History Series / DiagnosisMurder

19th Sep '17 1:09:58 PM Astaroth
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* EngineeredHeroics: One episode has a former Air Force pilot drugging the flight crew of a commercial airliner, intending to volunteer to fly the plane to safety and get himself the credibility he needs to find work as a pilot again.
13th Sep '17 12:47:43 PM LadyNorbert
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* DisappearedDad: Jesse's father was never there during his childhood, owing to his career as a spy for the government. In "Discards," they finally bury the hatchet and start building a relationship.



* ThemeNaming: In "Inheritance of Death," murdered millionaire Jonathan Nash has three children whose names also begin with the letter J. (Julian, J. Edison and Judith).

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* ThemeNaming: In "Inheritance of Death," murdered millionaire Jonathan Nash has three children whose names also begin with the letter J. J (Julian, J. Edison and Judith).



* TownWithADarkSecret: "Dead in the Water", when Jesse and girlfriend Susan travel to such a town. This happens again in the movie ''Town Without Pity''. Unsurprisingly, Jesse's previous experience is [[AesopAmnesia never brought up or alluded to]].

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* TownWithADarkSecret: "Dead in the Water", when Jesse and girlfriend Susan travel to such a town. This happens again in the movie ''Town Without Pity''. Unsurprisingly, Jesse's previous experience is [[AesopAmnesia never brought up or alluded to]].mentioned at all in the movie]].
* TroubledButCute: Carol Sloan, as indicated by her father and brother in "Murder in the Family." By the end of the episode, she seems to finally be turning her life around.



* WeCanRuleTogether: Oddly invoked and lampshaded in the episode "Blood Ties" (a backdoor pilot for a cop drama involving two female police officers). A team of renegade cops, who have taken to murdering known felons and placing "organ donor" stickers on their drivers licenses so their organs can be harvested for transplants, tries to convince the two protagonist cops to join them. One of the two officers comments that this reminded her of a ''Film/JamesBond'' scene, where the villain tries to convince Bond to join him in taking over the world. She says, "All Bond had to do was say 'yes', and he could buy enough time for his fellow agents to rescue him and save the day. I never understood why he never said 'yes'... until now. The answer is 'no'."

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* WeCanRuleTogether: Oddly invoked and lampshaded in the episode "Blood Ties" (a backdoor pilot for a cop drama involving two female police officers). A team of renegade cops, who have taken to murdering known felons and placing "organ donor" stickers on their drivers licenses so their organs can be harvested for transplants, tries to convince the two protagonist cops to join them. One of the two officers comments that this reminded reminds her of a ''Film/JamesBond'' scene, where the villain tries to convince Bond to join him in taking over the world. She says, "All Bond had to do was say 'yes', and he could buy enough time for his fellow agents to rescue him and save the day. I never understood why he never said 'yes'... until now. The answer is 'no'."
13th Sep '17 12:36:33 PM LadyNorbert
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13th Sep '17 12:30:50 PM LadyNorbert
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''Diagnosis: Murder'' is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Creator/DickVanDyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke." That's directly from [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] and is probably one of the best explanations of the show. (The Van Dyke Family roadshow perhaps? Given that at least two of Barry's children turn up in the series and Dick's brother turns up as Mark's brother...)

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''Diagnosis: "''Diagnosis: Murder'' is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Creator/DickVanDyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke." That's directly from [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] and is probably one of the best explanations of the show. (The Van Dyke Family roadshow perhaps? Given that at least two Dick's daughter also appears as Mark's daughter and all four of Barry's children turn up in the series and Dick's brother turns up as Mark's brother...)



* AbsenteeActor: Pushed to extremes in Season 8 when either Jesse, Amanda or both were absent from nearly every episode. There are only 6 episodes of the entire season where all 4 main characters appear, and Jesse isn't even in the series finale.

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* AbsenteeActor: Pushed to extremes in Season 8 when either Jesse, Amanda Amanda, or both were absent from nearly every episode. There are only 6 episodes of the entire season where all 4 four main characters appear, and Jesse isn't even in the series finale.



* BirthdayEpisode: "The Busy Body"
* BitterAlmonds: Mark identifies a glass of wine as being laced with cyanide by the aroma of almonds in one episode.



