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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a season. With the twist that all the cops are working in and Halloween is supposedly the busiest night of the year for them, so it's more of a dark-shady-backside-of-Halloween episode, really. They do get into costumes in the end. In the second season's Halloween episode, in which several characters are seen in costume, though the audience can't tell it's them at first. Charles is the one who loves costumes and Halloween the most, and others prank him or ridicule him. The show has also a unique thing going on: annual Halloween heist-slash-bet, each year more elaborate than the previous one.

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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a season. With the twist that all the cops are working in and Halloween is supposedly the busiest night of the year for them, so it's more of a dark-shady-backside-of-Halloween episode, really. They do get into costumes in the end. In the second season's Halloween episode, in which several characters are seen in costume, though the audience can't tell it's them at first. Charles is the one who loves costumes and Halloween the most, and others prank him or ridicule him. The show has also a unique thing going on: annual Halloween heist-slash-bet, [[HeistEpisode heist-slash-bet]], each year more elaborate than the previous one.


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* HeistEpisode: Usually doubling up with HalloweenEpisode. Every Halloween (and in season 6, Cinco de Mayo), the characters challenge each other to steal something within the precinct (usually for bragging rights). The stakes and competitiveness rise every year, and the plans are elaborate and involve a lot of theft and betrayal.

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* IntimateHairBrushing:
** In a Running Gag, Charles Boyle keeps suggesting the most romantic move of all times: washing your beloved's hair. He's also obsessed with shampoos.
** Episode "The Room" has Rosa appearing in a new Gag Haircut for every different scene. She dates a woman who's training to become a stylist and she practices on Rosa. Some of them are new cuts, some use hair extensions and she even wears one elaborate updo that would be ok for a ball, but is quite impractical for a detective working a murder case.


* RealTime: Episode "Ticking Clocks". Peralta and Diaz have 19 minutes to catch a hacker who is somewhere in the precinct building, hacking in to their servers.

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* RealTime: Episode "Ticking Clocks". Peralta and Diaz have 19 minutes to catch a hacker who is somewhere in the precinct building, hacking in to their servers. The episode starts off with Scully and Hitchcock putting a lasagna in the microwave and setting it to cook for 21:30--the exact length of the episode. TheStinger to the episode has Scully and Hitchcock eating said lasagna.


** There's also the False Accusations arc from seasons 4-5.

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** There's also the False Accusations arc from seasons 4-5. 4-5.
* DeskSweepOfPassion: Jake goes to visit Sophia in her office and dramatically sweeps everything off of her desk so they can make out. Sophia then quietly points out that her desk is the other desk in the office, on the opposite side of the room.

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* FlirtyStepsiblings: Charles and Gina fall into this sometimes, due to their history together and Charles' tendency to be inadvertently inappropriate.
-->'''Charles:''' Brother to sister, you've never looked sexier.


* RealStitchesForFakeSnitches: Invoked when the team stages an attempt on the life of a corrupt FBI agent who refused to testify against the mobster he was working for to make him think the mobster was trying to kill him to make sure he couldn't testify. This causes the agent to give up an incriminating file that brings down the mobster's organization.


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* RealStitchesForFakeSnitches: Invoked when the team stages an attempt on the life of a corrupt FBI agent who refused to testify against the mobster he was working for to make him think the mobster was trying to kill him to make sure he couldn't testify. This causes the agent to give up an incriminating file that brings down the mobster's organization.
* RealTime: Episode "Ticking Clocks". Peralta and Diaz have 19 minutes to catch a hacker who is somewhere in the precinct building, hacking in to their servers.

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** After finding out what Hitchcock and Scully were like in their prime.
--> '''Jake:''' You guys were so cool and alert and job-doing.


* VitriolicBestBuds: Peralta and Santiago are constantly snarking at and competing against each other, but deep down they clearly like and respect each other a great deal.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: In the annual Halloween heist--a complete free-for-all this year--Jake manages to steal the belt from Amy's desk safe. She figured it out and tracked Jake to the evidence room where it was hidden. When she realizes that Jake has replaced the belt text with "Amy Santiago, will you marry me?" she turns around to see Jake on a knee with a ring]].



* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: In the pilot Sgt. Jeffords mentions Scully, Hitchcock and ''Daniels'' as worthless detectives, who make decent coffee. While Scully and Hitchcock go on to become series regulars, Daniels is never even mentioned after the pilot.
** What happened to Bernice in "Full Boyle"? She and Peralta got along really well but she just sort of disappeared at the end of the date.
** What happened to the father of Gina's baby? He was introduced as an amazing guy in a relationship with Gina, and Boyle's cousin to boot, but after Gina gives birth there's no sign of him or mention of how the relationship panned out. The guy seemed excited to be a father, but all dialogue indicates that Gina is raising the baby alone.



