History VideoGame / LANoire

22nd Jun '17 7:16:22 PM WillKeaton
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* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler:The "Jungle Drums" set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders]].

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* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler:The "Jungle Drums" Drums"/"Intolerance" set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders]].
20th Jun '17 1:58:23 PM Heartlesswithaheart
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** Subverted a few times when you're made to choose between charging one of two suspects. You ''can'' go against what the game tries to force on you, but it seriously affects your case rating and prevents you from getting even four stars.
7th Jun '17 1:29:03 AM Damar
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** Rusty would have shot Eli Rooney on the spot after the man openly admits to being a paedophile if not for Cole stopping him.
3rd Jun '17 12:19:13 PM nombretomado
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* {{Lifelines}}: A non-game show example. When talking to/interrogating people, you can use "intuition points" to eliminate one of the three questioning options (truth, doubt, or lie), or see what other players selected for that option, similar to [[WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire the trope namer's]] "50/50" and "ask the audience" options.

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* {{Lifelines}}: A non-game show example. When talking to/interrogating people, you can use "intuition points" to eliminate one of the three questioning options (truth, doubt, or lie), or see what other players selected for that option, similar to [[WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire [[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire the trope namer's]] "50/50" and "ask the audience" options.
28th May '17 7:40:00 PM WillKeaton
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** According to [[http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/24/entertainment/la-ca-noir-city-20110424 this news article]], Team Bondi used ''180,000 photos'' to create the map for L.A. Noire.

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** According to [[http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/24/entertainment/la-ca-noir-city-20110424 this news article]], article,]] Team Bondi used ''180,000 photos'' to create the map for L.A. Noire.
28th May '17 7:38:52 PM WillKeaton
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* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler:The Intolerance set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders]].

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* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler:The Intolerance "Jungle Drums" set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders]].
22nd May '17 1:55:02 PM hellwolf99
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** Semi-Averted with Juan Francisco Valdez. You find out about his crimes in the process of investigating his stolen car, but due to diplomatic immunity you can't bring him to justice for them. [[spoiler: If you play your cards right however, his Pedophilic/Ephebophilic habits will become ''public'', likely torpedoing his public image and ruining him.]]
3rd May '17 5:18:35 PM maxwellsilver
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** Averted during a flashback to Okinawa, where Cole claims Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because the US stopped exporting oil to Japan. The US never really exported oil to Japan, but they did impose an embargo preventing ''other'' countries from exporting oil to Japan. Cole's theory was a popular one at the time, when the US public did not understand the seemingly-unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor, but ultimately (as we now know) Japan's reasons for the attack were more complex than simply oil. There was no way a Marine second lieutenant would have known the full reasoning in the '40s, and Cole's view accurately reflects this.

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** Averted during a flashback to Okinawa, where Cole claims Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because the US stopped exporting oil to Japan. The US never really exported oil to Japan, but they did impose an embargo preventing ''other'' countries from exporting oil to Japan. Cole's theory was a popular one at the time, when the US public did not understand the seemingly-unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor, but ultimately (as we now know) Japan's reasons for the attack were more complex than simply oil. There was no way a Marine second lieutenant would have known the full reasoning in the '40s, and Cole's view accurately reflects this. However, he seems to suggest the embargo somehow justified the attack when a state of war did not exist between the two nations, which was not the sentiment of the time.
24th Apr '17 6:47:12 PM Golondrina
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** In the Vice case "The Set Up," you enter a hotel to find that your suspect, along with may other guests, have signed in under fake names. Among the people supposedly staying there are ShirleyTemple, OrsonWelles, and WinstonChurchill

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** In the Vice case "The Set Up," you enter a hotel to find that your suspect, along with may other guests, have signed in under fake names. Among the people supposedly staying there are ShirleyTemple, OrsonWelles, Creator/ShirleyTemple, Creator/OrsonWelles, and WinstonChurchillUsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill
2nd Apr '17 5:15:20 PM Embryon
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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Dr. Fontaine]] always speaks with a calm, reassuring voice and remains just as polite [[spoiler: even as he kills his own "apprentice" by forcefully injecting him an overdose of morphine and caves a woman's skull in with a blunt object.]]

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Dr. [[spoiler:Dr. Fontaine]] always speaks with a calm, reassuring voice and remains just as polite [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even as he kills his own "apprentice" by forcefully injecting him an overdose of morphine and caves a woman's skull in with a blunt object.]] object]].



* AlwaysMurder: Subverted. One of the most memorable Traffic cases has Cole and Bekowsky investigating a doping allegation [[spoiler: and uncovering a pornography ring at a film prop store.]]
** Subverted even earlier in [[spoiler:the very first Traffic case, when it's discovered the "victim" used pig's blood to [[FakingTheDead commit pseudocide]].]]
** Played straight on the arson desk when a normally very boring and generally dismissed assignment suddenly becomes very exciting when [[spoiler:Cole gets demoted to it.]]

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* AlwaysMurder: Subverted. One of the most memorable Traffic cases has Cole and Bekowsky investigating a doping allegation [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and uncovering a pornography ring at a film prop store.]]
store]].
** Subverted even earlier in [[spoiler:the very first Traffic case, when it's discovered the "victim" used pig's blood to [[FakingTheDead commit pseudocide]].]]
pseudocide]]]].
** Played straight on the arson desk when a normally very boring and generally dismissed assignment suddenly becomes very exciting when [[spoiler:Cole gets demoted to it.]]it]].



** The last Homicide desk mission features nor crime scene inspections neither witness or suspect interrogation, but mostly consists in [[spoiler: looking for clues hidden in the city's landmarks, with a cryptic poem as a guide. Once all clues are found, the last part of the mission is an action sequence.]]
** Three of the Arson cases have you playing as [[spoiler: Jack Kelso]], an insurance investigator-turned-Special D.A. investigator and one of the members of [[spoiler:Cole's old Marine Corps unit.]]

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** The last Homicide desk mission features nor crime scene inspections neither witness or suspect interrogation, but mostly consists in [[spoiler: looking [[spoiler:looking for clues hidden in the city's landmarks, with a cryptic poem as a guide. Once all clues are found, the last part of the mission is an action sequence.]]
sequence]].
** Three of the Arson cases have you playing as [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Kelso]], an insurance investigator-turned-Special D.A. investigator and one of the members of [[spoiler:Cole's old Marine Corps unit.]]unit]].



--> '''Cole''': [[spoiler: Jose Ramos, you are under arrest on suspicion of supply narcotics, resisting arrest, and ''malicious destruction of LAPD property''.]]

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--> '''Cole''': [[spoiler: Jose [[spoiler:Jose Ramos, you are under arrest on suspicion of supply narcotics, resisting arrest, and ''malicious destruction of LAPD property''.]]



* AsYouKnow: [[spoiler: The guard at California Fire & Life helpfully tells Kelso where his own office is, for the benefit of the player.]]
* TheAtoner: Cole, who joined the LAPD to right his past wrongs committed in the Pacific Theater of WW2. [[spoiler: In Okinawa, a misunderstanding led to him ordering a cave full of injured Japanese soldiers and civilians torched with flamethrowers, necessitating that they be put out of their misery with bullets.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: The [[spoiler: flamethrower]] you find and can use in the closing moments of the last mission, mainly because of its limited range.

