History Series / TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries

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** Point ''doubly'' taken away: TheVillain owns a Voodoo-themed bar called "Club Damballah". Damballah is a ''Haitian'' Voodoo loa whose worship strictly forbids the consumption of alcohol.
** Points triply taken away as all the Voodoo references in this New-Orleans-based episode are Haitian. New Orleans and Haitian Voodoo are two entirely different things. The episode does state that both villains are Haitian Voodoo practitioners, but that doesn't explain their circle of NOLA worshippers.
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* PrettyBoy: Joe Hardy, aka [[TeenIdol Shaun Cassidy]].

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* PrettyBoy: Joe Hardy, aka [[TeenIdol Shaun Cassidy]]. Slender and lean, check. Hair feathered back in '70s style, check. Constantly referred to himself as "the cute one" in-universe, check. Actor was a TeenIdol with a huge, squeeing FanGirl base, triple-check.
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* ScreamingWoman: ''Voodoo Doll'' has Nancy Drew. Dear Gods, it has Nancy Drew, who is reduced to screaming endlessly and uselessly...at the sight of a man in an obvious skull mask who is merely standing there. In a brightly lit room.

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* ScreamingWoman: ''Voodoo Doll'' "Voodoo Doll" has Nancy Drew. Dear Gods, it has Nancy Drew, who is reduced to screaming endlessly and uselessly...at the sight of a man in an obvious skull mask who is merely standing there. In a brightly lit room.



** ''Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom'': Frank Hardy walks into the room fresh from the shower, clad only in a towel.
** ''Life on the Line'': Frank strips off his shirt inside his trailer.
** ''Sole Survivor'': [[PrettyBoy Joe Hardy]] spends most of the episode in a sweat-jacket unzipped halfway down.
** ''Wipe Out'': for some odd reason, Frank (the so-called surfing champion who spends most of the ep on the surfboard) is always shown with a shirt on, even in the water. But Joe gets a glorious, shirtless, wet-chest scene, shortly after saving Frank from two feet of water.
** ''Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin'': Ditto on the Joe-Hardy-In-Halfway-Zipped-Sweats.

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** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom'': Phantom": Frank Hardy walks into the room fresh from the shower, clad only in a towel.
** ''Life "Life on the Line'': Line": Frank strips off his shirt inside his trailer.
** ''Sole Survivor'': "Sole Survivor": [[PrettyBoy Joe Hardy]] spends most of the episode in a sweat-jacket unzipped halfway down.
** ''Wipe Out'': "Wipe Out": for some odd reason, Frank (the so-called surfing champion who spends most of the ep on the surfboard) is always shown with a shirt on, even in the water. But Joe gets a glorious, shirtless, wet-chest scene, shortly after saving Frank from two feet of water.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin'': Yin": Ditto on the Joe-Hardy-In-Halfway-Zipped-Sweats.



** ''House On Possessed Hill'', which features a demon-haunted house, uses the house from ''Psycho'', complete with a fast drive-by-glimpse of a boarded-up, one-story building that looks suspiciously like the Bates Motel:

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** ''House "House On Possessed Hill'', Hill", which features a demon-haunted house, uses the house from ''Psycho'', complete with a fast drive-by-glimpse of a boarded-up, one-story building that looks suspiciously like the Bates Motel:



** ''Mystery on the Avalanche Express'': The title is a shout to Creator/AgathaChristie's "Mystery on the Orient Express", complete with an avalanche threatening the train.
** ''Mystery of the Haunted House'' (which features the above Psycho house as the titular haunted house): the "haunted house" is a restaurant...complete with waiters dressed as [[Series/TheMunsters Hermann and Lily Munster.]] And the Hermann Munster also pulls a convincing [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] imitation, right as the Hardys are entering the restaurant.

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** ''Mystery "Mystery on the Avalanche Express'': Express": The title is a shout to Creator/AgathaChristie's "Mystery on the Orient Express", complete with an avalanche threatening the train.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Haunted House'' House" (which features the above Psycho ''Psycho'' house as the titular haunted house): the "haunted house" is a restaurant...complete with waiters dressed as [[Series/TheMunsters Hermann and Lily Munster.]] And the Hermann Munster also pulls a convincing [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] imitation, right as the Hardys are entering the restaurant.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: ''Last Kiss of Summer''. We're introduced to Jamie, the love of Joe's life, the woman he's willing to marry & throw over his entire life and career for -- a woman that we haven't met before nor has there been any reference to her throughout the entire series to this point -- and 10 minutes into the episode, right after the wedding rehearsal where we're shown Joe & Jamie pledging the vows, Jamie's killed by a random drunk driver, as Joe is driving, followed by Joe weeping over her bloody body in the car. Jamie only existed to die and to fuel Joe's RoaringRampageOfRevenge for the rest of the episode.
* TechnoBabble: ''Search for Atlantis'' has a really painful example, when the Hardys are introduced to university archeologists on a dig to find Atlantis. At one point, the site manager asks Frank and Joe how much they know about archeology. Frank starts off innocently enough with a reference to "Petrie's system of excavation", a reference to William Petrie, who set exacting standards for archeological work in the 1900s, but has no specific system attached to his name. Then Frank goes on to babble about the lack of "pulse induction readings" and "flux gates", with the site manager commenting that the "volcanic activity" in the area has ruled them out. Considering that "pulse induction" is a metal detector and a "flux gate" a magnetometer (used to measure magnetism on objects), nothing volcanic would prevent the use of that equipment. The site manager also babbles about "plate activity" jumbling the readings...which wouldn't stop any decent archeological team, who would know how to read soil & rock levels. About the only thing Frank gets right is a reference to "Fiorelli's technique", used at Pompeii to make molds of corpses under the volcanic rock.