* WilliamTelling: "Old School": Played for laughs. Drunk detective Jake Peralta and Brogan, an author who wrote his favourite book about cops and real life crime, play William Tell... with darts. Jake has a lemon on his head and Brogan hits Jake's chest with a dart.



* VitriolicBestBuds: Peralta and Santiago are constantly snarking at and competing against each other, but deep down they clearly like and respect each other a great deal.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: In the annual Halloween heist--a complete free-for-all this year--Jake manages to steal the belt from Amy's desk safe. She figured it out and tracked Jake to the evidence room where it was hidden. When she realizes that Jake has replaced the belt text with "Amy Santiago, will you marry me?" she turns around to see Jake on a knee with a ring]].
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: In the pilot Sgt. Jeffords mentions Scully, Hitchcock and ''Daniels'' as worthless detectives, who make decent coffee. While Scully and Hitchcock go on to become series regulars, Daniels is never even mentioned after the pilot.
** What happened to Bernice in "Full Boyle"? She and Peralta got along really well but she just sort of disappeared at the end of the date.
** What happened to the father of Gina's baby? He was introduced as an amazing guy in a relationship with Gina, and Boyle's cousin to boot, but after Gina gives birth there's no sign of him or mention of how the relationship panned out. The guy seemed excited to be a father, but all dialogue indicates that Gina is raising the baby alone.


** Amy's tolerance and reaction to alcohol is measured on a scale. One-Drink Amy gets a little spacey. Two-Drink Amy talks loudly. Three-Drink Amy is "dancepants" Amy. Four-Drink Amy is a bit of a pervert. Five-Drink Amy is "weirdly confident". Six-Drink Amy gets depressed very easily etc.



** Hitchcock manages to cut himself at every opportunity.

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** Hitchcock manages to cut himself at every opportunity.opportunity, no matter how unlikely it is.
** Hitchcock's perverted DirtyOldMan tendencies pop up often.

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** Teddy is the most boring man in America. His only interest is drinking pilsners, making pilsners, bottling pilsners, talking about pilsners...

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** Nobody knows anything personal about Rosa, especially in the first and second season. Whenever something about her life is mentioned, it contradicts her badass exterior (jewelry making, trained in gymnastic, does yoga, she likes ''Gilmore Girls'' etc.)


** Flashbacks to Holt's past career in the 1970s and 1980s--which provide an excellent excuse to dress Andre Braugher up in an afro-wig and a collection of extremely tasteless suits--tend to pop up quite frequently.

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** Flashbacks to Holt's past career in the 1970s and 1980s--which provide an excellent excuse to dress give Andre Braugher an era-appropriate moustache, dress him up in an afro-wig and a collection of extremely tasteless suits--tend to pop up quite frequently.



** Hitchcock manages to cut himself at every opportunity.



** Byole has numerous family members who all have weird habits, weirder than Boyle. Many of his male cousins have traditionally feminine names, e.g. Becca, Pam or Lynn.

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** Byole has numerous family members who all have weird habits, weirder than Boyle. Many of his male cousins family members have traditionally feminine names, e.g. Becca, Pam or Lynn.


* {{Corpsing}}:
** In [[Recap/BrooklynNineNineS2E06JakeAndSophia "Jake and Sophia"]], during the ColdOpen when Holt says "I'd like to play", Rosa's actress Stephanie Beatriz corpses and tries to cover her mouth with her hand. In the rest of the scene she's stoic as usual for Rosa. It was probably the really quick way the "I'd like to play" line is delivered in that and previous takes that caused the corpsing. And narrowly avoided at the end of the scene, after Holt's "hot damn!" The immediate cut to the opening credits following it was required because, according to Stephanie Beatriz, no one could keep straight faces long enough to properly finish the take.
* CourtroomAntic: Not quite a courtroom, but at Peralta's suspension hearing Jeffords has the other members of the squad stall the proceedings in order to buy time for Peralta, Santiago and Holt to find the evidence that will clear Peralta. This leads to Boyle engaging in extended {{Wangst}}ing over his recent break-up with his fiancée, Diaz spacing out her syllables by several seconds, and Gina bombarding the panel with [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker Emoji-speak]].

