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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': In one episode, the TheDragon escaped from a jail cell and leaves the keys to the cell on the cell's cot. Naturally, the fact that the keys to the cell are ''inside'' the cell becomes important later when someone needs to escape from the jail.

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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': In one episode, the TheDragon escaped from a jail cell and leaves the keys to the cell on the cell's cot. Naturally, the fact that the keys to the cell are ''inside'' the cell becomes important later when someone needs to escape from the jail.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]] features two such instances. In the opening sequence, the TARDIS flies towards several missiles launched by the Dalek Emperor's ship, and it looks as though it's destroyed by the volley. However, the missile impact allowed the TARDIS to power the macro-kinetic extrapolator (obtained two episodes prior, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]]) and generate a force-field that protects the TARDIS. When the TARDIS lands inside the Emperor's ship, the lone Dalek who transports inside is destroyed by Jack using the gun he improvised in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf previous episode]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]] introduces a few:
*** The tribophysical waveform extrapolator, a forcefield-generating "pandimensional surfboard" that the villain was intending to use to escape Earth, is confiscated by the Doctor and comes in handy a few times.
*** Jack's handcuffs and Cardiff having a nuclear power plant were hugely important to spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''[='s=] series 2 finale, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds "Exit Wounds"]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]] features two such instances. In the opening sequence, the TARDIS flies towards several missiles launched by the Dalek Emperor's ship, and it looks as though it's destroyed by the volley. However, the missile impact allowed the TARDIS to power the macro-kinetic above-mentioned extrapolator (obtained two episodes prior, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]]) and generate a force-field forcefield that protects the TARDIS. When the TARDIS lands inside the Emperor's ship, the lone Dalek who transports inside is destroyed by Jack using the gun he improvised in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf previous episode]].


* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Aaron's brandy tin. [[spoiler: Later used in a rather neat ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' moment a la Marty McFly's similar version in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'']].

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Aaron's brandy tin. [[spoiler: Later used in a rather neat ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' moment a la Marty McFly's [=McFly=]'s similar version in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'']].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]]: When Rose meets Jack, she learns that his spaceship is full of [[{{Nanomachines}} nanogenes]], microscopic medical robots. It later turns out that nanogenes from a related source are the cause of TheVirus turning people into gas-mask zombies.


%%** A Good Man Goes to War has shown about a dozen of 'em.


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* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': In "Escape from New York" our heroines have found refuge in the middle of the night at an empty theatre. On the theatre set is a gun that a character remarks is real. Later the gun is used to kill the bad guy...via blunt force trauma.



* Near the beginning of one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle is unsuccessfully attempting to befriend a gaggle of 2nd graders. Among the mean things they do to him: take a polaroid picture of him that looks like he peed his pants, and throw a bowl of marbles to make him trip. [[spoiler:The [[MonsterOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] is looking for a picture hidden in the camera that took that picture, and Castle throws the same bowl of marbles at the end of the episode to trip the guy as he's getting away with it.]]
** The season 8 opener has a literal gun used this way: at the beginning of the first episode, Castle shows off all the neat PI toys he built in his new office, including a hidden spring-loaded gun in his desk. At the end of the second episode, during a tense standoff, Castle gets to use it. (Neat toy!)



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: The flatulence produced by the Slitheen while they're in their human suits, technically called the "gas exchange". "Slitheen" is their surname, not their species, so the Doctor doesn't initially know where they're from. The farts, specifically their smell, provides the final clue for him to narrow their species down to one: [[OverlyLongName Raxacoricofallapatorians]]. Knowing this allows the Doctor and company to use their WeaksauceWeakness against them.



* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': In "Escape from New York" our heroines have found refuge in the middle of the night at an empty theatre. On the theatre set is a gun that a character remarks is real. Later the gun is used to kill the bad guy... via blunt force trauma.



