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** Donna Noble's claim that she is "the best temp in Chiswick" seems somewhat irrelevant, but comes in handy on several occasions: in realizing that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem not one member of the staff at ATMOS]] had ever taken a single day of sick leave, and they were in fact hypnotized drones; in noticing that the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter numbers throughout the underground of Messaline]] were date stamps, and in operating [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Davros' typewriter-like death ship control panel]] [[RapidFireTyping very fast]], for example.

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** Donna Noble's claim that she is "the best temp in Chiswick" seems somewhat irrelevant, but comes in handy on several occasions: in realizing that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem not one member of the staff at ATMOS]] had ever taken a single day of sick leave, and they were in fact hypnotized drones; in noticing that the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter numbers throughout the underground of Messaline]] were are date stamps, and in operating [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Davros' typewriter-like death ship control panel]] [[RapidFireTyping very fast]], for example.


* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight for your Life" used to fly jet fighters in the Navy, and used his instincts from that area to maneuver his plane into taking a hijacker off-balance.

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* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight for your Life" used to fly jet fighters
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-->'''Lindsay''': You’ve had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
-->'''Buster''': Okay, okay, okay. ''[beat]'' Obviously this blue part here is the land.

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-->'''Lindsay''': You’ve had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
-->'''Buster''':
ocean.\\
'''Buster''':
Okay, okay, okay. ''[beat]'' Obviously this blue part here is the land.



** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]]. Two seasons later, at the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent conclusion]] of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as [[spoiler: she begins piloting her own TARDIS]]. This is above and beyond her ongoing character arc towards becoming the DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor that builds during her three seasons.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: [[ClassyCatBurglar Lady Christina]] shows off her skills at descending on wires during her heist at the beginning. They come in handy later on when the Doctor needs something located at the bottom of a deep shaft.
** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]]. Two seasons later, at the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent conclusion]] of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she begins piloting her own TARDIS]]. This is above and beyond her ongoing character arc towards becoming the DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor that builds during her three seasons.



* Not really a "skill" per se, but the fact that Sam Tyler was a DCI in 2007 while a DI (one rank below DCI) after going back to 1973 becomes very important in the final episode of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.

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* ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'': Not really a "skill" per se, but the fact that Sam Tyler was a DCI in 2007 while a DI (one rank below DCI) after going back to 1973 becomes very important in the final episode of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.episode.



* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Mac is learning martial arts at the beginning of the episode, and near the end of the same episode uses the moves he learned to get out of a scrape.

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* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/{{MacGyver|1985}}'', Mac is learning martial arts at the beginning of the episode, and near the end of the same episode uses the moves he learned to get out of a scrape.



* In the ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series (the one with Sam Neill) and novelization, Merlin uses his magic this way. At the end of the film, he [[spoiler: restores the youth of himself and Nimue using the same Hand-Wizardry that didn't work while Mab was alive.]] The novelization goes further, by elaborating that Merlin has the power to [[RealityWarper alter reality]] by combining fairy illusion with human feeling, something only {{Half Human Hybrid}}s can do, a trick he only uses once early on but later uses in the final book of the trilogy.

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* ''Series/{{Mayday}}'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight For Your Life" used to fly jet fighters in the Navy, and used his instincts from that area to maneuver his plane into taking a hijacker off-balance.
* In the ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series ''Series/Merlin1998'' (the one with Sam Neill) and novelization, Merlin uses his magic this way. At the end of the film, he [[spoiler: restores the youth of himself and Nimue using the same Hand-Wizardry that didn't work while Mab was alive.]] The novelization goes further, by elaborating that Merlin has the power to [[RealityWarper alter reality]] by combining fairy illusion with human feeling, something only {{Half Human Hybrid}}s can do, a trick he only uses once early on but later uses in the final book of the trilogy.



* In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode "Bloodlust", there is an early scene where the heroine goofily tackles the hero (for no apparent reason) causing him to jokingly remark that he shouldn't have gotten involved with "the daughter of a judo expert." Sure enough, the movie later contains a scene where the heroine uses her judo skills to dump a mook into a vat of acid.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode "Bloodlust", there is an early scene where the heroine goofily tackles the hero (for no apparent reason) causing him to jokingly remark that he shouldn't have gotten involved with "the daughter of a judo expert." Sure enough, the movie later contains a scene where the heroine uses her judo skills to dump a mook into a vat of acid.



* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan is established as a former Skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on Website/OutpostGallifrey.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Alan is established as a former Skateboard skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on Website/OutpostGallifrey.



* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Gwen's husband is a truck driver. In the miniseries ''Children of Earth'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
** It's useful before that as once he [[BrokenMasquerade learns about Torchwood]] in the episode "Meat", he uses the truck to [[spoiler: sneak Torchwood into the factory hiding a suffering creature the workers are harvesting meat from while it's still alive]]. It's also useful in the second miniseries ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' when [[spoiler: he and Gwen save Gwen's father from the overspill camps]].

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* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Gwen's husband is a truck driver. In the miniseries ''Children of Earth'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
driver.
** It's useful before that as once Once he [[BrokenMasquerade learns about Torchwood]] in the episode "Meat", he uses the truck to [[spoiler: sneak Torchwood into the factory hiding a suffering creature the workers are harvesting meat from while it's still alive]]. alive]].
** In the miniseries ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
**
It's also useful in the second miniseries ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' miniseries, ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'', when [[spoiler: he and Gwen save Gwen's father from the overspill camps]].


* Subtle example from the Zordon era of ''PowerRangers''. [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]] through [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]], some of the Rangers taught martial arts to some of the people of Angel Grove. Those lessons would pay off during the big invasion in Series/PowerRangersInSpace.

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* Subtle example from the Zordon era of ''PowerRangers''. [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]] through [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]], some of the Rangers taught martial arts to some of the people of Angel Grove. Those lessons would pay off during the big invasion in Series/PowerRangersInSpace.


* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan is established as a former Skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on OutpostGallifrey.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan is established as a former Skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on OutpostGallifrey.Website/OutpostGallifrey.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Various members of the team frequently have some special skill that just happens to apply to the BodyOfTheWeek. Examples include Angela's sudden knowledge of vintage electric guitars and Lance's expertise on the Salem Witch Trials.


* Established in the premier of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned.]]'' Crassus is receiving training from a gladiator, the gladiator disarms him and closes in for the kill only for Crassus to use a BareHandedBladeBlock to wrench the sword away and stab his trainer. Sure enough, when Spartacus and Crassus face off in the finale Crassus (again after being disarmed) uses this on Spartacus, [[spoiler:who uses it right back]].

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* Established in the premier of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned.]]'' ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned''. Crassus is receiving training from a gladiator, the gladiator disarms him and closes in for the kill only for Crassus to use a BareHandedBladeBlock to wrench the sword away and stab his trainer. Sure enough, when Spartacus and Crassus face off in the finale Crassus (again after being disarmed) uses this on Spartacus, [[spoiler:who uses it right back]].

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': At the start of season 7, Maura starts learning fencing to enable her to establish new neural pathways. This pays off is the episode "Dead Weight" where she uses her fencing skills to take down a fleeing suspect.


* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight for your Life" used to fly jet fighters in the Navy, and used his instincts from that area to maneuver his plane into taking a hijacker off-balance.
* Parodied in the pilot episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': one of Buster Bluth several graduate degrees is stated to be in cartography. When the SEC close in on the family while they are on their yacht, we get this exchange:
-->'''Lindsay''': You’ve had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
-->'''Buster''': Okay, okay, okay. ''[beat]'' Obviously this blue part here is the land.



* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Angelus shows that he is really, really skilled at sketching, but it's not really commented on. Two years later, this is very plot important for the whole season as he has to discover what the visions from the PTB are by sketching them from descriptions.
** In the ''Buffy'' episode "Earshot" when Buffy's ability to hear thoughts leads to her finding out something is planning a mass murder at school the next day.
** In season 3 of ''Buffy'', Willow and Buffy joke a few times about how Willow's witchcraft has only progressed to the point of levitating pencils. This later turns out to be a very useful skill in a world where [[EliteMooks vampires]] are [[KryptoniteFactor intensely weak to pointed wooden objects]]. Willow's magic eventually becomes a focal point of the show.
** To some small degree Xander's experience as a construction worker. In the final battle of the Season 5 of ''Buffy'' it allows him to attack the NighInvulnerable BigBad with a wrecking ball. Just a distraction to be sure, but an awesome one.
** Averted in a season 4 ''Buffy'' episode. Somebody from the main cast is turned into a demon who can sneeze instant cement; this power is mentioned, twice, but never used.
** Giles' skill with black magic in Season 8 of ''Buffy''.
** Wesley has this. Specifically, darts.
** In "Fredless", Fred's mom mentions that she is a bus driver. Guess what she uses to squish a giant bug later in the episode.
* In the first half of season 7 of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' [=JJ=] takes down a large male Unsub. Afterward, Morgan teases her about her martial arts skills, and we learn that he has been training her. In the season finale, she uses the same martial arts skills to fight a trained female killer who has [=JJ's=] family.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Donna Noble's claim that she is "the best temp in Chiswick" seems somewhat irrelevant, but comes in handy on several occasions: in realizing that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem not one member of the staff at ATMOS]] had ever taken a single day of sick leave, and they were in fact hypnotized drones; in noticing that the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter numbers throughout the underground of Messaline]] were date stamps, and in operating [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Davros' typewriter-like death ship control panel]] [[RapidFireTyping very fast]], for example.
** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]]. Two seasons later, at the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent conclusion]] of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as [[spoiler: she begins piloting her own TARDIS]]. This is above and beyond her ongoing character arc towards becoming the DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor that builds during her three seasons.



* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' has Robert teach his daughter to shoot to better defend herself from the uncertainties in their AfterTheEnd world. Not only does it bring this estranged father and daughter together, but six episodes later she saves his life.

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* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' has Robert teach ''Series/TheGates'': To break the ice when trying to talk to his daughter to shoot to better defend herself son in "Identity Crisis", Nick performs an old sleight of hand trick, making a coin disappear from his hand. Later, he uses the uncertainties in their AfterTheEnd world. Not only does it bring this estranged father and daughter together, same trick [[spoiler: to hide a flash drive containing info on the identities of ~10,000 vampires]].
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', newly immortal Richie makes an enemy of an female immortal who was friends with Duncan. Duncan trains him to counter a specific move she likes to use. Naturally, he's able to win the fight using it,
but six episodes later she saves his life.chooses not to take her head.



* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Elena spends some time lifting weights and training so that she can protect herself against vampires.
** Katherine has been sipping vervain over hundreds of years to build up a resistance.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan is established as a former Skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on OutpostGallifrey.

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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Elena spends some time lifting weights and training so
''Series/{{JAG}}'': In the PilotMovie, the fact that she can protect herself against vampires.
** Katherine has been sipping vervain over hundreds of years to build up a resistance.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan
Harm is established as a former Skateboard champ aviator who used to fly F-14 Tomcats is what enables him to save the CAG at the end.
* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' has Robert teach his daughter to shoot to better defend herself from the uncertainties in their AfterTheEnd world. Not only does it bring this estranged father and daughter together, but six episodes later she saves his life.
* The ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Three Gamblers" opens with Jonathan's birthday, and Maddie has given him a book called ''Cards As Weapons'' by one of his magic heroes, Ricky Jay. Later
in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien episode he's practicing the tricks in the second part? It book. At the climax he [[spoiler: uses a well-thrown playing card to save Maddie's life]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s "The Bottle Job," we see a flashback to Nate's dad breaking a guy's fingers while young Nate watched. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, Nate breaks Doyle's fingers in the same way to provide a little extra emphasis to telling Doyle to get out of town and never come back.]]
* Not really a "skill" per se, but the fact that Sam Tyler
was even joked about a DCI in 2007 while a DI (one rank below DCI) after going back to 1973 becomes very important in the final episode of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke teaches Michael how to use a gun. Big mistake.
* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Mac is learning martial arts at the beginning of the episode, and near the end of the same episode uses the moves he learned to get out of a scrape.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMaster'' (shown on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]
as "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E24MasterNinjaII Master Ninja II]]") did this TWICE, once for each main character.
** The Master's ability to stop his heart and thus fake his death fools the baddie of the week. Though when he later explains it actually COULD kill him if he overuses it, one wonders why he wasted one of his attempts screwing with Max's head in the hotel at the start of the episode.
** Max
being "Chekhov's Skateboard" forced to work on OutpostGallifrey.his cardio is rather useful when he needs to cross town by foot when he loses the van.
* In the ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series (the one with Sam Neill) and novelization, Merlin uses his magic this way. At the end of the film, he [[spoiler: restores the youth of himself and Nimue using the same Hand-Wizardry that didn't work while Mab was alive.]] The novelization goes further, by elaborating that Merlin has the power to [[RealityWarper alter reality]] by combining fairy illusion with human feeling, something only {{Half Human Hybrid}}s can do, a trick he only uses once early on but later uses in the final book of the trilogy.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Randy spends most of his time playing Jenga. In the showdown at the end of the episode, he uses these skills to knock out the bad guy using a stack of lumber.
** In another episode, we find out Adrian met his wife when she wrote her phone number on a piece of paper on his back, for another guy. Natalie refers to this as a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway really useless superpower.]] Later in the episode he's able to find out where someone is staying as she wrote it on his back at the beginning of the episode.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': At the start of "Mild Mild West", Murdoch demonstrates that he knows how to use a lasso at a carnival game. Later he uses a lasso to capture a fleeing suspect.