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* AsYouKnow: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The guard at California Fire & Life helpfully tells Kelso where his own office is, for the benefit of the player.]]
* TheAtoner: Cole, who joined the LAPD to right his past wrongs committed in the Pacific Theater of WW2. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In Okinawa, a misunderstanding led to him ordering a cave full of injured Japanese soldiers and civilians torched with flamethrowers, necessitating that they be put out of their misery with bullets.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: The [[spoiler: flamethrower]] [[spoiler:flamethrower]] you find and can use in the closing moments of the last mission, mainly because of its limited range.



* BaitAndSwitch: The flashbacks initially appear to set up [[spoiler: Jack Kelso]] as [[spoiler: a villain]]. He isn't.

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* BaitAndSwitch: The flashbacks initially appear to set up [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Kelso]] as [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a villain]]. He isn't.



** Cole seems to have one for people bad-mouthing his war buddies, as demonstrated when Roy [[spoiler: makes fun of Courtney's death and Cole goes on a rant and says he'll blow Roy's [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] head off if he says anything else about Courtney]].
** Biggs finally snaps with the second incinerated family. He dealt with similar issues in World War I. [[spoiler: So did Phelps in World War II, and it was ''all his fault''.]]

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** Cole seems to have one for people bad-mouthing his war buddies, as demonstrated when Roy [[spoiler: makes [[spoiler:makes fun of Courtney's death and Cole goes on a rant and says he'll blow Roy's [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] head off if he says anything else about Courtney]].
** Biggs finally snaps with the second incinerated family. He dealt with similar issues in World War I. [[spoiler: So [[spoiler:So did Phelps in World War II, and it was ''all his fault''.]]



** When a witness admits that he didn't call in a murder of a woman because he was [[spoiler: kissing/fondling her corpse]] Rusty's ''immediate'' reaction was to punch him in the face.

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** When a witness admits that he didn't call in a murder of a woman because he was [[spoiler: kissing/fondling [[spoiler:kissing/fondling her corpse]] Rusty's ''immediate'' reaction was to punch him in the face.



* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler: The Intolerance set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders.]]

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* BigNo: Cole starts shouting many of these when [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Intolerance set starts to collapse while he's still on it during the Quarter-Moon Murders.]]Murders]].



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Cole sacrifices himself to save Elsa and Kelso, and as part of a deal struck by the Assistant DA, the charges against Cole and Jack for their vigilante hijinks in the last mission are dropped, as are Cole's adultery charges. However, the trade-off is that many of the corrupt officials involved in the Suburban Redevelopment Fund get away scot-free, and all the blame is placed on the members who either died or are going to go to jail anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: The Homicide desk also ends on one of these. You find and kill the murderer of all the victims, but due to being the half-brother of a powerful federal official, he can never be brought to justice and the identity of the true killer never gets released to the public. Meanwhile, the five innocent men on death row are all acquitted due to the prosecution sabotaging their own cases.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole sacrifices himself to save Elsa and Kelso, and as part of a deal struck by the Assistant DA, the charges against Cole and Jack for their vigilante hijinks in the last mission are dropped, as are Cole's adultery charges. However, the trade-off is that many of the corrupt officials involved in the Suburban Redevelopment Fund get away scot-free, and all the blame is placed on the members who either died or are going to go to jail anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Homicide desk also ends on one of these. You find and kill the murderer of all the victims, but due to being the half-brother of a powerful federal official, he can never be brought to justice and the identity of the true killer never gets released to the public. Meanwhile, the five innocent men on death row are all acquitted due to the prosecution sabotaging their own cases.]]



** [[spoiler: There is also one notable instance in the Arson desk.]]

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** [[spoiler: There [[spoiler:There is also one notable instance in the Arson desk.]]



* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Cole, after the affair]]. Everyone takes it really hard, probably because [[spoiler: if a Golden Boy like Cole Phelps isn't above corruption, no one is]].

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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Cole, [[spoiler:Cole, after the affair]]. Everyone takes it really hard, probably because [[spoiler: if [[spoiler:if a Golden Boy like Cole Phelps isn't above corruption, no one is]].



* CallBack: Remember [[spoiler: California Fire and Life, Instaheat, Keystone Films, and Elysian Fields and its "Building a Better California" ads?]] Yeah, they're gonna be important later on.

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* CallBack: Remember [[spoiler: California [[spoiler:California Fire and Life, Instaheat, Keystone Films, and Elysian Fields and its "Building a Better California" ads?]] Yeah, they're gonna be important later on.



* CarCushion: During a lover's quarrel in a Vice street crime, one man falls from a roof to [[GoryDiscretionShot land neatly in the bed of a pickup truck.]] [[spoiler: Dr. Stoneman in "The Naked City]] doesn't quite get that same dignity.

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* CarCushion: During a lover's quarrel in a Vice street crime, one man falls from a roof to [[GoryDiscretionShot land neatly in the bed of a pickup truck.]] [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Stoneman in "The Naked City]] doesn't quite get that same dignity.



* TheChanteuse: Elsa Lichtmann. Subverted in that [[spoiler: far from being unattainable, or even [[BettyAndVeronica The Veronica]], she becomes TheHero's lover]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: That city freeway project you hear about in the beginning of the game? The Suburban Redevelopment Fund sets up the story's underlying conspiracy in order to get in on the action]].

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* TheChanteuse: Elsa Lichtmann. Subverted in that [[spoiler: far [[spoiler:far from being unattainable, or even [[BettyAndVeronica The Veronica]], she becomes TheHero's lover]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: That [[spoiler:That city freeway project you hear about in the beginning of the game? The Suburban Redevelopment Fund sets up the story's underlying conspiracy in order to get in on the action]].



** [[spoiler: The very first guy you interview during your first Homicide case turns out to be the SerialKiller responsible for all the subsequent murders you investigate.]]
** A minor yet literal example: Felix Navarro is the bus driver in "Manifest Destiny." [[spoiler: In "A Polite Invitation", he is one of the Marines Kelso calls to raid Monroe's house.]]
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: Here's how the Suburban Redevelopment Fund scam works: the SRF buys up land that the city plans to repurchase through eminent domain for the new freeway project, burning down the house of anyone who refuses to sell. Then they put up cheap houses using substandard materials to boost the land's value, which will force the city to buy it back from them at a massively inflated price.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The very first guy you interview during your first Homicide case turns out to be the SerialKiller responsible for all the subsequent murders you investigate.]]
** A minor yet literal example: Felix Navarro is the bus driver in "Manifest Destiny." [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In "A Polite Invitation", he is one of the Marines Kelso calls to raid Monroe's house.]]
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: Here's [[spoiler:Here's how the Suburban Redevelopment Fund scam works: the SRF buys up land that the city plans to repurchase through eminent domain for the new freeway project, burning down the house of anyone who refuses to sell. Then they put up cheap houses using substandard materials to boost the land's value, which will force the city to buy it back from them at a massively inflated price.]]



* CowboyCop: Technically not a cop, but [[spoiler: Jack Kelso]] as a special investigator for the D.A. otherwise fits the role.

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* CowboyCop: Technically not a cop, but [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Kelso]] as a special investigator for the D.A. otherwise fits the role.



* CriminalMindGames: In the Homicide chapter, [[spoiler:The Black Dahlia killer leaves a series of clues as a taunt to the police, which Phelps uses to track him down.]]

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* CriminalMindGames: In the Homicide chapter, [[spoiler:The Black Dahlia killer leaves a series of clues as a taunt to the police, which Phelps uses to track him down.]]down]].



** Roy Earle might take the prize for this. When [[spoiler: Dr. Stoneman defenestrates himself]], Earle's reply is a dry "Didn't see that coming".

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** Roy Earle might take the prize for this. When [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Stoneman defenestrates himself]], Earle's reply is a dry "Didn't see that coming".



