History Series / Cracked

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Cracked_Canadian_TV_Series_Title_Card_8207.jpg]][[caption-width-right:275:Season 1 Cast: [[ActionGirl Poppy Wisnefski]], [[GentleGiant Leo Beckett]], [[DefectiveDetective Aiden Black]], [[TheShrink Daniella Ridley]], [[DaChief Diane Caligra]]]] ''Cracked'' is a Canadian television series that started in 2013. It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person, whether as a perpetrator, victim, or witness. Resistant to the idea at first, Aiden slowly learns to appreciate the job and trust his partner, while trying to recover from the aftermath of two fatal shootings, and an ugly breakup with his girlfriend of three years, Detective Liz Liette (Mayko Nguyen). As of the start of Season 2, Daniella Ridley has left the show, and Aidan has been partnered with the younger Dr. Clara Malone (Brooke Nevin). NeedsWikiMagicLove. ---- !!This Series contains examples of: * ActionGirl: Poppy gets to demonstrate her action girl credentials on a number of occasions, most notably when she drops the perpetrator in the Season 1 finale with a single shot. * AlphaBitch: The prime suspect in "Cherry Blossoms", who drove a fellow classmate to suicide and doesn't feel bad about it at all. [[spoiler:She's drugged insensate by her victim's friends, and then killed by one of their mothers]]. * AmbiguousDisorder: Aiden Black. Several characters suggest he has PTSD, as well as some unspecified anxiety and mood problems, but no actual diagnosis is ever reached, despite his being interviewed by four different psychiatrists. Daniella calls him "cracked" in lieu of a real label. * AmoralAttorney: Crown Attorney Houseman who tries to destroy Aiden's reputation in "Inquest" in order to make her own career. Averted by Aiden's attorney in the same episode, and by Michael from "The Fallen" who, despite being a bipolar psychotic is a very good attorney who completely changed the life of at least one of his clients (getting her off of drugs and into a college). * AndShowItToYou[=/=]BeatStillMyHeart: Mandar Kush hits the worst of both tropes when he cuts out a man's heart and eats it in front of a crowd. * AnswerCut: Aiden is trying to talk a bipolar, underwear-clad rocker off a high walkway, so he asks what it will take to get him to come down. Cut to the rocker wearing Aiden's jacket and pants. * {{Antivillain}}: As people afflicted with mental illnesses, most perpetrators fall into this category, as much victims of their illness as the people they hurt. * ArchangelMichael: Michael, the bipolar psychotic from "The Fallen" sees himself as Michael or a representative of him (it isn't clear) during a delusional phase, even thinking that the knife he's carrying is the archangel's FlamingSword. * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Aiden and Poppy arrest Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" on charges of "conspiracy to commit assault, aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice, outdoor drinking, littering, and dueling." No one but Aiden knew that the last charge was still on the books. * TheAtoner: Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns", who deeply regrets the murder he committed while in the midst of a schizophrenic break with reality. He's now on a regime of medication that he can't go off of (he receives injections at a hospital and will be returned to the mental hospital if he misses an appointment) and believes he will have to spend the rest of his life making up for it. * AxeCrazy: Despite what you might expect, the number of violently insane people on this show is relatively low. That said, Ken Hobart from "White Knight" is a definite case while under the influence of bath salts (regressing to a non-verbal, animalistic state), as is Isabel from "Spirited Away" when during the throes of postpartum psychosis--she storms into her parents' house, brandishing a carpet knife, and planning to cut up her daughter. Mandar Kush, paranoid a schizophrenic and cannibal who believed he was being haunted by demons might be the standout, though we only see him like this in flashback. * {{Badass}}: Aiden Black, in typical cop show fashion. * BadassBaritone: Leo has the lowest voice of any cast member, as he proves in "The Price" can be quite the badass. * BaldOfAwesome: Leo Beckett. * BaldOfEvil: Michael from "The Fallen", Ken Hobart from "White Knight", and Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" all have this look, but in a subversion are all deeply sorry after regaining their sanity, and in Michael's case, never hurt anybody in the first place. * BatterUp: Blessing from "What We Can't See" takes a baseball bat to the other children who were harassing her. * BeardOfEvil: Eliot from "The Light in Black" has a classic one. * BenevolentBoss: Inspector Caligra certainly does her best to protect both Aiden and the Psych Crimes unit as a whole, and makes an impassioned defence of them in "Inquest". * BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Sean [=McCray=] comes off as affable on the surface, but is a jackass under the surface, with Daniella eventually concluding he is a narcissist. Eliot from "The Light In Black" is a far more extreme example, being a NiceGuy on top, and a psychopath underneath. * BlondesAreEvil: Played straight by Erin from "White Knight", an insane stalker, histrionic personality, and GreenEyedMonster. Played with in the case of Esme from "The Light in Black" who was cheating on her husband, but is still visibly horrified by his murder. Averted in the cases of Daniella Ridley and Clara Malone, who are both fundamentally good people with the best intention's of their patients at heart. * TheBully: Schoolyard bullying plays a major role in "What We Can't See", while the teenaged variant shows up in "Cherry Blossoms." * BunnyEarsLawyer: Aiden is an extremely talented police officer but prone to unpredictable outbursts, which results in his transfer to a unit where he'll be partnered with a psychiatrist who can keep her eye on him. * CloserToEarth: Downplayed. Leo Beckett is probably the most rational member of the cast. However, none of the others are idiots, and the fact that DaChief is also black helps to downplay any UnfortunateImplications. * ConflictingLoyalty: Daniella is asked by Calligra, her friend and superior, to report to her on Aiden, her partner. [[spoiler:She struggles with it but eventually agrees, which comes back to bite her when it's revealed.]] * CopShow * {{Cult}}: "What We Can't See" features is a cult led by a pathological narcissist who has convinced his followers that they are going to be taken to a better place by aliens. * TheCynic: Nobody in the cast is what you'd call a WideEyedIdealist, but Aiden and Poppy are probably the worst in this regard. * DaChief: Inspector Diane Caligra plays this role to Aiden and the rest of the unit. * DaddyIssues: Eliot from "The Light in Black" was shipped off to boarding school in Europe by his father, who later paid him to stay away. As Eliot comments "Thanks to him I missed my own mother's funeral. When he died last year I made sure to come back for his." * DeadpanSnarker: Aiden, whose sarcasm is a defensive mechanism. * DefectiveDetective: Aiden has aspects of PTSD along with possible unspecified mood and anxiety disorders. Poppy's father, a long term cop who may be developing Alzheimer's, is in the same boat. * DemotedToExtra: Detective Liz Liette, Aiden's ex-girlfriend, was in the opening credits in Season 1 and featured in numerous episodes. In Season 2 she's been removed from the credits and shows up less regularly. * DisposableVagrant: Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" believe