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer''.Summer". We're introduced to Jamie, the love of Joe's life, the woman he's willing to marry & throw over his entire life and career for -- a woman that we haven't met before nor has there been any reference to her throughout the entire series to this point -- and 10 minutes into the episode, right after the wedding rehearsal where we're shown Joe & Jamie pledging the vows, Jamie's killed by a random drunk driver, as Joe is driving, followed by Joe weeping over her bloody body in the car. Jamie only existed to die and to fuel Joe's RoaringRampageOfRevenge for the rest of the episode.
* TechnoBabble: ''Search "Search for Atlantis'' Atlantis" has a really painful example, when the Hardys are introduced to university archeologists on a dig to find Atlantis. At one point, the site manager asks Frank and Joe how much they know about archeology. Frank starts off innocently enough with a reference to "Petrie's system of excavation", a reference to William Petrie, who set exacting standards for archeological work in the 1900s, but has no specific system attached to his name. Then Frank goes on to babble about the lack of "pulse induction readings" and "flux gates", with the site manager commenting that the "volcanic activity" in the area has ruled them out. Considering that "pulse induction" is a metal detector and a "flux gate" a magnetometer (used to measure magnetism on objects), nothing volcanic would prevent the use of that equipment. The site manager also babbles about "plate activity" jumbling the readings...which wouldn't stop any decent archeological team, who would know how to read soil & rock levels. About the only thing Frank gets right is a reference to "Fiorelli's technique", used at Pompeii to make molds of corpses under the volcanic rock.



** ''The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula'' shows the correct stock footage shots of Dracula's Castle (there's actually several, but they use Poenari Castle in Romania)...but then show people driving cars right up to the castle entrance for a major rock festival. In reality, the castle is only accessible by climbing a long, narrow, zig-zaggy staircase up the wooded mountain.
** ''Mystery of the African Safari'' has Kenya, Africa looking amazingly like the San Diego Zoo; the episode was shot in the zoo, uses the zoo's boat ride, and even uses stock footage of the monkey exhibit as "wild monkeys".
* ThreateningShark: ''Last Kiss of Summer'' has one of the bad guys trying to kill off Frank Hardy by taking him surfing at a university breeding area for great whites.

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** ''The "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula'' Dracula" shows the correct stock footage shots of Dracula's Castle (there's actually several, but they use Poenari Castle in Romania)...but then show people driving cars right up to the castle entrance for a major rock festival. In reality, the castle is only accessible by climbing a long, narrow, zig-zaggy staircase up the wooded mountain.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of the African Safari'' Safari" has Kenya, Africa looking amazingly like the San Diego Zoo; the episode was shot in the zoo, uses the zoo's boat ride, and even uses stock footage of the monkey exhibit as "wild monkeys".
* ThreateningShark: ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer'' Summer" has one of the bad guys trying to kill off Frank Hardy by taking him surfing at a university breeding area for great whites.



** ''Last Kiss of Summer'': After blowing an undercover federal agent's cover, not only wrecking the government's operation, but putting that agent at risk, since the [[BigBad Big Bads]] are stated to be ruthless killers, Joe gets three of these: one from the federal agent himself (who runs Joe off the road to deliver it), the second from his brother Frank, and the third from his dad, Fenton.
** ''Game Plan'': Deep undercover, Frank has apparently fallen in love with the woman behind a securities scheme and tips the woman off to an impending federal raid after Joe goes in to warn Frank to get out. Frank pulls a gun on Joe, apparently severing ties with the feds, resulting in Joe delivering this.

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** ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer'': Summer": After blowing an undercover federal agent's cover, not only wrecking the government's operation, but putting that agent at risk, since the [[BigBad Big Bads]] are stated to be ruthless killers, Joe gets three of these: one from the federal agent himself (who runs Joe off the road to deliver it), the second from his brother Frank, and the third from his dad, Fenton.
** ''Game Plan'': "Game Plan": Deep undercover, Frank has apparently fallen in love with the woman behind a securities scheme and tips the woman off to an impending federal raid after Joe goes in to warn Frank to get out. Frank pulls a gun on Joe, apparently severing ties with the feds, resulting in Joe delivering this.



** ''Voodoo Doll'': even though the [[BigBad Big Bads]] have already killed several people who've gotten in the way, they tread very lightly with the Hardy Boys. The villains lure the brothers to a [[HollywoodVoodoo fake Voodoo ceremony]] and chloroform them, yet the Hardys only wake up the next morning in coffins next to the bayou. Untouched, unhurt, and definitely un-dead (though confused and freaked-out). Y'know, Mr. Villains, coffins work so much better if the heroes are '''dead''' when you put them in.
* WitnessProtection: "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" revolves around a secret installation of the Federal Witness Protection Program, where protected folks get [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery]] to totally change their looks. The Hardys and the suspicious girlfriend of one of the witnesses soon blow all that out of the water, endangering quite a few people, and barely get off with a lecture at the end -- though in the course of the episode, the Hardys get ''three'' "back-off" speeches, ''including one from the BigBad trying to track a witness down.''

