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* HollywoodLaw: Martin's defense lawyer boasts how he saved Martin from an end in the electric chair. New York did not use the electric chair when Martin's case occurred, and no one was actually put to death from 1995 to 2007, from when capital punishment was reinstated to its abolition, making it questionable just how much danger he was even in. Of course, as he's boasting that may well be the point-it's hyperbole.

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* HollywoodLaw: Martin's defense lawyer boasts how he saved Martin from an end in the electric chair. New York did not use the electric chair when Martin's case occurred, and no one was actually put to death from 1995 to 2007, from when since 1963 even after capital punishment was had been reinstated to (before its abolition, abolition), making it questionable just how much danger he was even in. Of course, as he's boasting that may well be the point-it's hyperbole.

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* HollywoodLaw: Martin's defense lawyer boasts how he saved Martin from an end in the electric chair. New York did not use the electric chair when Martin's case occurred, and no one was actually put to death from 1995 to 2007, from when capital punishment was reinstated to its abolition, making it questionable just how much danger he was even in. Of course, as he's boasting that may well be the point-it's hyperbole.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Death's Door", Malcolm calls Edrisa to apologize for an InnocentlyInsensitive he made earlier in the episode, only for her to act very curtly and hang up. Both Malcolm and Dani note how unusual it is for Edrisa to ''not'' want to talk to Malcolm, and quickly realize something's wrong. [[spoiler: In fact, she's being held at gunpoint by the killer of the week.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Death's Door", Malcolm calls Edrisa to apologize for an InnocentlyInsensitive remark he made earlier in the episode, only for her to act very curtly and hang up. Both Malcolm and Dani note how unusual it is for Edrisa to ''not'' want to talk to Malcolm, and quickly realize something's wrong. [[spoiler: In fact, she's being held at gunpoint by the killer of the week.]]

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* DreamSequence: Martin spends most of "Death's Door" in a coma, after [[spoiler: having Malcolm stab him]] in the previous episode, with his mind conjuring up vivid hallucinations as a result. It starts as him reliving his memory of the day he killed "the girl in the box", only for it to suddenly shift to her stabbing him and swearing to kill his family as revenge for what he did to her. [[spoiler: He even realizes he can take lucid control of the vision, and turns the tables on her just before he wakes up.]]


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Death's Door", Malcolm calls Edrisa to apologize for an InnocentlyInsensitive he made earlier in the episode, only for her to act very curtly and hang up. Both Malcolm and Dani note how unusual it is for Edrisa to ''not'' want to talk to Malcolm, and quickly realize something's wrong. [[spoiler: In fact, she's being held at gunpoint by the killer of the week.]]

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* WhamEpisode:
** [[spoiler:Malcolm stabs Martin in "Eye of a Needle", using a tactic the latter taught the former when he was in university.]]


** The series has the protagonist Malcolm Bright, a criminal profiler, doing this with the twist that the killer is his ''father'', who he turned in to the police. His father doesn't appear to hold a grudge and is just happy to see Malcolm again while offering him insights. It's Malcolm who's reluctant, understandably.
** [[spoiler: Then he realizes that Martin [[BatmanGambit orchestrated the events of the pilot as part of a plan to get Malcolm to visit him again after a decade]]. Malcolm promptly leaves and the show focuses on Malcolm's entire family and his investigation into the a mystery from his childhood.]]

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** The series has the protagonist Malcolm Bright, a criminal profiler, doing this with the twist that the killer is his ''father'', who he turned in to the police. His father doesn't appear to hold a grudge and is just happy to see Malcolm again while offering him insights. It's Malcolm who's reluctant, understandably.
understandably reluctant.
** [[spoiler: Then he realizes that Martin [[BatmanGambit orchestrated the events of the pilot as part of a plan to get Malcolm to visit him again after a decade]]. Malcolm promptly leaves and the show focuses on Malcolm's entire family and his investigation into the a mystery from his childhood.]]



* EngineeredHeroics: In “Q&A”, [[spoiler: another inmate at Martin’s asylum stabs a guard and Ainsley’s boyfriend/cameraman, causing a lockdown while both Ainsley and Malcolm are visiting Martin. Martin uses his surgical skills to save Jin, which impresses Ainsley, but as Malcolm figures out by the episode’s end, Martin goaded the inmate into doing it in the first place during one of their group sessions.]]

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* EngineeredHeroics: In “Q&A”, [[spoiler: another inmate at Martin’s Martin's asylum stabs a guard and Ainsley’s Ainsley's boyfriend/cameraman, causing a lockdown while both Ainsley and Malcolm are visiting Martin. Martin uses his surgical skills to save Jin, which impresses Ainsley, but as Malcolm figures out by the episode’s episode's end, Martin goaded the inmate into doing it in the first place during one of their group sessions.]]



** On the other hand, Halston Sage is twenty-four to twenty-five years younger than her on-screen parents. It seems that her character is meant to be older (just a little younger than Malcolm). She's actually a decade younger than Payne, portraying her brother.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In "Wait and Hope", the killer of the week is targeting everyone involved in the coverup of a rich heir's drunken boating escapades which led to the death of his girlfriend. [[spoiler: Said girlfriend, who survived, is the killer.]]