that homeless men are "garbage" and use offers of money and booze to bribe them into starring in their Internet GladiatorGames. * DistressedDamsel: Happens to Daniella Ridley in both "The Fallen" and "The Light In Black", requiring Aiden to rescue her the first time, and in a twist, Poppy to bail her out the second time. Neither of these incidents could remotely be conisdered Daniella's fault; both times she just had the bad luck to be visiting someone who, despite their having no apparent involvement in the case, turned out to be the perpetrator. In "White Knight" something similar happens to Detective Liette when she's taken captive by Aiden's stalker, Erin. * DrivenToSuicide: The girl from "Cherry Blossoms" offed herself due to torment from her classmates. In "The Valley" it's revealed that [[spoiler:Simon Kelley killed himself]]. Liette believes that this will eventually happen to Aiden. * DrugsAreBad: Bath salts certainly are, as evidenced by Ken Hobart's psychotic break after he takes some in "White Knight." He ends up running around half naked, assaulting and biting a teenager, and then bashing a man's skull in with a pipe. * EnfanteTerrible: Eliot from "The Light in Black" was sociopathic even as a child, and was shipped off to boarding school after he broke his little sister's arm. Blessing from "What We Can't See" is a milder example who, having been raised in a bizarre alien cult, suffers from mood swings, violent outbursts, and delusions. * ExiledToTheCouch: Happens to Leo in one episode, after a fight with his wife. * EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" commits all of his crimes in the name of saving his mother's life. Eliot from "The Light in Black" seems genuinely angry over having missed his mother's funeral. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Eliot from "The Light in Black" seems to be upset about missing his [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas mother's funeral]], and may actually care about his sister and niece; at the very least, Daniella notes he'd never hurt them. Nolan from "Swans" is a dangerous offender with a lengthy rapsheet, but does care about his mentally ill girlfriend, Emily, who returns the favour. Many of the other perpetrators also have family that they care about, but given that they are, for the most part, delusional, or otherwise mentally impaired, calling them "evil" would be unfair. * EvilBrit: Mandar Kush has the accent, but none of the actual evil, having been legally insane at the time of his (admittedly horrifying) crime. * EvilCripple: Pete Kovacs from "Old Soldiers" is a one-handed Afghan veteran turned robber with a bad case of PTSD and a violent streak. * EvilGenius: Eliot from "The Light in Black" graduated in the top five percent, and repeatedly demonstrates just how bright he is. * EvilUncle: Averted by Eliot from "The Light in Black". His liking for his niece is one of his few good traits. * FinalBoss: Psychopath Eliot is this for Season 1. * GentleGiant: Leo is a tall, muscular black man with a shaved head. He's also the nicest, most emotionally stable guy on the show. * GladiatorGames: "The Valley" has a pair of teenage boys who get homeless men to fight one another for the entertainment of paying customers on the Internet. * GreenEyedMonster: Erin from "White Knight" is an obsessive stalker who becomes insanely jealous when the object of her affections (Aiden) rebuffs her or shows interest in another woman. This results in her taking Detective Liette hostage. The victim from "The Light in Black" was also prone to jealousy, but being a moron, directed his envy at his wife's brother rather than her boyfriend. * TheGreys: Referenced by the cult in "What We Can't See". * {{Hallucinations}}: Michael from "The Fallen," Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns," the mother and daughter duo from "What We Can't See", Isabel from "Spirited Away" and several other schizophrenics, bipolars, and psychotics all see things that aren't there. * HappilyMarried: Even after everything he did and an eleven year separation, Mandar Kush's wife is looking forward to his coming home. If that isn't a strong marriage I don't know what is. Leo is also married, for the most part, happily. * HearingVoices: Very common. The schizophrenic perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" heard the voice of a doctor telling him that he could save his mother by stealing the energy from other people. Michael, a bipolar psychotic from "The Fallen" hears voices and sees things that convince him TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has arrived, and that he must gather an arsenal to battle {{Satan}} with. Mandar Kush, the paranoid schizophrenic, from "No Traveller Returns" heard voices that told him demons were coming for he and his son Arun, and that he had to fend them off, leading to his spectacular murder of Peter Fong. * TheHeart: The role of the psychiatrist and the nurse on the team, acting as the compassionate counterparts to the more cynical and punishment prone cops. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Tall, muscular Leo is partnered with Poppy, the smallest woman in the unit, who is petite and young-looking enough to pass for a teenager. * IHaveBrothers: Poppy is the only girl in a family of four boys, at least one of which is a cop, all raised by their cop dad. She's a physically assertive, slightly tomboyish detective and is seen roughhousing with one of her brothers. * ImAHumanitarian: Mandar Kush cut out a man's heart and ate it. In his defence, he believed that the man in question was a demon, and that only by eating his heart could he ensure that he stayed dead and stopped posing a threat to his son. * InsaneEqualsViolent: Averted. Most of the mentally ill people shown are acting violently, but only because the taskforce is called in on police incidents involving emotionally unstable people. In the second episode, despite finding a knife-waving bipolar man covered in a murdered woman's blood, they don't think he killed her. [[spoiler:He didn't.]] There are also several cases in which the insane person is the victim, which tends to be true in real life. * InterruptedSuicide: Aiden has to stop [[spoiler:Alice Kelley]] from jumping to her death in "The Valley". He's also halted a couple of would-be [[SuicideByCop suicides by cop]]. * KidsAreCruel: "What We Can't See" revolves around an investigation into the actions of an elementary school girl who snapped and assaulted her taunting classmates with a baseball bat. * KnifeNut: Dominic Lazlo, a schizophrenic man who boards a schoolbus armed with a kitchen knife, stabs the busdriver to death, and then cuts the throat of a boy hostage during his death throes. Michael from "The Fallen" and Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" are also fond of knives, and Eliot uses one on Daniella during "The Light in Black". * KnightInSourArmour: Aiden will always do the right thing, but he'll be cynical, bitter, and sarcastic while he does it. * LonersAreFreaks: The way the rest of the tennants in, well, "The Tennants", treat their autistic neighbour. * ManipulativeBastard: Narcissist Sean [=McCray=] and psychopath Eliot both have a go at this. Of the two Eliot is by far the better. * TheMentallyDisturbed: Goes without saying given the premise of the show. So far we've seen schizophrenics, bipolars, a variety of paranoids, Tourettes' syndrome, an obsessive woman with histrionic features, PTSD, post partum psychosis, and one bona fide psychopath. * MuggingTheMonster: The rapist in "Night Terrors" goes after a pretty, petite ''world-class triathlete'' who wakes up, grabs a baseball bat, and repeatedly bashes him with it while screaming at him to get out of her house. He's badly bruised enough that it helps the police recognize him, while she doesn't have a scratch on her. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of Ken Hobart after coming down from his bath salt high. Mandar Kush has a similar reaction upon regaining his sanity, and believes he should have died in the place of his victim. * MyGreatestFailure: How Aiden sees the incident on the schoolbus, where he was unable to prevent Dominic Lazlo from killing the boy he'd taken hostage. * {{Narcissist}}: "Joy" the cult leader from "What We Can't See," who maintains absolute control over his deluded followers as a way of nursing his own ego. After the events of "Inquest", Daniella comes to see Sean as one. * NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mandar Kush, the schizophrenic Toronto sidewalk murderer and cannibal from "No Traveller Returns" (who cut out a man's heart and ate it because he thought God told him he was a Hindu demon) is a fairly obvious stand-in for schizophrenic Winnipeg bus murderer and cannibal Vince Li (who decapitated a man and ate part of him because he thought God told him the man was an alien invader), from their status as immigrants, to the nature of their crime, right down to the eventual recovery and remorse. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In "The Light in Black" Eliot kills two of his victims this way, and then moves on to Daniella. * NoSocialSkills: "The Tennants" features a girl with a bad case of Asperger's Syndrome, whose ability to interact with others is virtually nonexistent. * NonActionGuy: Subverted by Leo. As a psychiatric nurse he has no reason to be a badass. This doesn't stop him from clobbering a gun and knife wielding hitman in "The Price". * OddCouple: [[DefectiveDetective Detective]] [[StepfordSnarker Aiden]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Black]] and [[TheShrink Dr.]] [[TheHeart Danielle]] [[HiddenDepths Ridley]]. From the looks of things, Aiden and Clara will continue this dynamic in Season 2. * OffingTheOffspring: Isabel/Hayley from "Spirited Away" believes her daughter has a listening device implanted in her chest, and plans to cut it out with a carpet knife in order to save the secrets of the entire world. * OutlawCouple: "Swans" has former teen delinquent Nolan and mental patient Emily whom he breaks out of the psyche ward so they can get married. It's a far less romantic version than most though--the attraction clearly isn't healthy, Nolan spirals out of control quickly, and in the end Emily is brought to the conclusion that they belong in prison. * PapaWolf: Mandar Kush, a schizophrenic who butchered a man in the street and ate his heart because he believed the man was a Hindu demon and posed a threat to his son, Arun. * ParentalAbandonment: More than a few perpetrators have this in their backstories. "Spirited Away" focuses around a teen mother suffering from postpartum psychosis who abandons her infant in a public park. * ParentalSubstitute: Annika from "The Price" acts as this to her niece, Courtney. * PipePain: Ken Hobart from "White Knight" bludgeons a man to death with a piece of piping while under the influence of bath salts. * PlatonicLifePartners: Poppy and Leo quickly settle into this dynamic. Highlighted when they are temporarily assigned different partners and make it clear they want each other back. * PoliceBrutality: Aiden is accused of this by Crown Attorney Houseman. * ProfessionalKiller: Tyrell from "The Price" is a professional drugrunner, thug, and hitman. * PutOnABus: Daniella goes on a leave of absence to meet the son she gave up for adoption, and decides to stay near him. This comes right after she and Aiden had decided to try and repair their working relationship, so it definitely stands out. * RescueRomance: Subverted in "White Knight" when a woman named Erin develops a crush on Aiden after he saves her life. She's eventually revealed to be an obsessive histrionic personality with a lengthy history of restraining orders being filed against her, and snaps when Aiden refuses to return her affections. * SerialKiller: The perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" was well on his way. A schizophrenic who believed that he could save his mother's life by ramming light bulbs into the chests of his victims, draining their energy, and then injecting said energy into his mother, he had killed one boy, failed to break into a second house, and was in the midst of trying to claim a third victim when Aiden stopped him. * ScaryBlackMan: Subverted by Leo, who while a huge, bald, tattooed black man, is easily the most pleasant person on the show. * ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Ian and Mackenzie from "The Valley" think that this applies to them, and their fathers' money will get them out of anything, even running an underground fighting ring. Aiden proves them wrong. * ShellShockedVeteran: Aiden. This show being what it is, it's carefully examined by other characters who note that he doesn't have all the symptoms of PTSD. ** In "Old Soldiers" we meet a support group of shellshocked Afghan vets, one of whom robbed a bank, then suffered a flashback and opened fire in the middle of the street. He's eventually talked down by one of his old comrades-in-arms who is also in need of serious mental help. * TheShrink: Forensic psychiatrists Daniella Ridley and Clara Malone, and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett, of the Awesome variety. Aiden's instincts are almost as good, but he's closer to the WarriorTherapist. * SmugSnake: Sean [=McCray=]. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Aiden and Daniella engage in this a lot, particularly in "How The Light Gets In". * TheSociopath: Eliot, the villain of the season one finale is a diagnosed psychopath with a string of murders behind him. While easily the worst of the show's villains (thus far), he's still treated as an actual person. * StalkerWithACrush: Erin from "White Knight" who has a history of developing obsessions with men she meets and harassing them, as she proceeds to do to Aiden. * StepfordSnarker: Aiden. His tendency to deflect with jokes led to his long-time girlfriend leaving him. * StopOrIShootMyself: In the climax of the pilot episode, Aiden puts a gun to his own head to talk down a schizophrenic who is about to stab himself. * StrictlyProfessionalRelationship: Danielle and Aiden. She left the show before anything could come of it. * SuicideByCop: Several villains try this, but are normally talked down. * SuicideNotMurder: The solution in "The Valley". [[spoiler:Simon Kelley killed himself, but his mother, who was having a nervous breakdown, came by afterwards and cleaned up, destroying the evidence, and (unintentionally) making it look like a murder because she "couldn't bear to leave him like that."]] * SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Age gap aside, Clara Malone certainly ''looks'' a hell of a lot like Daniella Ridley, and plays the same role on the show. Whether her personality will be revealed to be different later on, of course, remains to be seen. * TakingTheBullet: Mandar Kush tries to do this at the end of "No Traveller Returns", shoving Daniella behind him as a car hurtles towards them. * TalkingToThemself: Most of the show's schizophrenics will carry on conversations with their voices. * TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: A theme in the show, with Aiden and his partner taking turns talking down various mentally ill people; it's Clara's success at this in "Swans" that convinces him she might make a good replacement for Daniella. In "Old Soldiers", Jessie, a badly damaged Afghan veteran does this for his old comrade Pete Kovacs. * TeenPregnancy: "Spirited Away" involves a teenaged mother suffering from post-partum pscyhosis. Daniella is revealed to have given up her own child at sixteen. * TeensAreMonsters: "Cherry Blossoms" has a teenage girl DrivenToSuicide by bullying from the AlphaBitch, who is characterised as a sociopath with a penchant for underage drinking. Said AlphaBitch is subsequently the victim of a practical joke turned lethal from the suicide victim's friends. There's also teen mother Isabel from "Spirited Away" who is simply insane, though she's counterbalanced by the presence of the young man with Tourettes' syndrome who looked after her child when he found it. "The Valley" features Ian St. Clair and Mackenzie, a pair of rich teenage boys who convince homeless men to fight each other, then film it and put it up on a pay website; they consider the homeless beneath themselves, and have no issues exploiting them for profit. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted and defied. In addition to the main character being in therapy and partnered with a psychiatrist who is supposed to keep an eye on him (and she herself is also seeing a shrink), two of the main characters are psychiatrists, and the unit's purpose is to deal with crimes likely to involve mentally ill people and ensure their fair treatment. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" stabbed a man over a hundred times, cut out his heart, and then ate it, just to make sure he would not return from the dead (he thought the man was a demon). * TitleDrop: Danielle diagnoses Aiden as "cracked" at the end of the first episode, complete with meaningful pause. * {{Tomboy}}: Poppy Wisnefski. * UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Aiden is forced to ride pantsless in the elevator with Danielle and the bipolar rock star he [[ItMakesSenseInContext had to give his pants to]]. Everyone but the rocker carefully pretends it's all normal, while the rocker is in a manic phase and cheerfully oblivious. * WhiteMaleLead: Aiden Black, the lead character, and only white man in a cast that otherwise includes two white women, one black woman, and a black man. * WorkingWithTheEx: Aiden and Daniella both have to do this in Season 1: he with ex-girlfriend Liz Liette, and she with ex-boyfriend Sean [=McCray=]. * WouldHurtAChild: Isabel from "Spirited Away" is out to kill her infant daughter. In the backstory, Aiden had a bad run in with a disturbed man named Dominic Lazlo who took a school bus hostage, threatening the lives of all the children aboard, and leading to the death of one boy. * YourCheatingHeart: Sean cheated on his wife with Daniella, which should have been a tip off to her that he was a bastard. In "The Light in Black", suspect Esme cheats on her husband, Oscar, with his boss whenver she gets home from a trip. Annalise from "Rocket Man" cheated on her boyfriend (and later husband) with rockstar Billy, and then on Billy with his parter Max. Somehow we're supposed to find both she and Esme sympathetic. ----
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Cracked_Canadian_TV_Series_Title_Card_8207.jpg]][[caption-width-right:275:Season 1 Cast: [[ActionGirl Poppy Wisnefski]], [[GentleGiant Leo Beckett]], [[DefectiveDetective Aiden Black]], [[TheShrink Daniella Ridley]], [[DaChief Diane Caligra]]]] ''Cracked'' is a Canadian television series that started in 2013. It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person, whether as a perpetrator, victim, or witness. Resistant to the idea at first, Aiden slowly learns to appreciate the job and trust his partner, while trying to recover from the aftermath of two fatal shootings, and an ugly breakup with his girlfriend of three years, Detective Liz Liette (Mayko Nguyen). As of the start of Season 2, Daniella Ridley has left the show, and Aidan has been partnered with the younger Dr. Clara Malone (Brooke Nevin). NeedsWikiMagicLove. ---- !!This Series contains examples of: * ActionGirl: Poppy gets to demonstrate her action girl credentials on a number of occasions, most notably when she drops the perpetrator in the Season 1 finale with a single shot. * AlphaBitch: The prime suspect in "Cherry Blossoms", who drove a fellow classmate to suicide and doesn't feel bad about it at all. [[spoiler:She's drugged insensate by her victim's friends, and then killed by one of their mothers]]. * AmbiguousDisorder: Aiden Black. Several characters suggest he has PTSD, as well as some unspecified anxiety and mood problems, but no actual diagnosis is ever reached, despite his being interviewed by four different psychiatrists. Daniella calls him "cracked" in lieu of a real label. * AmoralAttorney: Crown Attorney Houseman who tries to destroy Aiden's reputation in "Inquest" in order to make her own career. Averted by Aiden's attorney in the same episode, and by Michael from "The Fallen" who, despite being a bipolar psychotic is a very good attorney who completely changed the life of at least one of his clients (getting her off of drugs and into a college). * AndShowItToYou[=/=]BeatStillMyHeart: Mandar Kush hits the worst of both tropes when he cuts out a man's heart and eats it in front of a crowd. * AnswerCut: Aiden is trying to talk a bipolar, underwear-clad rocker off a high walkway, so he asks what it will take to get him to come down. Cut to the rocker wearing Aiden's jacket and pants. * {{Antivillain}}: As people afflicted with mental illnesses, most perpetrators fall into this category, as much victims of their illness as the people they hurt. * ArchangelMichael: Michael, the bipolar psychotic from "The Fallen" sees himself as Michael or a representative of him (it isn't clear) during a delusional phase, even thinking that the knife he's carrying is the archangel's FlamingSword. * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Aiden and Poppy arrest Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" on charges of "conspiracy to commit assault, aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice, outdoor drinking, littering, and dueling." No one but Aiden knew that the last charge was still on the books. * TheAtoner: Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns", who deeply regrets the murder he committed while in the midst of a schizophrenic break with reality. He's now on a regime of medication that he can't go off of (he receives injections at a hospital and will be returned to the mental hospital if he misses an appointment) and believes he will have to spend the rest of his life making up for it. * AxeCrazy: Despite what you might expect, the number of violently insane people on this show is relatively low. That said, Ken Hobart from "White Knight" is a definite case while under the influence of bath salts (regressing to a non-verbal, animalistic state), as is Isabel from "Spirited Away" when during the throes of postpartum psychosis--she storms into her parents' house, brandishing a carpet knife, and planning to cut up her daughter. Mandar Kush, paranoid a schizophrenic and cannibal who believed he was being haunted by demons might be the standout, though we only see him like this in flashback. * {{Badass}}: Aiden Black, in typical cop show fashion. * BadassBaritone: Leo has the lowest voice of any cast member, as he proves in "The Price" can be quite the badass. * BaldOfAwesome: Leo Beckett. * BaldOfEvil: Michael from "The Fallen", Ken Hobart from "White Knight", and Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" all have this look, but in a subversion are all deeply sorry