* BigBrotherInstinct: Steve toward his little sister Carol; in "Murder in the Family," Mark comments that this has always been their dynamic. [[spoiler:Naturally, when Carol is murdered in the movie ''Town Without Pity'', Steve takes it very hard that he couldn't protect her.]]
* BirthdayEpisode: "The Busy Body"
* BitterAlmonds: Mark identifies a glass of wine as being laced with cyanide by the aroma of almonds in one episode.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint: "Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life" has Dr. Sloan trying to stop a doctor who helps terminally ill patients commit suicide. The ending leaves it up to the viewer who they want to side with.
* BreakingTheFellowship / PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In the two-parter "Obsession", after serial bomber Louis Sweeney, whom Dr. Sloan and his son Steve helped put away, is executed for his crimes, the killer's children pull off a series of copy-cat bombings, causing the police to suspect that they executed the wrong man. At the end of Part 1, facing a public relations nightmare, the board of executives at Community General revoked Dr. Sloan's medical license and fired Amanda Bentley and Jesse Travis, while the LAPD suspended Steve Sloan indefinitely. In Part 2, the four of them reunite after a few weeks to clear their reputations and prove that Louis Sweeney was indeed guilty of the bombings he committed, and that his children were responsible for the copy-cat bombings. By the end of the arc, Dr. Sloan's license is restored and everyone's back on the job. [[spoiler: And then Sweeney's daughter blew up the hospital.]]
* BrickJoke: In "Malibu Fire", Mark (by a reporter) is mistaken for Creator/PeterGraves. [[CelebrityCameo Guess who plays]] the Mark [[ExPy Expy]] in the ShowWithinAShow at the end of "Trash TV"?
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr. Sloan has raised eccentricity to a high art (he's been known to make his rounds on roller-skates), but his skills as a doctor and as a consultant to the police more than make up for that.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: "Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life" has Dr. Sloan trying to stop a doctor who helps terminally ill patients commit suicide. The ending leaves it up to the viewer to decide who they want to side with.
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* BreakingTheFellowship / PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In the two-parter "Obsession", "Obsession," after serial bomber Louis Sweeney, whom Dr. Sloan and his son Steve helped put away, is executed for his crimes, the killer's children pull off a series of copy-cat bombings, causing the police to suspect that they executed the wrong man. At the end of Part 1, facing a public relations nightmare, the board of executives at Community General revoked revoke Dr. Sloan's medical license and fired fire Amanda Bentley and Jesse Travis, while the LAPD suspended suspends Steve Sloan indefinitely. In Part 2, the four of them reunite after a few weeks to clear their reputations and prove that Louis Sweeney was indeed guilty of the bombings he committed, and that his children were responsible for the copy-cat bombings. By the end of the arc, Dr. Sloan's license is restored and everyone's back on the job. [[spoiler: And then Sweeney's daughter blew up the hospital.]]
* BrickJoke: In "Malibu Fire", Fire," Mark (by a reporter) is mistaken for Creator/PeterGraves. [[CelebrityCameo Guess who plays]] the Mark [[ExPy Expy]] {{Expy}} in the ShowWithinAShow at the end of "Trash TV"?
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr. Sloan has raised eccentricity to a high art (he's been known to make his rounds on roller-skates), roller skates), but his skills as a doctor and as a consultant to the police more than make up for that.that.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Murder in the Family," in which Mark is pleasantly surprised by a Christmas visit from his estranged daughter Carol. The cast is trimming a tree and singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" together at the end of the show.



* {{Death in the Clouds}}: "Murder in the Air"

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* {{Death in the Clouds}}: DeathInTheClouds: "Murder in the Air"



* DisposingOfABody: One episode (that was kind of a ghost story) had one corpse turned into an exhibit skeleton.

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* DisposingOfABody: One episode (that (which was kind of a ghost story) had one corpse turned into an exhibit skeleton.



* TheExitIsThatWay: Happens to a sleep-deprived Jesse in in "Misdiagnosis Murder". When Amanda tells him to go home and get some sleep, he angrily says he will and turns and strides dramatically through a door. Which turns out to be the broom closet.

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* TheExitIsThatWay: Happens to a sleep-deprived Jesse in in "Misdiagnosis Murder". When Amanda tells him to go home and get some sleep, he angrily says he will and turns and strides dramatically through a door. Which door... which turns out to be the broom closet.



* FriendOnTheForce: Mark's son.

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* FriendOnTheForce: Mark's son.son Steve.



* GoldDigger: The victim in "Open and Shut".

