Series: The Glades

The Glades is a cop drama which features McLeod's Daughters star Matt Passmore as abrasive Cowboy Cop Jim Longworth, who has been relocated to Miami from Chicago and shot in the butt by his boss, who thought he was sleeping with his wife. Jim applies his keen insight and massive ego to the crimes that are committed - guess where - in The Glades.

The show was cancelled on August 30, 2013, even though the season four finale had an audience of 3.4 million total viewers, which was a season high, and an all-time high for a Glades season finale. Fans are... upset, especially since the show ended on a Cliff Hanger.

Tropes:

  • Acquitted Too Late: Terry in 'Breaking 80'.
  • Adorkable: Daniel, full stop.
  • Always Murder: Well, he is a homicide cop, after all...
    • Except that time it was a suicide with an attempted murder.
    • Another time it is actually an accidental shooting but since the gun used was sold illegally a second death follows that is a murder.
  • Amoral Attorney: The Victim of the Week in "Marriage Is Murder" is a slimy divorce attorney who is loathed by everyone who knows him. It actually turns out that multiple people had tried to kill him, and Jim has to figure out which one actually succeeded.
  • Bitter Almonds: In "Exposed", Carlos identifies that the victims have been poisoned with cyanide by the smell of almonds on their breath. Oddly, either the character or the actor says that he detects the smell of "burnt almonds" rather than "bitter".
  • Black Boss Lady: Colleen Manus.
  • Butt Monkey: Daniel, at least in the first few episodes. Once he actually gets paid it's more between him and Carlos.
  • California Doubling: The show is set on the east coast of Florida, but the pilot and the first few episodes were shot on the west coast in Tampa. This isn't really noticable until the end of the pilot... when the sun sets over the beach, which only happens in western Florida.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Jim started constantly flirting with Callie from the moment they met, even after he found out she was married...but doesn't pressure her into dumping her imprisoned scumbag husband. When he captures a sex offender who had been stalking her and was about to break in and assault her, he goes so far as not tell her so she wouldn't feel obligated to him.
  • Click Hello: Happens in "Booty" when Jim is standing waist-deep in a hole with a shovel in his hands and the murder comes up behind him.
  • Cliffhanger: Jim and Callie have given in to their passion... and right after that Ray, Callie's husband, calls to say he's being released and he's coming home. End season.
    • Jim has just cracked a case, and goes to Atlanta to ask Callie to marry him. The series ends without us knowing if she said yes. She said maybe, but changes her mind to "yes" at the end of the following season's premiere.
    • The season finale (which is also the show's finale) has a doozy: Jim is preparing the house he bought for Callie (her dream house) before the wedding. His phone starts ringing, and he hears a knock at the door. He answers, and is shot twice, collapsing to the floor and desperately trying to reach his phone.
  • Cowboy Cop: Jim is both a Deconstructed Character Archetype and a straight version.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jim and Carlos.
  • Dress Code: Apparently the FDLE has one, but Jim doesn't much care, and his boss doesn't bother.
  • Electrified Bathtub: The Victim of the Week in "Second Chance" is murdered when the killer pushes a vacuum cleaner into the pool where he is swimming.
  • Fair Cop: Jim.
  • Fair Play Whodunnit
  • First Episode Spoiler: The reason Jim has no partner is he unknowingly drove the last one to uxoricide.
  • Genre Savvy: The divorce attorney's wife (a former crime reporter) who knows she'll eventually be considered as a suspect, because she's not more broken up by the death of her husband.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of Jim's hobbies.
  • Golf Clubbing: The Victim of the Week in "Breaking 80" was done in by a blow to the head with a nine iron.
  • I Call It "Vera": In "Honey", Honey is the nickname of a legendary blues guitar stolen from a casino.
  • Impairment Shot: In "Exposed", a state senator has been poisoned with cyanide. When he is being interviewed, his vision starts blurring just before he collapses.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Happens between the FDLE and the Seminole Tribal Police when Jim is called in to help investigate a murder on an Indian reservation in "Honey".
  • Jerkass: Jim most of the time. He's a very perky, cheerful jerk, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jim, with emphasis on 'jerk'.
  • Never Suicide: Subverted.
  • No Hotels Were Harmed: The "Blues Rock Hotel" is a semi-disguised version of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, including the isolated location and the Seminole ownership.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The hospital insurance administrator in "A Perfect Storm". She tries to stop Sanchez connecting up a generator to the blacked-out hospital during a hurricane. Later she is targeted by a spree killer because she was the one who cut of his meds when his insurance ran out, causing him to suffer a psychotic break.
  • Official Kiss: Jim and Callie have theirs at the end of "Honey", about halfway through first season.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: While Passmore is really good at faking an American accent, every once in a while his native Australian pokes through, just a little bit.
  • Phony Veteran: One Victim of the Week was a former Navy SEAL who discovered that a local politician faked being a war hero. Once Jim uncovers this, he has to determine if the politician is capable of murder.
  • Pirate Booty: "Booty" centres around the search for lost pirate treasure, and the murder of one of the treasure hunters. Jim and Callie dig up the treasure just before being confronted by the murderer.
  • Police Procedural
  • Product Placement: Callie is giving Jim a ride in her SUV and he comments how roomy it is. She tells him that it is perfect for driving her son and his friends to soccer practice. The next shot is a blatant view of the car manufacturer's logo on the front of the car.
    • In an episode, Colleen becomes a hostage and her captor forces her to drive her SUV and starts praising the car as if he was going to buy it. Can't get any more blatant than that.
    • Lampshaded in "Food Fight." Carlos starts to talk about his wife's car, and Jim tells him he "sounds like a car commercial".
    • Daniel's ever-obvious bag of Reese's Pieces.
  • Really Gets Around: Jim's former boss' wife, according to him.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Jim is basically House AS A DETECTIVE! And he manages to Out-House House! (Except for the lack of misanthropy.)
    • Comparisons have also been drawn to Dexter (largely due to Hall and Passmore's similar looks) and Burn Notice. It doesn't help that all of them take place in Florida
  • Scenery Censor: Season 4 Episode 10 "Gallerinas" Jim is questioning a suspect, who is an artist painting nude. Several objects including Jim's hand are used to block certain parts of the woman's body.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch:
    • In the opening of "Marriage Is Murder", two lovers are meeting in a motel room. The woman slips on the man's shirt when she goes out to the vending machine, where she stumbles across the Body of the Week.
    • After Jim and Callie spend the night together in "Breaking 80", Callie comes out to breakfast wearing Jim's shirt.
  • Shot in the Ass: Jim by his former boss.
  • Shout-Out: To fellow A&E series Duck Dynasty. Jim says he was eating with "Jace and Willie Robertson".
    • The zombie episode was full of them. From "Bath salts are a hell of a drug!" to Dawn of the Dead quotes.
  • Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Carlos is always at pains to point out that he is the chief medical examiner for the FDLE. However, this does not stop him being posted to a hospital to perform emergency medicine during a hurricane in "A Perfect Storm".
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The Victim of the Week in "Marriage Is Murder" is an Amoral Attorney who had his drink spiked with antifreeze. However, someone else stabbed him before the poison could take effect.