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Love/Hate is an Irish drama series broadcast on RTÉ. It centres on a criminal gang in Dublin and their various dealings.Darren Treacy returns to Dublin after a spell in Spain in hiding to meet up with his brother, Robbie, as he's released from prison. Unfortunately, Robbie catches a fatal dose of 9mm rounds and Darren is determined to find his killer. At the wake, he meets up with his ex-girlfriend, Rosie, and rekindles his relationship with her, despite her being in a relationship with Stumpy and pregnant with his baby. During this time, Nidge proposes to his girlfriend, Trish, and marries her in the series finale, though the wedding reception is nowhere near as smooth as hoped. Darren does eventually discover that John Boy's brother, Hughie did it to save face, Though he accidentallyshoots himself before Darren can confront him. Darren himself is shot, ending the series on a cliffhanger.Series two shows that Darren has physically recovered, but is haunted by nightmares brought on by PTSD, and is now working for a low level loan shark and bootlegger by the name of Fran until he takes pity on one of Fran's debtors and beats one of his attack dogs to death to protect him. Meanwhile, John Boy is becoming increasingly paranoid with the Criminal Assets Bureau on his case constantly, seizing his assets left, right and centre. Desperate to avoid Fran's wrath, Darren seeks help from John Boy to clear his debt, on the condition that Darren does any job he sees fit. Suspecting a rat in his gang, he sends Darren to kill Stumpy, which Darren does willingly. Tired of seeing John Boy abuse his niece (and Tommy's girlfriend) Siobhan being forced to carry packages on flights, Nidge enlists Darren's help to off John Boy and take over his criminal empire. However, Rosie suspects the truth and leaves Darren, knowing that he is nothing but a stone killer.Series three involves conflict between the gang and the IRA, with Tommy and Darren killing a high-level IRA man after he rapes Siobhan.The fallout of the events of series 3 lead to Nidge in hiding at the beginning of series 4, spending very little time at home with the IRA still on his trail. Tommy is implied to be suffering brain damage and ends up being a liability on a Tiger kidnapping. Dano and Lizzie are searching for Nidge in revenge, with Lizzie developing into a Dark Action Girl. Meanwhile, the gardai are becoming moreprominent in the series as they investigate.Series 5 follows on soon after series 4 with Nidge taking on a loan from an Irish expat mobster living in Spain and a falling out with a gang of Irish Travellers. Most of the cast either wind up dead, incapacitated or incarcerated by the end.A sixth series has been confirmed for 2016.
Fran was the comic relief for most of series three, but when the time came to threaten a witness he was so funny saying a line like "your hair will grow back but your face won't". Bonus points for having had sex with her a few episodes beforehand.
Amoral Attorney: John Boy keeps ones in his employ. Dave continues to work for Nidge when he takes over.
Anyone Can Die: For a show five seasons long with only six episodes per series (four in series one), there's a high body count. Also, nobody is safe. Of the four main characters who appear in the page image, as of series 5, two are dead, one is in a coma and the other was last seen with a pool cue up his arse.
Ass Shove: One of the fifth season's closing shots is the brutal aftermath of Fran's shower assault involving a pool cue.
Ax-Crazy: Hughie. Justified in that he's a heavy cocaine user.
The Bad Guy Wins: Series one ends with Darren being left for dead by Stumpy, series two has Nidge take over the gang after having John Boy killed, series three ends with Darren's death and series four ends with Nidge getting off on the robbery charge, yet getting himself arrested intentionally by literally pissing off the gardai. Then again, since there are very few virtuous characters on this show, it's to be expected.
Batman Gambit: When Elmo refuses to cooperate with gardai after being arrested for his part in a cash in transit robbery, they release him without charge, much to his exasperation, leading to Nidge suspect that he has ratted them out. To hammer the point home, a team of plainclothes officers spraypaint "ELMO IS A RAT" across the block of flats where Elmo lives, thus creating tension within the gang.