* In one episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Randy spends most of his time playing jenga. In the showdown at the end of the episode, he uses these skills to knock out the bad guy using a stack of lumber.
** In another episode, we find out Adrian met his wife when she wrote her phone number on a piece of paper on his back, for another guy. Natalie refers to this as a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway really useless superpower.]] Later in the episode he's able to find out where someone is staying as she wrote it on his back at the beginning of the episode.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Snoop and Chris teach Michael how to pull off murders, which [[spoiler:allows him to figure out when * he* is being set up for one and turn the tables.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/SisterSister'', Lisa claims that she has a sixth sense, citing that she once saw a ghost of a relative. This is played off as a joke, LaughTrack and all. Later in the episode, she meets the ghost of Ray's old wife.
* Not really a "skill" per se, but the fact that Sam Tyler was a DCI in 2007 while a DI (one rank below DCI) after going back to 1973 becomes very important in the final episode of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.

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* In On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Tim [=McGee=]'s second career as a bestselling author (under a pseudonym) is usually the subject for jokes once found out, but in one episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Randy spends most of his time playing jenga. In the showdown at the end of the episode, he uses these skills to knock out the bad guy using a stack of lumber.
** In another episode, we find out Adrian met his wife
when she wrote her phone number on a piece of paper on his back, for another guy. Natalie refers they need to this as a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway really useless superpower.]] Later in the episode he's able to find out where get someone is staying as she wrote it on his back at into an exclusive club, Gibbs realizes they don't need work to get in; they've already got a celebrity who would be invited past the beginning of velvet rope. To enhance the episode.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Snoop and Chris teach Michael how to pull off murders, which [[spoiler:allows him to figure out when * he* is being set up for one and turn the tables.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/SisterSister'', Lisa claims that she has a sixth sense, citing that she once saw a ghost of a relative. This is played off as a joke, LaughTrack and all. Later
effect [=McGee=] arrives in the episode, she meets the ghost of Ray's old wife.
* Not really a "skill" per se, but the fact that Sam Tyler was a DCI in 2007 while a DI (one rank below DCI) after going back to 1973 becomes very important in the final episode of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.
expensive sports car he'd earlier mentioned he'd just bought with Ziva and Abbie hanging off his arms.



* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke teaches Michael how to use a gun. Big mistake.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Angelus shows that he is really, really skilled at sketching, but it's not really commented on. Two years later, this is very plot important for the whole season as he has to discover what the visions from the PTB are by sketching them from descriptions.
** In the ''Buffy'' episode "Earshot" when Buffy's ability to hear thoughts leads to her finding out something is planning a mass murder at school the next day.
** In season 3 of ''Buffy'', Willow and Buffy joke a few times about how Willow's witchcraft has only progressed to the point of levitating pencils. This later turns out to be a very useful skill in a world where [[EliteMooks vampires]] are [[KryptoniteFactor intensely weak to pointed wooden objects]]. Willow's magic eventually becomes a focal point of the show.
** To some small degree Xander's experience as a construction worker. In the final battle of the Season 5 of ''Buffy'' it allows him to attack the NighInvulnerable BigBad with a wrecking ball. Just a distraction to be sure, but an awesome one.
** Averted in a season 4 ''Buffy'' episode. Somebody from the main cast is turned into a demon who can sneeze instant cement; this power is mentioned, twice, but never used.
** Giles' skill with black magic in Season 8 of ''Buffy''.
** Wesley has this. Specifically, darts.
** In "Fredless," Fred's mom mentions that she is a bus driver. Guess what she uses to squish a giant bug later in the episode.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Gwen's husband is a truck driver. In the miniseries ''Children of Earth'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
** It's useful before that as once he [[BrokenMasquerade learns about Torchwood]] in the episode "Meat", he uses the truck to [[spoiler: sneak Torchwood into the factory hiding a suffering creature the workers are harvesting meat from while it's still alive]]. It's also useful in the second miniseries ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' when [[spoiler: he and Gwen save Gwen's father from the overspill camps]].

