- Crazy Awesome: Charlie.
- Critical Research Failure: Charlie repeatedly states early on that he was in a "maximum security federal penitentiary" but it's later shown he actually went to Pelican Bay, a state prison. The crimes he was convicted of were all in state jurisdiction too. He may have been deliberately exaggerating, though.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Every. Single. Episode. The editors have managed to make walking through a room be cool.
- Sadly, some of the music from the broadcast version was replaced for the web and DVD releases.
- The Danza: Charlie's ex-wife, Jennifer Conover, is played by Jennifer Siebel.
- Fridge Brilliance: Why does Crews love fresh fruit so much? He didn't get such treats in prison. Some fans thought this was the case before the show confirmed it in the ninth episode.
- Idiot Plot: From time to time cases will be based on someone acting unusually stupid.
- In "Black Friday", Charlie, Dani and Bobby are examining a crime scene at a mall just before opening. When they realize the security guard is opening the mall on time anyway, all three rush off to prevent the doors from being opened, specifically to prevent the crime scene from being disturbed. Naturally, when they get back, the body is missing.
- The second episode (with the murdered bride) could easily have ended with the case solved in about 10 minutes - all the witness, Tiffy had to do was mention to the 20 or so cops in the room that she saw the murder and she would have been safe.
- To be fair, she was hungover and she'd seen her brother kill her friend. She wasn't in any kind of state to make sensible decisions, especially once her brother got back to her.
- Nightmare Fuel: The killer in season two who was so obsessed with being happy that he locked five people who were all about to be happy in boxes and left them to suffocate, in specially-chosen locations that formed a giant smiley face on a map.
- The Scrappy: Rachel Seybolt.
- Bobby's wife also earned some for her Moral Myopia. Because apparently having other cops distrust her husband for being Crews's ex-partner is somehow Crews's fault even though Bobby's testimony was part of what got Crews in prison—oh, and she also seems to think that that distrust is somehow a worse ordeal than twelve hellish years of prison for a crime you didn't commit.
- Adaptation Displacement: The drama is more well-known than the manga, at least in the US.
- Complete Monster: Manami Anzai is about as bad as a teenage girl in a normal high school setting can be. No mere bully, she's tried to get Ayumu Shiiba and her best friend murdered, raped and possibly made into a Snuff Film. She's tries her best to make Ayumu's life a living hell, forces all the other girls in her class to either bully certain individuals or face the same sort of harsh bullying and says she aims to kill her bullying victims, be it by driving them to suicide or other measures.
- It Was His Sled: The dorama doesn't even attempt to hide that Manami is an Alpha Bitch. She is suspicious from the start.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The manga is in no way subtle about anything, but a lot of the issues it touches are important and do happen.
- What an Idiot: Katsumi. Great idea insulting your clearly unstable ex-girlfriend after you walk in on her attacking a classmate with a knife!
- Relationship Writing Fumble: Ayumu and Miki are supposed to be platonic but are written more like a couple than even Ayumu and her canon crush.
- Tearjerker: Claude during the 70's timeline. Poor guy been in the clink for so long that as he looks around, nothing familiar to him anymore and he comes to the realization that the world he was forced from is gone. Topped off with him looking in a window and seeing how old he's gotten.