History Series / BarneyMiller

29th Jul '16 8:43:34 AM eowynjedi
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* CordonBleugChef: Yemana and his shabu-shabu. Everyone else is revolted by the smell and his list of ingredients (fish heads, celery tops, etc) and are pleasantly surprised when it turns out to be quite tasty... because he cooked it wrong.



* IceCreamKoan: Yemana with one of his typically bizarre one-liners in "The Search".
--> "Marriage is like a horse with a broken leg. You can shoot it, but that don't fix the leg."
** Occasionally Yemana will share some weird piece of "Oriental wisdom" from his grandfather. Such as "many things look bleak at the moment of occurance, but at least we ain't got locusts."



** ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In "Eviction" he insists on trying to mediate the situation instead of just assaulting a hotel to force the tenants out and is placed on modified duty (until the tenants demand him back as a mediator). In "Contempt", he's actually sent to jail over his refusal to name an informant in court.



* YouAreInCommandNow: Yemana when Barney is briefly suspended from active duty in "Eviction". His response? "Oh my god."
29th Jul '16 7:51:02 AM gallium
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* CordonBleugChef: Yemana and his shabu-shabu. Everyone else is revolted by the smell and his list of ingredients (fish heads, celery tops, etc) and are pleasantly surprised when it turns out to be quite tasty... because he cooked it wrong.


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** Occasionally Yemana will share some weird piece of "Oriental wisdom" from his grandfather. Such as "many things look bleak at the moment of occurance, but at least we ain't got locusts."


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** ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In "Eviction" he insists on trying to mediate the situation instead of just assaulting a hotel to force the tenants out and is placed on modified duty (until the tenants demand him back as a mediator). In "Contempt", he's actually sent to jail over his refusal to name an informant in court.


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* StraightMan: Barney, inevitably to whatever zaniness was going on around him. Nowhere more prominent than in "Hash", where he's the only one who didn't eat one of the hash brownies. In the DVD commentary the writers say that Barney was given jokes on occasion early on, but it became clear that the humor was more effective with Barney as a straight man for all the wacky visitors to bounce off of.


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* YouAreInCommandNow: Yemana when Barney is briefly suspended from active duty in "Eviction". His response? "Oh my god."
29th Jul '16 7:41:54 AM gallium
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Or maybe a case of SeriesContinuityError. In Season 6 episode "The Brother" Wojo mentions more or less out of nowhere that Barney is Jewish and Wojo mentions this again in Season 7 episode "Rachel". But in season 3's "Christmas Story" Barney is exchanging gifts with his detectives and in Season 5's "Toys" he's reminiscing with Liz about taking David to see Santa.



* InformedJudaism: In Season 6 episode "The Brother" Wojo mentions more or less out of nowhere that Barney is Jewish. Wojo mentions this again in Season 7 episode "Rachel" when wondering if that's why Barney is bothered by Wojo maybe dating Barney's daughter.



** In some earlier episodes Barney celebrates Christmas, but in later episodes he's identified as Jewish. See AmbiguouslyJewish above.

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** In some earlier episodes Season 6 it's established that Barney celebrates Christmas, but is Jewish (see InformedJudaism above) But in later episodes season 3's "Christmas Story" Barney is exchanging gifts with his detectives and in Season 5's "Toys" he's identified as Jewish. See AmbiguouslyJewish above.reminiscing with Liz about taking David to see Santa.
29th Jul '16 7:37:16 AM gallium
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* BottleEpisode: Bottle Series, actually. If the Internet Movie Database's trivia page is to be believed, only thirteen episodes over the whole course of the series showed scenes outside the station: "Ramon", "Graft", "The Stakeout", "Hair", "The Hero", "Film/GrandHotel", "Fish", "Wojo's Girl" part 2 (itself a Bottle Episode as the whole episode takes place in Wojo's apartment), "Contempt" parts 1 & 2, "Chinatown" parts 1 & 2, and "Eviction" part 2. And most of those were early in the show's run. The first five episodes in that list were all in Season 1. Two of those thirteen episodes were [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Poorly Disguised Pilots]] (see below).

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* BottleEpisode: Bottle Series, actually. If the Internet Movie Database's trivia page is to be believed, only Only thirteen episodes over the whole course of the series showed scenes outside the station: "Ramon", "Graft", "The Stakeout", "Hair", "The Hero", "Film/GrandHotel", "Fish", "Wojo's Girl" part 2 (itself a Bottle Episode as the whole episode takes place in Wojo's apartment), "Contempt" parts 1 & 2, "Chinatown" parts 1 & 2, and "Eviction" part 2. And most of those were early in the show's run. The first five episodes in that list were all in Season 1. Two of those thirteen episodes were [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Poorly Disguised Pilots]] (see below).