* Near the beginning of one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle is unsuccessfully attempting to befriend a gaggle of 2nd graders. Among the mean things they do to him: take a polaroid picture of him that looks like he peed his pants, and throw a bowl of marbles to make him trip. [[spoiler:The [[MonsterOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] is looking for a picture hidden in the camera that took that picture, and Castle throws the same bowl of marbles at the end of the episode to trip the guy as he's getting away with it.]]
** The season 8 opener has a literal gun used this way: at the beginning of the first episode, Castle shows off all the neat PI toys he built in his new office, including a hidden spring-loaded gun in his desk. At the end of the second episode, during a tense standoff, Castle gets to use it. (Neat toy!)

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* Near the beginning of one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle is unsuccessfully attempting to befriend a gaggle of 2nd graders. Among the mean things they do to him: take a polaroid picture of him that looks like he peed his pants, and throw a bowl of marbles to make him trip. [[spoiler:The [[MonsterOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] is looking for a picture hidden in the camera that took that picture, and Castle throws the same bowl of marbles at the end of the episode to trip the guy as he's getting away with it.]]
** The season 8 opener has a literal gun used this way: at the beginning of the first episode, Castle shows off all the neat PI toys he built in his new office, including a hidden spring-loaded gun in his desk. At the end of the second episode, during a tense standoff, Castle gets to use it. (Neat toy!)

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]: The London Eye is seen near the beginning of the episode. At the climax, it turns out that it is the transmitter the Nestene Consciousness is using to activate the Autons, and its lair is underneath.


** The 3-D glasses that the Doctor wears throughout the episode "Doomsday", for no apparent reason until the climax. He [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it, asking if [[BunnyEarsLawyer anyone's going to ask why he's wearing them]].
** "Warriors of the Deep" features intelligent reptiles as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Early in the story, a character identifies bottles of '[[AppliedPhlebotinum hexachromite gas]]' as lethal to all reptile life, making the climax rather predictable.
** "Parting of the Ways" features two such instances. In the opening sequence, the TARDIS flies towards several missiles launched by the Dalek Emperor's ship, and it looks as though it's destroyed by the volley. However, the missile impact allowed the TARDIS to power the macro-kinetic extrapolator (obtained two episodes prior, in "Boomtown") and generate a force-field that protects the TARDIS. When the TARDIS lands inside the Emperor's ship, the lone Dalek who transports inside is destroyed by Jack using the gun he improvised in the previous episode.
** In "Planet of the Ood", the villain, Mr Halpern, is constantly drinking hair tonic given to him by an Ood slave. Later, we find out that the Ood have been feeding him a biological compound... which turns him into one of his own slaves.
** In "Journey's End", the previous episode introduced the Osterhagen key, established as a rather obvious Chekhov's Gun; the finale also introduced ''two'' further devices with the potential to end Davros' plans, and characters threaten to use all three at the same time. The whole thing is subverted when the Daleks casually separate the characters from their respective doomsday devices. All seems lost until the ''real'' Chekhov's Gun goes off when Donna's Time Lord consciousness is awakened from the human-Time Lord metacrisis.
** And let's not forget that the Doctor lost his hand in "The Christmas Invasion" which, after showing up a number of times in other episodes (including spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') became the saving grace ''three seasons later'' in "Journey's End".
** It's subverted in "The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky." Part one goes to some trouble to point out Martha's engagement ring and her reluctance to use guns, leaving the audience to surmise that the absence of one or both of these will tip the Doctor off when she's replaced by an evil clone at the cliffhanger ending. Turns out it's actually neither; instead, the clone just smells wrong. Though, he mentions that this is one of MANY things...