** Cole's [[spoiler:affair. While it would still be a minor scandal in today's society, it wouldn't get him anywhere near the backlash or notoriety among his fellow officers and the odd bystander that it does in the game.]]
* DetectivePatsy: [[spoiler: Kelso, in the ultra-rare positive variety.]]
** Made worse when Team Bondi was [[http://kotaku.com/5847883/la-noire-studio-owes-1-million-to-employees++and-a-quarter-of-that-is-claimed-by-the-boss liquidated. Most of their employees still haven't received their back pay.]]

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** Cole's [[spoiler:affair. While it would still be a minor scandal in today's society, it wouldn't get him anywhere near the backlash or notoriety among his fellow officers and the odd bystander that it does in the game.]]
game]].
* DetectivePatsy: [[spoiler: Kelso, [[spoiler:Kelso, in the ultra-rare positive variety.]]
** Made worse when Team Bondi was [[http://kotaku.com/5847883/la-noire-studio-owes-1-million-to-employees++and-a-quarter-of-that-is-claimed-by-the-boss liquidated. Most of their employees still haven't received their back pay.
]]



* DirtyOldMan: 52-year old [[spoiler: Curtis Benson, for having an affair with a 12-year old girl. When confronted by Kelso, Benson has no qualms about it]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Argentine Consul General Juan Francisco Valdez, who had many sexual liaisons with underage boys and kept explicit records of them in his notebook.]]

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* DirtyOldMan: 52-year old [[spoiler: Curtis [[spoiler:Curtis Benson, for having an affair with a 12-year old girl. When confronted by Kelso, Benson has no qualms about it]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Argentine [[spoiler:Argentine Consul General Juan Francisco Valdez, who had many sexual liaisons with underage boys and kept explicit records of them in his notebook.]]notebook]].



* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: June Ballard allowed her 15 year old niece to be drugged and raped by Mark Bishop, and made sure all of this was caught on film with Bishop's face in clear view so she could blackmail him later.]] Why? Because [[spoiler: Mark didn't pick June as an actress in one of his upcoming movies.]]
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Literally, the "run" button becomes the "fire" button whenever you draw your weapon. [[DamnYouMuscleMemory This can get you in trouble.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: After all, the character you've been playing for X number of days in the game is killed off.]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: June [[spoiler:June Ballard allowed her 15 year old niece to be drugged and raped by Mark Bishop, and made sure all of this was caught on film with Bishop's face in clear view so she could blackmail him later.]] Why? Because [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark didn't pick June as an actress in one of his upcoming movies.]]
* DoNotRunWithAGun: Literally, as the "run" button becomes the "fire" button whenever you draw your weapon. [[DamnYouMuscleMemory This can get you in trouble.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: [[spoiler:DownerEnding: After all, the character you've been playing for X number of days in the game is killed off.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: In one of the street cases, the crazy man who believes the government is attempting to mind-control him and wears a tin-foil hat to 'counteract' the mind control. Also, in The Naked City, [[spoiler: Dr. Stoneman after he's found out to be Mr. Henderson under a different name, and right after he seems to be willingly turning himself in.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: In one of the street cases, the crazy man who believes the government is attempting to mind-control him and wears a tin-foil hat to 'counteract' the mind control. Also, in The Naked City, [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Stoneman after he's found out to be Mr. Henderson under a different name, and right after he seems to be willingly turning himself in.]]in]].



** Also it's speculated that [[spoiler: The reason Cole didn't jump at the end was because of his guilt over what happened in Japan boiled over.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Cole Phelps]].

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** Also it's It's also speculated that [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:the reason Cole didn't jump at the end was because of his guilt over what happened in Japan boiled over.]]
over]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole Phelps]].



* DrugsAreBad: Most Vice cases tout this. And not only are they bad, they're worse [[spoiler: when they're stolen]]; also averted to a degree during one conversation between Cole and Roy Earle in which Earle states that some amount of illegal drugs on the street is not necessarily a bad thing.

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* DrugsAreBad: Most Vice cases tout this. And not only are they bad, they're worse [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when they're stolen]]; also averted to a degree during one conversation between Cole and Roy Earle in which Earle states that some amount of illegal drugs on the street is not necessarily a bad thing.



** Cole meets a lush outside a bar while investigating a traffic case who claims to recognize him. [[spoiler: He reappears during Cole's funeral.]]

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** Cole meets a lush outside a bar while investigating a traffic case who claims to recognize him. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He reappears during Cole's funeral.]]



* EveryCarIsAPinto: Semi-averted. Engines may catch fire after taking so much damage, but the only thing worse that you can do to a car is pop the wheels off or, during a chase, you can flip them. The part where you'll have to shoot the gasoline barrels in [[spoiler: The Fallen Idol]] and a few other missions played it straight, though.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Semi-averted. Engines may catch fire after taking so much damage, but the only thing worse that you can do to a car is pop the wheels off or, during a chase, you can flip them. The part where you'll have to shoot the gasoline barrels in [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Fallen Idol]] and a few other missions played it straight, though.



* {{Expy}}: Several from LAConfidential. Cole Phelps is Edmund Exley. Both are examples of the ambitious, GloryHound and ByTheBookCop who have frosty relationships with other detectives. Both rely on their war records (Phelps has a Silver Star and Exley a Distinguished Service Cross from World War II) but [[spoiler: both only got medals because they were the SoleSurvivor of their respective units because of cowardice and played it up]]. Captain James Donnelly is Captain Dudley Smith: both of them are [[OfficerOHara Irish Homicide Dicks]] who believe in administering "rough justice" to perps, [[spoiler:although Donnelly doesn't turn out to be the BigBad, unlike his film companion]]. Jack Vincennes and Roy Earle are both examples of a CorruptCop who deals with the Hollywood scene, although Earle is a plain JerkAss and Vincennes is a rare sympathetic dirty Cop.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: One of the [[SideQuest Street Crime]] cases requires you to subdue a deranged man running through the streets, and if you fail to catch him, [[spoiler: he leaps from a rooftop to his death]]. Although [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything the Dev Team managed to add an alternate solution]], finding it requires you to [[MoonLogicPuzzle take action that seems counter intuitive in the moment]]; the Golden Path (as detailed by [[GuideDangIt the official strategy guide]]) is to [[spoiler: watch the man plummet]]. Might be a nod to the fact that not even a Golden Boy superstar cop can fix ''everything''; Cole's bitterly disappointed face as he watches [[spoiler: the body being hauled away]] really sells it.

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* {{Expy}}: Several from LAConfidential. Cole Phelps is Edmund Exley. Both are examples of the ambitious, GloryHound and ByTheBookCop who have frosty relationships with other detectives. Both rely on their war records (Phelps has a Silver Star and Exley a Distinguished Service Cross from World War II) but [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both only got medals because they were the SoleSurvivor of their respective units because of cowardice and played it up]]. Captain James Donnelly is Captain Dudley Smith: both of them are [[OfficerOHara Irish Homicide Dicks]] who believe in administering "rough justice" to perps, [[spoiler:although Donnelly doesn't turn out to be the BigBad, unlike his film companion]]. Jack Vincennes and Roy Earle are both examples of a CorruptCop who deals with the Hollywood scene, although Earle is a plain JerkAss and Vincennes is a rare sympathetic dirty Cop.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: One of the [[SideQuest Street Crime]] cases requires you to subdue a deranged man running through the streets, and if you fail to catch him, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he leaps from a rooftop to his death]]. Although [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything the Dev Team managed to add an alternate solution]], finding it requires you to [[MoonLogicPuzzle take action that seems counter intuitive in the moment]]; the Golden Path (as detailed by [[GuideDangIt the official strategy guide]]) is to [[spoiler: watch [[spoiler:watch the man plummet]]. Might be a nod to the fact that not even a Golden Boy superstar cop can fix ''everything''; Cole's bitterly disappointed face as he watches [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the body being hauled away]] really sells it.