** The blind man and the roommate Barney paired him up with in "Community Relations" pop up again three seasons later in "People's Court", when they and others in their building have gotten in trouble for constructing a court and jail in the basement. The blind man appears again as a mugging victim in "Movie" part 2. Then the blind man and his roommate appear yet again in series finale "Landmark" part 3.



* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: In an episode where a perpetrator beat up an elevator-music machine, the word Muzak (a trademark of Muzak Holdings LLC) is slienced-out.

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* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: In an episode where a perpetrator beat up an elevator-music machine, the word Muzak (a trademark of Muzak Holdings LLC) is slienced-out.silenced-out.



* InsultToRocks: In "Hash", a pair of Polish immigrants, one an actor and the other a theatre critic, have been arrested for fighting a saber duel. The actor fumes over a review in which the critic said he played his role "like a howling jackass". The irritated critic says, "I apologise to the jackasses!"[[note]] Which the unknowingly stoned Nick finds hysterical.[[/note]]

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* InsultToRocks: In "Hash", a pair of Polish immigrants, one an actor and the other a theatre critic, have been arrested for fighting a saber duel. The actor fumes over a review in which the critic said he played his role "like a howling jackass". The irritated critic says, "I apologise apologize to the jackasses!"[[note]] Which the unknowingly stoned Nick finds hysterical.[[/note]]



* LandslideElection: In "The Election", Inspector Luger is a strong proponent of a good friend of his who is running for office, even though the only thing that anybody else can remember about the candidate is that he was accused of being involved with bribery and corruption in the sanitation department (the Inspector's awkward attempts to defend the candidate on the grounds that "[[ImplausibleDeniability they couldn't prove any of that]]" only seem to confirm the truth of the accusations). Not surprisingly, the candidate loses by a margin of more than 5 to 1.

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* LandslideElection: In "The Election", Inspector Luger is a strong proponent of a good friend of his who is running for office, even though the only thing that anybody else can remember about the candidate is that he was accused of being involved with bribery and corruption in the sanitation department (the Inspector's awkward attempts to defend the candidate on the grounds that (Luger: "[[ImplausibleDeniability they couldn't prove any of that]]" only seem to confirm the truth of the accusations).that]]"). Not surprisingly, the candidate loses by a margin of more than 5 to 1.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** Although Mr. Kopechne's 'lycanthropy' is not taken seriously, his return as a victim of demonic possession is far more disturbing. There are several other incidents where you can't be ''totally'' sure the people aren't crazy. (And most are played by Kenneth Tigar.)

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: There are several episodes invoking this trope in which it's not clear if the person in question is crazy. [[YouLookFamiliar Many of them]] are played by recurring guest star Kenneth Tigar.
** Although Twice Tigar appears as a character named Mr. Kopechne's 'lycanthropy' is not Kopechne. When Mr. Kopechne claims to be a werewolf he isn't taken seriously, but his return second appearance as a victim of demonic possession is far much more disturbing. There are several other incidents where you can't be ''totally'' sure the people aren't crazy. (And most are played by Kenneth Tigar.)disturbing, complete with a VoiceOfTheLegion.



* {{Prison}}: Barney gets thrown into a cell in two-part episode "Contempt" when he is held in contempt of court for not revealing the identity of a confidential informant. These two episodes were two of only a few that ever left the squad room; see BottleEpisode above.

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* {{Prison}}: Barney gets thrown into a cell in two-part episode "Contempt" when he is held in contempt of court for not revealing the identity of a confidential informant. These two episodes were two of only a few that ever left the squad room; see BottleEpisode above.



* StalkerWithACrush: In "Altercation" a woman is mugged outside the precinct building. She seems strangely attentive to Captain Miller. It turns out that she has been stalking Barney since Patrolman Miller stood up for her against some bullies back in 1966; the reason she was outside the precinct building is that she was following Barney around. She's a benevolent stalker, telling Barney him not to worry if he ever gets a peek at her following him.

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* StalkerWithACrush: In "Altercation" a woman is mugged outside the precinct building. She seems strangely attentive to Captain Miller. It turns out that she has been stalking Barney since Patrolman Miller stood up for her against some bullies back in 1966; the reason she was outside the precinct building is that she was following Barney around. She's a benevolent stalker, telling Barney him not to worry if he ever gets a peek at notices her following him.



** In the first episode Puerto Rican officer Amenguale rants at a Puerto Rican criminal for being so embarrassed when catching his fellow Puerto Ricans committing crimes that he has to arrest them in an exaggerated white-guy accent.

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** In the first episode Puerto Rican officer Amenguale Chano rants at a Puerto Rican criminal for being so embarrassed when catching his fellow Puerto Ricans committing crimes that he Chano has to arrest them in an exaggerated white-guy accent.