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** The 3-D glasses In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]], the Fourth Doctor is forced by the Time Lords to return to the moment of the Daleks' creation to destroy them before they are created but when he actually gets the opportunity to do so, he [[JokerImmunity decides not to]] on the grounds that 1) genocide is wrong, 2) the wars they eventually start will unite more races against them than otherwise, and 3) [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct that without them some other race of space Nazis would rise up]]. All of these decisions come right back to bite him in the arse thirty (real life) years later, when the Daleks' retaliation against the Doctor's failed time erasure led to the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, which created various obstructive alliances attempting to deal with the massive devastation this war caused (such as the Shadow Proclamation), and forced the Doctor wears throughout to commit genocide against his own species as well as against the episode "Doomsday", Daleks. [[spoiler:It got {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned into him merely sealing Gallifrey away in its own dimension later on.]]
** The first victim of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath "The Robots of Death"]] was a meteorologist who was attacked when he was preparing to launch a meteorological helium balloon. It later turns out that the main villain had been reprogramming the robots to kill the humans on board the sandminer but was himself immune because the robots were programmed to recognise his voice and leave him alone. The solution, then, was to somehow change his voice so the robots would turn on him. Helium is good
for no apparent reason until that, and, as luck would have it, there was a ready supply on board.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] introduces a gun that takes 30 years to go off. The High Council of Time Lords offers
the climax. He [[LampshadeHanging hangs Master a lampshade]] new regeneration cycle, showing they can do so. In [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], by which time the Doctor has run out of regenerations, he is given another cycle.
*** A minor gun introduced and used in the same episodes. The Third Doctor takes the Seal of the High Council from the Master. Later the Eleventh Doctor uses the seal to decode the signal
on it, asking if [[BunnyEarsLawyer anyone's going to ask why he's wearing them]].
Trenzalore.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep "Warriors of the Deep" Deep"]] features intelligent reptiles as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Early in the story, a character identifies bottles of '[[AppliedPhlebotinum hexachromite gas]]' as lethal to all reptile life, making the climax rather predictable.
** "Parting of the Ways" features two such instances. In the opening sequence, the TARDIS flies towards several missiles launched by the Dalek Emperor's ship, and it looks as though [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], it's destroyed by the volley. However, the missile impact allowed the TARDIS to power the macro-kinetic extrapolator (obtained two episodes prior, in "Boomtown") and generate a force-field that protects the TARDIS. When the TARDIS lands inside the Emperor's ship, the lone Dalek who transports inside is destroyed by Jack using the gun he improvised in the previous episode.
** In "Planet of the Ood", the villain, Mr Halpern, is constantly drinking hair tonic given to him by an Ood slave. Later, we find out that the Ood have been feeding him a biological compound... which turns him into one of his own slaves.
** In "Journey's End", the previous episode introduced the Osterhagen key,
established as a early on that Oscar Botcheby collects moths, and to kill them he uses cyanide rather obvious Chekhov's Gun; than ammonia. At the finale also introduced ''two'' further devices with end of the potential to end Davros' plans, and characters threaten to use all three at the same time. The whole thing is subverted when the Daleks casually separate the characters from their respective doomsday devices. All seems lost until the ''real'' Chekhov's Gun goes off when Donna's Time Lord consciousness is awakened from the human-Time Lord metacrisis.
** And let's not forget that
story, the Doctor lost his hand in "The Christmas Invasion" which, after showing up a number of times in other episodes (including spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') became comes across the saving grace ''three seasons later'' in "Journey's End".
** It's subverted in "The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky." Part one goes to some trouble to point out Martha's engagement ring
cyanide and her reluctance butterfly net, and uses them to use guns, leaving finish off the audience to surmise that the absence of one or both of these will tip the Doctor off when she's replaced by an evil clone at the cliffhanger ending. Turns out it's actually neither; instead, the clone just smells wrong. Though, he mentions that this is one of MANY things...otherwise far stronger and deadly Shockeye.