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* {{Corpsing}}:
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{{Corpsing}}: In [[Recap/BrooklynNineNineS2E06JakeAndSophia "Jake and Sophia"]], during the ColdOpen when Holt says "I'd like to play", Rosa's actress Stephanie Beatriz corpses and tries to cover her mouth with her hand. In the rest of the scene she's stoic as usual for Rosa. It was probably the really quick way the "I'd like to play" line is delivered in that and previous takes that caused the corpsing. And narrowly avoided at the end of the scene, after Holt's "hot damn!" The immediate cut to the opening credits following it was required because, according to Stephanie Beatriz, no one could keep straight faces long enough to properly finish the take.
* CourtroomAntic: CourtroomAntic:
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Not quite a courtroom, but at Peralta's suspension hearing Jeffords has the other members of the squad stall the proceedings in order to buy time for Peralta, Santiago and Holt to find the evidence that will clear Peralta. This leads to Boyle engaging in extended {{Wangst}}ing over his recent break-up with his fiancée, Diaz spacing out her syllables by several seconds, and Gina bombarding the panel with [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker Emoji-speak]].



* DarkerAndEdgier: The Figgis story arc from seasons 3-4.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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The Figgis story arc from seasons 3-4.



* FreudianSlip: Happens to Jake when his {{UST}} with Amy starts to reach critical mass.
-->'''Santiago:''' Why doesn't your mouth work?\\

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* FreudianSlip: FreudianSlip:
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Happens to Jake when his {{UST}} with Amy starts to reach critical mass.
-->'''Santiago:''' --->'''Santiago:''' Why doesn't your mouth work?\\



* FriendsRentControl: Played with in Season 1. Jake lives in a very large apartment that he would probably have a hard time affording even if he didn't have great personal finance habits (he doesn't, at all). He mentions that his grandmother negotiated a rent control deal decades earlier and he is benefitting from that, driving his rent way down. However, he loses the apartment anyway when the building goes Co-Op and he can't afford to buy the place. Gina ends up buying it and subletting her old one-room studio apartment to Jake.

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* FriendsRentControl: Played with in Season 1. Jake lives in a very large apartment that he would probably have a hard time affording even if he didn't have great personal finance habits (he doesn't, at all). He mentions that his grandmother negotiated a rent control deal decades earlier and he is benefitting benefiting from that, driving his rent way down. However, he loses the apartment anyway when the building goes Co-Op and he can't afford to buy the place. Gina ends up buying it and subletting her old one-room studio apartment to Jake.



* TheGenericGuy: Amusingly enough, both Holt and his husband Kevin take on traits of this for laughs. Their tastes range from high brow to utterly bland. Among Holt's favorite meals includes a bottle of water and a plain scone.
* GeniusDitz: Gina seems like an incredibly self-centered and shallow idiot, but she has some people skills as a civilian that the cops, too immersed in their jobs as they are, lack. She also passes her astronomy final test after studying for a single night and is the only one that immediately perceives Holts' homosexuality after meeting him.

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* TheGenericGuy: Amusingly enough, both Holt and his husband Kevin take on traits of this for laughs. Their tastes range from high brow to utterly bland. Among Holt's favorite meals includes a bottle of water and a plain scone.
scone. Kevin want to cook ''rice'' for a dinner with guests.
* GeniusDitz: GeniusDitz:
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Gina seems like an incredibly self-centered and shallow idiot, but she has some people skills as a civilian that the cops, too immersed in their jobs as they are, lack. She also passes her astronomy final test after studying for a single night and is the only one that immediately perceives Holts' homosexuality after meeting him.



* GilliganCut: It's a comedy, so yeah.
** The one with Gina's house broken into, where Gina becomes so fearful and insecure that she threatens Amy and Rosa with a civilian complaint for what appears to be them slacking off (despite clearly being a red tape thing). They scoff at the idea--cut to Holt yelling at them for getting a civilian complaint.

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* GilliganCut: It's a comedy, so yeah.
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The one with Gina's house apartment broken into, where Gina becomes so fearful and insecure that she threatens Amy and Rosa with a civilian complaint for what appears to be them slacking off (despite clearly being a red tape thing). They scoff at the idea--cut to Holt yelling at them for getting a civilian complaint.



** Scully opens with this in "48 Hours," even though both the bits of news he delivers [[FromBadToWorse turn out to be bad]].
** Shows up again in "Operation: Broken Feather." In this case, the good news is that they made a ton of busts... the bad news is that they have to process a mountain of paperwork by the next day.