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** ''Voodoo Doll'': "Voodoo Doll": even though the [[BigBad Big Bads]] have already killed several people who've gotten in the way, they tread very lightly with the Hardy Boys. The villains lure the brothers to a [[HollywoodVoodoo fake Voodoo ceremony]] and chloroform them, yet the Hardys only wake up the next morning in coffins next to the bayou. Untouched, unhurt, and definitely un-dead (though confused and freaked-out). Y'know, Mr. Villains, coffins work so much better if the heroes are '''dead''' when you put them in.
* WitnessProtection: "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" revolves around a secret installation of the Federal Witness Protection Program, where protected folks get [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery]] to totally change their looks. The Hardys and the suspicious girlfriend of one of the witnesses soon blow all that out of the water, endangering quite a few people, and barely get off with a lecture at the end -- though in the course of the episode, the Hardys get ''three'' "back-off" speeches, ''including one from the BigBad TheVillain trying to track a witness down.''
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* DramaticSitDown: "Last Kiss of Summer". [[spoiler: Joe Hardy's fiancé]] is killed in a car wreck; she dies in his arms. In the next scene he is sitting in a police waiting area, staring into space, fighting the urge to cry, trying to process what just happened, and he doesn't snap out of it until Frank comes in and talks his brother down.
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** ''Sole Survivor'' revolved around East Germans trying to stop the defection of a Chinese scientist, using a MindScrew to get Joe Hardy to spill his guts.
** ''Mystery On The Avalanche Express'' had a side plot of a ski champion wanting to defect to the West, and dragging Joe into the matter.
** ''Defection To Paradise'' had the daughter of a top Russian Official being chased down by Russian assassins, and Frank and Joe trying to help her escape.

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** ''Sole Survivor'' "Sole Survivor" revolved around East Germans trying to stop the defection of a Chinese scientist, using a MindScrew to get Joe Hardy to spill his guts.
** ''Mystery "Mystery On The Avalanche Express'' Express" had a side plot of a ski champion wanting to defect to the West, and dragging Joe into the matter.
** ''Defection "Defection To Paradise'' Paradise" had the daughter of a top Russian Official being chased down by Russian assassins, and Frank and Joe trying to help her escape.



** ''Arson & Old Lace'': Nancy gets kidnapped (see DistressBall entry below) and needs Frank to rescue her.
** ''Voodoo Doll'': Nancy wanders into the BigBad's lair, gets caught, and needs Frank and Joe to rescue her.
** ''Mystery on the Avalanche Express'': Nancy gets cornered on a train by two men -- a passenger train, in a hallway where there's plenty other passengers in compartments -- and can't simply push past them until Frank comes to her rescue.

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** ''Arson "Arson & Old Lace'': Lace": Nancy gets kidnapped (see DistressBall entry below) and needs Frank to rescue her.
** ''Voodoo Doll'': "Voodoo Doll": Nancy wanders into the BigBad's lair, gets caught, and needs Frank and Joe to rescue her.
** ''Mystery "Mystery on the Avalanche Express'': Express": Nancy gets cornered on a train by two men -- a passenger train, in a hallway where there's plenty other passengers in compartments -- and can't simply push past them until Frank comes to her rescue.



** ''Game Plan'': 3rd season episode has Frank Hardy meeting the BigBad in an Atlantic City disco, complete with trippy flashing floor lights, disco ball, obnoxious muzak (not even real disco music!), and fashion victims that looked like rejects from Film/SaturdayNightFever.

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** ''Game Plan'': "Game Plan": 3rd season episode has Frank Hardy meeting the BigBad in an Atlantic City disco, complete with trippy flashing floor lights, disco ball, obnoxious muzak (not even real disco music!), and fashion victims that looked like rejects from Film/SaturdayNightFever.



** ''Last Kiss of Summer'': See the entry for StuffedIntoTheFridge below.
** ''Dangerous Waters'': Ria Thomas exists only to be kidnapped by pirates and a pair of greedy treasure hunters, then rescued twice by the Hardy Boys.
** ''Arson & Old Lace'': Nancy Drew became this. We never see her actually working on the case. She exists only as the pathetic, helpless victim to be rescued by her love interest, Frank Hardy. And after this episode, she disappeared from the series for good, save for a one-line mention in ''Campus Terror''.

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** ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer'': Summer": See the entry for StuffedIntoTheFridge below.
** ''Dangerous Waters'': "Dangerous Waters": Ria Thomas exists only to be kidnapped by pirates and a pair of greedy treasure hunters, then rescued twice by the Hardy Boys.
** ''Arson "Arson & Old Lace'': Lace": Nancy Drew became this. We never see her actually working on the case. She exists only as the pathetic, helpless victim to be rescued by her love interest, Frank Hardy. And after this episode, she disappeared from the series for good, save for a one-line mention in ''Campus Terror''."Campus Terror".



