Sidney Greenstreet type who, it eventually transpires, has neglected to actually commit a crime first.
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2nd May '18 4:10:32 AM BarthVader
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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In "Mr. Monk and the Leper," Monk is hired by a man who introduces himself as Derek Bronson, who has been missing for seven years and will soon be declared legally dead at a probate hearing. He has Monk and Natalie break into his house to retrieve some letters, and while they're doing so, they are caught by Mandy Bronson, Derek's wife. Monk then attends a probate hearing where he testifies and validates Mandy's story that Derek is alive. All is well....until Monk sees Julie trying to open a bottle of ketchup and she comments, "Who would need ketchup in 1840?" causing Monk to realize that he's been duped, because the security panel in Derek's house had the words "Founded 2003" on it, so he wonders how Derek could know his own house security code for a system installed after he had vanished. He concludes that seven years ago, Mandy murdered her husband, then got rid of the body and lived off his money, aware that when he was officially declared dead, she'd lose his house, so she hired an acquaintance - a professional pianist - and seduced him to impersonate Derek, and they brought Monk in as a "witness" because they knew that if he thought Derek was a leper, he'd never want to take a good look at the man (further helped by making the meetings happen in dimly lit locations). Monk and Natalie then discover that Mandy has shot and killed the accomplice and is planning to get rid of his body in the same way she got rid of her husband's.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In "Mr. Monk and the Leper," Monk is hired by a man who introduces himself as Derek Bronson, who has been missing for seven years and will soon be declared legally dead at a probate hearing. He has Monk and Natalie break into his house to retrieve some letters, and while they're doing so, they are caught by Mandy Bronson, Derek's wife. Monk then attends a probate hearing where he testifies and validates Mandy's story that Derek is alive. All is well....until Monk sees Julie trying to open a bottle of ketchup and she comments, "Who would need ketchup in 1840?" causing Monk to realize that he's been duped, because the security panel in Derek's house had the words "Founded 2003" on it, it (the episode was aired in 2006), so he wonders how Derek could know his own house security code for a system installed after he had vanished. He concludes that seven years ago, Mandy murdered her husband, then got rid of the body and lived off his money, aware that when he was officially declared dead, she'd lose his house, so she hired an acquaintance - a professional pianist - and seduced him to impersonate Derek, and they brought Monk in as a "witness" because they knew that if he thought Derek was a leper, he'd never want to take a good look at the man (further helped by making the meetings happen in dimly lit locations). Monk and Natalie then discover that Mandy has shot and killed the accomplice and is planning to get rid of his body in the same way she got rid of her husband's.
11th Jun '17 3:27:47 AM TitoMosquito
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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' featured this something like every second episode, and so did the movie.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' featured this something like every second episode, and so did the movie.movie (notably ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'').
9th Jun '17 9:42:00 PM PaulA
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* In the ''SherlockHolmes'' radio play "The Case of the Determined Client," the client tampers with a crime scene to make it look as though her father had been murdered outright, rather than starting the fight with the man who killed him. When the police don't even notice her hints, she calls in Sherlock Holmes, who naturally sees not only the evidence she'd left but that she was the one who left it. She ruefully admits that she should have known better.

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* In the ''SherlockHolmes'' ''Radio/SherlockHolmesBBCRadio'' radio play "The Case of the Determined Client," the client tampers with a crime scene to make it look as though her father had been murdered outright, rather than starting the fight with the man who killed him. When the police don't even notice her hints, she calls in Sherlock Holmes, who naturally sees not only the evidence she'd left but that she was the one who left it. She ruefully admits that she should have known better.
21st May '17 8:05:47 AM DaibhidC
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** InvokedTrope in "A Stufy in Pink": When evidence is mounting that Murdoch's childhood friend, the private detective Freddie Pink might be a murderer, she protests that she's the one who called the police. He suggests she might be attempting this, and she says she'd surely know his methods well enough to anticipate him seeing through it, unless [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he thinks she was anticipating him concluding that she wouldn't do it because he'd see through it]]... [[spoiler: It turns out there was [[EverybodyLives no murder]], although Freddie was protecting a client who had killed her husband in self-defence, and had been framed by his family so she'd be forced to explain things in court.]]

