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** The stolen Underhill's credit card. You'd think he would've cancelled it.


Irwin M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase), better known as 'Fletch', writes a column for a Los Angeles newspaper under the byline 'Jane Doe'. He's working undercover at a local beach where a lot of hard drug-trafficking is taking place when he is suddenly cornered by Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who, assuming him to be one of the many junkies floating around the beach, makes him a strange offer. Claiming he has incurable cancer, Stanwyk asks Fletch to murder him a week from that date in order to both avoid his suffering and to provide for his family by allowing them to claim life insurance. Intrigued, Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk's claims, discovering that things may be tied in with the story he is investigating at the beach, and that a sinister police chief (Joe Don Baker) may also be involved...

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Irwin M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase), better known as 'Fletch', writes a column for a Los Angeles newspaper under the byline 'Jane Doe'. He's working undercover at a local beach where a lot of hard drug-trafficking is taking place when he is suddenly cornered by Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who, assuming him to be one of the many junkies floating around the beach, makes him a strange offer. Claiming he has incurable cancer, Stanwyk asks Fletch to murder him a week from that date in order to both avoid his suffering and to provide for his family by allowing them to claim life insurance. Intrigued, Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk's claims, discovering that things may be tied in with the story he is investigating at the beach, and that a sinister police chief (Joe Don Baker) (Creator/JoeDonBaker) may also be involved...

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* {{Disneyesque}}: Fletch's ImagineSpot about being a plantation owner.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Property deeds need to be recorded in a Chancery Clerk's office, and copies are available to the public. Fletch didn't have to break into Jim Swarthout's office to get the deed; he could have gone to the local courthouse. Also, Utah is a non-disclosure state: one is not required to reveal the selling price in a deed, and Stanwyk would certainly never reveal in public he had paid only $3,000 for the land he bought. It would be more realistic if Fletch had broken into Swarthout's office to find a bill of sale, or he could even have gone to Swarthout in disguise and simply asked for a copy; Swarthout didn't seem to mind telling him about it on the phone.


* HollywoodSpelling: Averted with Stanwyk: Fletch spells the last bit for Larry to help her search for articles. Averted also with Chief Karlin, when Fletch confirms "So that's Karlin with a K, right?" But to be fair, he's a reporter and Karlin is DaChief, so he'd probably know. Played straight as an arrow with Swarthout, which most people would need both repeated ''and'' spelled out over a mid-80s long distance connection to have a hope of getting right.

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* HollywoodSpelling: Averted with Stanwyk: Fletch spells the last bit for Larry to help her search for articles. Averted also with Chief Karlin, when Fletch confirms "So that's Karlin with a K, right?" But to be fair, he's a reporter and Karlin is DaChief, so he'd probably know.know (this one is also a "fuck you" gesture of defiance to the Chief, who has just tried to threaten him to drop the story). Played straight as an arrow with Swarthout, which most people would need both repeated ''and'' spelled out over a mid-80s long distance connection to have a hope of getting right.


* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel. Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a panoramic CrowdSong, at that!).

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* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel.sequel (most likely because Creator/GeenaDavis moved up to [[Film/TheFly1986 bigger]] [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} roles]] [[Film/TheAccidentalTourist in the interim]]). Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a panoramic CrowdSong, at that!).



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* ActorAllusion: Fletch tells a beach drifter in one scene that he "feels like a hundred dollars". Creator/ChevyChase said the same line in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.


** [[spoiler:When Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk, he learns that dying of bone cancer is pure crap. He also recognizes that Stanwyk was a gold digger who married the daughter of CEO of the aviation company he worked for. He then uses said daughter/his wife to secretly steal 3 million dollars from her. Gale’s minor comment to Fletch about looking like the same size as Alan fills him in on Alan’s plan to kill Fletch and burn him to pose as his dead body, while using Fletch’s passports to go to South America with his wife. Oh, and to top it off, he was married for years to Sally Ann Cavanaugh years before he moved south, making him a bigamist.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk, he learns that dying of bone cancer is pure crap. He also recognizes that Stanwyk was a gold digger who married the daughter of the CEO of the aviation company he worked for. He then uses said daughter/his wife to secretly steal 3 million dollars from her. Gale’s minor comment to Fletch about looking like the same size as Alan fills him in on Alan’s plan to kill Fletch and burn him to pose as his dead body, while using Fletch’s passports to go to South America with his wife. Oh, and to top it off, he was married for years to Sally Ann Cavanaugh years before he moved south, making him a bigamist.]]


** [[spoiler:When Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk, he learns that dying of bone cancer is pure crap. He also recognizes that Stanwyk was a gold digger who married the daughter of the aviation company he worked for. He then uses said daughter/his wife to secretly steal 3 million dollars from her. Gale’s minor comment to Fletch about looking like the same size as Alan fills him in on Alan’s plan to kill Fletch and burn him to pose as his dead body, while using Fletch’s passports to go to South America with his wife. Oh, and to top it off, he was married for years to Sally Ann Cavanaugh years before he moved south, making him a bigamist.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk, he learns that dying of bone cancer is pure crap. He also recognizes that Stanwyk was a gold digger who married the daughter of CEO of the aviation company he worked for. He then uses said daughter/his wife to secretly steal 3 million dollars from her. Gale’s minor comment to Fletch about looking like the same size as Alan fills him in on Alan’s plan to kill Fletch and burn him to pose as his dead body, while using Fletch’s passports to go to South America with his wife. Oh, and to top it off, he was married for years to Sally Ann Cavanaugh years before he moved south, making him a bigamist.]]