** Ditto "Voodoo Doll". Nancy goes off on her own to investigate the BigBad. Yup, gets caught. Yup, is held captive (again, untied up) with two other women, similarly untied, in an open warehouse with tons of crates. The only door INTO the warehouse area is locked. On Nancy's side of the door. With the hinges on HER side, too. Her one attempt to escape involves her climbing UP crates to go through a window, and is promptly caught. It takes the Hardys breaking into the warehouse through said door before Nancy can escape. *sigh*

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** Ditto "Voodoo Doll". Nancy goes off on her own to investigate the BigBad.TheVillain. Yup, gets caught. Yup, is held captive (again, untied up) with two other women, similarly untied, in an open warehouse with tons of crates. The only door INTO the warehouse area is locked. On Nancy's side of the door. With the hinges on HER side, too. Her one attempt to escape involves her climbing UP crates to go through a window, and is promptly caught. It takes the Hardys breaking into the warehouse through said door before Nancy can escape. *sigh*



** ''House on Possessed Hill'', where Joe champions a supposedly psychic girl who's just flagged him down, jumped into his van, and gets him running for his life from a lynch mob...
** ''Death Surf'' -- this time ''Frank'' falls in love with a girl he's seen for only three or four seconds...and who's supposedly dead for most of the episode.
** Subverted in ''The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb'', where the brothers are trying to get ''out'' of helping the stranger-girl, but are finally forced into it because the Egyptian police hold their passports. Frank even threatens to kick said girl's teeth in, at one point. Subverted even further when it turns out that the girls don't want the Hardys' help at all, as [[spoiler: they're the ones who set up the initial con & purse-snatching to begin with.]]

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** ''House "House on Possessed Hill'', Hill", where Joe champions a supposedly psychic girl who's just flagged him down, jumped into his van, and gets him running for his life from a lynch mob...
** ''Death Surf'' "Death Surf" -- this time ''Frank'' falls in love with a girl he's seen for only three or four seconds...and who's supposedly dead for most of the episode.
** Subverted in ''The "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb'', Tomb", where the brothers are trying to get ''out'' of helping the stranger-girl, but are finally forced into it because the Egyptian police hold their passports. Frank even threatens to kick said girl's teeth in, at one point. Subverted even further when it turns out that the girls don't want the Hardys' help at all, as [[spoiler: they're the ones who set up the initial con & purse-snatching to begin with.]]



* FakedRipVanWinkle: See the YouWakeUpInARoom entry below. ''Sole Survivor''. Joe Hardy.
* FlareGun: 3rd season episode ''Dangerous Waters'' not only has Frank firing a flare gun to signal the rescue boat to come in, but also fires directly at the bad guys with it to drive them off.

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* FakedRipVanWinkle: See the YouWakeUpInARoom entry below. ''Sole Survivor''."Sole Survivor". Joe Hardy.
* FlareGun: 3rd season episode ''Dangerous Waters'' "Dangerous Waters" not only has Frank firing a flare gun to signal the rescue boat to come in, but also fires directly at the bad guys with it to drive them off.



* HandGagging: Frank Hardy does this in ''Scorpion's Sting''. Going undercover to trap a notorious international kidnapper, Frank ambushes the kidnapper's daughter in her apartment by sneaking up behind her, [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grabbing her arm]] and putting his hand over her mouth to silence her.

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* HandGagging: Frank Hardy does this in ''Scorpion's Sting''."Scorpion's Sting". Going undercover to trap a notorious international kidnapper, Frank ambushes the kidnapper's daughter in her apartment by sneaking up behind her, [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grabbing her arm]] and putting his hand over her mouth to silence her.



* HollywoodVoodoo: ''Voodoo Doll'', an episode that has to be seen to be believed. A white stuffy English professor is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and stage magic presented as the real thing. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.

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* HollywoodVoodoo: ''Voodoo Doll'', "Voodoo Doll", an episode that has to be seen to be believed. A white stuffy English professor is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and stage magic presented as the real thing. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.



** The first season episode ''Wipe Out'' does this to the books. In the books, Frank is a black belt in karate. In the episode, Frank and Joe are ambushed by a pair of tough hotel thieves; Joe bluffs them by saying that Frank is a "black belt, a master of the martial arts". The thieves believe it and leave, but then we get this exchange:

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** The first season episode ''Wipe Out'' "Wipe Out" does this to the books. In the books, Frank is a black belt in karate. In the episode, Frank and Joe are ambushed by a pair of tough hotel thieves; Joe bluffs them by saying that Frank is a "black belt, a master of the martial arts". The thieves believe it and leave, but then we get this exchange:



** ''Creatures Who Came on Sunday''. [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] is so determined to find out what happened to Sharon's missing boyfriend that he not only ignores three back-off warnings from the local sheriff, [[BigBad supposed government agents]], and Sharon herself, he then ends up leading mob killers (masquerading as those government agents) onto the boyfriend, who is in the Witness Protection Program and in hiding in a facility up on the mountain. This results in the mob killers taking Frank, Joe, and Sharon hostage, then forcing Joe at gunpoint to lead them back to the facility to point the boyfriend out so they can shoot him.
** ''Death Surf''. Once more, [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] starts asking questions to find out more about a woman who's been killed in a drowning accident while he was wind-surfing nearby. Granted, he's doing so at the behest of the woman's father, but only to find out what the woman was like. Frank receives two back-off speeches that he's going too far, one from the owner of a bar where the woman worked and the second from ''his brother Joe'', but Frank is so obsessed with finding out about the woman that he not only ignores the warnings and finds the woman is still alive...but has led a criminal who is trying to find her to kill her directly to her. Nice job, hero!