* FallenHero / TurnCoat: [[spoiler: Everyone sees Cole as one or the other after his affair is made public and he is demoted to the Arson squad.]]

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* FallenHero / TurnCoat: [[spoiler: Everyone [[spoiler:Everyone sees Cole as one or the other after his affair is made public and he is demoted to the Arson squad.]]



* FemmeFatale: Fading middle-aged actress June Ballard qualifies. Julia Randall, the victim from "The Naked City", as well. [[spoiler: Elsa]] is a subversion as [[spoiler: her initial appearances set her up as a femme fatale, and she even undergoes interrogation by Phelps, but she ends up being a loyal ally to Phelps, and even stays true to him after flirting with Jack Kelso]].

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* FemmeFatale: Fading middle-aged actress June Ballard qualifies. Julia Randall, the victim from "The Naked City", as well. [[spoiler: Elsa]] [[spoiler:Elsa]] is a subversion as [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her initial appearances set her up as a femme fatale, and she even undergoes interrogation by Phelps, but she ends up being a loyal ally to Phelps, and even stays true to him after flirting with Jack Kelso]].



** BigBadDuumvirate - [[spoiler: Leland Monroe and Dr. Harlan Fontaine]]
** TheDragon - [[spoiler: William Worrell]]

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** BigBadDuumvirate - [[spoiler: Leland [[spoiler:Leland Monroe and Dr. Harlan Fontaine]]
** TheDragon - [[spoiler: William [[spoiler:William Worrell]]



* FlashedBadgeHijack: A common game mechanic. [[spoiler: Made hilarious when Kelso, an ''insurance investigator'' can pull this move ''on cops in a squad car''.]]
* {{Forgiveness}}: A subversion of sorts on ForgivenessRequiresDeath, as well. [[spoiler: Phelps is looking for forgiveness from his unit, who never forgave him for his blunder in Okinawa. When Phelps finally asks his war buddy Kelso if he forgives him, Kelso replies that he'd forgiven him all along. This is followed by Phelps saving Kelso's life in a HeroicSacrifice, but ''after'' he was forgiven]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: the newspapers, most prominently. Each newspaper scene provides some manner of supplementary scene to a part of the plot and are all over the place chronologically, with many of them taking place in the future, explaining and detailing events that Phelps won't get background information on for some time. As a result, if the player has collected enough newspapers - and it doesn't take many - they can [[spoiler: piece together the Suburban Redevelopment Fund conspiracy long before Phelps even suspects there is foul play going on, as well as figure out easily that they are going after red herrings at several points.]]

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* FlashedBadgeHijack: A common game mechanic. [[spoiler: Made [[spoiler:Made hilarious when Kelso, an ''insurance investigator'' can pull this move ''on cops in a squad car''.]]
* {{Forgiveness}}: A subversion of sorts on ForgivenessRequiresDeath, as well. [[spoiler: Phelps [[spoiler:Phelps is looking for forgiveness from his unit, who never forgave him for his blunder in Okinawa. When Phelps finally asks his war buddy Kelso if he forgives him, Kelso replies that he'd forgiven him all along. This is followed by Phelps saving Kelso's life in a HeroicSacrifice, but ''after'' he was forgiven]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: the newspapers, most prominently. Each newspaper scene provides some manner of supplementary scene to a part of the plot and are all over the place chronologically, with many of them taking place in the future, explaining and detailing events that Phelps won't get background information on for some time. As a result, if the player has collected enough newspapers - and it doesn't take many - they can [[spoiler: piece [[spoiler:piece together the Suburban Redevelopment Fund conspiracy long before Phelps even suspects there is foul play going on, as well as figure out easily that they are going after red herrings at several points.]]points]].



** At the beginning of Ackerman's interrogation in the fourth homicide case, Cole states that Ackerman got his scars from a flamethrower during the war. He also mentioned that the big guys were given flamethrower duty during the war. Throughout the newspaper cutscenes we see the story of a rather large veteran [[spoiler: that turns out to be the serial arsonist]]. Guess what he did during the war.
** Cole asks the watch commander about the marked map in the Traffic office, and learns about the freeway project that's still in the planning stages. The freeway construction [[spoiler: is how Monroe and the other members of TheConspiracy plan to get rich]].
** During "A Slip of the Tongue", Cole mentions he likes blondes. [[spoiler: Mrs. Phelps is a brunette...]]
*** [[spoiler: Oddly enough, so is Elsa.]]
** Inverted by [[spoiler: the cutscene that plays after the closing credits, which sets up the fates of all of Phelps' Marine comrades.]]

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** At the beginning of Ackerman's interrogation in the fourth homicide case, Cole states that Ackerman got his scars from a flamethrower during the war. He also mentioned that the big guys were given flamethrower duty during the war. Throughout the newspaper cutscenes we see the story of a rather large veteran [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that turns out to be the serial arsonist]]. Guess what he did during the war.
** Cole asks the watch commander about the marked map in the Traffic office, and learns about the freeway project that's still in the planning stages. The freeway construction [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is how Monroe and the other members of TheConspiracy plan to get rich]].
** During "A Slip of the Tongue", Cole mentions he likes blondes. [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Phelps is a brunette...]]
*** [[spoiler: Oddly [[spoiler:Oddly enough, so is Elsa.]]
** Inverted by [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the cutscene that plays after the closing credits, which sets up the fates of all of Phelps' Marine comrades.]]comrades]].



* GuideDangIt: If you've been tracking down LA landmarks, solving [[spoiler: the Black Dahlia killer's clues]] falls under this. You're supposed to use the map to solve them, and the handful of landmarks you need do show up as question marks... if they haven't been found yet. Unfortunately, there's nothing that distinguishes the landmarks if they've already been found before the case begins. [[AntiFrustrationFeatures Spend enough time randomly driving around LA during the mission and Phelps will eventually solve the clues himself.]]

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* GuideDangIt: If you've been tracking down LA landmarks, solving [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Black Dahlia killer's clues]] falls under this. You're supposed to use the map to solve them, and the handful of landmarks you need do show up as question marks... if they haven't been found yet. Unfortunately, there's nothing that distinguishes the landmarks if they've already been found before the case begins. [[AntiFrustrationFeatures Spend enough time randomly driving around LA during the mission and Phelps will eventually solve the clues himself.]]



* HandshakeRefusal: During the first investigation with the Arson desk, a patrolman shows a reluctance to shake Cole's hand [[spoiler:since Cole was recently involved in a scandal after having an affair with a nightclub singer.]]

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* HandshakeRefusal: During the first investigation with the Arson desk, a patrolman shows a reluctance to shake Cole's hand [[spoiler:since Cole was recently involved in a scandal after having an affair with a nightclub singer.]]singer]].



* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]: [[spoiler: This is based on the noir genre, and those stories rarely had a happy ending.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]: [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]: [[spoiler:This is based on the noir genre, and those stories rarely had a happy ending.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cole gives his own life to get Kelso out of the drainage tunnel before it floods.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole gives his own life to get Kelso out of the drainage tunnel before it floods.]]