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* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke teaches Michael how to use a gun. Big mistake.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Angelus shows that he is really, really skilled at sketching, but it's not really commented on. Two years later, this is very plot important for the whole season as he has to discover what the visions
Subtle example from the PTB are by sketching them from descriptions.
** In the ''Buffy'' episode "Earshot" when Buffy's ability to hear thoughts leads to her finding out something is planning a mass murder at school the next day.
** In season 3
Zordon era of ''Buffy'', Willow and Buffy joke a few times about how Willow's witchcraft has only progressed to the point of levitating pencils. This later turns out to be a very useful skill in a world where [[EliteMooks vampires]] are [[KryptoniteFactor intensely weak to pointed wooden objects]]. Willow's magic eventually becomes a focal point ''PowerRangers''. [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]] through [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]], some of the show.
** To
Rangers taught martial arts to some small degree Xander's experience as a construction worker. In the final battle of the Season 5 people of ''Buffy'' it allows him to attack Angel Grove. Those lessons would pay off during the NighInvulnerable BigBad with a wrecking ball. Just a distraction to be sure, but an awesome one.
** Averted
big invasion in a season 4 ''Buffy'' episode. Somebody from the main cast is turned into a demon who can sneeze instant cement; this power is mentioned, twice, but never used.
** Giles' skill with black magic in Season 8 of ''Buffy''.
** Wesley has this. Specifically, darts.
** In "Fredless," Fred's mom mentions that she is a bus driver. Guess what she uses to squish a giant bug later in the episode.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Gwen's husband is a truck driver. In the miniseries ''Children of Earth'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
** It's useful before that as once he [[BrokenMasquerade learns about Torchwood]] in the episode "Meat", he uses the truck to [[spoiler: sneak Torchwood into the factory hiding a suffering creature the workers are harvesting meat from while it's still alive]]. It's also useful in the second miniseries ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' when [[spoiler: he and Gwen save Gwen's father from the overspill camps]].
Series/PowerRangersInSpace.



* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', newly immortal Richie makes an enemy of an female immortal who was friends with Duncan. Duncan trains him to counter a specific move she likes to use. Naturally, he's able to win the fight using it, but chooses not to take her head.
* The ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Three Gamblers" opens with Jonathan's birthday, and Maddie has given him a book called ''Cards As Weapons'' by one of his magic heroes, Ricky Jay. Later in the episode he's practicing the tricks in the book. At the climax he [[spoiler: uses a well-thrown playing card to save Maddie's life]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''s "The Bottle Job," we see a flashback to Nate's dad breaking a guy's fingers while young Nate watched. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, Nate breaks Doyle's fingers in the same way to provide a little extra emphasis to telling Doyle to get out of town and never come back.]]
* In the ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series (the one with Sam Neill) and novelization, Merlin uses his magic this way. At the end of the film, he [[spoiler: restores the youth of himself and Nimue using the same Hand-Wizardry that didn't work while Mab was alive.]] The novelization goes further, by elaborating that Merlin has the power to [[RealityWarper alter reality]] by combining fairy illusion with human feeling, something only {{Half Human Hybrid}}s can do, a trick he only uses once early on but later uses in the final book of the trilogy.
* ''Series/TheGates'': To break the ice when trying to talk to his son in "Identity Crisis", Nick performs an old sleight of hand trick, making a coin disappear from his hand. Later, he uses the same trick [[spoiler: to hide a flash drive containing info on the identities of ~10,000 vampires]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Donna Noble's claim that she is 'the best temp in Chiswick' seems somewhat irrelevant, but comes in handy on several occasions: in realizing that not one member of the staff at ATMOS had ever taken a single day of sick leave, and they were in fact hypnotized drones, in noticing that the numbers throughout the underground of Messaline were datestamps, and in operating Davros' typewriter-like death ship control panel, for example.
** The last one wasn't a Chekhov's Skill it was due to the DeusExMachina of her getting Time Lord intelligence.
** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". Two seasons later, at the conclusion of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as [[spoiler: she begins piloting her own TARDIS]]. This is above and beyond her ongoing character arc towards becoming the DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor that builds during her three seasons.
* In "The Great Game," in Series/{{Sherlock}}, Sherlock showcases his ability to judge fluctuations in weight to the half-pound, by commenting on Molly's three pound weight gain (though she claims it's only two and a half). A similar skill helped him [[spoiler: deduce Irene Adler's exact measurements]] in "The Scandal in Belgravia."
** Inverted in the same episode: John casually mentions at the beginning of the episode, to everyone's amusement, that Sherlock has no idea the earth revolves around the sun; near the episode's end Sherlock almost fails to solve a case in time because of his lack of knowledge about the solar system. John {{lampshade}}s this nicely.



* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Alan is established as a former Skateboard champ in the first part of one story, guess how he [=KOs=] an alien in the second part? It was even joked about as being "Chekhov's Skateboard" on OutpostGallifrey.