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** ''Creatures "Creatures Who Came on Sunday''. Sunday". [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] is so determined to find out what happened to Sharon's missing boyfriend that he not only ignores three back-off warnings from the local sheriff, [[BigBad [[TheVillain supposed government agents]], and Sharon herself, he then ends up leading mob killers (masquerading as those government agents) onto the boyfriend, who is in the Witness Protection Program and in hiding in a facility up on the mountain. This results in the mob killers taking Frank, Joe, and Sharon hostage, then forcing Joe at gunpoint to lead them back to the facility to point the boyfriend out so they can shoot him.
** ''Death Surf''."Death Surf". Once more, [[TheDeterminator Frank Hardy]] starts asking questions to find out more about a woman who's been killed in a drowning accident while he was wind-surfing nearby. Granted, he's doing so at the behest of the woman's father, but only to find out what the woman was like. Frank receives two back-off speeches that he's going too far, one from the owner of a bar where the woman worked and the second from ''his brother Joe'', but Frank is so obsessed with finding out about the woman that he not only ignores the warnings and finds the woman is still alive...but has led a criminal who is trying to find her to kill her directly to her. Nice job, hero!



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* DarkerAndEdgier: The first two seasons had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though...dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in response (''Last Kiss of Summer''). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China -- huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The first two seasons had a very light-hearted, humorous tone. Season Three, though...dear GOD. It not only dropped Nancy Drew completely, but started off by killing Joe's fiancée in a car wreck (complete with Joe weeping over her body) and having Joe go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in response (''Last ("Last Kiss of Summer'').Summer"). Season Three ditched almost all the light-hearted humor, showed actual dead bodies, and involved more dangerous situations (including references to selling off Joe and a missing woman to white slavers in China -- huhwhat?) and more conflict between the brothers ("Game Plan" had Frank pulling a gun on Joe). The turn confused the show's teen audience, and lost viewers.



** ''Mystery of the Flying Courier'': Frank spots a woman who looks like someone he went to school with (someone who ran away and whom his father, Fenton, could not find). The woman denies being that person several times, tells him to shove off and leave her alone, tells him she neither wants nor needs his help, denies knowing him...and Frank continues to butt into her life and hound her until she finally confesses -- in a police station, in front of the chief -- that yes, she is that girl...and still wants nothing to do with the Hardys, especially Frank. It doesn't matter that she's a legal adult (with a job and is shown as being fully self-supported) and had a good reason to run away (the show implies controlling, abusive parents); Frank is going to hunt her down.
** ''Creatures Who Came On Sunday'': Everyone is convinced that the missing man just ditched his girlfriend, even Joe, and offers reasonable, likely explanations for what's happened to the DamselInDistress, Sharon...except Frank, who obsesses on tracking Sharon's boyfriend down despite being warned off by the sheriff, so-called government agents, and even Sharon herself, to the point that Frank's determination is responsible for leading mob killers onto the boyfriend (who is in a witness protection program) and nearly getting himself, Joe, and Sharon killed. Joe has severe doubts and questions Frank's persistence throughout the episode, to the point of dragging Frank away when Frank tries to shout to the missing boyfriend despite being surrounded by armed guards with shoot-to-kill orders.

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** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Flying Courier'': Courier": Frank spots a woman who looks like someone he went to school with (someone who ran away and whom his father, Fenton, could not find). The woman denies being that person several times, tells him to shove off and leave her alone, tells him she neither wants nor needs his help, denies knowing him...and Frank continues to butt into her life and hound her until she finally confesses -- in a police station, in front of the chief -- that yes, she is that girl...and still wants nothing to do with the Hardys, especially Frank. It doesn't matter that she's a legal adult (with a job and is shown as being fully self-supported) and had a good reason to run away (the show implies controlling, abusive parents); Frank is going to hunt her down.
** ''Creatures "Creatures Who Came On Sunday'': Sunday": Everyone is convinced that the missing man just ditched his girlfriend, even Joe, and offers reasonable, likely explanations for what's happened to the DamselInDistress, Sharon...except Frank, who obsesses on tracking Sharon's boyfriend down despite being warned off by the sheriff, so-called government agents, and even Sharon herself, to the point that Frank's determination is responsible for leading mob killers onto the boyfriend (who is in a witness protection program) and nearly getting himself, Joe, and Sharon killed. Joe has severe doubts and questions Frank's persistence throughout the episode, to the point of dragging Frank away when Frank tries to shout to the missing boyfriend despite being surrounded by armed guards with shoot-to-kill orders.