** 15-year-old Jessica Hamilton, the [[spoiler: rape]] and attempted murder victim in "The Fallen Idol".

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** 15-year-old Jessica Hamilton, the [[spoiler: rape]] [[spoiler:rape]] and attempted murder victim in "The Fallen Idol".



** In "A Polite Invitation" a [[spoiler: naked]] 12-year-old girl is found in Benson's apartment.

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** In "A Polite Invitation" a [[spoiler: naked]] [[spoiler:naked]] 12-year-old girl is found in Benson's apartment.



** [[spoiler: During the second-to-last war flashback. There were kids in that cave...]]

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** [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During the second-to-last war flashback. There were kids in that cave...]]



* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: "Next you'll be telling me UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's a crook!" This is sometimes flagged as an anachronism, however in 1947 - the year this game is set - Nixon was in the midst of a high-profile campaign for election to Congress in California.]]

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* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: "Next [[spoiler:"Next you'll be telling me UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's a crook!" This is sometimes flagged as an anachronism, however in 1947 - the year this game is set - Nixon was in the midst of a high-profile campaign for election to Congress in California.]]



* {{Homage}}: A conspiracy involving a burgeoning Los Angeles' infrastructure, [[spoiler: with a beat up private investigator solving the case]]? The game pays heavy homage to ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' and ''Film/TheTwoJakes'', and even uses a a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of ''Chinatown's'' score during the incidental music. ''Film/LAConfidential'' is also referenced. Heck, it goes BEYOND homage, and basically turns into Chinatown: The Video Game!
** Upon playing as [[spoiler: Kelso]], the offices of [[spoiler: California Fire and Life]] bear some resemblance to the offices of [[spoiler: [[Film/DoubleIndemnity Pacific All Risk]]]].
** Some parallels can also be drawn with ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', specifically [[spoiler: a real-estate scam related to freeway construction]].
** [[spoiler: An apologetic serial killer with an origami fascination? Sounds a lot like ''VideoGame/HeavyRain.'']]

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* {{Homage}}: A conspiracy involving a burgeoning Los Angeles' infrastructure, [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with a beat up private investigator solving the case]]? The game pays heavy homage to ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' and ''Film/TheTwoJakes'', and even uses a a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of ''Chinatown's'' score during the incidental music. ''Film/LAConfidential'' is also referenced. Heck, it goes BEYOND homage, and basically turns into Chinatown: The Video Game!
** Upon playing as [[spoiler: Kelso]], [[spoiler:Kelso]], the offices of [[spoiler: California [[spoiler:California Fire and Life]] bear some resemblance to the offices of [[spoiler: [[Film/DoubleIndemnity [[spoiler:[[Film/DoubleIndemnity Pacific All Risk]]]].
** Some parallels can also be drawn with ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', specifically [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a real-estate scam related to freeway construction]].
** [[spoiler: An [[spoiler:An apologetic serial killer with an origami fascination? Sounds a lot like ''VideoGame/HeavyRain.'']]



* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Kelso fistfighting with 3 mooks.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Los Angeles, a city known for its vices, drags Cole Phelps, [[spoiler: a mere adulterer]], through the mud and dismantles all of his accomplishments in the police force because of this simple transgression. It gets annoying when his superiors chastise him for it even though most of them [[spoiler: deal in murder, drugs, and much shadier affairs.]] Even his own comrades in the war have the balls to call him out for his [[spoiler: mistake with the cave hospital]] despite going on to [[spoiler: cause much of the conspiracies]] that Cole has to solve later in the game.
** It gets especially egregious when you look at the [[BlatantLies charming]] Roy Earle, who, despite being a philanderer, drug abuser, racist, misogynist, and just a [[IncrediblyLamePun royal]] prick, still gets to be the star detective of the vice squad. Granted, [[spoiler: he is a part of the conspiracy]], but it's still very jarring.
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: During "The Naked City", [[spoiler: Henry Arnett]] lies about having been in the 6th Marines at Okinawa to an actual 6th Marine, Cole Phelps. Phelps is understandably [[{{Understatement}} unimpressed]].

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* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Kelso [[spoiler:Kelso fistfighting with 3 mooks.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Los Angeles, a city known for its vices, drags Cole Phelps, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a mere adulterer]], through the mud and dismantles all of his accomplishments in the police force because of this simple transgression. It gets annoying when his superiors chastise him for it even though most of them [[spoiler: deal [[spoiler:deal in murder, drugs, and much shadier affairs.]] Even his own comrades in the war have the balls to call him out for his [[spoiler: mistake [[spoiler:mistake with the cave hospital]] despite going on to [[spoiler: cause [[spoiler:cause much of the conspiracies]] that Cole has to solve later in the game.
** It gets especially egregious when you look at the [[BlatantLies charming]] Roy Earle, who, despite being a philanderer, drug abuser, racist, misogynist, and just a [[IncrediblyLamePun royal]] prick, still gets to be the star detective of the vice squad. Granted, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he is a part of the conspiracy]], but it's still very jarring.
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: During "The Naked City", [[spoiler: Henry [[spoiler:Henry Arnett]] lies about having been in the 6th Marines at Okinawa to an actual 6th Marine, Cole Phelps. Phelps is understandably [[{{Understatement}} unimpressed]].



* InsufferableGenius: Grosvenor [=McCaffrey=] is a big one. [[spoiler: To a point where he flies into a violent rage towards anyone who outsmarts him, which is often, because he's not as smart as he thinks he is.]]

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* InsufferableGenius: Grosvenor [=McCaffrey=] is a big one. [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To a point where he flies into a violent rage towards anyone who outsmarts him, which is often, because he's not as smart as he thinks he is.]]



* InterfaceSpoiler: The second you open up your notebook on your first Traffic case, you'll see all the desk to which you'll eventually be assigned, in order. The descriptions for many of the achievements spoil the fact that [[spoiler:you play as an Investigator at some point.]]

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* InterfaceSpoiler: The InterfaceSpoiler:The second you open up your notebook on your first Traffic case, you'll see all the desk to which you'll eventually be assigned, in order. The descriptions for many of the achievements spoil the fact that [[spoiler:you play as an Investigator at some point.]]



* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: A visibly disturbed Cole says this word for word after shooting [[spoiler: Leroy Sabo]] at the end of "A Marriage Made in Heaven".
* ItsPronouncedTropay: [[spoiler: The Black Dahlia/Werewolf Killer]] gives a witness a fake address in Tulare County, California. The cast pronounces it "Tool-air," while almost any Californian could tell you the proper pronunciation is "Too-larry."

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* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: A visibly disturbed Cole says this word for word after shooting [[spoiler: Leroy [[spoiler:Leroy Sabo]] at the end of "A Marriage Made in Heaven".
* ItsPronouncedTropay: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Black Dahlia/Werewolf Killer]] gives a witness a fake address in Tulare County, California. The cast pronounces it "Tool-air," while almost any Californian could tell you the proper pronunciation is "Too-larry."



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Surprisingly enough, there's only one usage of it during the game. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome However, this one usage is Jack Kelso shooting Leland Monroe in the leg, and then stomping on the wound a minute later.]]]]

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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Surprisingly enough, there's only one usage of it during the game. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome However, this one usage is Jack Kelso shooting Leland Monroe in the leg, and then stomping on the wound a minute later.]]]]



** The game deals with a RealLife KarmaHoudini, the Black Dahlia murderer. [[spoiler: Didn't get away with it in the game. He was killed by Cole, but his identity wasn't released because his half-brother was an influential politician.]]
** [[spoiler: June Ballard never seems to get hers for her role in getting her 15-year-old niece raped.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Hogeboom]]'s weapon of choice is a flamethrower.
** [[spoiler: Kelso]] gets to wield a flamethrower, which is AwesomeButImpractical.

