Headscratchers: Dirty Harry
Okay, at the end of the first movie, Harry gets rid of his badge and is clearly not a cop anymore. However, in the sequel, he is still a cop working in the force, as though nothing had ever happened. Would someone like to explain that?
- Magnum Force opens with Harry on loan to Stakeout, so maybe he was demoted as a result of his actions during the first film. Or for losing his badge.
- Chances are that Harry threw his badge away in a moment of anger. On his long journey back to the precinct however, he likely had time to consider his actions and realize that for as pissed off at the law as he was, if he wasn't around to occasionally bend the rules then the bad guys would have an even easier time. When he got back he probably just said that he lost his badge during the long chase and fight with Scorpio.
- Probably as if Harry settles down with someone he'll stop being Harry and also in context of the film maybe Harry's true love was his wife or that he doesn't want someone to settle down with him as they'll be targeted as retribution from all the criminals he's done in.