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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Blaine tries to trick the police into arresting Frank, the two dressed alike. Steve asks Frank about what a person told him in confession. Frank says he can't tell her that and Frank announces to the cops this is the real Frank as only a true priest would go to jail rather than break the sanctity of confession.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Blaine tries to trick the police into arresting Frank, the two dressed alike. Steve asks Frank about what a person told him in confession. Frank says he can't tell her that and Frank Steve announces to the cops this is the real Frank as only a true priest would go to jail rather than break the sanctity of confession.


* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Blaine tries to trick the police into arresting Frank, the two dressed alike. Steve asks Frank about what a person told him in confession. Frank says he can't tell her that and Frank announces to the cops this is the real guy as only a true priest would go to jail rather than break the sanctity of confession.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Blaine tries to trick the police into arresting Frank, the two dressed alike. Steve asks Frank about what a person told him in confession. Frank says he can't tell her that and Frank announces to the cops this is the real guy Frank as only a true priest would go to jail rather than break the sanctity of confession.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Blaine tries to trick the police into arresting Frank, the two dressed alike. Steve asks Frank about what a person told him in confession. Frank says he can't tell her that and Frank announces to the cops this is the real guy as only a true priest would go to jail rather than break the sanctity of confession.


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* ExoticDetective.TheExoticDetective


* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul against a JuryOfTheDamned.

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* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', ''Film/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul against a JuryOfTheDamned.


* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul against a JuryOfTheDamned.

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* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul against a JuryOfTheDamned.


Starring [[HappyDays Tom Bosley]], Tracy Nelson, James Stephens, and [[SisterAct Mary Wickes]], this show got its start as a TV movie in 1987. It became a series in 1989 and ran until 1991, during the course of which it switched from ABC to CBS for its final two seasons. Set in Chicago, Illinois, it involved the main characters, Father Francis "Frank" Dowling and Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski, stumbling across murders and other such crimes, and solving them. Father Dowling has an assistant, Father Prestwick, who often finds himself filling in for Father Dowling in church matters when the latter is out investigating.

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Starring [[HappyDays [[Series/HappyDays Tom Bosley]], Tracy Nelson, James Stephens, and [[SisterAct [[Film/SisterAct Mary Wickes]], this show got its start as a TV movie in 1987. It became a series in 1989 and ran until 1991, during the course of which it switched from ABC to CBS for its final two seasons. Set in Chicago, Illinois, it involved the main characters, Father Francis "Frank" Dowling and Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski, stumbling across murders and other such crimes, and solving them. Father Dowling has an assistant, Father Prestwick, who often finds himself filling in for Father Dowling in church matters when the latter is out investigating.


** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood.

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** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie Steve {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood.


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* PlatonicLifePartners: Steve and Frank.


* CatchPhrase: Father Dowling's:
-->"Father Phil, could you take 10 o'clock Mass? I've got a murder to solve."
* {{Delinquents}}: Sister Steve was one of these before she became a nun, hence her leet hotwiring skillz.

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* CatchPhrase: Father Dowling's:
-->"Father Phil, could you take 10 o'clock Mass? I've got a murder to solve."
* {{Delinquents}}: Sister Steve was one of these before she became a nun, hence her leet hotwiring skillz.street smarts. Both her brothers also have histories.


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* FriendOnTheForce: In the TV movie, Phil Keegan. In the television series, primarily Sergeant Clancey, but occasionally Lieutenant Foster.


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* NiceHat: Father Dowling's fedora.

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* PrettyInMink: When investing a crime scene in a house, there is a lynx coat around. Stephanie can't resist trying it on just once.


* SherlockHolmes: His spirit assisted Frank in one episode. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or he was hallucinating...]]

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* SherlockHolmes: Franchise/SherlockHolmes: His spirit assisted Frank in one episode. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or he was hallucinating...]]


* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul.

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* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul.soul against a JuryOfTheDamned.



** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood.

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** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood. blood.



* SherlockHolmes: His spirit assisted Frank in one episode. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or he was hallucinating...]]

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* SherlockHolmes: His spirit assisted Frank in one episode. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or he was hallucinating...]]


* DealWithTheDevil: "The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea Mystery" was essentially a remake of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', with Sister Stevie making the deal to save her brother's life and Father Dowling defending her soul.



** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood.

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** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood. blood.


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* SherlockHolmes: His spirit assisted Frank in one episode. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Or he was hallucinating...]]

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** Lampshaded in "The Hard-Boiled Mystery", where the victim is a writer friend of Father Dowling's who based his novel on one of the Father's cases. The Sister Stevie {{Expy}} is a prim, humorless woman who faints at the sight of blood.
--->'''Sister Stevie''': Talk about a wimp in a wimple.


* HollywoodNuns: Sister Steve fits the visual criteria on occasion. Mostly a subversion, however.

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* HollywoodNuns: Sister Steve fits the visual criteria on occasion. Mostly a subversion, however.however.
* [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates Unassuming Old Priest Investigates]]: The HighConcept driving the show.

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