** Even Joe becomes TheDeterminator in the episode ''Last Kiss of Summer''. He's out for revenge, and he will bring Jocko to justice personally, no matter who or what stands in his way. Joe ruins a federal sting operation, endangers a federal operative, and tramples all over his relationship with his father and brother and nearly gets his brother Frank killed as a result. It takes Frank punching him out to bring Joe back to his senses.

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** Even Joe becomes TheDeterminator in the episode ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer''.Summer". He's out for revenge, and he will bring Jocko to justice personally, no matter who or what stands in his way. Joe ruins a federal sting operation, endangers a federal operative, and tramples all over his relationship with his father and brother and nearly gets his brother Frank killed as a result. It takes Frank punching him out to bring Joe back to his senses.



** Lampshaded in the ''Campus Terror'' episode:

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** Lampshaded in the ''Campus Terror'' "Campus Terror" episode:



* ParanormalEpisode: The series has two such episodes: ''The House On Possessed Hill'' dealing with a young psychic hunted by her neighbors, and ''Voodoo Doll'', which presents stage magic as evidence of the BigBad's [[HollywoodVoodoo real supernatural powers.]] A third episode, "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula'', may count as well, though the supernatural aspect is met with skepticism, is suspected of being only due to the BigBad's delusions, and when shown to be real at the very end, [[RealAfterAll is only seen by Joe Hardy.]]

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* ParanormalEpisode: The series has two such episodes: ''The ParanormalEpisode:
**"The
House On Possessed Hill'' dealing Hill" deals with a young psychic hunted by her neighbors, and ''Voodoo Doll'', which neighbors.
** "Voodoo Doll"
presents stage magic as evidence of the BigBad's TheVillain's [[HollywoodVoodoo real supernatural powers.]] powers]] and is set within the Voodoo-culture of New Orleans.
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A third episode, "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula'', may count as well, though the supernatural aspect is met with skepticism, is suspected of being only due to the BigBad's delusions, and when shown to be real at the very end, [[RealAfterAll is only seen by Joe Hardy.]]



** Subverted in ''Strange Fate of Flight 608''. The Hardy Boys are taking a plane home that will be flying directly through the infamous Bermuda Triangle. A new stewardess freaks out over it; naturally, Joe believes in the Triangle and starts to freak as well, while Frank blows it off with his usual "there's scientific explanations" line. Then all the male pilots get sick and fall unconscious, leaving Frank (a private-licensed pilot) to fly the plane through a hurricane, unable to radio-contact any help, and crashing it into the ocean near a deserted island...then it's revealed that nope, nothing to do with the Bermuda Triangle, the pilots were only poisoned by diamond smugglers and the island is within a day's cruise of civilization. Psych!

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** Subverted in ''Strange "Strange Fate of Flight 608''.608". The Hardy Boys are taking a plane home that will be flying directly through the infamous Bermuda Triangle. A new stewardess freaks out over it; naturally, Joe believes in the Triangle and starts to freak as well, while Frank blows it off with his usual "there's scientific explanations" line. Then all the male pilots get sick and fall unconscious, leaving Frank (a private-licensed pilot) to fly the plane through a hurricane, unable to radio-contact any help, and crashing it into the ocean near a deserted island...then it's revealed that nope, nothing to do with the Bermuda Triangle, the pilots were only poisoned by diamond smugglers and the island is within a day's cruise of civilization. Psych!



** ''The Strange Fate of Flight 608'': stock footage is clearly used to show the evacuation of the jet after it crashes into the ocean. What makes it really painful? In the episode, the male pilots have all been poisoned and knocked out; the Hardy Boys are the only conscious males on board. Yet the stock footage clearly shows wide-awake male pilots helping passengers crawl out over the wing to the waiting rafts.
** ''The Disappearing Floor'' uses obvious stock footage of a wolf charging to "attack" the Hardy brothers.
** ''Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin'' also uses stock footage to show a boat explosion in Bayport's harbor...a different make and style of boat, which despite the episode showing it docked, is out at sea in the footage.
** ''Voodoo Doll'' fairs better, using stock footage to show New Orleans on Bourbon Street to open the episode...though the subsequent sets in the episode didn't even try to look like the French Quarter.
** ''Mystery of Witches Hollow'' also uses painfully obvious stock footage of a panther charging in a field...to show a panther attacking Callie, who's in heavy forest, at night.
** ''Mystery of the Flickering Torch'' also doubles as a ShoutOut: the opening shots of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' which show Station 51 pulling out are used for Bayport's fire fighters, who arrive to put out the arson that has the Hardys trapped.

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** ''The "The Strange Fate of Flight 608'': 608": stock footage is clearly used to show the evacuation of the jet after it crashes into the ocean. What makes it really painful? In the episode, the male pilots have all been poisoned and knocked out; the Hardy Boys are the only conscious males on board. Yet the stock footage clearly shows wide-awake male pilots helping passengers crawl out over the wing to the waiting rafts.
** ''The "The Disappearing Floor'' Floor" uses obvious stock footage of a wolf charging to "attack" the Hardy brothers.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Jade Kwan Yin'' Yin" also uses stock footage to show a boat explosion in Bayport's harbor...a different make and style of boat, which despite the episode showing it docked, is out at sea in the footage.
** ''Voodoo Doll'' "Voodoo Doll" fairs better, using stock footage to show New Orleans on Bourbon Street to open the episode...though the subsequent sets in the episode didn't even try to look like the French Quarter.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of Witches Hollow'' Hollow" also uses painfully obvious stock footage of a panther charging in a field...to show a panther attacking Callie, who's in heavy forest, at night.
** ''Mystery "Mystery of the Flickering Torch'' Torch" also doubles as a ShoutOut: the opening shots of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' which show Station 51 pulling out are used for Bayport's fire fighters, who arrive to put out the arson that has the Hardys trapped.



* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: ''Last Kiss of Summer''. Joe Hardy comes very close to this, though the girl in question is dead; he wrecks a federal undercover sting operation and throws over his father and brother, all in the name of vengeance.
* ArtisticLicenseCars: ''Silent Scream'' has Joe Hardy calling the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for information on a license number...and the BMV tells him that the owners are staying in the same hotel as the Hardys. Aside from the fact that no BMV in the world could possible know that, they also would not release information over the phone to regular civilians, and there are strict paperwork procedures that the cops have to follow to get the information.

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: ''Last "Last Kiss of Summer''.Summer". Joe Hardy comes very close to this, though the girl in question is dead; he wrecks a federal undercover sting operation and throws over his father and brother, all in the name of vengeance.
* ArtisticLicenseCars: ''Silent Scream'' "Silent Scream" has Joe Hardy calling the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for information on a license number...and the BMV tells him that the owners are staying in the same hotel as the Hardys. Aside from the fact that no BMV in the world could possible know that, they also would not release information over the phone to regular civilians, and there are strict paperwork procedures that the cops have to follow to get the information.



** ''Creatures Who Came On Sunday'' has the Hardys ''driving'' from Massachusetts to New Mexico, just to help a friend, while supposedly en route to Las Vegas; that's at least a 5 day road trip -- but comments from Joe during the episode make it seem as if the Hardys have only been on the road a day or so. Then they start talking as if Las Vegas is just a short distance away...when it's easily a 10 hour drive. And we won't mention that Frank's using a map of Montana to get through New Mexico...
* BadGuysPlayPool: in the ''Campus Terror'' episode -- how do we know that Wendy [[spoiler: aka "Gwen", who turns out to be a multiple personality,]] is actually a bad girl? She hangs out in pool halls with unwashed biker dudes and women who play pinball.
* BavarianFireDrill: subverted in the third season episode "Game Plan". Joe pretends to be a hotel maintenance man to get into a room where Frank and the BigBad are talking. Joe puts on a phony redneck accent, pushes right into the room past Frank and shoves his ballcap into Frank's hands (the ballcap containing a note warning Frank of a federal raid) and proceeds to completely confuse the BigBad with pseudo-technical-babble about the AC being on the fritz (taking the thermostat apart with his screwdriver as he does so)...until Frank blows it out of the water by showing the BigBad the note, then pulling a gun on Joe. The federal agents eventually find Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and gagged]] in the apartment's closet.

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** ''Creatures "Creatures Who Came On Sunday'' Sunday" has the Hardys ''driving'' from Massachusetts to New Mexico, just to help a friend, while supposedly en route to Las Vegas; that's at least a 5 day road trip -- but comments from Joe during the episode make it seem as if the Hardys have only been on the road a day or so. Then they start talking as if Las Vegas is just a short distance away...when it's easily a 10 hour drive. And we won't mention that Frank's using a map of Montana to get through New Mexico...
* BadGuysPlayPool: in the ''Campus Terror'' "Campus Terror" episode -- how do we know that Wendy [[spoiler: aka "Gwen", who turns out to be a multiple personality,]] is actually a bad girl? She hangs out in pool halls with unwashed biker dudes and women who play pinball.
* BavarianFireDrill: subverted in the third season episode "Game Plan". Joe pretends to be a hotel maintenance man to get into a room where Frank and the BigBad are talking. Joe puts on a phony redneck accent, pushes right into the room past Frank and shoves his ballcap into Frank's hands (the ballcap containing a note warning Frank of a federal raid) and proceeds to completely confuse the BigBad TheVillain with pseudo-technical-babble about the AC being on the fritz (taking the thermostat apart with his screwdriver as he does so)...until Frank blows it out of the water by showing the BigBad TheVillain the note, then pulling a gun on Joe. The federal agents eventually find Joe [[BoundAndGagged tied up and gagged]] in the apartment's closet.



** ''Campus Terror'': Joe Hardy's old flame Wendy calls the brothers in to help solve a series of kidnappings and disappearances taking place in an East Coast women's college, as she's the next targeted victim. She barely escapes an attack as the Hardys rush in moments after the attacker has fled & both the Hardys & the police treat her as just another victim. While suspicion falls on various men around campus (a young man who's stalking one of the female students, a professor with a history of evil experiments, the school's male self-defense teacher), it turns out that [[spoiler: Wendy herself is the kidnapper, suffering from delusional split-personality episodes. Her "other personality" faked the attack to throw the police off and was staging the attacks in an attempt to get Joe back with her.]]

