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* At the end of the [[ChaseScene car chase]] in TheMovie, Reacher hides himself in a crowd so that the police wouldn't find him. Then a random civilian hands him his hat so he could hide from the police.

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* At the end of the [[ChaseScene car chase]] in TheMovie, Reacher hides himself in a crowd so that the police wouldn't find him. Then a random civilian hands him his hat so he could hide from the police.his face.


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** And by "hides himself in a crowd", we mean that Jack steps out of his still-moving vehicle and strolls up to the crowd calm as you please without saying a word. ''Then'' the rest of the chase scene catches up...
** And the cherry on top is Jack's now-empty vehicle coming to a stop by bumping into the police car that pulled up in front of it to block its path.


** [[GenreSavvy Reacher]] finds himself trying to track a clandestine agent in a city by looking at a map. The area in question includes four small parks: "Which meant maybe eight benches available, and probably pigeons to feed, which was what spies did in the movies he saw."

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** [[GenreSavvy Reacher]] Reacher finds himself trying to track a clandestine agent in a city by looking at a map. The area in question includes four small parks: "Which meant maybe eight benches available, and probably pigeons to feed, which was what spies did in the movies he saw."


* An agent from a particularly unstable part of the world has to go watch a soccer game on TV. He doesn't mind, since it's part of his cover. Besides, as he [[BlackComedy casually notes:]]

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* ** An agent from a particularly unstable part of the world has to go watch a soccer game on TV. He doesn't mind, since it's part of his cover. Besides, as he [[BlackComedy casually notes:]]



* At one point, a colleague of Reacher's asks via phone for a personnel jacket to be delivered to their hotel room. The moment she puts down the phone, there's a knock on the door. [[InstantHomeDelivery Reacher is momentarily very impressed,]] before remembering that reality doesn't work that way.
* Reacher and Neagley discuss the possibility of spending a large fortune on stolen military supplies, and making it look like any other inventory error. They don't seem to have a lot of ideas for what the supplies could be. Mainly, they just talk about Reacher's (military-issue and mistakenly shipped) pants for a while.

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* ** At one point, a colleague of Reacher's asks via phone for a personnel jacket to be delivered to their hotel room. The moment she puts down the phone, there's a knock on the door. [[InstantHomeDelivery Reacher is momentarily very impressed,]] before remembering that reality doesn't work that way.
* ** Reacher and Neagley discuss the possibility of spending a large fortune on stolen military supplies, and making it look like any other inventory error. They don't seem to have a lot of ideas for what the supplies could be. Mainly, they just talk about Reacher's (military-issue and mistakenly shipped) pants for a while.



* Reacher's [[TheComicallySerious reaction]] to some brightly-painted buildings is to wonder if they're supposed to be kid-friendly. "Reacher couldn't see how. He had been a serious kid. He felt the [[TastesLikeDiabetes relentless cheerfulness]] would have driven him mad."
* A RunningGag through the story is Reacher rubbing it in Germans' faces that they lost World War II. Eventually, he gets to a point where a German officer just lets the Americans take charge, "possibly because of realpolitik, which was a German word for knowing when you're beat."

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* ** Reacher's [[TheComicallySerious reaction]] to some brightly-painted buildings is to wonder if they're supposed to be kid-friendly. "Reacher couldn't see how. He had been a serious kid. He felt the [[TastesLikeDiabetes relentless cheerfulness]] would have driven him mad."
* ** A RunningGag through the story is Reacher rubbing it in Germans' faces that they lost World War II. Eventually, he gets to a point where a German officer just lets the Americans take charge, "possibly because of realpolitik, which was a German word for knowing when you're beat."