** In "The Two Doctors", it's established early on that Oscar Botcheby collects moths, and to kill them he uses cyanide rather than ammonia. At the end of the story, the Doctor comes across the cyanide and butterfly net, and uses them to finish off the otherwise far stronger and deadly Shockeye.
** Subverted in "Last of the Time Lords". Early on Martha explicitly introduces a gun that is believed to be the only thing that can kill a Time Lord. Later on the Master easily destroys the gun and it seems like all is lost - until Martha lampshades the ridiculousness of a plot hinging upon "a gun in four parts", then reveals her ''real'' plan.
*** Also done straight with [[spoiler:the Master's ring.]] Creator/RussellTDavies planted the gun intending for a later producer to fire it - and ended up firing it himself in "The End of Time".
** End of Time: [[spoiler:the Nuclear Bolt cabinet. Originally used by Joshua Naismith to power the Immortality Gate, it always requires one person to be inside it. Towards the end of the second episode, Wilf gets inside the cabinet to save one of Naismith's employees, but in the ensuing chaos the Nuclear Bolt overloads with radiation and the only way for the Doctor to save Wilf, and, presumably, everyone else is to take his place in the cabinet and absorb a massive amount of radiation, leading to his death and regeneration.]]
** In "Flesh and Stone" the Doctor walks away from Amy , having lost his coat to a Weeping Angel. He then returns, warning Amy to keep her eyes closed, lest she allow the Angels access to the visual centres of her mind, and also telling her to remember what she told him when she was seven. The latter is shot entirely in close-up, and the Doctor's jacket-clad shoulder is only occasionally glimpsed (did Continuity miss something?). [[spoiler:In fact, the Doctor who talks to Amy in the forest is actually the Doctor from the future, rewinding his timeline due to the events of "The Pandorica Opens". The thing he told her when she was seven was a story about him and the TARDIS, meant to make her remember him at her wedding after he was erased, so he could be brought back into existence.]]
** A Good Man Goes to War has shown about a dozen of 'em.
** River Song's lipstick offers a slight variation on this trope. Initially, her hallucinogenic lipstick is used by her to escape from jail in "The Pandorica Opens", it returns in "Let's Kill Hitler", [[spoiler:this time as poison from the Judas Tree, which she has worn as part of her plan to kill the Doctor.]]
** The Teselecta from "Let's Kill Hitler" [[spoiler:is revealed in "The Wedding of River Song" to have taken the place of the Doctor at Lake Silencio, allowing him to survive]].
** The Chameleon Arch introduced in "Human Nature" shows up again in "Utopia", [[spoiler: this time being used by the Doctor's old ArchEnemy The Master, who used it to hide as a human after surviving the Time War]].
** "The Five Doctors" introduces a gun that takes 30 years to go off. The High Council of Time Lords offers the Master a new regeneration cycle, showing they can do so. In "The Time of the Doctor", by which time the Doctor has run out of regenerations, he is given another cycle.
*** A minor gun introduced and used in the same episodes. The Third Doctor takes the Seal of the High Council from the Master. Later the Eleventh Doctor uses the seal to decode the signal on Trenzalore.
** Another gun with a very long time from set-up to payoff is the plot of "Genesis of the Daleks", in which the Fourth Doctor is forced by the Time Lords to return to the moment of the Daleks' creation to destroy them before they are created - but when he actually gets the opportunity to do so, he [[JokerImmunity decides not to]] on the grounds that 1) genocide is wrong, 2) the wars they eventually start will unite more races against them than otherwise, and 3) [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct that without them some other race of space Nazis would rise up]]. All of these decisions come right back to bite him in the arse thirty (real life) years later, when the Daleks' retaliation against the Doctor's failed time erasure led to the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, which created various obstructive alliances attempting to deal with the massive devastation this war caused (such as the Shadow Proclamation), and forced the Doctor to commit genocide against his own species as well as against the Daleks. [[spoiler: It got {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned into him merely sealing Gallifrey away in its own dimension later on.]]
** The first victim of ''The Robots of Death'' was a meteorologist who was attacked when he was preparing to launch a meteorological helium balloon. It later turns out that the main villain had been reprogramming the robots to kill the humans on board the sandminer but was himself immune because the robots were programmed to recognise his voice and leave him alone. The solution, then, was to somehow change his voice so the robots would turn on him. Helium is good for that, and, as luck would have it, there was a ready supply on board.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Two Doctors", Parting of the Ways"]] features two such instances. In the opening sequence, the TARDIS flies towards several missiles launched by the Dalek Emperor's ship, and it looks as though it's established early on destroyed by the volley. However, the missile impact allowed the TARDIS to power the macro-kinetic extrapolator (obtained two episodes prior, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]]) and generate a force-field that Oscar Botcheby collects moths, and to kill them he uses cyanide rather than ammonia. At protects the end of TARDIS. When the story, TARDIS lands inside the Emperor's ship, the lone Dalek who transports inside is destroyed by Jack using the gun he improvised in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf previous episode]].
** The 3-D glasses that
the Doctor comes across wears throughout [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]], for no apparent reason until the cyanide and butterfly net, and uses them climax. He [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it, asking if [[BunnyEarsLawyer anyone's going to finish off ask why he's wearing them]].
** The Chameleon Arch introduced in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]] shows up again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]], [[spoiler:this time being used by
the otherwise far stronger and deadly Shockeye.
Doctor's old ArchEnemy The Master, who used it to hide as a human after surviving the Time War]].
** Subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords". Lords"]]. Early on on, Martha explicitly introduces a gun that is believed to be the only thing that can kill a Time Lord. Later on the Master easily destroys the gun and it seems like all is lost - until Martha lampshades the ridiculousness of a plot hinging upon "a gun in four parts", then reveals her ''real'' plan.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod "Planet of the Ood"]], the villain, Mr Halpen, is constantly drinking hair tonic given to him by an Ood slave. Later, we find out that the Ood have been feeding him a biological compound... which turns him into one of his own slaves.
** It's subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Strategem"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWHoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]]. Part one goes to some trouble to point out Martha's engagement ring and her reluctance to use guns, leaving the audience to surmise that the absence of one or both of these will tip the Doctor off when she's replaced by an evil clone at the cliffhanger ending. Turns out it's actually neither; instead, the clone just smells wrong. Though, he mentions that this is one of MANY things...
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]:
*** Also done straight The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth previous episode]] introduced the Osterhagen key, established as a rather obvious Chekhov's Gun; the finale also introduced ''two'' further devices with [[spoiler:the the potential to end Davros' plans, and characters threaten to use all three at the same time. The whole thing is subverted when the Daleks casually separate the characters from their respective doomsday devices. All seems lost until the ''real'' Chekhov's Gun goes off when Donna's Time Lord consciousness is awakened from the human-Time Lord metacrisis.
*** And let's not forget that the Doctor lost his hand in [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] which, after showing up a number of times in other episodes (including spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') became the saving grace ''three seasons later'' in the climax.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]:
*** The
Master's ring.]] ring from "Last of the Time Lords", last seen being picked up by a mysterious woman. Creator/RussellTDavies originally planted this Gun with the gun intending for intent of letting a later future producer to fire it - and ended up firing it himself in "The End of Time".
** End of Time: [[spoiler:the
it, only to do so himself.
*** The
Nuclear Bolt cabinet. Originally used by Joshua Naismith to power the Immortality Gate, it always requires one person to be inside it. Towards the end of the second episode, Wilf gets inside the cabinet to save one of Naismith's employees, but in the ensuing chaos the Nuclear Bolt overloads with radiation and the only way for the Doctor to save Wilf, and, presumably, everyone else is to take his place in the cabinet and absorb a massive amount of radiation, leading to his death and regeneration.]]
regeneration.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone" Stone"]], the Doctor walks away from Amy , Amy, earlier having lost his coat to a Weeping Angel. He then returns, warning Amy to keep her eyes closed, lest she allow the Angels access to the visual vision centres of her mind, and also telling her to remember what she told him when she was seven. The latter is shot entirely in close-up, and the Doctor's jacket-clad shoulder is only occasionally glimpsed (did Continuity miss something?). [[spoiler:In In fact, the Doctor who talks to Amy in the forest is [[spoiler:is actually the Doctor from the future, rewinding his timeline due to the events of of]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens". The Opens"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]]. [[spoiler:The thing he told her when she was seven was a story about him and the TARDIS, meant to make her remember him at her wedding after he was erased, so he could be brought back into existence.]]
** %%** A Good Man Goes to War has shown about a dozen of 'em.
** River Song's lipstick offers a slight variation on this trope. Initially, her hallucinogenic lipstick is used by her to escape from jail in "The Pandorica Opens", it returns in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler", Hitler"]], [[spoiler:this time as poison from the Judas Tree, which she has worn as part of her plan to kill the Doctor.]]
** The Teselecta from "Let's Kill Hitler" [[spoiler:is is revealed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song" to Song"]] [[spoiler:to have taken the place of the Doctor at Lake Silencio, allowing him to survive]].
** The Chameleon Arch introduced in "Human Nature" shows up again in "Utopia", [[spoiler: this time being used by the Doctor's old ArchEnemy The Master, who used it to hide as a human after surviving the Time War]].
** "The Five Doctors" introduces a gun that takes 30 years to go off. The High Council of Time Lords offers the Master a new regeneration cycle, showing they can do so. In "The Time of the Doctor", by which time the Doctor has run out of regenerations, he is given another cycle.
*** A minor gun introduced and used in the same episodes. The Third Doctor takes the Seal of the High Council from the Master. Later the Eleventh Doctor uses the seal to decode the signal on Trenzalore.
** Another gun with a very long time from set-up to payoff is the plot of "Genesis of the Daleks", in which the Fourth Doctor is forced by the Time Lords to return to the moment of the Daleks' creation to destroy them before they are created - but when he actually gets the opportunity to do so, he [[JokerImmunity decides not to]] on the grounds that 1) genocide is wrong, 2) the wars they eventually start will unite more races against them than otherwise, and 3) [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct that without them some other race of space Nazis would rise up]]. All of these decisions come right back to bite him in the arse thirty (real life) years later, when the Daleks' retaliation against the Doctor's failed time erasure led to the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, which created various obstructive alliances attempting to deal with the massive devastation this war caused (such as the Shadow Proclamation), and forced the Doctor to commit genocide against his own species as well as against the Daleks. [[spoiler: It got {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned into him merely sealing Gallifrey away in its own dimension later on.]]
** The first victim of ''The Robots of Death'' was a meteorologist who was attacked when he was preparing to launch a meteorological helium balloon. It later turns out that the main villain had been reprogramming the robots to kill the humans on board the sandminer but was himself immune because the robots were programmed to recognise his voice and leave him alone. The solution, then, was to somehow change his voice so the robots would turn on him. Helium is good for that, and, as luck would have it, there was a ready supply on board.
survive.]]