* An episode of ''Series/TheMaster'' (shown on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] as "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E24MasterNinjaII Master Ninja II]]") did this TWICE, once for each main character.
** The Master's ability to stop his heart and thus fake his death fools the baddie of the week. Though when he later explains it actually COULD kill him if he overuses it, one wonders why he wasted one of his attempts screwing with Max's head in the hotel at the start of the episode.
** Max being forced to work on his cardio is rather useful when he needs to cross town by foot when he loses the van.
* Parodied in the pilot episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': one of Buster Bluth several graduate degrees is stated to be in cartography. When the SEC close in on the family while they are on their yacht, we get this exchange:
-->'''Lindsay''': You’ve had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
-->'''Buster''': Okay, okay, okay. ''[beat]'' Obviously this blue part here is the land.

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* An In "The Great Game", in Series/{{Sherlock}}, Sherlock showcases his ability to judge fluctuations in weight to the half-pound, by commenting on Molly's three pound weight gain (though she claims it's only two and a half). A similar skill helped him [[spoiler: deduce Irene Adler's exact measurements]] in "The Scandal in Belgravia."
** Inverted in the same episode: John casually mentions at the beginning of the episode, to everyone's amusement, that Sherlock has no idea the earth revolves around the sun; near the episode's end Sherlock almost fails to solve a case in time because of his lack of knowledge about the solar system. John {{lampshade}}s this nicely.
* In an
episode of ''Series/TheMaster'' (shown on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] ''Series/SisterSister'', Lisa claims that she has a sixth sense, citing that she once saw a ghost of a relative. This is played off as "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E24MasterNinjaII Master Ninja II]]") did a joke, LaughTrack and all. Later in the episode, she meets the ghost of Ray's old wife.
* Established in the premier of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned.]]'' Crassus is receiving training from a gladiator, the gladiator disarms him and closes in for the kill only for Crassus to use a BareHandedBladeBlock to wrench the sword away and stab his trainer. Sure enough, when Spartacus and Crassus face off in the finale Crassus (again after being disarmed) uses
this TWICE, once for each main character.
** The Master's
on Spartacus, [[spoiler:who uses it right back]].
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], Andy reveals he has developed the
ability to stop his heart and thus fake his death fools project images into other people's mind to the baddie of the week. Though when he later explains it actually COULD kill him if he overuses it, one wonders why he wasted one of his attempts screwing with Max's head in the hotel other Special Children at the start of the episode.
** Max being forced to work on
recording by talking about beaming gay porn into the mind of a guy he does not like. Later this ability becomes important in giving them a chance at a rescue.
* As the regular cast of the Münster ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' contains not one, but two ace pathologists -- Professor Dr. Karl-Friedrich Boerne and
his cardio assistant Silke Haller -- and one of them is rather one of the two main protagonists, it is not surprising that episodes set in Münster involve murders by poisoning, questions of paternity, missing bodies or old cases where only the bones of a victim are left more frequently than ''Tatorts'' set elsewhere. Boerne's skills in riding and fencing have also proved useful when he needs to cross town by foot when he loses the van.
* Parodied
in the pilot at least one episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': one of Buster Bluth several graduate degrees is stated to be in cartography. When the SEC close in on the family while they are on their yacht, we get this exchange:
-->'''Lindsay''': You’ve had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
-->'''Buster''': Okay, okay, okay. ''[beat]'' Obviously this blue part here is the land.
each.



* Subtle example from the Zordon era of ''PowerRangers''. [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]] through [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]], some of the Rangers taught martial arts to some of the people of Angel Grove. Those lessons would pay off during the big invasion in Series/PowerRangersInSpace.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Tim [=McGee=]'s second career as a bestselling author (under a pseudonym) is usually the subject for jokes once found out, but in one episode when they need to get someone into an exclusive club, Gibbs realizes they don't need work to get in; they've already got a celebrity who would be invited past the velvet rope. To enhance the effect [=McGee=] arrives in the expensive sports car he'd earlier mentioned he'd just bought with Ziva and Abbie hanging off his arms.
* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Mac is learning martial arts at the beginning of the episode, and near the end of the same episode uses the moves he learned to get out of a scrape.
* In the first half of season 7 of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' [=JJ=] takes down a large male Unsub. Afterward, Morgan teases her about her martial arts skills, and we learn that he has been training her. In the season finale, she uses the same martial arts skills to fight a trained female killer who has [=JJ's=] family.
* Established in the premier of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned.]]'' Crassus is receiving training from a gladiator, the gladiator disarms him and closes in for the kill only for Crassus to use a BareHandedBladeBlock to wrench the sword away and stab his trainer. Sure enough, when Spartacus and Crassus face off in the finale Crassus (again after being disarmed) uses this on Spartacus, [[spoiler:who uses it right back]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In the PilotMovie, the fact that Harm is a former aviator who used to fly F-14 Tomcats is what enables him to save the CAG at the end.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight for your Life" used to fly jet fighters in the Navy, and used his instincts from that area to maneuver his plane into taking a hijacker off-balance.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], Andy reveals he has developed the ability to project images into other people's mind to the other Special Children at the start of the recording by talking about beaming gay porn into the mind of a guy he does not like. Later this ability becomes important in giving them a chance at a rescue.
* As the regular cast of the Münster ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' contains not one, but two ace pathologists -- Professor Dr. Karl-Friedrich Boerne and his assistant Silke Haller -- and one of them is one of the two main protagonists, it is not surprising that episodes set in Münster involve murders by poisoning, questions of paternity, missing bodies or old cases where only the bones of a victim are left more frequently than ''Tatorts'' set elsewhere. Boerne's skills in riding and fencing have also proved useful in at least one episode each.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': At the start of "Mild Mild West", Murdoch demonstrates that he knows how to use a lasso at a carnival game. Later he uses a lasso to capture a fleeing suspect.