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* GoldDigger: The victim in "Open and Shut".Shut."
* HappilyMarried: In the movie ''Town Without Pity'', Mark and Steve learn that with the murder of her worthless ex-husband behind her, Carol has married a good man and is genuinely happy. [[spoiler:Then she and her husband are murdered.]]



** In another episode, "A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," dogsitter Randy Wolfe finds a murdered mime in her employer's bed. After running across the street to fetch Mark and Steve, she brings them back to the house to find a completely clean bed, and spends a lot of the rest of the episode trying to both solve the murder and convince everyone else that she's not crazy or lying.



* {{Locked in a Room}}: Happens on a number of occasions. Notably to Jesse and Steve in the season 6 opener and to Jack and Steve in season 2, where Jack reveals he has {{Claustrophobia}} and has a panic attack.

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* {{Locked in a Room}}: LockedInARoom: Happens on a number of occasions. Notably occasions, notably to Jesse and Steve in the season 6 opener and to Jack and Steve in season 2, where Jack reveals he has {{Claustrophobia}} and has a panic attack.



* MustHaveCaffeine: Jesse is sometimes shown to desperately want a cup of coffee. Justified, as he's a doctor who frequently works long shifts.



* NotSoFakePropWeapon: One episode featured a morning show staging a shooting between the hosts as a publicity stunt. Someone switched the blanks for real bullets and the cohost gets shot.
* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: The culprit in "Slam Dunk Dead", who spends most of the episode claiming and acting that he has cerebal palsey.]]

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* NotSoFakePropWeapon: One episode featured a morning show staging a shooting between the hosts as a publicity stunt. Someone switched the blanks for real bullets and the cohost co-host gets shot.
* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: The culprit in "Slam Dunk Dead", who spends most of the episode claiming and acting that he has cerebal palsey.cerebral palsy.]]



* ThePerfectCrime: Nicely played with in an episode where a killer details his "perfect" plan for a murder. That's followed by the crime where ''nothing'' goes to plan. Still, he pulls it off only to be tripped up not because of any of his mistakes but because his attempt to frame an innocent person for the crime is ''too'' good. Sloane notes that it's the first case where the suspect is so incredibly obvious from the start and thus got suspicious of the "evidence" to find out the truth.

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* ThePerfectCrime: Nicely played with in an episode where a killer details his "perfect" plan for a murder. That's followed by the crime where ''nothing'' goes to plan. Still, he pulls it off only to be tripped up not because of any of his mistakes but because his attempt to frame an innocent person for the crime is ''too'' good. Sloane Mark notes that it's the first case where the suspect is so incredibly obvious from the start and thus got suspicious of the "evidence" to find out the truth.



** "A Mime is a Terrible Thing to Waste" featured Rachel York as Randy Wofle, an eccentric woman with various jobs who gets involved in murder cases.

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** "A Mime is a Terrible Thing to Waste" featured Rachel York as Randy Wofle, Wolfe, an eccentric woman with various jobs who gets involved in murder cases.



* ShownTheirWork: In "Delusions of Murder" it's correctly pointed out that a person under hypnosis cannot be commanded to do something they normally wouldn't.



** "Hot House" is about a murder on the set of a ''Series/BigBrother''-type reality show. Mark goes undercover as the new housemate to try to figure out who killed the AssholeVictim.
* ShownTheirWork: In "Delusions of Murder," it's correctly pointed out that a person under hypnosis cannot be commanded to do something they normally wouldn't.



* UncannyFamilyResemblance
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: In one episode, the victim was a post-op trans woman, and Steve had been flirting with her before she was killed. To the show's credit, the victim was portrayed as a sympathetic character and none of the main characters freaked out about it.

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* UncannyFamilyResemblance
UncannyFamilyResemblance: Justified, since Mark and Steve are real-life father and son; Mark's daughter Carol is also Dick Van Dyke's real-life daughter Stacy.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: In one episode, the victim was a post-op trans woman, and Steve had been flirting with her before she was killed. To the show's credit, the victim was portrayed as a sympathetic character and none of the main characters freaked out about it.the reveal.



* WeCanRuleTogether: Oddly invoked and lampshaded in the episode "Blood Ties" (a backdoor pilot for a cop drama involving two female police officers). A team of renegade cops, who have taken to murdering known felons and placing "organ donor" stickers on their drivers licenses so their organs can be harvested for transplants, tries to convince the two protagonist cops to join them. One of the two officers comments that this reminded her of a ''Film/JamesBond'' scene, where the villain tries to convince Bond to join him in taking over the world. She says, "All Bond had to do was say 'yes', and he could buy enough time for his fellow agents to rescue him and save the day. I never understood why he never said 'yes'...until now. The answer is 'no'."