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** The game deals with a RealLife KarmaHoudini, the Black Dahlia murderer. [[spoiler: Didn't [[spoiler:Didn't get away with it in the game. He was killed by Cole, but his identity wasn't released because his half-brother was an influential politician.]]
** [[spoiler: June [[spoiler:June Ballard never seems to get hers for her role in getting her 15-year-old niece raped.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Hogeboom]]'s [[spoiler:Hogeboom]]'s weapon of choice is a flamethrower.
** [[spoiler: Kelso]] [[spoiler:Kelso]] gets to wield a flamethrower, which is AwesomeButImpractical.



* LeftHanging: Two plot elements seem major but are never connected to the main storyline. [[spoiler: One of the first suspects you bust as a patrolman (in the fistfighting tutorial) has a notebook with numbers and DirtyCop Floyd Rose's name on it. You later take Rose's place in Homicide, but the actual notebook is never explained. Second, the Black Dahlia killer signs one of his bodies "Tex," which you later learn is the nickname of the arsonist, Ira Hogeboom. But that connection (if any) is never explained or commented upon either.]]

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* LeftHanging: Two plot elements seem major but are never connected to the main storyline. [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of the first suspects you bust as a patrolman (in the fistfighting tutorial) has a notebook with numbers and DirtyCop Floyd Rose's name on it. You later take Rose's place in Homicide, but the actual notebook is never explained. Second, the Black Dahlia killer signs one of his bodies "Tex," which you later learn is the nickname of the arsonist, Ira Hogeboom. But that connection (if any) is never explained or commented upon either.]]



* MadeOfIron: Cole Phelps [[spoiler: and later Jack Kelso]] have this through their RegeneratingHealth due to GameplayStorySegregation.

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* MadeOfIron: Cole Phelps [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and later Jack Kelso]] have this through their RegeneratingHealth due to GameplayStorySegregation.



* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "You said the houses would be ''empty!''"]]

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* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "You [[spoiler:"You said the houses would be ''empty!''"]]



* MeaningfulName: Looks like Mr Leitvol in fact was [[spoiler: the ''Leitwolf'' of the whole racket]].

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* MeaningfulName: Looks like Mr Leitvol in fact was [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ''Leitwolf'' of the whole racket]].



*** "Outsider": Cole's suit for the Arson desk. Represents his [[spoiler: fall from grace]], specifically how [[spoiler: all his old colleagues shun him]].

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*** "Outsider": Cole's suit for the Arson desk. Represents his [[spoiler: fall [[spoiler:fall from grace]], specifically how [[spoiler: all [[spoiler:all his old colleagues shun him]].



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Kelso kills an irretrievably insane Hogeboom.]]
** [[spoiler: Cole orders his men to do this to the burning Japanese civilians during the final flashback. Courtney Sheldon is also seen scrambling over a ridge to put a wounded marine out of his misery in an earlier one.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Kelso [[spoiler:Kelso kills an irretrievably insane Hogeboom.]]
** [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole orders his men to do this to the burning Japanese civilians during the final flashback. Courtney Sheldon is also seen scrambling over a ridge to put a wounded marine out of his misery in an earlier one.]]



* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: The case "The Fallen Idol" starts out as an apparent drunk driving crash and ends with statutory rape, blackmail, two attempted murders and a mob hit, and culminates in a shootout with about dozen gangsters. Then there is [[spoiler: the entire Arson desk, in which a series of suspicious fires leads to a massive real-estate scam connected with the freeway construction project.]]

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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: The case "The Fallen Idol" starts out as an apparent drunk driving crash and ends with statutory rape, blackmail, two attempted murders and a mob hit, and culminates in a shootout with about dozen gangsters. Then there is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the entire Arson desk, in which a series of suspicious fires leads to a massive real-estate scam connected with the freeway construction project.]]



* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler: Cole and Jack Kelso briefly have this moment in the sewer over who will boost the other up and out]].

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* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole and Jack Kelso briefly have this moment in the sewer over who will boost the other up and out]].



* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Herschel Biggs]]. After the opening monologue, you don't even meet him or hear him speak until [[spoiler: after you get busted down to Arson, where he and Phelps fight against the corruption Biggs talks about in the opening monologue]].

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* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Herschel [[spoiler:Herschel Biggs]]. After the opening monologue, you don't even meet him or hear him speak until [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after you get busted down to Arson, where he and Phelps fight against the corruption Biggs talks about in the opening monologue]].



** And, in one of the flashbacks [[spoiler: he gets shot by one of his own men, though he lives.]]
* {{Newsreel}}: Used to showcase an important story element regarding [[spoiler: the Suburban Redevlopment Fund]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers do an excellent job of not talking about the real villain, [[spoiler: the Suburban Redevelopment Fund]]. The trailers also make it seem like the Black Dahlia Killer/Stuart Ackerman is the main antagonist, and the cases are not shown to be split up into desks.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Cole Phelps...that we can see.]]

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** And, in one of the flashbacks [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he gets shot by one of his own men, though he lives.]]
lives]].
* {{Newsreel}}: Used to showcase an important story element regarding [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Suburban Redevlopment Fund]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers do an excellent job of not talking about the real villain, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Suburban Redevelopment Fund]]. The trailers also make it seem like the Black Dahlia Killer/Stuart Ackerman is the main antagonist, and the cases are not shown to be split up into desks.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Cole Phelps...[[spoiler:Cole Phelps... that we can see.]]



** Even more dramatically [[spoiler: Cole's leadership during the war is so poor that it winds up influencing two of the main story arcs. Corpsman Courtney Sheldon becomes totally disgusted by Cole's rapid rise through the LAPD that he arranges the US Army ship heist. Cpl. Hogeboom gets PTSD from Cole's order to burn out a cave which turned out to be a hospital, and becomes the firebug that he chases in the Arson desk. And, as noted above, Hogeboom may have also had an unrevealed connection to the Black Dahlia murders, too.]]

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** Even more dramatically [[spoiler: Cole's [[spoiler:Cole's leadership during the war is so poor that it winds up influencing two of the main story arcs. Corpsman Courtney Sheldon becomes totally disgusted by Cole's rapid rise through the LAPD that he arranges the US Army ship heist. Cpl. Hogeboom gets PTSD from Cole's order to burn out a cave which turned out to be a hospital, and becomes the firebug that he chases in the Arson desk. And, as noted above, Hogeboom may have also had an unrevealed connection to the Black Dahlia murders, too.]]



* NonSequiturThud: [[spoiler: Jack Kelso ends up doing this when he bursts into Elsa's apartment, all bloodied and injured from a mob beatdown and runs into Cole, who draws a Colt 1911A1 on him.]]

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* NonSequiturThud: [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Kelso ends up doing this when he bursts into Elsa's apartment, all bloodied and injured from a mob beatdown and runs into Cole, who draws a Colt 1911A1 on him.]]



* NotMeThisTime: Herbert Chapman, a firebug, insists this when you meet up with him during the Arson desk. [[spoiler: In true L.A. Noire fashion, the evidence points to him and he violently resists arrest, but later turns out not to be the guy.]]

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* NotMeThisTime: Herbert Chapman, a firebug, insists this when you meet up with him during the Arson desk. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In true L.A. Noire fashion, the evidence points to him and he violently resists arrest, but later turns out not to be the guy.]]



