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This show is also remembered for its super-catchy InstrumentalThemeTune, which has quite possibly the most famous bass line in TV history. If you've seen the show, you're probably [[EarWorm humming it to yourself now]].

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This show is also remembered for its super-catchy InstrumentalThemeTune, which has quite possibly the most famous bass line in TV history. If you've seen the show, you're probably [[EarWorm humming it to yourself now]].
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* RomanticCandlelitDinner: In an episode a woman is robbed by a [[DatingServiceDisaster man she met through a dating service]]; amongst her stolen valuables are a pair of silver candleholders she had set up for the dinner she was cooking for him.


** In "Fear of Flying", a citizen turns in $3500 in cash that he found, only to get very interested when he's told he can get the money back in 30 days if no one claims it. Four episodes later, in "The Kid", that same citizen shows up and collects his $3500.

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** In "Fear of Flying", a citizen turns in $3500 in cash that he found, only to get very interested when he's told he can get the money back in 30 days if no one claims it. Four episodes episodes[[note]]airing at the rate of one episode per week, so four weeks, or about 30 days[[/note]] later, in "The Kid", that same citizen shows up and collects his $3500.


->'''Yemana:''' No, I don't watch shows like that. I can't enjoy them because, being a cop myself, I spot the mistakes and inaccuracies and the fantastic things that in real life never happen.
->'''Victim:''' On the show they caught him!
->'''Yemana:''' Good example!

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->'''Yemana:''' No, I don't watch shows like that. I can't enjoy them because, being a cop myself, I spot the mistakes and inaccuracies and the fantastic things that in real life never happen.
->'''Victim:'''
happen.\\
'''Victim:'''
On the show they caught him!
->'''Yemana:'''
him!\\
'''Yemana:'''
Good example!



* DomesticAbuser: In "Heat Wave", a woman with a black eye comes in and files a complaint against her husband, who gave it to her. Fish is getting ready to go pick him up when she asks what will happen, and he tells her that since the husband was already on parole for a previous complaint, he's going to get three years. The woman sits down, and starts to reminisce about their 15-year marriage, and how he once made love to her on a field of flowers. She leaves without signing the complaint. Then, just when the story looks like it's going to end on that AmbiguousEnding, she darts back in and signs it.

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: In "Heat Wave", a woman with a black eye comes in and files a complaint against her husband, who gave it to her. Fish is getting ready to go pick him up when she asks what will happen, and he tells her that since the husband was already on parole for a previous complaint, he's going to get three years. The woman sits down, and starts to reminisce about their 15-year marriage, and how he once made love to her on a field of flowers. She leaves without signing the complaint. Then, just when the story looks like it's going to end on that AmbiguousEnding, she darts back in and signs it.



--->'''Victim''': Oh my....and him a Captain!
--->'''Dietrich''': Nutritionally, he's still a child.

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--->'''Victim''': Oh my....and him a Captain!
--->'''Dietrich''':
Captain!\\
'''Dietrich''':
Nutritionally, he's still a child.



-->'''Levitt''': "I thought 'macho' meant macho!"

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-->'''Levitt''': --->'''Levitt''': "I thought 'macho' meant macho!"

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* SeriouslyScruffy: After Dietrich is sequestered in a hotel room with Harris and Mr. Ling in "Chinatown (Part 2)", he develops a shabby-looking 5 o'clock shadow when Barn comes over in the hope that Mr. Ling would testify; Ling chooses not to get involved or testify primarily due to fear of gang retribution.

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* YouJustHadToSayIt: From "The Clown", when investigating the mugging of William "Bingo" Krebs:
-->'''Harris''': Sounds like our man, huh?\\
'''Bingo''': What man?\\
'''Barney''': I'm afraid you were the third clown to be assualted in this precinct in the last two weeks.\\
'''Harris''': I didn't have the heart to say it.

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* AppealToFamilialWisdom: Yemana will often quote his father, who gave a great philosophical quote. Unfortunately, they tend to get mangled in the translation form the original Japanese.

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** Fish experiences one in Part 2 of "Good-bye, Mr. Fish" when Barney tells Fish that he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 63:
-->'''Barney''': The rules say you have to retire at 63.\\
'''Fish''': Rules are made by men and rules can be changed by men! I know the Commissioner, I've known him for 20 years and I'm going to have a talk with him... I'll talk to him and everything's gonna be alright.\\
'''Barney''': This is not the last day of your life, Fish.\\
'''Fish''': I'm a man with a record, Barney. You think they're going to force ''me'' out? '''Not me!''' A man with my experiences, my accommodations? '''Not me'''! [''tears in his eyes as his voice breaks''] Not me...