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** ''Campus Terror'': "Campus Terror": Joe Hardy's old flame Wendy calls the brothers in to help solve a series of kidnappings and disappearances taking place in an East Coast women's college, as she's the next targeted victim. She barely escapes an attack as the Hardys rush in moments after the attacker has fled & both the Hardys & the police treat her as just another victim. While suspicion falls on various men around campus (a young man who's stalking one of the female students, a professor with a history of evil experiments, the school's male self-defense teacher), it turns out that [[spoiler: Wendy herself is the kidnapper, suffering from delusional split-personality episodes. Her "other personality" faked the attack to throw the police off and was staging the attacks in an attempt to get Joe back with her.]]



** ''The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom'' has an extended sequence of Joe Hardy tied hand and foot and gagged in an abandoned backlot of a movie set. [[{{Fanservice}} Yeah. Exactly.]]
** ''Game Plan'' in third season also has Joe bound and gagged -- by Frank, no less -- and shoved in a closet.

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** ''The "The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom'' Phantom" has an extended sequence of Joe Hardy tied hand and foot and gagged in an abandoned backlot of a movie set. [[{{Fanservice}} Yeah. Exactly.]]
** ''Game Plan'' "Game Plan" in third season also has Joe bound and gagged -- by Frank, no less -- and shoved in a closet.



** ''Voodoo Doll''

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** ''Voodoo Doll''"Voodoo Doll":



* CrashCourseLanding: ''The Strange Fate of Flight 608'' has all three pilots knocked out by some weird drug...leaving Frank and Joe to fly the plane. In a hurricane. In the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Without any radio help, and the one semi-conscious pilot falls asleep mid-instruction. Guess who manages to crash-land in the middle of the ocean? Of course, they do make it to a deserted island and find themselves all alone with an ex-plane full of of young stewardesses, so I guess it wasn't too hard on them.

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* CrashCourseLanding: ''The "The Strange Fate of Flight 608'' 608" has all three pilots knocked out by some weird drug...leaving Frank and Joe to fly the plane. In a hurricane. In the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Without any radio help, and the one semi-conscious pilot falls asleep mid-instruction. Guess who manages to crash-land in the middle of the ocean? Of course, they do make it to a deserted island and find themselves all alone with an ex-plane full of of young stewardesses, so I guess it wasn't too hard on them.



* CryingWolf: This happened in ''The Flickering Torch Mystery'' when the Brothers suspect that their client is going to be killed with a bomb on stage. To prevent that, Frank and Joe storm the stage during the concert and rip up the equipment, but find nothing. After that fiasco, the Hardys have a much harder time convincing anyone of a real murder threat on the client's plane, especially since it was already searched and came up clean. Acting on instinct, the Hardy Boys stop the plane and the plane is discovered to be much more subtly sabotaged: with a special radio designed to interfere with the plane's navigational equipment to make sure it goes off course over water and crash when it runs out of fuel with no land in sight...not to mention a missing technician who discovered the plot and tried to warn of the problem is found tied up in the empty spare fuel tank.

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* CryingWolf: This happened in ''The "The Flickering Torch Mystery'' Mystery" when the Brothers suspect that their client is going to be killed with a bomb on stage. To prevent that, Frank and Joe storm the stage during the concert and rip up the equipment, but find nothing. After that fiasco, the Hardys have a much harder time convincing anyone of a real murder threat on the client's plane, especially since it was already searched and came up clean. Acting on instinct, the Hardy Boys stop the plane and the plane is discovered to be much more subtly sabotaged: with a special radio designed to interfere with the plane's navigational equipment to make sure it goes off course over water and crash when it runs out of fuel with no land in sight...not to mention a missing technician who discovered the plot and tried to warn of the problem is found tied up in the empty spare fuel tank.
27th Mar '17 1:25:23 PM FranksGirl
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[[caption-width-right:350: How do we do it? How do we keep getting ourselves in these situations?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: How do we do it? How do we keep getting ourselves in these situations?]]situations?[[note]]From left to right: Frank Hardy (Parker Stevenson), Nancy Drew (Pamela Sue Anderson), Joe Hardy (Shaun Cassidy)[[/note]]]]
25th Mar '17 8:17:31 PM FranksGirl
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* ShirtlessScene: Hoo, brother, where to ''start?'' Luckily, Parker Stevenson had a great body for it.

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* ShirtlessScene: Hoo, brother, where to ''start?'' Luckily, Parker Stevenson had a great body for it.''start?''
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** Subverted in Season Three's "Defection to Paradise", with Harry Hammond apparently giving Frank and Joe an stupid-easy assignment to find a missing amplifier and playing up an image of an bumbling, old-fogey Fed who can't manage such a "hip" assignment. Of course, [[spoiler: Harry's really set up the whole thing as a smokescreen to hide the defection of a young Russian woman, and the Hardys are his unwitting fall-guys.]]

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** Subverted in Season Three's "Defection to Paradise", with Harry Hammond apparently giving Frank and Joe an a stupid-easy assignment to find a missing amplifier and playing up an image of an a bumbling, old-fogey Fed who can't manage such a "hip" assignment. Of course, [[spoiler: Harry's really set up the whole thing as a smokescreen to hide the defection of a young Russian woman, and the Hardys are his unwitting fall-guys.]]
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