--> '''Fleth''': Accorind to this hospital, Alan Stanwyk does ''not'' have cancer.

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--> '''Fleth''': Accorind '''Fletch''': According to this hospital, Alan Stanwyk does ''not'' have cancer.



--> '''Fleth''': Has Alan ever mentioned the name Sally Ann Cavanaugh?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': ({Beat}) Boy, what in ''the hell's'' the matter with you?
--> '''Fleth''': He has mentioned her?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': Of course he has. [[spoiler:It's his wife.]]

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--> '''Fleth''': '''Fletch''': Has Alan ever mentioned the name Sally Ann Cavanaugh?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': ({Beat}) *{{Beat}}* Boy, what in ''the hell's'' the matter with you?
--> '''Fleth''': '''Fletch''': He has mentioned her?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': Of course he has. [[spoiler:It's his wife.]]wife!]]



--> '''Fleth''': [[spoiler: You're planning on killing me, aren't you?]]

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--> '''Fleth''': '''Fletch''': [[spoiler: You're planning on killing me, aren't you?]]

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* GoldDigger: Stanwyk is pegged as one after marrying his boss' daughter, CEO of Boyd Aviation. Said father-in-law came prepared and has him hold no stock whatsoever. [[spoiler:And he has another wife in Utah.]]
--> Larry: Married Boyd aviation. He's no dummy, that's big money.

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* GambitPileUp: Let's see...
** Fletch is investigating the beaches trying to bust the drug traffic.
** Alan Stanwyk asks him to mercy kill him on thursday to avoid the pain of dying from bone cancer for $50,000, in exchange for a staged burglary and a one way ticket to Rio, mistaking him for a junkie.
** Fletch finds out that Alan has been flying weekly to his parents’ home state of Utah, spending $3,000,000 on a ranch using Gail’s money. [[spoiler:It was only 3 thousand, though.]]
** On the beach, Fletch’s friend Gummy is kidnapped by cops, and at the same time ignoring him busting a window with a rock. Serious OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
** Speaking of cops, Chief of Police Jerry Karlin is buddy buddy with Stanwyk.
** The second Fletch returns from Utah, he’s confronted in his apartment by cops, planting heroin on him. [[spoiler:And Karlin threatens to kill him if he doesn’t stop the beach story.]]
** While checking Alan’s personal plane, he finds out from the crew that he uses enough fuel to go to pretty much South America and back.
** Gail comments that she’s never even met Alan’s parents, which is odd considering he visits their hometown so often.
** While trailing Stanwyk, he finds him making a trade with Karlin. [[spoiler:Afterwards, Karlin sicks every cop in the city on Fletch.]]
** Stanwyk has a flight for Rio set up to go with a woman named Sally Ann Cavanaugh, a woman who packed up everything at her home in Provo, Utah...Alan’s hometown.
** Fletch visits Alan’s parents, and finds out who Sally Ann is: [[spoiler:His wife!]]
** Fletch disguises himself and gets a confession from Gummy and Fat Sam: [[spoiler:Chief Karlin has been blackmailing them the whole time. And getting his drugs from south america.]]
** [[spoiler:When Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyk, he learns that dying of bone cancer is pure crap. He also recognizes that Stanwyk was a gold digger who married the daughter of the aviation company he worked for. He then uses said daughter/his wife to secretly steal 3 million dollars from her. Gale’s minor comment to Fletch about looking like the same size as Alan fills him in on Alan’s plan to kill Fletch and burn him to pose as his dead body, while using Fletch’s passports to go to South America with his wife. Oh, and to top it off, he was married for years to Sally Ann Cavanaugh years before he moved south, making him a bigamist.]]
** [[spoiler:Fletch also finds out that Chief Karlin is using his officers and blackmailed former felons to deal drugs on the beach. And Stanwyk has been using his personal plane to smuggle drugs for him. And the trade mentioned earlier, Karlin gave Stanwyk 800 grand for the next deal, which he was planning on taking with him, leaving Karlin to take the heat.]]
** [[spoiler:When Fletch, Gail, Stanwyk, and Karlin confront each other at the mansion, it leads to a big fight.]]

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* AwfulWeddedLife: It's clear Gail feels this way with Alan. [[spoiler:Makes sense, given he's already married to another woman.]]

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* WhamLine: The first film has three:
** Right at the beginning when Fletch is investigating Stanwyk's health:
--> '''Fleth''': Accorind to this hospital, Alan Stanwyk does ''not'' have cancer.
** Another with Stanwyk's parents:
--> '''Fleth''': Has Alan ever mentioned the name Sally Ann Cavanaugh?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': ({Beat}) Boy, what in ''the hell's'' the matter with you?
--> '''Fleth''': He has mentioned her?
--> '''Mr. Stanwyk''': Of course he has. [[spoiler:It's his wife.]]
** And right at the end, that reveals everything involving Stanwyk:
--> '''Fleth''': [[spoiler: You're planning on killing me, aren't you?]]

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: [[spoiler:Alan Stanwyk was from Utah, marries high school sweetheart Sally Ann Cavanagh, moves to Los Angeles to be a pilot, goes GoldDigger and marries ''a second time'' the daughter of his boss, Gail Boyd, becoming the Vice President. But he doesn't own any stock in the company. So he becomes a drug smuggler for Chief of Police Karlin. And he figures that somewhere along the way, his GambitPileUp will be found out so he decides to fake his death, using Fletch as a body double, not realizing he's a reporter. While at the same time tricking Gail into giving him 3 million dollars of her stocks, and Karlin 8 thousand dollars for the next drug deal.]]

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