Bigger Bad: Terence "Big Balls" May, an expatriate gangster living in Spain, has an interest in keeping Nidge alive so they can work together smuggling drugs into Ireland. He sends Pauley over to keep an eye on him and gets him a new bodyguard after Nidge's own Giant Mook gets hacked up with a machete. Nidge is obviously worried every time he goes over to see him, as he feels that Terence might see Nidge as expendable.
Chekhov's Gun: Git Loughman's fingerbone. After the gang burn and bury his corpse, Fran keeps it for fun at first and then for luck. In series 5, he keeps it in his fridge. Siobhan finds out about it and obtains it to plant in Nidge's house to give the gardai evidence against him. Ultimately, this is a moot point, as Nidge gets killed before he can be arrested.
Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : Utterly defied. The criminal life is not shown to be a good one despite the large amounts of cash flying around. Anyone who holds the mantle of head of the gang winds up looking over their own shoulder constantly with their paranoia eventually costing them their lives. Anyone else seems to wind up dead, seriously injured or in prison.
Episode 3.1 Nidge's reaction to Darren killing Git.
A very bleak example that was more a joke made by every single person who watched the episode. Episode 3.1 ran a voiceover on the credits saying "if you've been affected by any of the issues presented in this episode, please call this number...". They were probably talking about the rape scene, but it quickly became a minor meme to say "If you've been affected by being beaten to death with a beer keg, please call this number".
Not to mention that poor cat.
Deep Cover Agent: Mick tells Ciaran that he's had a man on the inside for a while who he's told nobody about: Ado's darts buddy, Scotty.
Depraved Dentist: Andrew is down on his luck and essentially attempts to fleece his customers by recommending they need expensive crowns when not really necessary. He ends up working for Nidge, as he's looking to make a massive profit by smuggling in class A drugs with painkillers.
The end of series 2. Rosie leaves Darren because of what he's become. Also, Debbie, without John Boy to fund her heroin habit resorts to prostitution.
Darren's death in series 3.
Tommy winding up in a coma for a second time in series 4.
Series 5 probably has the biggest downer ending of all. Fran gets caught and sent back to prison and winds up with a broken pool cue up his arse. Ado and Nadine's relationship is finished. Tommy is still in his coma. Elmo is doing five years for drug possession. The cops have no legitimate evidence on Nidge, so Siobhan tries to plant some. Janet, Siobhan and Nidge all get killed.
Dynamic Entry: In the closing minutes of the season 5 finale, as a victorious Siobhán, desperate Nidge, and the audience expect the Gardaí to arrive on the scene at any moment. Suddenly Patrick, who had been absent for the whole episode, appears and opens fire, shooting Nidge and Siobhán several times through their torsos. The episode just as suddenly ends on their bloodied bodies as he walks off.
Excrement Statement: Fran pisses on the grave of Noelie Hughes' mother, in order to insult Noelie.
Nidge does this to a slab of milk cartons outside a garda stationjust to piss the gardai off when they have nothing on him on a drug smuggling operation.
Eye Scream: Pottsie, last seen being arrested after the gardai raid the hotel room John Boy had his Mooks packing drugs in, is ordered by Nidge to kill Fran in prison. After enlisting a bit of backup, he enters Fran's cell. Unfortunately for him, Fran was well aware that someone would try to kill him and had made a shank out of a toothbrush and a couple of razorblades. In the ensuing fight, Fran stabs Pottsie in the eye.
Fanservice: There's a bit of it around, most notably Darren and Rosie's sex scene.
Females Are More Innocent: Considering that the main male characters are all thugs, drug dealers, criminals and terrorists and that the majority of female characters are their wives, girlfriends and daughters, this goes without saying. Of course, Lizzie is a subversion.
Gainax Ending: Nidge's antics in the cell at the end of series 4.
Fran: Had you going. What do you think I want to look like? A bleedin' rapper?! Bleedin' fuckin' Jaws?!
Good Guns, Bad Guns: Inverted with pistols: The Glock 17 and Beretta 92 are mostly seen in the hands of criminals, while the SIG-Sauer P226 is correctly depicted as a police weapon. Played straight with Sawed Off Shotguns and AKs though, the latter of which is only shown to be in possession of the IRA and the former is mostly used for Knee Capping.