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* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: In series finale "Landmark" part 3, Harris reacts to the news that he is being transferred to Queens by shouting "I quit!". When a frustrated Harris rants that can just be a full-time writer, Barney agrees with him. Since it's the series finale we never find out if Harris follows through.
29th Jul '16 6:18:42 AM gallium
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* ChekhovsGun: A literal gun, namely an antique rifle that Wojo finds behind a wall in "Bones". The discovery of the gun leads to the building being designated a historic landmark and sold to developers in the episodes that follow, three-part series finale "Landmark".



* FinaleCredits: The regular closing credits featured a stock photo of the Manhattan skyline as the theme played. The finale instead featured the freeze-frame on the squad room, with no music, only applause as the credits rolled.



* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When Nick brings back a box of evidence from an erotic bakery, the detectives stare into it as Barney tilts his head incredulously.
-->'''Harris:''' [giggling] What's up with them poppyseeds?

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* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When Nick FormerChildStar: In "Old Love" the 12th brings back in Irwin Kroner, a box of evidence from an erotic bakery, frustrated actor who struck his agent in the detectives stare into it as Barney tilts his head incredulously.
-->'''Harris:''' [giggling] What's up
face with them poppyseeds?the phone. It turns out that Mr. Kroner used to be "Little Corky Carter", a famous child star, but has been unable to get parts as a grown-up.



* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When Nick brings back a box of evidence from an erotic bakery, the detectives stare into it as Barney tilts his head incredulously.
-->'''Harris:''' [giggling] What's up with them poppyseeds?



* NoFourthWall: Averted, literally, in "Chinatown" Part 1. For this episode that aired in the eighth and last season, they actually ''built a fourth wall''. The camera cuts from what was the standard shot for the whole run of the series--a shot over Dietrich's shoulder as he questions a civilian--to a reverse shot from behind the suspect that shows a fourth wall behind Dietrich. This is done twice during the interview, and a shot from the perspective of the holding cell also shows a green-painted fourth wall.

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* NoFourthWall: Averted, literally, in "Chinatown" Part 1. For this episode that aired in the eighth and last season, they actually ''built a fourth wall''. The camera cuts from what was the standard shot for the whole run of the series--a shot over Dietrich's shoulder as he questions a civilian--to a reverse shot from behind the suspect that shows a fourth wall behind Dietrich. This is done twice during the interview, and a shot from the perspective of the holding cell also shows a green-painted fourth wall.wall would be featured periodically throughout the final season.



* OldFlame: In "Old Love" Dietrich's old girlfriend from college shows up. She tells him that she's HappilyMarried, but she still gives him a passionate kiss, and they leave for a long lunch that's strongly implied to really be a nooner.



* RaisedByWolves: In the last scene of the last episode, "Landmark" part 3, Dietrich offhandedly confesses that he was raised by wolves.



* StockSitcomGrandFinale: The three-parter "Landmark", which had the 12th Precinct building declared a national landmark and sold to a real estate developer, leading to the squad being broken up and and the characters reassigned to other precincts around the city.

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* StalkerWithACrush: In "Altercation" a woman is mugged outside the precinct building. She seems strangely attentive to Captain Miller. It turns out that she has been stalking Barney since Patrolman Miller stood up for her against some bullies back in 1966; the reason she was outside the precinct building is that she was following Barney around. She's a benevolent stalker, telling Barney him not to worry if he ever gets a peek at her following him.
* StockSitcomGrandFinale: The three-parter "Landmark", which had the 12th Precinct building declared a national landmark and sold to a real estate developer, leading to the squad being broken up and and the characters reassigned to other precincts around the city. Additionally, both Barney and Levitt get long sought-after promotions, to deputy inspector and plainclothes detective respectively. Luger gets married. An array of recurring characters (Bruno Binder and his wife, Marty and Darryl, Ray Brewer, others) turn up to wish the detectives farewell. The show ends with Barney, alone in the office, looking around and wistfully remembering Chano, Fish, Wentworth, and Yemana, before leaving.


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* ThankingTheViewer: After the final freeze frame of the final episode, the credit "Goodbye and thank you from all of us at the old One-Two" pops up on the screen before the credits roll.
18th Jul '16 6:22:05 AM gallium
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* MailOrderBride: A late-series arc has Inspector Luger, lonely and facing retirement, deciding to get a mail-order bride. In one episode he strong-arms Barney into writing the letter for him. In 8th-season episode "Arrival" Luger's Filipina mail-order bride shows up. In series finale "Landmark" they are happily married.