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** And in the series finale, when Luger visits the guys before the precinct closes, he calls Levitt "Levine" again. Levitt angrily responds, "For the ''last'' time, Inspector, it's Levitt! ''Officer Carl E. Levitt!''" Luger then tells him, "No... ''Sergeant'' Carl E. Levitt."


** References to detectives Amenguale and Wentworth working elsewhere in the police department continued after their actors left the show. When Jack Soo died, Yemana was occasionally remembered fondly with wistful glances at his old desk, without specifying what had happened to him. In fact, an entire ''episode'' revolved around Yemana's desk. Levitt protested its removal because without it he had less chance of getting his occasional assignments to work with the detectives, proving himself worthy of promotion. Barney came to regret having had it removed, and decided it wasn't enough just to get another desk; he demanded ''that'' desk back, and got it.

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** References to detectives Amenguale and Wentworth working elsewhere in the police department continued after their actors left the show. When Jack Soo died, Yemana was occasionally remembered fondly with wistful glances at his old desk, without specifying what had happened to him. In fact, an entire ''episode'' revolved around Yemana's desk.desk, starting in "The Judge" (season 6, episode 9). Levitt protested its removal because without it he had less chance of getting his occasional assignments to work with the detectives, proving himself worthy of promotion. Barney came to regret having had it removed, and decided it wasn't enough just to get another desk; he demanded ''that'' desk back, and got it.



* {{Lobotomy}}: "The Desk" featured a former criminal who who was rendered mentally incompetent by his amygdalectomy. Arnold Ripner [[EvenEvilHasStandards threatens to sue the surgeon free of charge]] should he try it again.

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* {{Lobotomy}}: "The Desk" Desk"[[note]]see Premature Encapsulation, below[[/note]] featured a former criminal who who was rendered mentally incompetent by his amygdalectomy. Arnold Ripner [[EvenEvilHasStandards threatens to sue the surgeon free of charge]] should he try it again.

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* CloudCuckoolander: Many of the Bellevue candidates (others just cracked under pressure), but sometimes other visitors as well. In "Hot Dogs," a man making a missing person's report for his wife shows her picture: Creator/JeanHarlow.
* TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight: As with most of the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane examples below.
** In the first season episode "Escape Artist," a man is brought in after attempting to leap off a roof with homemade wings. He escapes the Bellevue attendants, leaps off the station roof, and flies to the ground (Yemana: "As pretty as anything you ever saw.") {{Lampshaded}} when Barney is told they took him to Bellevue: "I don't know what for!"


** Save one onscreen appearance in the early episode "The Guest", Desk Sergeant Kogan qualifies, as he gets a mention every three episodes or so afterward.

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** Save one onscreen appearance six appearances in the early episode "The Guest", first two seasons and a background glimpse in the opening credits for awhile, Desk Sergeant Kogan qualifies, as he gets a mention every three episodes or so afterward.


* EverybodyDidIt: In "The RAND Report" Fish is dispatched to investigate a series of robberies at an old folks' home. He discovers that all the old folks have been stealing from each other in order to liven things up.

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* EverybodyDidIt: In "The RAND Report" Report", Fish is dispatched to investigate a series of robberies at an old folks' home. He discovers that all the old folks have been stealing from each other in order to liven things up.


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* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: In "The Arrival", Vincent Brysom, a member of MENSA, becomes so dissatisfied with the intellectual life that he burglarizes MENSA's offices.


-->'''Dietrich''': 1 down, 11 to go.[note]The man who'd been held in the cell with Jesus said he believed him and would be his first modern disciple.[[/note]]\\

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-->'''Dietrich''': 1 down, 11 to go.[note]The [[note]]The man who'd been held in the cell with Jesus said he believed him and would be his first modern disciple.[[/note]]\\


-->'''Dietrich''': 1 down, 11 to go.\\

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-->'''Dietrich''': 1 down, 11 to go.\\[note]The man who'd been held in the cell with Jesus said he believed him and would be his first modern disciple.[[/note]]\\

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