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* WeCanRuleTogether: Oddly invoked and lampshaded in the episode "Blood Ties" (a backdoor pilot for a cop drama involving two female police officers). A team of renegade cops, who have taken to murdering known felons and placing "organ donor" stickers on their drivers licenses so their organs can be harvested for transplants, tries to convince the two protagonist cops to join them. One of the two officers comments that this reminded her of a ''Film/JamesBond'' scene, where the villain tries to convince Bond to join him in taking over the world. She says, "All Bond had to do was say 'yes', and he could buy enough time for his fellow agents to rescue him and save the day. I never understood why he never said 'yes'... until now. The answer is 'no'."
24th Jul '17 1:46:15 PM MikeW
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The episode "Blood Ties" was clearly a pilot for a series featuring the two female police officers who were showcased. Similarly, "How To Murder Your Lawyer" features a lawyer who teaches a night class (which Steve attends) getting involved with intrigue at his girm. Biggest sign - TV music titan Mike Post scored the episode.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The Several episodes featured possible pilots:
** "Retribution," a two-part
episode was intended to be a pilot for "The Chief." Fred Dryer starred at the hard-nosed Los Angeles chief of police who played various political games to provide law and order. Neal [=McDonough=] would co-star as Ross Canin, a mob boss who was actually an undercover policeman acting as Masters' ultimate inside man.
** "Sister Michael Wants You" had Delta Burke as a nun solving murders.
** "A Mime is a Terrible Thing to Waste" featured Rachel York as Randy Wofle, an eccentric woman with various jobs who gets involved in murder cases.
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"Blood Ties" was clearly to be a pilot for a series featuring the two female police officers who were showcased. Similarly, called "Whistlers" with rule-bending detective Amy Devlin (Kathy Evison) and her more outrageous partner Taylor Lucas (Zoe [=McLellan=]).
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"How To to Murder Your Lawyer" features featuring Mitchell Whitfield as Arnold Baskin, a lawyer bumbling tax attorney by day and (Steve's) law course professor at evening, and Leah Remini as his wisecracking student Agnes Benedetto who teaches a night class (which Steve attends) getting involved with intrigue happens to work as an assistant at his girm. Biggest sign law firm. Together they would have sold crimes - TV music titan Mike Post scored if the episode.series had been made.
15th Jun '17 10:05:44 PM Cindylover1969
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The episode "Blood Ties" was clearly a pilot for a series featuring the two female police officers who were showcased.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The episode "Blood Ties" was clearly a pilot for a series featuring the two female police officers who were showcased. Similarly, "How To Murder Your Lawyer" features a lawyer who teaches a night class (which Steve attends) getting involved with intrigue at his girm. Biggest sign - TV music titan Mike Post scored the episode.
7th Apr '17 1:04:22 PM Cindylover1969
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* ADayInTheLimelight: "Blast From The Past" focuses more on Steve; the episode concerns the release of a man who sent up for killing his wife, who wants revenge on Steve. It's also of a less humorous bent than usual.
16th Mar '17 1:03:37 PM DomineeringScorpion
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* ConnectTheDeaths: A serial bomber wrote the name of her dead father on the city map. The absurdity of this is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Steve, who draws a pig in the same pattern, though of course Dr. Sloan is right.

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* ConnectTheDeaths: A serial bomber wrote the name of her dead father on the city map. The absurdity of this is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Steve, Neil Burnside (the man in charge of the investigation, who is also running for District Attorney), who draws a pig in the same pattern, though of course Dr. Sloan is right.
8th Mar '17 5:53:53 PM smalltime
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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: "Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life" has Dr. Sloan trying to stop a doctor who helps terminally ill patients commit suicide. The ending leaves it up to the viewer who they want to side with.


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** The killer turns out to be [[spoiler: the victim's heterosexual ex-girlfriend, who couldn't accept that she transitioned]].
16th Feb '17 9:08:26 AM kablammin45
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* EverythingIsOnline
* EvilTwin

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* TheMovie

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* TheMovieTheMovie: ''Town Without Pity''



* ObfuscatingDisability

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* ObfuscatingDisabilityObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: The culprit in "Slam Dunk Dead", who spends most of the episode claiming and acting that he has cerebal palsey.]]
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