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** On the other hand, Halston Sage is twenty-four to twenty-five 24/25 years younger than her on-screen parents. It seems that her character is meant to be older (just a little younger than Malcolm). She's actually a decade younger than Payne, portraying her brother.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In "Wait and Hope", the killer of the week is targeting everyone involved in the coverup cover-up of a rich heir's drunken boating escapades which led to the death of his girlfriend. [[spoiler: Said girlfriend, who survived, is the killer.]]


* IfIWantedYouDead: In "Wait and Hope", when Malcolm accuses his father of trying to kill him as a child, Martin responds that if he'd intended to kill Malcolm, Malcolm would be dead.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In "Wait and Hope", the killer of the week is targeting everyone involved in the coverup of a rich heir's drunken boating escapades which led to the death of his girlfriend. [[spoiler: Said girlfriend, who survived, is the killer.]]



* ShipTease: Malcolm and Edrisa awkwardly flirt with each other whenever they share a scene.

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Malcolm and Edrisa awkwardly flirt with each other whenever they share a scene.scene. Though it seems as though any actual romantic intent is on Edrisa's part.
** Malcolm and Dani's interactions start to show romantic chemistry as the series goes on.


It's not the same as the [[Fanfic/ProdigalSon fanfic based on How to Train Your Dragon]].

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It's not the same as the [[Fanfic/ProdigalSon fanfic based on How to Train Your Dragon]].
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* DidntSeeThatComing: Invoked when Malcolm does a fantastic sting on a corrupt shrink. About to be arrested, the man snarls "did you see this?" as he points a gun in Malcolm's face. Malcolm is forced to admit "no, I did not."

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Invoked when Malcolm does a fantastic sting on a corrupt shrink. About to be arrested, the man snarls "did you see this?" as he points a gun in Malcolm's face. Malcolm is forced to admit "no, "No, I did not."



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Malcolm is being questioned by a shrink on his fitness on a case involving a person named Andy kidnapped by a ruthless cult "deprogrammer." The man declares Malcolm unfit and heading out. When Malcolm asks what will happen to Andy, the doctor replies "someone else will have to find her." Smiling, Malcolm points out that at no point in this story, did he ''ever'' say Andy was a ''woman''. The man himself is the deprogrammer and this whole thing has been Malcolm's attempt to expose him.

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Malcolm is being questioned by a shrink on his fitness on a case involving a person named Andy kidnapped by a ruthless cult "deprogrammer." The man declares Malcolm unfit and heading out. When Malcolm asks what will happen to Andy, the doctor replies "someone else will have to find her." Smiling, Malcolm points out that at no point in this story, did he ''ever'' say Andy [[GenderBlenderName Andy]] was a ''woman''. The man himself is the deprogrammer and this whole thing has been Malcolm's attempt to expose him.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Invoked when Malcolm does a fantastic sting on a corrupt shrink. About to be arrested, the man snarls "did you see this?" as he points a gun in Malcolm's face. Malcolm is forced to admit "no, I did not."


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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Malcolm is being questioned by a shrink on his fitness on a case involving a person named Andy kidnapped by a ruthless cult "deprogrammer." The man declares Malcolm unfit and heading out. When Malcolm asks what will happen to Andy, the doctor replies "someone else will have to find her." Smiling, Malcolm points out that at no point in this story, did he ''ever'' say Andy was a ''woman''. The man himself is the deprogrammer and this whole thing has been Malcolm's attempt to expose him.


* EvilMentor: Martin played this role to the Junkyard Killer, encouraging his drive to kill and tutoring him on how to do so.

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* EvilMentor: Martin played was this role to the Junkyard Killer, encouraging his drive to kill and tutoring him on how to do so.

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It's not the same as the [[Fanfic/ProdigalSon fanfic based on How to Train Your Dragon]].


* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: The killer in "All Souls and Sadists" [[spoiler: is a 12-year-old boy who would routinely kill his pet rabbits, but his mother covered it up for him. This escalated to stabbing his own father to death. He later stabs his mom's boyfriend [[DisproportionateRetribution for not letting him go trick-or-treating]].]]

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: The killer in "All Souls and Sadists" [[spoiler: is a 12-year-old boy who would routinely kill his pet rabbits, but his mother covered it up for him. This escalated to stabbing his own father to death. He later stabs his mom's boyfriend [[DisproportionateRetribution for not letting him go trick-or-treating]].]]



* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler: The murderer in "All Souls and Sadists" is a 12-year-old boy with sadistic tendencies]].



* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: When Malcolm's drug trip goes bad in "The Trip" and he starts having a panic attack, Dani ultimately has to punch him and knock him out.



* IntrepidReporter: Malcolm's sister, Ainsley, is a journalist who is always eager for a good story and willing to do anything to get one [[spoiler: including visiting her father. This becomes {{Deconstructed}} when her cameraman (and boyfriend) is stabbed during a lock-down and Martin performs surgery on him to save his life. He's less than pleased when he learns this as she seems more interested in the story then '''the fact he almost died''' and promptly ends things with her romantically and professionally]].
* ItsAllMyFault: It turns out that Jessica blames herself for Martin's killing spree because [[spoiler: she suspected he was up to something but never acted on it, because she thought he was just having an affair.]]



* RepressedMemories: [[spoiler: Malcolm has vague memories of finding a girl in a trunk and its what caused him to call the police on his father...only there is a period of time (days-weeks) between when he claimed to have found the girl and when he contacted the police. Everyone assumed that he saw photos of his father victims and the girl was a figment of his imagination as they never found her. The Junkyard Killer finally confirms her existence to the police and they open an investigation to find her.]]

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