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* In ''Night School'', there are quite a few funny moments, many courtesy of the banter between Reacher and Neagley:
** Reacher's half-assed attempt to not tell Neagley what his attendance of the titular "school" (a cover for a secret assignment) is actually for.
-->'''Reacher:''' It's a school.
-->'''Neagley:''' No it isn't. The course title doesn't even make sense.
-->'''Reacher:''' They never make sense.
-->'''Neagley:''' This one is worse than usual.
-->'''Reacher:''' [[BlatantLies It's a school.]]
-->'''Neagley:''' They wouldn't do that to you. Not while Garber lives and breathes.
-->'''Reacher:''' I can't discuss it. It's too boring.
** [[GenreSavvy Reacher]] finds himself trying to track a clandestine agent in a city by looking at a map. The area in question includes four small parks: "Which meant maybe eight benches available, and probably pigeons to feed, which was what spies did in the movies he saw."
** Later, Reacher and Neagley are floundering while trying to find someone from the military.
-->'''Neagley:''' No one knows what to do next. No one knows if it's something or nothing.
-->'''Reacher:''' We should put those words on our unit patch. [[HeroicSelfDeprecation Like a motto on a scroll below two crossed question marks.]]
* An agent from a particularly unstable part of the world has to go watch a soccer game on TV. He doesn't mind, since it's part of his cover. Besides, as he [[BlackComedy casually notes:]]
--> Soccer wasn't so bad. [[MoodWhiplash He had once seen it played with a human head. He said, "OK."]]
* At one point, a colleague of Reacher's asks via phone for a personnel jacket to be delivered to their hotel room. The moment she puts down the phone, there's a knock on the door. [[InstantHomeDelivery Reacher is momentarily very impressed,]] before remembering that reality doesn't work that way.
* Reacher and Neagley discuss the possibility of spending a large fortune on stolen military supplies, and making it look like any other inventory error. They don't seem to have a lot of ideas for what the supplies could be. Mainly, they just talk about Reacher's (military-issue and mistakenly shipped) pants for a while.
-->'''Neagley:''' You think someone just bought a hundred million dollars' worth of pants?
-->'''Reacher:''' Not specifically pants.
-->'''Neagley:''' Shirts?
* Reacher's [[TheComicallySerious reaction]] to some brightly-painted buildings is to wonder if they're supposed to be kid-friendly. "Reacher couldn't see how. He had been a serious kid. He felt the [[TastesLikeDiabetes relentless cheerfulness]] would have driven him mad."
* A RunningGag through the story is Reacher rubbing it in Germans' faces that they lost World War II. Eventually, he gets to a point where a German officer just lets the Americans take charge, "possibly because of realpolitik, which was a German word for knowing when you're beat."


** In order for Alice to help him, Reacher had to help her with a case involing a rich, old, white guy who refused to pay, for an accident in which a poor family's son was killed. To "persuade" the guy, Reacher scammed his way in to the guy's house,

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** In order for Alice to help him, Reacher had to help her with a case involing involving a [[AssholeVictim rich, old, white guy who refused to pay, for an accident in which a poor family's son was killed. killed.]] To "persuade" the guy, Reacher scammed his way in to the guy's house,house, confronted the guy, then started to throw expensive items out of the house until he signed a check (and the poor guy couldn't call the cops since Reacher had ripped out the telephone wire with a makeshift grappling hook from some rope and a pistol). Afterwards, just to be an asshole, Reacher then knocks over an expensive grandfather clock with a smile.

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** In order for Alice to help him, Reacher had to help her with a case involing a rich, old, white guy who refused to pay, for an accident in which a poor family's son was killed. To "persuade" the guy, Reacher scammed his way in to the guy's house,


* This exchange with Sandy:
-->''Reacher:'' I can't afford you.
-->''Sandy:'' I'm not a hooker.
-->''Reacher:'' Oh, then I really can't afford you.
-->''Sandy:'' Seriously, I work at the auto parts store.
-->''Reacher:'' What I mean is, the cheapest woman tends to be the one you pay for.
-->''Sandy:'' I am NOT a hooker!
-->''Reacher:'' [giving up] Well, a hooker would get the joke.



-->'''Reacher:''' Yeah, let's not make a big thing of it.

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-->'''Reacher:''' Yeah, let's not make a big thing of it.it.
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* In ''One Shot'', Reacher watches a (muted) TV commercial involving a 'young woman in a filmy summer dress romping through a field of wildflowers'. He can't figure out what the commercial is for. Possibly the dress. Or makeup, or shampoo, or allergy medicine. It's an understated moment, but his bemusement at the vagueness of TV commercial imagery is priceless.
** Not long after, he's staying in the third floor of a Marriott hotel, and lamenting that he can't escape through the window. He suspects that the window can't even open.
-->''Maybe the main office lawyers had been concerned about liability. [[BlackComedy Maybe they had foreseen a steady deluge of infants raining on the parking lot blacktop.]]''