after regaining their sanity, and in Michael's case, never hurt anybody in the first place. * BatterUp: Blessing from "What We Can't See" takes a baseball bat to the other children who were harassing her. * BeardOfEvil: Eliot from "The Light in Black" has a classic one. * BenevolentBoss: Inspector Caligra certainly does her best to protect both Aiden and the Psych Crimes unit as a whole, and makes an impassioned defence of them in "Inquest". * BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Sean [=McCray=] comes off as affable on the surface, but is a jackass under the surface, with Daniella eventually concluding he is a narcissist. Eliot from "The Light In Black" is a far more extreme example, being a NiceGuy on top, and a psychopath underneath. * BlondesAreEvil: Played straight by Erin from "White Knight", an insane stalker, histrionic personality, and GreenEyedMonster. Played with in the case of Esme from "The Light in Black" who was cheating on her husband, but is still visibly horrified by his murder. Averted in the cases of Daniella Ridley and Clara Malone, who are both fundamentally good people with the best intention's of their patients at heart. * TheBully: Schoolyard bullying plays a major role in "What We Can't See", while the teenaged variant shows up in "Cherry Blossoms." * BunnyEarsLawyer: Aiden is an extremely talented police officer but prone to unpredictable outbursts, which results in his transfer to a unit where he'll be partnered with a psychiatrist who can keep her eye on him. * CloserToEarth: Downplayed. Leo Beckett is probably the most rational member of the cast. However, none of the others are idiots, and the fact that DaChief is also black helps to downplay any UnfortunateImplications. * ConflictingLoyalty: Daniella is asked by Calligra, her friend and superior, to report to her on Aiden, her partner. [[spoiler:She struggles with it but eventually agrees, which comes back to bite her when it's revealed.]] * CopShow * {{Cult}}: "What We Can't See" features is a cult led by a pathological narcissist who has convinced his followers that they are going to be taken to a better place by aliens. * TheCynic: Nobody in the cast is what you'd call a WideEyedIdealist, but Aiden and Poppy are probably the worst in this regard. * DaChief: Inspector Diane Caligra plays this role to Aiden and the rest of the unit. * DaddyIssues: Eliot from "The Light in Black" was shipped off to boarding school in Europe by his father, who later paid him to stay away. As Eliot comments "Thanks to him I missed my own mother's funeral. When he died last year I made sure to come back for his." * DeadpanSnarker: Aiden, whose sarcasm is a defensive mechanism. * DefectiveDetective: Aiden has aspects of PTSD along with possible unspecified mood and anxiety disorders. Poppy's father, a long term cop who may be developing Alzheimer's, is in the same boat. * DemotedToExtra: Detective Liz Liette, Aiden's ex-girlfriend, was in the opening credits in Season 1 and featured in numerous episodes. In Season 2 she's been removed from the credits and shows up less regularly. * DisposableVagrant: Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" believe that homeless men are "garbage" and use offers of money and booze to bribe them into starring in their Internet GladiatorGames. * DistressedDamsel: Happens to Daniella Ridley in both "The Fallen" and "The Light In Black", requiring Aiden to rescue her the first time, and in a twist, Poppy to bail her out the second time. Neither of these incidents could remotely be conisdered Daniella's fault; both times she just had the bad luck to be visiting someone who, despite their having no apparent involvement in the case, turned out to be the perpetrator. In "White Knight" something similar happens to Detective Liette when she's taken captive by Aiden's stalker, Erin. * DrivenToSuicide: The girl from "Cherry Blossoms" offed herself due to torment from her classmates. In "The Valley" it's revealed that [[spoiler:Simon Kelley killed himself]]. Liette believes that this will eventually happen to Aiden. * DrugsAreBad: Bath salts certainly are, as evidenced by Ken Hobart's psychotic break after he takes some in "White Knight." He ends up running around half naked, assaulting and biting a teenager, and then bashing a man's skull in with a pipe. * EnfanteTerrible: Eliot from "The Light in Black" was sociopathic even as a child, and was shipped off to boarding school after he broke his little sister's arm. Blessing from "What We Can't See" is a milder example who, having been raised in a bizarre alien cult, suffers from mood swings, violent outbursts, and delusions. * ExiledToTheCouch: Happens to Leo in one episode, after a fight with his wife. * EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" commits all of his crimes in the name of saving his mother's life. Eliot from "The Light in Black" seems genuinely angry over having missed his mother's funeral. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Eliot from "The Light in Black" seems to be upset about missing his [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas mother's funeral]], and may actually care about his sister and niece; at the very least, Daniella notes he'd never hurt them. Nolan from "Swans" is a dangerous offender with a lengthy rapsheet, but does care about his mentally ill girlfriend, Emily, who returns the favour. Many of the other perpetrators also have family that they care about, but given that they are, for the most part, delusional, or otherwise mentally impaired, calling them "evil" would be unfair. * EvilBrit: Mandar Kush has the accent, but none of the actual evil, having been legally insane at the time of his (admittedly horrifying) crime. * EvilCripple: Pete Kovacs from "Old Soldiers" is a one-handed Afghan veteran turned robber with a bad case of PTSD and a violent streak. * EvilGenius: Eliot from "The Light in Black" graduated in the top five percent, and repeatedly demonstrates just how bright he is. * EvilUncle: Averted by Eliot from "The Light in Black". His liking for his niece is one of his few good traits. * FinalBoss: Psychopath Eliot is this for Season 1. * GentleGiant: Leo is a tall, muscular black man with a shaved head. He's also the nicest, most emotionally stable guy on the show. * GladiatorGames: "The Valley" has a pair of teenage boys who get homeless men to fight one another for the entertainment of paying customers on the Internet. * GreenEyedMonster: Erin from "White Knight" is an obsessive stalker who becomes insanely jealous when the object of her affections (Aiden) rebuffs her or shows interest in another woman. This results in her taking Detective Liette hostage. The victim from "The Light in Black" was also prone to jealousy, but being a moron, directed his envy at his wife's brother rather than her boyfriend. * TheGreys: Referenced by the cult in "What We Can't See". * {{Hallucinations}}: Michael from "The Fallen," Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns," the mother and daughter duo from "What We Can't See", Isabel from "Spirited Away" and several other schizophrenics, bipolars, and psychotics all see things that aren't there. * HappilyMarried: Even after everything he did and an eleven year separation, Mandar Kush's wife is looking forward to his coming home. If that isn't a strong marriage I don't know what is. Leo is also married, for the most part, happily. * HearingVoices: Very common. The schizophrenic perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" heard the voice of a doctor telling him that he could save his mother by stealing the energy from other people. Michael, a bipolar psychotic from "The Fallen" hears voices and sees things that convince him TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has arrived, and that he must gather an arsenal to battle {{Satan}} with. Mandar Kush, the paranoid schizophrenic, from "No Traveller Returns" heard voices that told him demons were coming for he and his son Arun, and that he had to fend them off, leading to his spectacular murder of Peter Fong. * TheHeart: The role of the psychiatrist and the nurse on the team, acting as the compassionate counterparts to the more cynical and punishment prone cops. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Tall, muscular Leo is partnered with Poppy, the smallest woman in the unit, who is petite and young-looking enough to pass for a teenager. * IHaveBrothers: Poppy is the only girl in a family of four boys, at least one of which is a cop, all raised by their cop dad. She's a physically assertive, slightly tomboyish detective and is seen roughhousing with one of her brothers. * ImAHumanitarian: Mandar Kush cut out a man's heart and ate it. In his defence, he believed that the man in question was a demon, and that only by eating his heart could he ensure that he stayed dead and stopped posing a threat to his son. * InsaneEqualsViolent: Averted. Most of the mentally ill people shown are acting violently, but only because the taskforce is called in on police incidents involving emotionally unstable people. In the second episode, despite finding a knife-waving bipolar man covered in a murdered woman's blood, they don't think he killed her. [[spoiler:He didn't.]] There are also several cases in which the insane person is the victim, which tends to be true in real life. * InterruptedSuicide: Aiden has to stop [[spoiler:Alice Kelley]] from jumping to her death in "The Valley". He's also halted a couple of would-be [[SuicideByCop suicides by cop]]. * KidsAreCruel: "What We Can't See" revolves around an investigation into the actions of an elementary school girl who snapped and assaulted her taunting classmates with a baseball bat. * KnifeNut: Dominic Lazlo, a schizophrenic man who boards a schoolbus armed with a kitchen knife, stabs the busdriver to death, and then cuts the throat of a boy hostage during his death throes. Michael from "The Fallen" and Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" are also fond of knives, and Eliot uses one on Daniella during "The Light in Black". * KnightInSourArmour: Aiden will always do the right thing, but he'll be cynical, bitter, and sarcastic while he does it. * LonersAreFreaks: The way the rest of the tennants in, well, "The Tennants", treat their autistic neighbour. * ManipulativeBastard: Narcissist Sean [=McCray=] and psychopath Eliot both have a go at this. Of the two Eliot is by far the better. * TheMentallyDisturbed: Goes without saying given the premise of the show. So far we've seen schizophrenics, bipolars, a variety of paranoids, Tourettes' syndrome, an obsessive woman with histrionic features, PTSD, post partum psychosis, and one bona fide psychopath. * MuggingTheMonster: The rapist in "Night Terrors" goes after a pretty, petite ''world-class triathlete'' who wakes up, grabs a baseball bat, and repeatedly bashes him with it while screaming at him to get out of her house. He's badly bruised enough that it helps the police recognize him, while she doesn't have a scratch on her. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The reaction of Ken Hobart after coming down from his bath salt high. Mandar Kush has a similar reaction upon regaining his sanity, and believes he should have died in the place of his victim. * MyGreatestFailure: How Aiden sees the incident on the schoolbus, where he was unable to prevent Dominic Lazlo from killing the boy he'd taken hostage. * {{Narcissist}}: "Joy" the cult leader from "What We Can't See," who maintains absolute control over his deluded followers as a way of nursing his own ego. After the events of "Inquest", Daniella comes to see Sean as one. * NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mandar Kush, the schizophrenic Toronto sidewalk murderer and cannibal from "No Traveller Returns" (who cut out a man's heart and ate it because he thought God told him he was a Hindu demon) is a fairly obvious stand-in for schizophrenic Winnipeg bus murderer and cannibal Vince Li (who decapitated a man and ate part of him because he thought God told him the man was an alien invader), from their status as immigrants, to the nature of their crime, right down to the eventual recovery and remorse. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In "The Light in Black" Eliot kills two of his victims this way, and then moves on to Daniella. * NoSocialSkills: "The Tennants" features a girl with a bad case of Asperger's Syndrome, whose ability to interact with others is virtually nonexistent. * NonActionGuy: Subverted by Leo. As a psychiatric nurse he has no reason to be a badass. This doesn't stop him from clobbering a gun and knife wielding hitman in "The Price". * OddCouple: [[DefectiveDetective Detective]] [[StepfordSnarker Aiden]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Black]] and [[TheShrink Dr.]] [[TheHeart Danielle]] [[HiddenDepths Ridley]]. From the looks of things, Aiden and Clara will continue this dynamic in Season 2. * OffingTheOffspring: Isabel/Hayley from "Spirited Away" believes her daughter has a listening device implanted in her chest, and plans to cut it out with a carpet knife in order to save the secrets of the entire world. * OutlawCouple: "Swans" has former teen delinquent Nolan and mental patient Emily whom he breaks out of the psyche ward so they can get married. It's a far less romantic version than most though--the attraction clearly isn't healthy, Nolan spirals out of control quickly, and in the end Emily is brought to the conclusion that they belong in prison. * PapaWolf: Mandar Kush, a schizophrenic who butchered a man in the street and ate his heart because he believed the man was a Hindu demon and posed a threat to his son, Arun. * ParentalAbandonment: More than a few perpetrators have this in their backstories. "Spirited Away" focuses around a teen mother suffering from postpartum psychosis who abandons her infant in a public park. * ParentalSubstitute: Annika from "The Price" acts as this to her niece, Courtney. * PipePain: Ken Hobart from "White Knight" bludgeons a man to death with a piece of piping while under the influence of bath salts. * PlatonicLifePartners: Poppy and Leo quickly settle into this dynamic. Highlighted when they are temporarily assigned different partners and make it clear they want each other back. * PoliceBrutality: Aiden is accused of this by Crown Attorney Houseman. * ProfessionalKiller: Tyrell from "The Price" is a professional drugrunner, thug, and hitman. * PutOnABus: Daniella goes on a leave of absence to meet the son she gave up for adoption, and decides to stay near him. This comes right after she and Aiden had decided to try and repair their working relationship, so it definitely stands out. * RescueRomance: Subverted in "White Knight" when a woman named Erin develops a crush on Aiden after he saves her life. She's eventually revealed to be an obsessive histrionic personality with a lengthy history of restraining orders being filed against her, and snaps when Aiden refuses to return her affections. * SerialKiller: The perpetrator from "How The Light Gets In" was well on his way. A schizophrenic who believed that he could save his mother's life by ramming light bulbs into the chests of his victims, draining their energy, and then injecting said energy into his mother, he had killed one boy, failed to break into a