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* JustGotOutOfJail: Steve, one of the candidates for sous-chef who Henry interviews in the first episode, a fact that comes to light because Henry was the one to investigate the offence he got sent down for! He still gets the job.

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** One from the local health inspector's office makes repeat visits to the restaurant in "Coddled Eggs".


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** Detective Superintendent Chalmers in "Coddled Eggs" is a CowboyCop version.


* DrinkOrder: Crabbe's is "Gin and tonic; no ice, no slice". He explains in the second episode that he doesn't trust any ice cube that he doesn't know where the water's been, and that too many places now use lemon slices that were pre-sliced in a factory somewhere and shipped to the bar in individual plastic bags; in context, he's clearly bunging it on a bit for his audience, but it's characteristic enough to be his real reason.

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* DrinkOrder: DrinkBasedCharacterization: Crabbe's is "Gin and tonic; no ice, no slice". He explains in the second episode that he doesn't trust any ice cube that he doesn't know where the water's been, and that too many places now use lemon slices that were pre-sliced in a factory somewhere and shipped to the bar in individual plastic bags; in context, he's clearly bunging it on a bit for his audience, but it's characteristic enough to be his real reason.


* OldCopYoungCop: For most of the series, the close-to-retirement DI Crabbe is paired with the younger and more idealistic WPC Cambridge. For the final season, PC Guthrie and WPC Morton come on as the new Young Cops.



* TwoferTokenMinority: Cambridge (black and female) is an in-story example; Fisher indicates at one point that he picked her for his staff because it make his equal-opportunity-employer cred look good.

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* TwoferTokenMinority: Cambridge (black and female) is an in-story example; Fisher indicates at one point that he picked her for his staff because it make makes his equal-opportunity-employer cred look good.


* BaitAndSwitch: In "Doggett's Coat and Badge", a conversation about the antique, valuable and fragile macguffin is intercut with an innocent bystander in the next room discovering its hiding place and picking it up for a closer look. The conversation is then interrupted by a loud crash. After a moment of shock and horror, it turns out it was something else that got broken and the macguffin is still safe.



* InterrogationByVandalism: In "A Matter of Taste", Margaret Crabbe is locked up in a cellar after stumbling on a conspiracy to smuggle vintage wines. She proceeds to gain her freedom by breaking the wine collection.

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In "A Matter of Taste", Margaret Crabbe is locked up in a cellar after stumbling on a conspiracy to smuggle vintage wines. She proceeds to gain her freedom by breaking the wine collection.collection.
** In "Doggett's Coat and Badge", Henry Crabbe gets increasingly annoyed as the person he's trying to help refuses to tell him what's going on. Eventually, he threatens to break the man's 50,000-pound wine collection one bottle at a time until the man starts cooperating. "I've never seen a puddle worth 50,000 pounds before." The man folds immediately.


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* SmithOfTheYard: The retired policeman Striker in "Doggett's Coat and Badge" was famous in the 1950s after catching a serial killer, and was known as Striker of the Yard.


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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: "Doggett's Coat and Badge" revolves around a struggle for possession of a unique and extremely valuable bottle of wine. During the climactic confrontation, as all the interested parties are arguing about who gets to keep it, Crabbe suggests they split it evenly and uncorks the bottle before anyone can stop him. Into the ensuing shocked silence, he explains that the bottle is of too modern construction to be the genuine article; it turns out the bottle they've spent decades fighting over is a fake whipped up by one of the previous owners after the original was accidentally broken.


''Pie in the Sky'' is a British [[TheExoticDetective Exotic Detective]] series starring Richard Griffiths, originally airing 1994-1997.

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''Pie in the Sky'' is a British [[TheExoticDetective Exotic Detective]] series starring Richard Griffiths, Creator/RichardGriffiths, originally airing 1994-1997.


%%* LeadPoliceDetective: Detective Inspector Crabbe

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%%* * LeadPoliceDetective: Detective Inspector CrabbeCrabbe is the protagonist and main detective, with Cambridge as his offsider in the early seasons and then Guthrie and Morton in the final season.


* TheInspector: Detective Inspector Crabbe


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: All three members of the Public Duties Squad, or so they'd have you believe. Crabbe was (according to rumor) sent there after his criminal conspiracy with Hooperman with sour; PC Ed Guthrie was (according to him) framed for an accident by his drink-driving superior, and we never hear WPC Jane Morton's version of events (she is rumored to have been involved in an illicit relationship with a high-ranking officer). As Crabbe says, they're all good stories regardless.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: All three members of the Public Duties Squad, or so they'd have you believe. Crabbe was (according to rumor) sent there after his criminal conspiracy with Hooperman with sour; went sour[[note]]Hooperman probably caused this to happen on purpose[[/note]]; PC Ed Guthrie was (according to him) framed for an accident by his drink-driving superior, and we never hear WPC Jane Morton's version of events (she is rumored to have been involved in an illicit relationship with a high-ranking officer). As Crabbe says, they're all good stories regardless.

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** After he rejects the first bottle he's offered, the staff simply wait five minutes and present the exact same bottle under a different name. He praises the "new vintage".

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* StealingTheCredit: Fisher, ever since he and Crabbe were lowly detectives together. There's a reason why Fisher is Assistant Chief Constable and Crabbe is only a Detective Inspector, and it's not that Fisher is a better cop than Crabbe.


Not to be confused with the '80s [[{{CBBC}} children's series]] [[http://www.forthechildren.org.uk/details.asp?pid=199 of the same name.]]

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Not to be confused with the '80s [[{{CBBC}} [[Creator/{{CBBC}} children's series]] [[http://www.forthechildren.org.uk/details.asp?pid=199 of the same name.]]

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* JuryAndWitnessTampering: In "Ugly Customers", several members of a divided jury receive threatening messages warning them to give a not guilty verdict. [[spoiler:It turns out that the messages are actually the work of one of the jurors trying to sway his colleagues toward a guilty verdict.]]


* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When Crabbe is hiring his first assistant chef.

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* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When Crabbe is hiring his first assistant chef. Despite the fact that Steven was actually pretty good at his job, it really says something about the quality of the ''other'' candidates when a retired police officer ends up hiring an ex-con!

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