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** Scully opens with this in "48 Hours," Hours", even though both the bits of news he delivers [[FromBadToWorse turn out to be bad]].
** Shows up again in "Operation: Broken Feather." Feather". In this case, the good news is that they made a ton of busts... the bad news is that they have to process a mountain of paperwork by the next day.



* GratuitousJapanese: Terry and his fling from Japan when he was on a foreign exchange program.

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* GratuitousJapanese: Terry and his fling from Japan speak Japanese when he was on has a flashback from his foreign exchange program.



* HalloweenEpisode: With the twist that all the cops are working in and Halloween is supposedly the busiest night of the year for them, so it's more of a dark-shady-backside-of-Halloween episode, really. They do get into costumes in the end.
** Played a bit straighter in the second season's Halloween episode, in which several characters are seen in costume, though the audience can't tell it's them at first.

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* HalloweenEpisode: Once a season. With the twist that all the cops are working in and Halloween is supposedly the busiest night of the year for them, so it's more of a dark-shady-backside-of-Halloween episode, really. They do get into costumes in the end.
** Played a bit straighter in
end. In the second season's Halloween episode, in which several characters are seen in costume, though the audience can't tell it's them at first.first. Charles is the one who loves costumes and Halloween the most, and others prank him or ridicule him. The show has also a unique thing going on: annual Halloween heist-slash-bet, each year more elaborate than the previous one.



--> '''Holt:''' "I see a pair of thick, weighty breasts and all logic flies out the window."

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--> '''Holt:''' "I I see a pair of thick, weighty breasts and all logic flies out the window."



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Detective Dave Majors, the Swedish Interpol agents (who are good cops despite their snooty condescending attitudes towards Jake and Rosa), and Teddy (who is a competent, honest cop despite being a StalkerWithACrush towards Amy).
** These examples stand out because whenever the main characters have to work with other cops they usually turn out to be crooked (Stevie, Bob, Hawkins) or incompetent (Jack Danger, C.J., the Vulture)

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Detective Dave Majors, the Swedish Interpol agents (who are good cops despite their snooty condescending attitudes towards Jake and Rosa), and Teddy (who is a competent, honest cop despite being a StalkerWithACrush towards Amy).
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Amy). These examples stand out because whenever the main characters have to work with other cops they usually turn out to be crooked (Stevie, Bob, Hawkins) or incompetent (Jack Danger, C.J., the Vulture)






** Peralta taking things Santiago says out of context and claiming they'd be good titles for her sex tape. It has a neat progress: He call's them Santiago's sex tapes, then Amy's sex tapes, then has one FreudianSlip and calls it "title of our sex tape" when he tries to tell her he likes her for the first time, but immediate corrects himself. Then taken to its natural conclusion when Jake makes the joke while in bed with Amy.

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** Peralta taking things Santiago says out of context and claiming they'd be good titles for her sex tape. It has a neat progress: He call's them Santiago's sex tapes, then Amy's sex tapes, then has one FreudianSlip and calls it "title of our sex tape" when he tries to tell her he likes her for the first time, but immediate immediately corrects himself. Then taken to its natural conclusion when Jake makes the joke while in bed with Amy.


** Early on they seemed to be setting flashbacks to the tenure of Holt's predecessor, Captain McGintley, where he leaves his office to find the rest of the station goofing off, asks what they're doing and being given a matter-of-fact answer, before simply responding "Okay." and walking back into his office. Ultimately, only a couple were shown.
** Flashbacks to Holt's past career in the 1970s and 1980s--which provide an excellent excuse to dress Andre Braugher up in an afro-wig and a collection of extremely tasteless suits--also tend to pop up quite frequently.
*** When arresting a perp, Holt has a tendency to call them a punk, to the point that when Jake arrests a serial killer in front of him he insists Jake call the perp a punk as well.
** Related to this, every perp Holt has ever arrested seems to have a cool SerialKiller nickname (the Disco Strangler, the Brooklyn Broiler, etc.).
** Peralta taking things Santiago says out of context and claiming they'd be good titles for her sex tape. Taken to its natural conclusion when Jake makes the joke while in bed with Amy.