Genre Savvy: Lizzie. Having seen first hand that everyone who goes after Darren has a tendency to miss wide of the mark, she gets up really close before shooting Darren twice in the back of the head.
Giant Mook: Nidge hires a Latvian bodyguard who happens to be a hulking brute of a man, who he uses to intimidate Fran. After the travellers attack him with a machete, Paulie gets him an ex-soldier of believable stature instead.
The Hero Dies: Double subverted with Darren at the end of series 3. Elmo comes after him on orders from Nidge, but only manages to wound him before his gun jams. Darren grabs his gun to go after Nidge, only to be shot in the back of the head twice by Lizzie.
Hollywood Healing: Averted. Series 2 establishes Darren to still have scarring from his gunshot wound at the end of series 1. Aido gets knee-capped at the start of series 3 and spends the rest of the series in a cast. He even notes that he has applied for a disabled parking permit for his car.
Elmo gets shot in the abdomen by Darren in series 1. He is let out of the hospital, but is told that he needs to get his wound cleaned regularly and may need a colostomy bag.
Hookers and Blow: The party favours when John Boy throws a bash tend to be this.
Darren and Rosie get back together in series 2 and seem to be ready to live a life together, especially with John Boy out of the way. Rosie then leaves him when she realises that he's killed both John Boy and Stumpy.
At one point in series 5, Tommy briefly opens his eyes. He still has not woken from his coma proper.
Siobhan manages to get Git Loughman's finger and successfully plants it in Nidge's bathroom cabinet. As she's leaving, Nidge confronts her and she tells him everything and that the gardai are on their way. As she does, Patrick shoots her several times as he guns for Nidge.
How We Got Here: The opening episode of series three starts with Nidge, Tommy and Darren standing over a dying Git Loughman. It then cuts back to the events leading up to this.
Deconstructed when recovering junkie Packie is sent to kill Patrick Ward. His heart not really in it, it gives him a shaky hand. His first shot his Patrick in the chest, but his Bullet Proof Vest saves him. When he shrugs this off, Packie begins to flee, firing wildly in Patrick's direction, hoping to score another hit, having been told to Double Tapin the head. Patrick charges him and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, but a stray shot hits his son in the head.
Irish Travellers: Nidge's attempt to kill Patrick incurs the wrath of a group of these and they make an attempt on his life.
Katanas Are Just Better: When Nidge's home is invaded in series 4, he carries one as a defensive weapon. Downplayed in that he's hiding the whole time, as it'd be pretty useless against Lizzie's MP 5.
Kick the Dog: Despite his letting Hughie die rather than call an ambulance, you might have felt sorry for Elmo. So he broke a bottle over a barman's head when the Barman tried to get him to leave at closing time.
Lizzie beating a man with a tyre iron for calling the gardai.
Killed Off Screen: Janet. The last time she's seen alive is when four Mooks knock on the door. Judging by the fact that one of them is seen carrying a battery powered grinder and that Janet's body is shown with multiple bruises and slashed knees, it was likely a death that wouldn't have been out of place in a Saw movie.
Klingon Promotion: After John Boy's death, Nidge takes control of the gang. This was all part of Nidge's plan to get John Boy out of the way after he forces Siobhan to take large amounts of cash on a flight.
Knee Capping: Happens to Aido at the start of series 3, kicking off the storyline. Nidge does this with a Sawed-Off Shotgun to one of John Boy's debtors when he can't/won't pay up.
Happens twice in series 4; Once to one of the guys who comes after Fran and is accidentally shot by his buddy and to Dano, who does not survive the encounter.
Lock and Load: The opening scene consists of Nidge learning how to field strip a Glock 17.
Male Gaze: Aido's price for a bit of heroin when Debbie is short on cash? A good long look at her ass.