** A man whose obituary is mistakenly run in the paper is arrested when he hits the editor for refusing to correct it.

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** A In "Obituary", a man whose obituary is mistakenly run in the paper is arrested when he hits the editor for refusing to correct it.
12th Jul '16 8:55:00 PM PaulA
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Throughout the run, the show tried adding new characters to the cast; most of them would be given a "test run" of about three episodes to make an impression. More than half a dozen cops were "auditioned" this way. Save for Dietrich, none of them really worked, resulting in ChuckCunninghamSyndrome. (Linda Lavin probably would have stayed on too, if she hadn't been offered the lead role in ''[[Series/{{Alice1976}} Alice]]''; she appeared prominently in flashbacks despite being in only five episodes). Midway through the fifth season, actor Jack Soo (Yemana) died. The cast did a memorial episode out-of-character for Soo, but Yemana was never [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim killed off]] in so many words. Once in a while, he would be mentioned in the past tense, sometimes with an air of wistfulness. When Levitt worked in the detective squad room, he took over Yemana's desk.

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Throughout the run, the show tried adding new characters to the cast; most of them would be given a "test run" of about three episodes to make an impression. More than half a dozen cops were "auditioned" this way. Save for Dietrich, none of them really worked, resulting in ChuckCunninghamSyndrome. (Linda Lavin probably would have stayed on too, if she hadn't been offered the lead role in ''[[Series/{{Alice1976}} Alice]]''; ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}''; she appeared prominently in flashbacks despite being in only five episodes). Midway through the fifth season, actor Jack Soo (Yemana) died. The cast did a memorial episode out-of-character for Soo, but Yemana was never [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim killed off]] in so many words. Once in a while, he would be mentioned in the past tense, sometimes with an air of wistfulness. When Levitt worked in the detective squad room, he took over Yemana's desk.



* AbortedArc: The romance between Wojo and Wentworth is forgotten about after Linda Lavin left the show to be the star of ''Series/{{Alice}}''.

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* AbortedArc: The romance between Wojo and Wentworth is forgotten about after Linda Lavin left the show to be the star of ''Series/{{Alice}}''.''Series/{{Alice|1976}}''.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Fish's departure was dealt with in the two-part episode that opened Season 4, and the departure/death of Nick Yemana was dealt with somewhat obliquely (see CharacterOutlivesActor above). Chano's departure was mentioned in a throwaway gag two seasons after the fact. Other detectives were victims of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Linda Lavin's Detective Wentworth wasn't mentioned again after Lavin left for ''Series/{{Alice}}''. Detective Maria Battista, played by June Gable, appeared in two Season 3 episodes and was never seen again. Early in season 7, the writers introduced Det. Eric Dorsey (Paul Lieber), a new detective with a blond afro and an [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold abrasive attitude]]. After four episodes, he disappears.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Fish's departure was dealt with in the two-part episode that opened Season 4, and the departure/death of Nick Yemana was dealt with somewhat obliquely (see CharacterOutlivesActor above). Chano's departure was mentioned in a throwaway gag two seasons after the fact. Other detectives were victims of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Linda Lavin's Detective Wentworth wasn't mentioned again after Lavin left for ''Series/{{Alice}}''.''Series/{{Alice|1976}}''. Detective Maria Battista, played by June Gable, appeared in two Season 3 episodes and was never seen again. Early in season 7, the writers introduced Det. Eric Dorsey (Paul Lieber), a new detective with a blond afro and an [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold abrasive attitude]]. After four episodes, he disappears.
8th Jul '16 9:33:40 PM eowynjedi
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* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When Nick brings back a box of evidence from an erotic bakery, the detectives stare into it as Barney tilts his head incredulously.
-->'''Harris:''' [giggling] What's up with them poppyseeds?
20th Jun '16 1:44:05 AM Doug86
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* Nick Yemana (Jack Soo), the HypercompetentSidekick of the squadroom. He takes a laissez-faire attitude to most things and often makes inappropriate jokes. His [[BadToTheLastDrop bad coffee]] is legendary. Yemana was among the first regular adult characters on U.S. prime-time television written specifically for an American of Japanese descent.[[note]]In StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Sulu was played by Japanese American George Takei, but the character's nationality was deliberately left unspecified.[[/note]] The character left the show in Season 5 when Jack Soo fell ill and died of cancer.

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* Nick Yemana (Jack Soo), the HypercompetentSidekick of the squadroom. He takes a laissez-faire attitude to most things and often makes inappropriate jokes. His [[BadToTheLastDrop bad coffee]] is legendary. Yemana was among the first regular adult characters on U.S. prime-time television written specifically for an American of Japanese descent.[[note]]In StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' Sulu was played by Japanese American George Takei, but the character's nationality was deliberately left unspecified.[[/note]] The character left the show in Season 5 when Jack Soo fell ill and died of cancer.
14th Jun '16 7:06:51 PM eowynjedi
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* {{Flatline}}: Dietrich volunteers to test out a stress monitor and then goes out on a call. The monitor soon starts going haywire, and then it goes completely flat, with the requisite steady tone, to the horror of everyone in the squadroom. And then Dietrich walks in wearing police sweats--a woman wielding a fire hose had shorted out the sensors.
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