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** Early on they seemed to be setting flashbacks to the tenure of Holt's predecessor, Captain McGintley, [=McGintley=], where he leaves his office to find the rest of the station goofing off, asks what they're doing and being given a matter-of-fact answer, before simply responding "Okay." "okay" and walking back into his office. Ultimately, only a couple were shown.
** Flashbacks to Holt's past career in the 1970s and 1980s--which provide an excellent excuse to dress Andre Braugher up in an afro-wig and a collection of extremely tasteless suits--also tend suits--tend to pop up quite frequently.
*** ** When arresting a perp, Holt has a tendency to call them a punk, to the point that when Jake arrests a serial killer in front of him he insists Jake call the perp a punk as well.
** Related to this, every Every perp Holt has ever arrested seems to have a cool SerialKiller nickname (the Disco Strangler, the Brooklyn Broiler, etc.).
** Peralta taking things Santiago says out of context and claiming they'd be good titles for her sex tape. Taken It has a neat progress: He call's them Santiago's sex tapes, then Amy's sex tapes, then has one FreudianSlip and calls it "title of our sex tape" when he tries to tell her he likes her for the first time, but immediate corrects himself. Then taken to its natural conclusion when Jake makes the joke while in bed with Amy.



** "Terry ''loves'' [X]." or "Terry ''hates'' [X]."

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** "Terry ''loves'' [X]." or "Terry ''hates'' [X]."" Terry's one liners about Terry in general.



** Boyle inevitably finds the grossest, weirdest or creepiest ways of expressing his thoughts.

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** Boyle inevitably finds the grossest, weirdest or creepiest ways of expressing his thoughts.thoughts, even though the sentiment itself may be actually rather sweet.
** Boyle's obsession with gourmet food. The weirder, the better. Foods from all over the world make an appearance. He twice connects with women over food, too: his ex-fiancee Vivian and partner Genevieve are both food obsessed as well.
** Byole has numerous family members who all have weird habits, weirder than Boyle. Many of his male cousins have traditionally feminine names, e.g. Becca, Pam or Lynn.



** Someone will mentioned Charles' adopted son Nikolaj, and Charles will tell them it is pronounced '''Nikolaj''', which is no different than how it was pronounced.
** Whenever gay Captain Holt plays a straight character (e.g. when he's undercover), he will fixate on breasts and describe them in elaborate detail.

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** Someone will mentioned Charles' adopted son Nikolaj, and Charles will tell them it is pronounced '''Nikolaj''', which is no different than how it was pronounced. \n When Nikolaj's bio dad appears, he's not satisfied with Charles' pronunciation of the name either.
** Whenever gay Captain Holt plays a straight character (e.g. when he's undercover), he will fixate on breasts and describe them in elaborate detail. detail.
** CanadaEh is often brought up, either as a nice place, but more likely as the butt of jokes. Nine-Nine people just can't help themselves and snark at how unspeakably nice and safe or boring and useless Canada is compared to Brooklyn.
** Amy loves making lists, laminating, organizing (she even reads a magazine for organizers), expensive stationary, pens, binders (she loves their smell, too), old books...
** Pimento has no sense of what's appropriate and his crazy antics get crazier every time he resurfaces. He will casually bring up horrible experiences from his years spent undercover among mafia or hiding abroad and sometimes he will refer to them as fun, like getting mugged in Argentina; next minute, he will scream that they have no idea what it's like to have to eat your own toe as a loyalty test.
** When Rosa dates Jocelyn who is at cosmetology school, she lets her go her make-up and later hair. Most noticeable in episode "The Crime Scene" where she has a different haircut for each scene, some nice and understated, but usually it's a GagHaircut.


* PercussiveMaintenance: Rosa can be seen doing this to her computer screen in the opening titles.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: Rosa can be is seen doing this to slapping her computer screen screen, trying to fix it, in the opening titles.titles. She also hits a printer (and then smashes her to pieces in anger, PercussiveTherapy style, and throws some money on top of it). She has rage issues.



* PocketDial:
** "The Funeral": Scully's pocket-dialing the Vulture is how the Vulture knows that Jake only pretends to befriend him.
--->'''Jake:''' So, what, you bugged the briefing room?\\
'''The Vulture:''' No, Scully butt-dialed me yesterday and he still hasn't hung up.
** When Terry tells the squad not to call him over the Christmas holiday, he refers to last year, in which Scully called him FIFTY times.
--->'''Scully:''' No, I only called you once. My butt called you the other 49 times.



* PreciousPuppy: One Season 1 B-plot has Holt somehow winding up with two of these that he tries to pass to someone in the team. Anyone.

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* PreciousPuppy: PreciousPuppy:
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One Season 1 B-plot has Holt somehow winding up with two of these that he tries to pass to someone in the team. Anyone.

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