Series / Breaking In
Not your normal day at the office.

Breaking In is a show similar to Leverage or The A-Team, albeit with a more overtly comedic tone. It is about a college student who is employed by a firm that breaks into companies to test their security. FOX swiftly canceled it due to weak performance for a show airing after American Idol. It was Uncancelled when FOX renewed it for a second season, but was cancelled again on April 12, 2012.

This series provides examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Played with for Cameron and Melanie. Cam really does confess his love, but then blames it on hallucinations from the heat.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Inverted - Cameron wants Melanie.
    • Played Straight - Melanie says she usually likes bad boys.
    • Double Subverted - Dutch really isn't that bad of a guy. He's sugary sweet and really loves Melanie, but is kinda unstable.
  • Ambiguously Bisexual: Josh. In the pilot episode, he did state that he is "flaming".
  • Arc Words: Cameron's "It's the least I could do."
  • Catch Phrase: Tons.
    • Oz's "I'll allow it."
    • Cash's "Boom goes the dynamite!"
    • Lampshaded by Oz: "You just got Oz'd. (beat, takes out voice recorder) Possible catch phrase."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the pilot of season 2, Josh has disappeared without explanation. Dutch is gone too, but they at least Handwave it as his having been arrested for selling clean urine to airline pilots.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Christian Slater as Oz.
  • Exposition Diagram: One is usually presented for the characters via TV screen, but we get to see them execute it themselves.
  • Expy: Patty Boggs, played by Nora Kirkpatrick, is a major Expy of her character Katherine in Greek
  • Freudian Slip: Cash in the following exchange with Anna:
    Cash: I love you. I mean, I don't love you that way, I just say that a lot. Because I live with my mom. (beat) Dammit.
  • Gilligan Cut: Cameron wonders out loud how hard it can be to strap a hood to a car. Guess what happens next.
  • Has Two Mommies: Josh was apparently raised by a couple of lesbian astronauts.
  • Impossible Mission: Every mission seems easy at first, until complications pile up into this. Oz usually has a way around or through it, though.
  • MacGyvering: Oz expected the team to be able to corrode the locks with the acid from tomato sauce in the lasagna he left them. Then again, he was lying about being in any real danger.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Cash. Hilariously. Dutch spends a whole episode doing this to Cameron
  • Moment Killer: Roni (no surprise, considering she's played my Megan Mullaly)
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Nerf gun battle in "White on White on White".
  • Running Gag: "Cone of silence! Activate your cone of silence!"
  • Special Guest: Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Creepy Carol puts on her lipstick just like Molly Ringwald does in The Breakfast Club. (Badly.)
    • Melanie's father's cover name, Gordon Shumway (the real name of the title character from ALF).
    • For the Comicon mission, Josh disguised himself as a Na'vi
    • Cash's crush is named An(n)a Ng
    • The Indiana Jones' tribute.
    • Thanks to appropriately-named guest characters, an episode titled Heathers (They even had a Veronica already)
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Oz's response to Cameron asking how he monitored his internal temperature:
    Oz: I certainly haven't implanted a chip in you if that's what you're insinuating.