* In [=''TheEnemy''=], a disillusioned and embittered Reacher finally confronts [[spoiler: the CorruptBureaucrat Willard]], with a gun in his hand. He gives a terse but vicious speech about how everything's been ruined for him now, and then [[DrivenToSuicide points the gun at his own temple.]] [[spoiler: Then he says, "Just kidding", and shoots Willard in the head.]]

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* In [=''TheEnemy''=], ''The Enemy'', a disillusioned and embittered Reacher finally confronts [[spoiler: the CorruptBureaucrat Willard]], with a gun in his hand. He gives a terse but vicious speech about how everything's been ruined for him now, and then [[DrivenToSuicide points the gun at his own temple.]] [[spoiler: Then he says, "Just kidding", and shoots Willard in the head.]]


* In ''TheEnemy'', a disillusioned and embittered Reacher finally confronts [[spoiler: the CorruptBureaucrat Willard]], with a gun in his hand. He gives a terse but vicious speech about how everything's been ruined for him now, and then [[DrivenToSuicide points the gun at his own temple.]] [[spoiler: Then he says, "Just kidding", and shoots Willard in the head.]]

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* In ''TheEnemy'', [=''TheEnemy''=], a disillusioned and embittered Reacher finally confronts [[spoiler: the CorruptBureaucrat Willard]], with a gun in his hand. He gives a terse but vicious speech about how everything's been ruined for him now, and then [[DrivenToSuicide points the gun at his own temple.]] [[spoiler: Then he says, "Just kidding", and shoots Willard in the head.]]




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\n*In ''TheEnemy'', a disillusioned and embittered Reacher finally confronts [[spoiler: the CorruptBureaucrat Willard]], with a gun in his hand. He gives a terse but vicious speech about how everything's been ruined for him now, and then [[DrivenToSuicide points the gun at his own temple.]] [[spoiler: Then he says, "Just kidding", and shoots Willard in the head.]]

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** Later, we get this exchange:
-->'''Neagley:''' Is it OK to bring guns into a church?
-->'''Reacher:''' It's OK in Texas. Probably compulsory here.

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* Towards the ending of ''Without Fail'', Reacher and Neagley are preparing for the story's final confrontation, and start their morning in a motel. (Bear in mind that these are two tough-as-nails military veterans.) First, Reacher overhears Neagley singing in the shower in the next room over. Then he goes to get a hot shower himself, which apparently makes Neagley's shower go cold, seeing as she screams suddenly when he turns the water on. He wisely turns the water back off and waits his turn, and neither of them mention a word of it afterward. The entire sequence is completely understated, but sticks wildly out of place in an otherwise deadly serious part of the story.





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\n\n* In ''Never Go Back'', Reacher talks about his primeval urge to wander and spread his DNA around like the Vikings. His companion, a GirlOfTheWeek, tells him to shut up; [[ItMakesSenseInContext he has a paternity suit waiting.]]



** When Alice and Reacher are looking at Carmen Greer's medical reports for evidence of domestic abuse, they start at the beginning. The narrative launches into a long, immaculately detailed paragraph about the circumstances and procedures of her daughter Ellie's birth, from gynecology to fetal monitors to times of day for the process of labor, all concluding that Carmen was born perfectly viable and then it helpfully notes that the birth report did ''not'' mention facial bruising, or a split lip, or loosened teeth.

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** When Alice and Reacher are looking at Carmen Greer's medical reports for evidence of domestic abuse, they start at the beginning. The narrative launches into a long, immaculately detailed paragraph about the circumstances and procedures of her daughter Ellie's birth, from gynecology to fetal monitors to times of day for the process of labor, all concluding that Carmen Ellie was born perfectly viable and then it helpfully notes that the birth report did ''not'' mention facial bruising, or a split lip, or loosened teeth.

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