* OffOnATechnicality: Donnelly [[spoiler: assures Cole this will happen to the innocent men arrested for the Werewolf killings during the Homicide arc]], but also done quietly to avoid further embarrassments.

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* OffOnATechnicality: Donnelly [[spoiler: assures [[spoiler:assures Cole this will happen to the innocent men arrested for the Werewolf killings during the Homicide arc]], but also done quietly to avoid further embarrassments.



* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Jack Kelso gets one in the last two cases, as his shot up left arm never seems to bother him that much.]]

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* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Kelso gets one in the last two cases, as his shot up left arm never seems to bother him that much.]]



** [[spoiler: But it doesn't matter either way, since it turns out neither of them were the real killer.]]

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** [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it doesn't matter either way, since it turns out neither of them were the real killer.]]



* PopTheTires: In the car chase sequences your partner can do this if you drive into position and give him a clear shot. At the climax of one arson case you end up chasing [[spoiler: a streetcar]] where this isn't an option.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: [[spoiler: The Suburban Redevelopment Fund is deftly derailed by Jack Kelso in the penultimate story. The finale is a matter of hunting down Dr. Fontaine's clueless patsy, rescuing the kidnapped DistressedDamsel in the process.]]

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* PopTheTires: In the car chase sequences your partner can do this if you drive into position and give him a clear shot. At the climax of one arson case you end up chasing [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a streetcar]] where this isn't an option.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Suburban Redevelopment Fund is deftly derailed by Jack Kelso in the penultimate story. The finale is a matter of hunting down Dr. Fontaine's clueless patsy, rescuing the kidnapped DistressedDamsel in the process.]]



** Cole has one when telling off Roy for speaking ill of the late [[spoiler: Courtney]].

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** Cole has one when telling off Roy for speaking ill of the late [[spoiler: Courtney]].[[spoiler:Courtney]].



* PrivateEyeMonologue: During the opening, [[spoiler: Biggs]].

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* PrivateEyeMonologue: During the opening, [[spoiler: [[spoiler Biggs]].



* PsychoForHire: [[spoiler: Hogeboom]], and as usual for the Trope, he turns on his master.

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* PsychoForHire: [[spoiler: Hogeboom]], [[spoiler:Hogeboom]], and as usual for the Trope, he turns on his master.



* PyrrhicVictory: The final case for the Homicide desk ends with [[spoiler: Phelps and Galloway killing the Black Dahlia murderer, AKA Garret Mason. However, due to Mason being the half brother of a highly ranked official in the country, Donnelly tells Phelps and Galloway that the case being solved will not go public due to the implications it could bring on the other brother and the police department for locking up the wrong people. As far as the public is aware, the Black Dahlia killer is still at large.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: The final case for the Homicide desk ends with [[spoiler: Phelps [[spoiler:Phelps and Galloway killing the Black Dahlia murderer, AKA Garret Mason. However, due to Mason being the half brother of a highly ranked official in the country, Donnelly tells Phelps and Galloway that the case being solved will not go public due to the implications it could bring on the other brother and the police department for locking up the wrong people. As far as the public is aware, the Black Dahlia killer is still at large.]]



* ReassignmentBackfire: ...this merely puts him on the trail of a serial arsonist and a deeper conspiracy behind it. Note: [[spoiler: Made worse/better by the fact that this was done by the same conspiracy in order to distract the media from an impending scandal that would reveal their dealings.]]

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* ReassignmentBackfire: ...this merely puts him on the trail of a serial arsonist and a deeper conspiracy behind it. Note: [[spoiler: Made [[spoiler:Made worse/better by the fact that this was done by the same conspiracy in order to distract the media from an impending scandal that would reveal their dealings.]]



* {{Retirony}}: Averted with Biggs. He's close to retirement [[spoiler: but he survives while Phelps dies.]]

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* {{Retirony}}: Averted with Biggs. He's close to retirement [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but he survives while Phelps dies.]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The assault on [[spoiler: Leland Monroe's mansion]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler: The arsonist's origami crane room.]]
* RousingSpeech: [[spoiler: Kelso]] gives one in the post-credits cutscene, declaring his ethics, an interesting contrast to [[spoiler: Phelps]] who wanted to prove his ethics, but still fell for a FemmeFatale and left his family.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The assault on [[spoiler: Leland [[spoiler:Leland Monroe's mansion]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The arsonist's origami crane room.]]
* RousingSpeech: [[spoiler: Kelso]] [[spoiler:Kelso]] gives one in the post-credits cutscene, declaring his ethics, an interesting contrast to [[spoiler: Phelps]] [[spoiler:Phelps]] who wanted to prove his ethics, but still fell for a FemmeFatale and left his family.



* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Garrett Mason and Ira Hogeboom.]]

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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Garrett [[spoiler:Garrett Mason and Ira Hogeboom.]]



* ShellShockedVeteran: Cole and Biggs, to a degree. [[spoiler: Ira Hogeboom more severely.]]

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Cole and Biggs, to a degree. [[spoiler: Ira [[spoiler:Ira Hogeboom more severely.]]



** Made worse when Team Bondi was [[http://kotaku.com/5847883/la-noire-studio-owes-1-million-to-employees++and-a-quarter-of-that-is-claimed-by-the-boss liquidated. Most of their employees still haven't received their back pay.]]



* TheStinger: A final flashback after the credits reveals that [[spoiler: the theft from the SS Coleridge was motivated in large part by their outrage at their hated lieutenant Cole waltzing into a plum job as a poster boy for the LAPD.]]

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* TheStinger: A final flashback after the credits reveals that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the theft from the SS Coleridge was motivated in large part by their outrage at their hated lieutenant Cole waltzing into a plum job as a poster boy for the LAPD.]]



* ThousandOrigamiCranes: The opening of a case shows a man in a dark room folding origami cranes among many others. Later on, Phelps makes reference to this particular legend when he sees the room.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Doctor Fontaine]] seems to be able to induce this in his patients. [[spoiler: Courtney]] accepting his (transparently shady) deal is possibly justified by his desperation and trust for his therapist, but what the hell did [[spoiler: Elsa]] think she was doing!? She knows the man's involved in the conspiracy, and goes to confront him, alone, on his home territory, without telling anyone where she's gone, without a weapon, and she turns her back on him ''after'' telling him that she knows he's involved in getting people killed.
* TragicHero: Cole Phelps. [[spoiler: Survived a WW2 battle due to cowardice, and became a decorated war hero because of it since the rest of his squad were dead. Later committed (unwittingly, it's implied) a grotesque war crime and, in his panicked attempt to correct it, only made it worse]]. He's also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking abrasive and distant with his co-workers]], who see him as a selfish GloryHound (and they're not entirely wrong). What keeps Cole relatable and sympathetic is that he himself recognizes his flaws and past mistakes, is deeply haunted by them and determined to atone; sadly, he only continues the pattern of making bad choices which end up hurting innocent people.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In addition to revealing the culprits of several cases, at least one trailer spoils [[spoiler: Cole and Elsa's affair.]]

