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Playing With: Busman's Holiday
Basic Trope: A character taking a vacation from work gets sucked into work during the vacation.
  • Straight: Bob is a detective who goes to Vacation Point for some R&R. While there, a murder occurs, and naturally, Bob is the only one who can solve it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is completely unable of going anywhere without a murder happening...even trips back home.
    • Or across town.
    • Or to the restroom.
    • Bob can't move 1 foot without someone being murdered.
  • Downplayed: For a light, comic Breather Episode, the writers send Bob to Vacation Point, where he spends his time applying his world-class forensic mind to silly little provincial "crimes".
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a world-renowned detective, so it's natural that any crimes in his vicinity will get back to him, and his pride will force him to solve the case.
    • Someone followed Bob to Vacation Point with a problem or a grudge, and It's Personal.
  • Inverted:
    • When Da Chief gives Bob the latest case file, he hurriedly decides to take a vacation.
    • Bob's showing up in a new town causes an instant drop in crime rate - he's that renowned.
    • Bob's an Amateur Sleuth with a One-Hour Work Week. The one time we see him doing his actual job, somebody gets murdered in the office.
  • Subverted: The Vacation Point Police Department seem more than capable of handling the murder investigation, allowing Bob to get his much-needed rest.
  • Double Subverted: ...Until a key point in the investigation holds them up, when they have to, yes, call Bob in.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is on every single police department's speed-dial, and they have a tracker placed somewhere on his body. They know where he is at all times.
    • Bob is a mailman. Every time he goes on vacation, someone ends up begging him to deliver their mail.
    • Bob is a cryptozoologist. Every time he goes on vacation, a fisherman discovers a species thought to be several millennia extinct.
    • Genre Savvy hoteliers start panicking when they see "Doom Magnet Bob" walk in the door.
  • Zig Zagged: The VPPD can handle it...until a key point when Bob is called in...but that was really all they needed him for, so he's free to relax after that.
  • Averted: No murder happens while Bob is on vacation.
  • Enforced: "I'm tired of placing the show in Murder Heights! Can't we travel to a more exotic locale?"
  • Lampshaded: "I swear, I'm going to fire my travel agent."
  • Invoked:
    • A notorious crime boss who's keeping tabs on Bob makes sure there's a murder in his vacation spot to screw with his vacation.
    • Da Chief doesn't want his best detective to get any downtime, so he suggests a lovely little holiday spot... where he happens to know there's been a string of bizarre murders recently.
  • Exploited: Bob notices that he can't go anywhere without stumbling on a murder to solve, so he exclusively travels to areas with high crime rates in the hopes that he can solve crimes that would happen anyway instead of causing them.
  • Defied:
    • "You know what? I'm on vacation. I don't care if there's a murder. You have your own detectives, so you can solve the case yourself."
    • Alternately, he offers his support over the phone, which is enough to get the VPPD to solve the case.
    • Bob plans his vacations in isolated locations with no cell phone reception and nobody else around to be murdered, just to make sure he can avoid his job.
  • Discussed: "Alright, vacation at last. Given my luck, though, I bet someone's going to die at my vacation spot or something."
  • Conversed: "Why does this always happen to poor Bob? You'd think he'd be able to take a vacation without getting bugged all the time."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's wife points out that just because someone's been murdered doesn't mean he, personally, has to solve the case. Bob struggles to draw the line between his private life and his work, and get over his Chronic Hero Syndrome.
    • After one too many vacations being interupted by his company calling and demanding he work at those times, Bob decides to sue his company for breach of contract.
    • Bob struggles to cope with the lack of relaxation and his increased stress levels, leading him to get progressively more frustrated with his job and lack of a proper private life.
  • Reconstructed: Bob reluctantly abandons his holiday, calling his own department to get himself officially assigned to Vacation Point for the duration of the case and explaining to his wife that they really need him for this one, but they can book another holiday.

I'm on vacation, so someone else can edit this...oh, fine, back to Busman's Holiday.

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