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* Subtle example In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Gwen's husband is a truck driver. In the miniseries ''Children of Earth'', he uses his knowledge of trucks (his company in particular) to save himself and Gwen at a critical moment.
** It's useful before that as once he [[BrokenMasquerade learns about Torchwood]] in the episode "Meat", he uses the truck to [[spoiler: sneak Torchwood into the factory hiding a suffering creature the workers are harvesting meat from while it's still alive]]. It's also useful in the second miniseries ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' when [[spoiler: he and Gwen save Gwen's father
from the Zordon era of ''PowerRangers''. [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin]] through [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]], overspill camps]].
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Elena spends
some of the Rangers taught martial arts to some of the people of Angel Grove. Those lessons would pay off during the big invasion in Series/PowerRangersInSpace.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Tim [=McGee=]'s second career as a bestselling author (under a pseudonym) is usually the subject for jokes once found out, but in one episode when they need to get someone into an exclusive club, Gibbs realizes they don't need work to get in; they've already got a celebrity who would be invited past the velvet rope. To enhance the effect [=McGee=] arrives in the expensive sports car he'd earlier mentioned he'd just bought with Ziva
time lifting weights and Abbie hanging off his arms.
* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Mac is learning martial arts at the beginning of the episode, and near the end of the same episode uses the moves he learned to get out of a scrape.
* In the first half of season 7 of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' [=JJ=] takes down a large male Unsub. Afterward, Morgan teases her about her martial arts skills, and we learn that he has been
training her. In the season finale, she uses the same martial arts skills to fight a trained female killer who has [=JJ's=] family.
* Established in the premier of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned.]]'' Crassus is receiving training from a gladiator, the gladiator disarms him and closes in for the kill only for Crassus to use a BareHandedBladeBlock to wrench the sword away and stab his trainer. Sure enough, when Spartacus and Crassus face off in the finale Crassus (again after being disarmed) uses this on Spartacus, [[spoiler:who uses it right back]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In the PilotMovie, the fact
so that Harm is a former aviator who used to fly F-14 Tomcats is what enables him to save the CAG at the end.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** The captain of the "Gimli Glider" happened to be an experienced glider pilot and pulled off some gliding maneuvers to land the plane after it ran out of fuel.
** One of the pilots in "Fight for your Life" used to fly jet fighters in the Navy, and used his instincts from that area to maneuver his plane into taking a hijacker off-balance.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], Andy reveals he has developed the ability to project images into other people's mind to the other Special Children at the start of the recording by talking about beaming gay porn into the mind of a guy he does not like. Later this ability becomes important in giving them a chance at a rescue.
she can protect herself against vampires.
* As the regular cast ** Katherine has been sipping vervain over hundreds of the Münster ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' contains not one, but two ace pathologists -- Professor Dr. Karl-Friedrich Boerne years to build up a resistance.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Snoop
and his assistant Silke Haller -- and one of them is one of the two main protagonists, it is not surprising that episodes set in Münster involve murders by poisoning, questions of paternity, missing bodies or old cases where only the bones of a victim are left more frequently than ''Tatorts'' set elsewhere. Boerne's skills in riding and fencing have also proved useful in at least one episode each.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': At the start of "Mild Mild West", Murdoch demonstrates that he knows
Chris teach Michael how to use a lasso at a carnival game. Later he uses a lasso pull off murders, which [[spoiler:allows him to capture a fleeing suspect.figure out when * he* is being set up for one and turn the tables.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Bran's habit of climbing the castle walls is established early in the pilot and pays off at the end of the episode.
** Theon's archery skills, which he rightly boasts about, come in very hand during a particularly tense sense later in the season.
** Daenerys teaching her dragons to breathe fire on command as a pet trick becomes very important in "Valar Morghulis" and again in "And Now His Watch Is Ended".
** Davos learning to read becomes important in "Mhysa".
** Olly's declaration that he was the best archer in his hamlet in "Oathkeeper" becomes important in "The Watchers on the Wall".
** Jon Snow teaches the new recruits about fighting against DualWielding opponents in "Oathkeeper" and puts it into practice in "First of His Name", though he ultimately needs assistance to succeed.
** Sansa is established to be good at sewing in the very first episode. Four seasons later, it actually becomes useful when she unveils her EvilCostumeSwitch.