second house, and was in the midst of trying to claim a third victim when Aiden stopped him. * ScaryBlackMan: Subverted by Leo, who while a huge, bald, tattooed black man, is easily the most pleasant person on the show. * ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Ian and Mackenzie from "The Valley" think that this applies to them, and their fathers' money will get them out of anything, even running an underground fighting ring. Aiden proves them wrong. * ShellShockedVeteran: Aiden. This show being what it is, it's carefully examined by other characters who note that he doesn't have all the symptoms of PTSD. ** In "Old Soldiers" we meet a support group of shellshocked Afghan vets, one of whom robbed a bank, then suffered a flashback and opened fire in the middle of the street. He's eventually talked down by one of his old comrades-in-arms who is also in need of serious mental help. * TheShrink: Forensic psychiatrists Daniella Ridley and Clara Malone, and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett, of the Awesome variety. Aiden's instincts are almost as good, but he's closer to the WarriorTherapist. * SmugSnake: Sean [=McCray=]. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Aiden and Daniella engage in this a lot, particularly in "How The Light Gets In". * TheSociopath: Eliot, the villain of the season one finale is a diagnosed psychopath with a string of murders behind him. While easily the worst of the show's villains (thus far), he's still treated as an actual person. * StalkerWithACrush: Erin from "White Knight" who has a history of developing obsessions with men she meets and harassing them, as she proceeds to do to Aiden. * StepfordSnarker: Aiden. His tendency to deflect with jokes led to his long-time girlfriend leaving him. * StopOrIShootMyself: In the climax of the pilot episode, Aiden puts a gun to his own head to talk down a schizophrenic who is about to stab himself. * StrictlyProfessionalRelationship: Danielle and Aiden. She left the show before anything could come of it. * SuicideByCop: Several villains try this, but are normally talked down. * SuicideNotMurder: The solution in "The Valley". [[spoiler:Simon Kelley killed himself, but his mother, who was having a nervous breakdown, came by afterwards and cleaned up, destroying the evidence, and (unintentionally) making it look like a murder because she "couldn't bear to leave him like that."]] * SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Age gap aside, Clara Malone certainly ''looks'' a hell of a lot like Daniella Ridley, and plays the same role on the show. Whether her personality will be revealed to be different later on, of course, remains to be seen. * TakingTheBullet: Mandar Kush tries to do this at the end of "No Traveller Returns", shoving Daniella behind him as a car hurtles towards them. * TalkingToThemself: Most of the show's schizophrenics will carry on conversations with their voices. * TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: A theme in the show, with Aiden and his partner taking turns talking down various mentally ill people; it's Clara's success at this in "Swans" that convinces him she might make a good replacement for Daniella. In "Old Soldiers", Jessie, a badly damaged Afghan veteran does this for his old comrade Pete Kovacs. * TeenPregnancy: "Spirited Away" involves a teenaged mother suffering from post-partum pscyhosis. Daniella is revealed to have given up her own child at sixteen. * TeensAreMonsters: "Cherry Blossoms" has a teenage girl DrivenToSuicide by bullying from the AlphaBitch, who is characterised as a sociopath with a penchant for underage drinking. Said AlphaBitch is subsequently the victim of a practical joke turned lethal from the suicide victim's friends. There's also teen mother Isabel from "Spirited Away" who is simply insane, though she's counterbalanced by the presence of the young man with Tourettes' syndrome who looked after her child when he found it. "The Valley" features Ian St. Clair and Mackenzie, a pair of rich teenage boys who convince homeless men to fight each other, then film it and put it up on a pay website; they consider the homeless beneath themselves, and have no issues exploiting them for profit. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted and defied. In addition to the main character being in therapy and partnered with a psychiatrist who is supposed to keep an eye on him (and she herself is also seeing a shrink), two of the main characters are psychiatrists, and the unit's purpose is to deal with crimes likely to involve mentally ill people and ensure their fair treatment. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Mandar Kush from "No Traveller Returns" stabbed a man over a hundred times, cut out his heart, and then ate it, just to make sure he would not return from the dead (he thought the man was a demon). * TitleDrop: Danielle diagnoses Aiden as "cracked" at the end of the first episode, complete with meaningful pause. * {{Tomboy}}: Poppy Wisnefski. * UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Aiden is forced to ride pantsless in the elevator with Danielle and the bipolar rock star he [[ItMakesSenseInContext had to give his pants to]]. Everyone but the rocker carefully pretends it's all normal, while the rocker is in a manic phase and cheerfully oblivious. * WhiteMaleLead: Aiden Black, the lead character, and only white man in a cast that otherwise includes two white women, one black woman, and a black man. * WorkingWithTheEx: Aiden and Daniella both have to do this in Season 1: he with ex-girlfriend Liz Liette, and she with ex-boyfriend Sean [=McCray=]. * WouldHurtAChild: Isabel from "Spirited Away" is out to kill her infant daughter. In the backstory, Aiden had a bad run in with a disturbed man named Dominic Lazlo who took a school bus hostage, threatening the lives of all the children aboard, and leading to the death of one boy. * YourCheatingHeart: Sean cheated on his wife with Daniella, which should have been a tip off to her that he was a bastard. In "The Light in Black", suspect Esme cheats on her husband, Oscar, with his boss whenver she gets home from a trip. Annalise from "Rocket Man" cheated on her boyfriend (and later husband) with rockstar Billy, and then on Billy with his parter Max. Somehow we're supposed to find both she and Esme sympathetic. ----[[redirect:Series/CrackedSeries]]
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Aiden is an extremely talented police officer but prone to unpredictable outbursts, which results in his transfer to a unit where he'll be partnered with a psychologist who can keep her eye on him.
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Aiden is an extremely talented police officer but prone to unpredictable outbursts, which results in his transfer to a unit where he'll be partnered with a psychologist who can keep her eye on him. LonersAreFreaks: The way the rest of the tennants in, well, "The Tennants", treat their autistic neighbour.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Aiden is an extremely talented police officer but prone to unpredictable outbursts, which results in his transfer to a unit where he'll be partnered with a psychologist who can keep her eye on him. {{Tomboy}}: Poppy Wisnefski.
16th Oct '13 7:28:46 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person, whether as a perpetrator, victim, or witness. Resistant to the idea at first, Aiden slowly learns to appreciate the job and trust his partner, while trying to balance his job and his disastrous personal life, including the fallout from an ugly breakup with his girlfriend of three years, Detective Liz Liette (Mayko Nguyen).