Mêlée à Trois: While the earliest seasons concentrate purely on the gang itself, seasons 3 and 4 aim for the conflict between the gang, the IRA and the gardai (though they have only a small role in series 3, not getting any major characters until series 4). Series 5 seems to be going with Nidge's gang vs the gardai vs the travellers and with a rift between Nidge and Fran as well.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Darren takes out Stumpy in the second series, though it's on the orders of John Boy, who suspects that Stumpy is a rat. Comes back to bite Darren in the ass, as Rosie leaves him at the end of the second series.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Darren kills Stumpy, though not just because of Rosie. John Boy orders him to do it. It's just the fact that Stumpy is Darren's rival for Rosie's affections makes it easier for him. She eventually deduces the truth (along with the fact that he offed John Boy as well) and leaves him for it.
Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Fran planned to dig up Noelie Hughes' mother's corpse (three months dead) and put her sitting in Noelie's home, waiting for him when he came out of prison. Thankfully, the smell from the coffin puts them off and they abandon this plan.
Police Are Useless: Subverted. While it seems that the gang can get away with a lot, there are occasions when the gardai swoop in effectively and efficiently. The gang do tend to get Off on a Technicality most of the time. Inspector Moynihan is an archetypal good cop and weeds out the Dirty Cop very soon after his introduction.
Refuge in Audacity: Debbie manages to bluff her way through a customs inspection by placing a massive dildo in her luggage, ensuring that they're too embarrassed to frisk her for the drugs that she has taped to her body.
Right Through His Pants: When Nidge and Janet have sex in series 4, they both appear to be mostly fully clothed. Janet is obviously still wearing her underwear as the deed is done.
Shovel Strike: Fran uses one to beat Dean to death when he realises that Dean sold him out to Nidge.
Shur Fine Guns: Guns have an alarming tendency to jam at inappropriate moments on this show. Of course, many of the people using them (barring, maybe Nidge) are likely unfamiliar with basic firearm maintenance. Though, it's subverted in series 3, when one guy attempts to kill Darren and his weapon jams. Darren disarms him and keeps the gun, using it to defend himself the next time he gets attacked.
Darren is concerned that the IRA are going to provide him with "some piece of shit" before doing a hit for them as a favour. Nidge assures him that the weapon provided is a tested, but never fired Beretta.
When Nidge goes after the arms dealer who supplied the pipe bomb used on Fran's house, his Glock is knocked from his hand, hitting the magazine release off a wall. When the weapon fails to fire, Nidge frantically searches for the magazine, clears the misfire, reloads and gets back firing. Of course, his quarry uses this opportunity to escape.
Terrorists Without a Cause: Presumably, the dissident Republicans in series 3, since they're based in Dublin and not the north. They come across as little more than another gang.
Throw Away Guns: Darren dumps a pistol in the canal after he makes a hit. Lizzie calls him out on it, as the weapon was belonged to the IRA and was meant to be returned. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realise that pistols are something the IRA has always had a shortage of.
Fran has one that causes him to go Axe Crazy and stab someone with a broken bottle.
Nidge seems to be going through one in series 3 from the stress of dealing with Git's rape of Siobhan, Darren and Tommy's subsequent killing of Git and the gang's disposal of the body, his own No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Tommy, the guards and the IRA onto them for Git's disappearance, Darren's killing of an innocent witness and going bald.
Villain Protagonist: Darren develops into this after Series 2. Nidge is being built up as one also.
You Killed My Father: A rare example where the protagonists are responsible. Darren kills Git at the start of series 3, with Dano looking for revenge.
You Killed My Brother: Darren's brother is killed in the first episode of the first series, with Darren spending the first series trying to find out who did it. Darren himself ends up shooting Lizzie's brother in self defence, for which Lizzie later kills him.
Your Cheating Heart: Nidge and Tommy have a habit of leaving their wives/girfriends at home while they go out and bang hookers. Tommy, especially, as he's got Debbie on the side as a regular thing.
The women get in on the act as well with Linda cheating on Fran with Nidge in series 2, Siobhan getting involved with Pauley in series 5, as well as Nadine cheating on Ado with Scotty.