* ''Series/{{IntoTheBadlands}}'': In the episode "Dragonfly's Last Dance", the Narwhal head mounted in the [[spoiler: River King's]] library, which Sunny later uses to [[spoiler: impale the River King]] at the end of the episode.

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* ''Series/{{IntoTheBadlands}}'': ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'': In the episode "Dragonfly's Last Dance", the Narwhal head mounted in the [[spoiler: River King's]] library, which Sunny later uses to [[spoiler: impale the River King]] at the end of the episode.

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* ''Series/{{IntoTheBadlands}}'': In the episode "Dragonfly's Last Dance", the Narwhal head mounted in the [[spoiler: River King's]] library, which Sunny later uses to [[spoiler: impale the River King]] at the end of the episode.


* ColdCase: Often during the flashbacks, sometimes from the very first once, something was said, seen, or done that would prove relevant as to why the victim was killed and/or to the identity of the murderer. In the present day scenes as well--in the episode "Sandhogs", the unique cigarette lighter seen in the possession of one of the suspects is revealed to have been given as a present to the ''victim'', thus revealing the man to be the killer they've been looking for.

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* ColdCase: ''Series/ColdCase'': Often during the flashbacks, sometimes from the very first once, something was said, seen, or done that would prove relevant as to why the victim was killed and/or to the identity of the murderer. In the present day scenes as well--in the episode "Sandhogs", the unique cigarette lighter seen in the possession of one of the suspects is revealed to have been given as a present to the ''victim'', thus revealing the man to be the killer they've been looking for.


