Interrogation Montage

Sometimes, when the police are trying to solve a case and a large number of suspects and/or persons of interest are being interrogated (or perhaps simply interviewed), the questioner is shown getting an answer from one person, then asking a follow-up question that gets answered by an entirely different person (suggesting they are merely asking the same series of questions over and over again), which causes a seamless blending effect.

Compare Terrible Interviewees Montage, Two Scenes, One Dialogue.

Examples of this trope include:

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Earshot," the gang splits up to investigate who might be the potential killer. The scene cuts between Willow, Xander, Oz, and Cordelia interrogating different people around the school.
    • And when the Watcher's Council are grilling the Scoobies in "Checkpoint".
  • A variation in the Freaks and Geeks episode "The Diary" - Coach Fredericks has all the boys in gym class recite the prank call Bill made the previous day. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Firefly: In "Bushwhacked," seven of the Serenity crew are arrested, resulting in a truly hilarious game of this - especially given that half of them are reacting comically, and the other half are being excessively serious.
  • In an episode of Titus the gang got thrown off a plane when they were Mistaken for Terrorist. Most of the next episode was an Interrogation Montage of the True Companions, all speaking to a Fourth Wall Federal Marshall.
  • Used in an episode of NCIS in which several members of an insurgent-fighting marine unit use suspiciously identical phrases to recount the events of the same skirmish.
  • In the Doctor Who new series episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp", the Doctor asks a number of dinner guests about the death of Professor Peach, in a manner much like the novels of Agatha Christie (who is a major supporting character in this episode).
  • Castle:
    • In the episode "Deep in Death", Beckett, Ryan, and Esposito simultaneously interrogate three members of a drug gang about a murder.
    • And in the episode "A Rose for Everafter", a murder occurs at a wedding and there are several montages of the detectives interrogating the wedding guests.
  • Occurs in the Dollhouse episode "A Spy In the House Of Love" when Echo is interrogating the Dollhouse employees.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum inverts this in "The Coat Hanger". A small number of officials, plus the Monsignor and Dr. Arden, question Leigh about why Sister Jude would try to kill him. The truth is that she did it in self-defense, and it's all part of an ongoing ploy to keep Jude out of power in the asylum.
  • A comedic example of this occurs in The Office (US) where Dwight interrogates the employees of Dunder Mifflin over a joint found in the parking lot. Of course, it ends with Jim taking the piss.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: In "Free Ride," Callen does this to a sailor and a Marine in the brig for fighting in the mess, in hopes of finding clues about the murder of the carrier's resident NCIS Agent Afloat.
  • Person of Interest:
    • "Prisoner's Dilemma" has one between Carter and four men (including Reese) who are suspected to be the Man In The Suit.
    • And again in "Proteus," involving a seismograph used as a lie detector.
    • "Terra Incognita" has a montage of the same suspect being interrogated by two different questioners, one in flashback and one in the present.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the episode "Coming of Age", this technique is used when Remmick aggressively interrogates various members of the Enterprise bridge crew, while attempting to uncover a mysterious conspiracy.
  • JAG: The episode "JAG TV" has a scene like this, with Mac interviewing the husband and Harm with the wife suspected of killing her husband's lover.
  • Agent Carter. In "SNAFU", three SSR agents interrogate Peggy Carter separately, each using a different approach — Sousa (betrayed colleague), Thompson (Fire-Forged Friend), Dooley (Worthy Opponent). Carter's answers are cut between the three of them, but form a single dialogue.