* ''TheBradyBunch'': Several episodes where Jan's artistic talents and showing interest in stepfather Mike's work as an architect. These eventually play out in Jan becoming an architect and a partner at the Brady patriarch's firm.

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
**
Several episodes where Jan's artistic talents and showing interest in stepfather Mike's work as an architect. These eventually play out in Jan becoming an architect and a partner at the Brady patriarch's firm.



* ''Series/ICarly'': In Spencer's 3-day stay in law school, he managed to learn some of the most basic knowledge in law also with the help of his [[ChekhovsGun law book]]. His "background" becomes very handy whenever the gang encounters legal matters like in ''iPromote Techfoots'' and ''iOwe You''.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': ''Series/ICarly'':
**
In Spencer's 3-day stay in law school, he managed to learn some of the most basic knowledge in law also with the help of his [[ChekhovsGun law book]]. His "background" becomes very handy whenever the gang encounters legal matters like in ''iPromote Techfoots'' "iPromote Techfoots" and ''iOwe You''."iOwe You".



* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Elena spends some time lifting weights and training so that she can protect herself against vampires.

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* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
**
Elena spends some time lifting weights and training so that she can protect herself against vampires.


* In the pilot of ''PushingDaisies'', Aunt Lily manages to get back at her would-be killer after he tries to strangle her with a paper bag. As a former member of a renowned synchronized swimming duo, [[PreAssKickingOneliner she can hold her breath for a long time]].

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* In the pilot of ''PushingDaisies'', ''Series/PushingDaisies'', Aunt Lily manages to get back at her would-be killer after he tries to strangle her with a paper bag. As a former member of a renowned synchronized swimming duo, [[PreAssKickingOneliner she can hold her breath for a long time]].



* In ''ThreesCompany'', Jack complains about how their old roommate Chrissy's way of opening the door forcefully kept causing injuries, and attempts to teach her the right way. Then at the end of the episode, Jack, Mr. Furley, Janet, and the new girl were held at gunpoint by a psychopath who robbed the store earlier (the newspaper claimed that Jack saw the robber's face). After [[ItMakesSenseInContext they knocked out the cop detailed to protect them]], Chrissy bursts in and knocks out the robber. Jack asks her if she knows what she's done and she apologizes.

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* In ''ThreesCompany'', ''Series/ThreesCompany'', Jack complains about how their old roommate Chrissy's way of opening the door forcefully kept causing injuries, and attempts to teach her the right way. Then at the end of the episode, Jack, Mr. Furley, Janet, and the new girl were held at gunpoint by a psychopath who robbed the store earlier (the newspaper claimed that Jack saw the robber's face). After [[ItMakesSenseInContext they knocked out the cop detailed to protect them]], Chrissy bursts in and knocks out the robber. Jack asks her if she knows what she's done and she apologizes.


** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". Two seasons later, at the conclusion of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as she begins piloting her own TARDIS.

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** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". Two seasons later, at the conclusion of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as [[spoiler: she begins piloting her own TARDIS.TARDIS]]. This is above and beyond her ongoing character arc towards becoming the DistaffCounterpart to the Doctor that builds during her three seasons.

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** The Doctor begins tentatively teaching Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the Series 7 episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". Two seasons later, at the conclusion of Series 9, we see Clara put these lessons to good use as she begins piloting her own TARDIS.

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** In "Fredless," Fred's mom mentions that she is a bus driver. Guess what she uses to squish a giant bug later in the episode.


* ''TheWire'': Snoop and Chris teach Michael how to pull off murders, which [[spoiler:allows him to figure out when * he* is being set up for one and turn the tables.]]

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* ''TheWire'': ''Series/TheWire'': Snoop and Chris teach Michael how to pull off murders, which [[spoiler:allows him to figure out when * he* is being set up for one and turn the tables.]]



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