** The ricin was first mentioned in season 2 and attempted its use on Tuco and Gus, which both ended in failure. The Ricin was ultimately used successfully on [[spoiler:Lydia]], the final death caused by Walter in the final episode of season 5.

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** The ricin was first mentioned in season 2 and attempted its use on Tuco and Gus, which both ended in failure. The Ricin was ultimately used successfully on [[spoiler:Lydia]], the final death caused by Walter in the [[GrandFinale final episode of season 5.5 and the series]].

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** Early in the series, Tyrion mentioned that his father gave him the task of designing the sewers beneath Casterly Rock, the Lannister family home, in order to humiliate him, and boasts that he made them extremely efficient. Several seasons later, he reveals that he'd installed secret passages meant for sneaking whores into and out of the castle, which become equally effective at sneaking a small sabotage squad of Unsullied into the castle later on.


** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," they spend plenty of time showing Monk being hit by a blue beach ball. Which turns out to have the evidence that incriminates [[spoiler:Kris Kedder]] for killing [[spoiler:Stork Murray]].
** In "Mr. Monk and the Bully," Marilyn Brody mentioning to Monk and Natalie that she was adopted and had an aunt in Texas. The word "aunt" is important, since she mispronounces it later, allowing Monk to deduce that she has a twin.

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** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," they spend plenty of time showing Monk being hit by a blue beach ball. Which turns out to have the evidence that incriminates [[spoiler:Kris Kedder]] for killing [[spoiler:Stork Murray]].
incriminating evidence.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Bully," Marilyn Brody mentioning to Monk and Natalie that she was adopted and had an aunt in Texas. The word "aunt" is important, since she mispronounces pronounces it differently ("awnt" vs. "ant") later, allowing Monk to deduce that she has a twin.


** In "Flesh and Stone" the Doctor walks away from Amy , having lost his coat to a Weeping Angel. He then apparently returns, now wearing a jacket, warning Amy to keep her eyes closed, lest she allow the Angels access to the visual centres of her mind, and also telling her to remember what she told him when she was seven. [[spoiler:In fact, the Doctor who talks to Amy in the forest is actually the Doctor from the future, rewinding his timeline due to the events of "The Pandorica Opens". The thing he told her when she was seven was a story about him and the TARDIS, meant to make her remember him at her wedding after he was erased, so he could be brought back into existence.]]

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** In "Flesh and Stone" the Doctor walks away from Amy , having lost his coat to a Weeping Angel. He then apparently returns, now wearing a jacket, warning Amy to keep her eyes closed, lest she allow the Angels access to the visual centres of her mind, and also telling her to remember what she told him when she was seven.seven. The latter is shot entirely in close-up, and the Doctor's jacket-clad shoulder is only occasionally glimpsed (did Continuity miss something?). [[spoiler:In fact, the Doctor who talks to Amy in the forest is actually the Doctor from the future, rewinding his timeline due to the events of "The Pandorica Opens". The thing he told her when she was seven was a story about him and the TARDIS, meant to make her remember him at her wedding after he was erased, so he could be brought back into existence.]]


* Near the beginning of one episode of {{Castle}}, Castle is unsuccessfully attempting to befriend a gaggle of 2nd graders. Among the mean things they do to him: take a polaroid picture of him that looks like he peed his pants, and throw a bowl of marbles to make him trip. [[spoiler:The [[MonsterOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] is looking for a picture hidden in the camera that took that picture, and Castle throws the same bowl of marbles at the end of the episode to trip the guy as he's getting away with it.]]

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* Near the beginning of one episode of {{Castle}}, ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle is unsuccessfully attempting to befriend a gaggle of 2nd graders. Among the mean things they do to him: take a polaroid picture of him that looks like he peed his pants, and throw a bowl of marbles to make him trip. [[spoiler:The [[MonsterOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] is looking for a picture hidden in the camera that took that picture, and Castle throws the same bowl of marbles at the end of the episode to trip the guy as he's getting away with it.]]

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