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** InvokedTrope in "A Stufy Study in Pink": When evidence is mounting that Murdoch's childhood friend, the private detective Freddie Pink might be a murderer, she protests that she's the one who called the police. He suggests she might be attempting this, and she says she'd surely know his methods well enough to anticipate him seeing through it, unless [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he thinks she was anticipating him concluding that she wouldn't do it because he'd see through it]]... [[spoiler: It turns out there was [[EverybodyLives no murder]], although Freddie was protecting a client who had killed her husband in self-defence, and had been framed by his family so she'd be forced to explain things in court.]]
21st May '17 8:03:21 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/DogCity'' episode "The Great Dane Curse", Candice Dane hired Ace to find out who's trying to kill her, and then disappeared, leaving Ace as the prime suspect in her murder. It eventually transpires that she faked her death to escape her controlling father.
13th May '17 12:02:59 PM nombretomado
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* In the third chapter of ''LimboOfTheLost'', after being wrongfully accused of stealing souls, Briggs is accounted for by collector O'Negus, freed, and appointed detective by the mayor to determine who is actually stealing the souls. [[spoiler:It turns out that the soul taker is posing as the mayor, and O'Negus is one of his accomplices.]]

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* In the third chapter of ''LimboOfTheLost'', ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'', after being wrongfully accused of stealing souls, Briggs is accounted for by collector O'Negus, freed, and appointed detective by the mayor to determine who is actually stealing the souls. [[spoiler:It turns out that the soul taker is posing as the mayor, and O'Negus is one of his accomplices.]]
17th Jan '17 6:32:49 AM DaibhidC
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* A convoluted one in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Murdoch Appreciation Society". The killer wants to frame the professor who expelled him from medical school for the murder of a man who's donated his brain to science. But he knows that if the death doesn't ''look'' suspicious, the corpse will go straight to the professor and there won't be a proper post mortem. On the other hand, if it ''does'' look like an obvious murder, Murdoch will realise the professor is being framed. So he joins the eponymous Appreciation Society and convinces them to stage a fake murder so they can watch Murdoch work, using a body he can steal from the medical school. So not only does Murdoch get involved but there's an extra layer of false explanation (the fake murder) for him to disprove, and it looks like the professor would have committed a perfect crime except for the Society's interference.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
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A convoluted one in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' the episode "Murdoch Appreciation Society". The killer wants to frame the professor who expelled him from medical school for the murder of a man who's donated his brain to science. But he knows that if the death doesn't ''look'' suspicious, the corpse will go straight to the professor and there won't be a proper post mortem. On the other hand, if it ''does'' look like an obvious murder, Murdoch will realise the professor is being framed. So he joins the eponymous Appreciation Society and convinces them to stage a fake murder so they can watch Murdoch work, using a body he can steal from the medical school. So not only does Murdoch get involved but there's an extra layer of false explanation (the fake murder) for him to disprove, and it looks like the professor would have committed a perfect crime except for the Society's interference.
** InvokedTrope in "A Stufy in Pink": When evidence is mounting that Murdoch's childhood friend, the private detective Freddie Pink might be a murderer, she protests that she's the one who called the police. He suggests she might be attempting this, and she says she'd surely know his methods well enough to anticipate him seeing through it, unless [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he thinks she was anticipating him concluding that she wouldn't do it because he'd see through it]]... [[spoiler: It turns out there was [[EverybodyLives no murder]], although Freddie was protecting a client who had killed her husband in self-defence, and had been framed by his family so she'd be forced to explain things in court.]]
6th Jan '17 2:39:18 AM CountDorku
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* Parodied in one of the "Tracer Bullet" strips of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. In Calvin's fantasies, he's being used as the fall-guy for a room being ransacked; in real life, Calvin was at least partially responsible (and may have been entirely responsible depending on whether you think Hobbes is alive).
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28th Dec '16 2:45:03 PM DaibhidC
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* Happens so frequently in ''Series/JonathanCreek'' that merely soliciting his services should be ample proof of guilt.

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* Happens so frequently in ''Series/JonathanCreek'' that merely soliciting his services should be ample proof of guilt. The episode "Daemon's Roost" is a big one, because [[spoiler: he ''didn't'' figure it out; there's a FlashBack to the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan only realises the truth after the man's second wife calls him in on another case, six years later]].



* In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Daemons' Roost" [[spoiler: there's a FlashBack to the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan only realises the truth after the man's second wife calls him in on another case, six years later]].
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