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* ThousandOrigamiCranes: The opening of a case shows a man in a dark room folding origami cranes among many others. Later on, Phelps makes reference to this particular legend when he sees the room.
Biggs finds a crane near a crime scene.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Doctor [[spoiler:Doctor Fontaine]] seems to be able to induce this in his patients. [[spoiler: Courtney]] [[spoiler:Courtney]] accepting his (transparently shady) deal is possibly justified by his desperation and trust for his therapist, but what the hell did [[spoiler: Elsa]] [[spoiler:Elsa]] think she was doing!? She knows the man's involved in the conspiracy, and goes to confront him, alone, on his home territory, without telling anyone where she's gone, without a weapon, and she turns her back on him ''after'' telling him that she knows he's involved in getting people killed.
* TragicHero: Cole Phelps. [[spoiler: Survived [[spoiler:Survived a WW2 battle due to cowardice, and became a decorated war hero because of it since the rest of his squad were dead. Later committed (unwittingly, it's implied) a grotesque war crime and, in his panicked attempt to correct it, only made it worse]]. He's also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking abrasive and distant with his co-workers]], who see him as a selfish GloryHound (and they're not entirely wrong). What keeps Cole relatable and sympathetic is that he himself recognizes his flaws and past mistakes, is deeply haunted by them and determined to atone; sadly, he only continues the pattern of making bad choices which end up hurting innocent people.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In addition to revealing the culprits of several cases, at least one trailer spoils [[spoiler: Cole [[spoiler:Cole and Elsa's affair.]]



** [[spoiler: The game provides a fictional solution to the real-life unsolved Black Dahlia case: The murderer is Garrett Mason, a bartender you meet in your first Homicide case who works as a temp at all the bars the murder victims attended. Unfortunately, he also happens to be the half-brother of a powerful federal official, so all the previous suspects are quietly released through a series of department tricks, the truth is covered up, and the original case is left open. Still a BittersweetEnding though, since you know you've put a stop to his murder spree for good by killing him.]]
* TrueCompanions: The Sixth Marines [[spoiler:(at least for Kelso)]]. [[spoiler: Galloway, Bekowski, Biggs, and Kelso to a lesser extent, as they all support Cole in one way or another after his fall from grace.]]
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Homicide desk cases pretty much fall squarely here, as it centers around the real-life unsolved Black Dahlia murders. [[spoiler: Loosely Based On because you actually ''do'' find and stop the killer, but you can't out him to public light, due to his brother being an influential politician.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The game provides a fictional solution to the real-life unsolved Black Dahlia case: The murderer is Garrett Mason, a bartender you meet in your first Homicide case who works as a temp at all the bars the murder victims attended. Unfortunately, he also happens to be the half-brother of a powerful federal official, so all the previous suspects are quietly released through a series of department tricks, the truth is covered up, and the original case is left open. Still a BittersweetEnding though, since you know you've put a stop to his murder spree for good by killing him.]]
* TrueCompanions: The Sixth Marines [[spoiler:(at least for Kelso)]]. [[spoiler: Galloway, [[spoiler:Galloway, Bekowski, Biggs, and Kelso to a lesser extent, as they all support Cole in one way or another after his fall from grace.]]
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Homicide desk cases pretty much fall squarely here, as it centers around the real-life unsolved Black Dahlia murders. [[spoiler: Loosely [[spoiler:Loosely Based On because you actually ''do'' find and stop the killer, but you can't out him to public light, due to his brother being an influential politician.]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Cole has a Type II relationship with most of his partners. [[spoiler: But not so much with Earle after he sells Cole out.]]

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Cole has a Type II relationship with most of his partners. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But not so much with Earle after he sells Cole out.]]



*** Actually, he shows up in the Arson DLC case, and at [[spoiler: Cole's funeral]].
** In The Naked City, after [[spoiler: Henry Arnett is arrested for conspiring in burglary]], it's never shown what happens to his girlfriend, Heather, nor is there any mention of her. [[spoiler: And that poor assistant to Stoneman...]]

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*** Actually, he shows up in the Arson DLC case, and at [[spoiler: Cole's [[spoiler:Cole's funeral]].
** In The Naked City, after [[spoiler: Henry [[spoiler:Henry Arnett is arrested for conspiring in burglary]], it's never shown what happens to his girlfriend, Heather, nor is there any mention of her. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And that poor assistant to Stoneman...]]



* WhatTheHellHero: Arresting [[spoiler: Varley instead of Ryan]] during The Gas Man results in you being chewed out pretty badly: "How is it you can bring no less than three suspects in to the station ''and still manage to charge the wrong [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] guy?!''"
** [[spoiler: How everyone reacts after Cole's affair with Elsa is revealed to the press.]]
** [[spoiler: Elsa to Cole about not asking for Kelso's help but instead conning him into helping them without giving him the opportunity to back out, relying on Kelso's nature to do the right thing.]]
** Captain Donnelly will also voice his displeasure should you [[spoiler: charge Moller instead of Rooney]] at the end of The Golden Butterfly.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Arresting [[spoiler: Varley [[spoiler:Varley instead of Ryan]] during The Gas Man results in you being chewed out pretty badly: "How is it you can bring no less than three suspects in to the station ''and still manage to charge the wrong [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] guy?!''"
** [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How everyone reacts after Cole's affair with Elsa is revealed to the press.]]
** [[spoiler: Elsa [[spoiler:Elsa to Cole about not asking for Kelso's help but instead conning him into helping them without giving him the opportunity to back out, relying on Kelso's nature to do the right thing.]]
** Captain Donnelly will also voice his displeasure should you [[spoiler: charge [[spoiler:charge Moller instead of Rooney]] at the end of The Golden Butterfly.



* WideEyedIdealist: Cole revels in the trope, playing as huge contrast to the jaded veterans that he is partnered with. He believes that every case can be solved and playing by the rules is the best way to handle things. [[spoiler: Cole's idealism is a mask to hide the fact that he was such a bad leader in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A fact that resulted in many of his men being killed, prompting them to shoot him in the back for his troubles, and that he accidentally fried a cave full of women and children. After Cole's fall from grace when he is caught having an affair with a singer, he starts tackling cases that need to be solved rather than solving cases just to make himself look good and starts to understand that not everything can be resolved from playing by the rules.]]

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* WideEyedIdealist: Cole revels in the trope, playing as huge contrast to the jaded veterans that he is partnered with. He believes that every case can be solved and playing by the rules is the best way to handle things. [[spoiler: Cole's [[spoiler:Cole's idealism is a mask to hide the fact that he was such a bad leader in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A fact that resulted in many of his men being killed, prompting them to shoot him in the back for his troubles, and that he accidentally fried a cave full of women and children. After Cole's fall from grace when he is caught having an affair with a singer, he starts tackling cases that need to be solved rather than solving cases just to make himself look good and starts to understand that not everything can be resolved from playing by the rules.]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Ira Hogeboom. After his experience on Okinawa left him seriously damaged, it was easy for Fontaine to manipulate him into torching the homes of those who refused to sell to Suburban Redevelopment. When he realized he had killed again, he completely loses it and withdraws into a fantasy of another 'war'. You can't help but feel sorry for him, and even agree with Kelso's decision to put him out of his misery.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Ira [[spoiler:Ira Hogeboom. After his experience on Okinawa left him seriously damaged, it was easy for Fontaine to manipulate him into torching the homes of those who refused to sell to Suburban Redevelopment. When he realized he had killed again, he completely loses it and withdraws into a fantasy of another 'war'. You can't help but feel sorry for him, and even agree with Kelso's decision to put him out of his misery.]]



** [[spoiler: Kelso]] was able to catch on to it though when she lies about her age, and he asks her to restate it in which she tells the truth.

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** [[spoiler: Kelso]] [[spoiler:Kelso]] was able to catch on to it though when she lies about her age, and he asks her to restate it in which she tells the truth.



* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Which gave Cole a nasty demotion from Vice to Arson, and put him on the waiting list for a board hearing, since adultery was a crime in 1947.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which gave Cole a nasty demotion from Vice to Arson, and put him on the waiting list for a board hearing, since adultery was a crime in 1947.]]
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