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person, whether as a perpetrator, victim, or witness. Resistant to the idea at first, Aiden slowly learns to appreciate the job and trust his partner, while trying to balance his job and his disastrous personal life, including the fallout recover from the aftermath of two fatal shootings, and an ugly breakup with his girlfriend of three years, Detective Liz Liette (Mayko Nguyen).
16th Oct '13 7:27:44 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person. As of the start of Season 2, Daniella Ridley has left the show, and Aidan has been partnered with the younger Dr. Clara Malone (Brooke Nevin).
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person. person, whether as a perpetrator, victim, or witness. Resistant to the idea at first, Aiden slowly learns to appreciate the job and trust his partner, while trying to balance his job and his disastrous personal life, including the fallout from an ugly breakup with his girlfriend of three years, Detective Liz Liette (Mayko Nguyen). As of the start of Season 2, Daniella Ridley has left the show, and Aidan has been partnered with the younger Dr. Clara Malone (Brooke Nevin). Nevin).
16th Oct '13 10:02:16 AM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Aiden Black. Several characters suggest he has PTSD, as well as some unspecified anxiety and mood problems, but no actual diagnosis is ever reached, despite his being interviewed by four different psychiatrists. Daniella calls him "cracked" in lieu of a real label.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Sean [=McCray=] comes off as affable on the surface, but is a jackass under the surface, with Daniella eventually concluding he is a narcissist. Eli from the Season 1 finale is a far more extreme example, being a NiceGuy on top, and a psychopath underneath. * BlondesAreEvil: Played straight by Erin from "White Knight", an insane stalker, histrionic personality, and GreenEyedMonster. Played with in the case of Esme from "The Light in Black" who was cheating on her husband, but is still visibly horrified by his murder. Averted in the cases of Daniella Ridley and Carla Malone, who are both fundamentally good people with the best intention's of their patients at heart.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Sean [=McCray=] comes off as affable on the surface, but is a jackass under the surface, with Daniella eventually concluding he is a narcissist. Eli Eliot from the Season 1 finale "The Light In Black" is a far more extreme example, being a NiceGuy on top, and a psychopath underneath. * BlondesAreEvil: Played straight by Erin from "White Knight", an insane stalker, histrionic personality, and GreenEyedMonster. Played with in the case of Esme from "The Light in Black" who was cheating on her husband, but is still visibly horrified by his murder. Averted in the cases of Daniella Ridley and Carla Clara Malone, who are both fundamentally good people with the best intention's of their patients at heart.

* DaChief: Inspector Diane Caligra plays this role to Aiden.
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* DaChief: Inspector Diane Caligra plays this role to Aiden.Aiden and the rest of the unit.

* DeadpanSnarker: Aiden.
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15th Oct '13 7:43:05 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* GladiatorGame: "The Valley" has a pair of teenage boys who get homeless men to fight one another for the entertainment of paying customers on the Internet.
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* GladiatorGame: GladiatorGames: "The Valley" has a pair of teenage boys who get homeless men to fight one another for the entertainment of paying customers on the Internet.
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Aiden and Poppy arrest Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" on charges of "conspiracy to commit assault, aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice, outdoor drinking, littering, and dueling." No one but Aiden knew that the last charge was still on the books.

* DisposableVagrant: Mackenzie and Ian from "The Valley" believe that homeless men are "garbage" and use offers of money and booze to bribe them into starring in their Internet GladiatorGames.

* GladiatorGame: "The Valley" has a pair of teenage boys who get homeless men to fight one another for the entertainment of paying customers on the Internet.

* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Ian and Mackenzie from "The Valley" think that this applies to them, and their fathers' money will get them out of anything, even running an underground fighting ring. Aiden proves them wrong.

* TeensAreMonsters: "Cherry Blossoms" has a teenage girl DrivenToSuicide by bullying from the AlphaBitch, who is characterised as a sociopath with a penchant for underage drinking. Said AlphaBitch is subsequently the victim of a practical joke turned lethal from the suicide victim's friends. There's also teen mother Isabel from "Spirited Away" who is simply insane, though she's counterbalanced by the presence of the young man with Tourettes' syndrome who looked after her child when he found it.
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* TeensAreMonsters: "Cherry Blossoms" has a teenage girl DrivenToSuicide by bullying from the AlphaBitch, who is characterised as a sociopath with a penchant for underage drinking. Said AlphaBitch is subsequently the victim of a practical joke turned lethal from the suicide victim's friends. There's also teen mother Isabel from "Spirited Away" who is simply insane, though she's counterbalanced by the presence of the young man with Tourettes' syndrome who looked after her child when he found it. "The Valley" features Ian St. Clair and Mackenzie, a pair of rich teenage boys who convince homeless men to fight each other, then film it and put it up on a pay website; they consider the homeless beneath themselves, and have no issues exploiting them for profit.
15th Oct '13 2:07:35 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aidan Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person.
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It stars David Sutcliff as Detective Aidan Aiden Black, a SWAT officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person.

It stars David Sutcliff as * DemotedToExtra: Detective Aidan Black, a SWAT officer suffering Liz Liette, Aiden's ex-girlfriend, was in the opening credits in Season 1 and featured in numerous episodes. In Season 2 she's been removed from post-traumatic stress disorder who is transferred to the newly-formed Psych Crimes credits and Crisis Unit after an outburst involving barnyard noises in a diner. He and his new partner, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), and another pair consisting of Detective Poppy Wisnefski (Luisa D'Oliveira) and psychiatric nurse Leo Beckett (Dayo Ade) report to Inspector Diane Caligra (Karen [=LeBlanc=]) are called in to investigate any crime that seems likely to involve an emotionally disturbed person. shows up less regularly.

* PutOnABus: Daniella goes on a leave of absence to meet the son she gave up for adoption, and decides to stay near him. This comes right after she and Aiden had decided to try and repair their working relationship, so it definitely stands out. Detective Liette also appears to have left the show, and Sean [=McCray=] announced that he was moving during Season 1.
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* PutOnABus: Daniella goes on a leave of absence to meet the son she gave up for adoption, and decides to stay near him. This comes right after she and Aiden had decided to try and repair their working relationship, so it definitely stands out. Detective Liette also appears to have left the show, and Sean [=McCray=] announced that he was moving during Season 1.
15th Oct '13 1:42:30 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* SuicideNotMurder: The solution in "The Valley". [[spoiler:Simon Kelley killed himself, but his mother, who was having a nervous breakdown, came by afterwards and cleaned up, destroying the evidence, and (unintentionally) making it look like a murder because she "couldn't bear to leave him like that."]]
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