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* IncrediblyLamePun: "Or perhaps that should be brie-liant."


-->'''Moss:''' Hello, IT? Yuh-huh? Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot? [...] You see, the driver hooks a function by patching the system call table, so it's not safe to unload it unless another thread's about to jump in there and do its stuff, and you don't want to end up in the middle of invalid memory. [chuckles] ...Hello?
*** The way both men handle their respective callers is also quite telling. Roy is blunt and clear with his advice, but delivers it in an unnecessarily snide, confrontational and patronising fashion which just antagonises the person he's talking to (and later backfires when she later (a) turns out to be quite attractive and (b) belts him one in the face). He's fairly down to earth, but is kind of a dick. Moss, however, is polite, friendly, and genuinely wants to help, but the advice he gives is too technical and unclear. He means well, but is incredibly nerdy and lacks social awareness.

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-->'''Moss:''' --->'''Moss:''' Hello, IT? Yuh-huh? Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot? [...] You see, the driver hooks a function by patching the system call table, so it's not safe to unload it unless another thread's about to jump in there and do its stuff, and you don't want to end up in the middle of invalid memory. [chuckles] ...Hello?
*** ** The way both men handle their respective callers is also quite telling. Roy is blunt and clear with his advice, but delivers it in an unnecessarily snide, confrontational and patronising fashion which just antagonises the person he's talking to (and later backfires when she later (a) turns out to be quite attractive and (b) belts him one in the face). He's fairly down to earth, but is kind of a dick. Moss, however, is polite, friendly, and genuinely wants to help, but the advice he gives is too technical and unclear. He means well, but is incredibly nerdy and lacks social awareness.

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*** The way both men handle their respective callers is also quite telling. Roy is blunt and clear with his advice, but delivers it in an unnecessarily snide, confrontational and patronising fashion which just antagonises the person he's talking to (and later backfires when she later (a) turns out to be quite attractive and (b) belts him one in the face). He's fairly down to earth, but is kind of a dick. Moss, however, is polite, friendly, and genuinely wants to help, but the advice he gives is too technical and unclear. He means well, but is incredibly nerdy and lacks social awareness.

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* AnalogyBackfire: In the first episode, Roy and Moss are disgruntled and complaining about the way everyone treats them despite their skills keeping the company running. Moss claims that everyone "tosses them aside like yesterday's jam", to which Roy enthusiastically agrees. Moments later, however, he realises that the analogy doesn't actually work "because jam lasts for ages".

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* OutOfGenreExperience: The beginning of "Men Without Women" takes place in an ArabianNightsDays type fantasy setting. Douglas journeyes through the desert in search of a wizard living in a tent, to whom he pays 20 gold pieces for a love potion.

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* ChekhovsSkill: In the episode "Men Without Women", Moss is revealed early on to have the ability to detect trace chemicals in food using his nose. This successfully saves Jen from getting roofied by Douglas at the end of the episode.


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* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: In one episode, Douglas does this to himself. He is trying to drug Jen's tea, but gave himself tea in identical mugs, and switches the mugs around several times as he forgot which one is his. He eventually picks the correct cup. Later on, his ruse is revealed and Jen forces him to drink the tainted tea.


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* SlippingAMickey: In one episode in Series 2, Douglas slips rophenol (roofies) into Jen's drink in an attempt to get her to sleep with him.

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** One episode has a running gag about how to properly pronounce "tapas". Most people say ta-pas, but Moss instists it's tae-pas (in Spanish it would be tah-pahs).


* ArtisticLicense: A company the size of Reynholm Industries would have a larger IT department. In fact, a company one tenth the size would. In this world, all IT does is fix minor computer issues, but in the real world, they are responsible for monitoring and maintaining network infrastructure, tracking and maintaining inventory, keeping track of what users have what system access and/or company hardware, and a whole host of other things. A real IT department for a company that size would, at minimum, have five employees, not including Jen or Richmond, and two or three of them would likely not go and physically repair computers themselves.

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* ArtisticLicense: ArtisticLicense:
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A company the size of Reynholm Industries would have a larger IT department. In fact, a company one tenth the size would.department. In this world, all IT does is fix minor computer issues, but in the real world, they are responsible for monitoring and maintaining network infrastructure, tracking and maintaining inventory, keeping track of what users have what system access and/or company hardware, and a whole host of other things. A real IT department for a company that size would, at minimum, have five employees, not including Jen or Richmond, and two or three of them would likely not go and physically repair computers themselves.have responsibilities that don't include desktop support for employees.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: Douglas may seem like a harmless sexually crazed moron, but he did murder his wife.
** You mean the rumours that he murdered his wife.
*** There were rumours that there were rumours - but that was just bullshit...
*** Potentially refuted following the arrival of his ex-wife, Victoria Reynholm.



** Friendface! ''Friendface!'' '''''FRIENDFACE!'''''
** Cuke from the same episode. "It's like heaven in a can!" (oddly enough, later episodes just referenced Coke instead of Cuke).
*** Played straight and averted simultaneously in the same episode when Roy orders a "Bacardi and Cuke" at the bar.
** Chitter from S4.

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** Friendface! ''Friendface!'' '''''FRIENDFACE!'''''
Friendface is obviously an ersartz Facebook/Myspace
** Cuke from the same episode. "It's like heaven in a can!" (oddly enough, later Oddly, they have no problem dropping a brand name when ordering a Bacardi and Cuke. Later episodes just referenced Coke instead of Cuke).
*** Played straight and averted simultaneously in the same episode when Roy orders a "Bacardi and Cuke" at the bar.
** Chitter from S4.S4, a replacement for Twitter.



*** The joke above isn't even the best brick joke in that episode. At the start of the episode Jen is asked out by a man she thought was gay. Moss replies "don't take this the wrong way, but could it be because he thought you looked a bit like a man?". Right at the end of the episode, after Jen is convinced he isn't gay, she asks him an ArmourPiercingQuestion about him borrowing a trashy gossip magazine that causes him to breakdown and admit he is gay, saying he thought it could work because she looked a "a bit like a man."

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*** The joke above isn't even the best brick joke in that episode. At the start of the episode ** In "The Work Outing", Jen is asked out by a man she thought was gay. Moss replies "don't replies, "Don't take this the wrong way, but could it be because he thought you looked a bit like a man?". man?" Right at the end of the episode, after Jen is convinced he isn't gay, she asks him an ArmourPiercingQuestion about him borrowing a trashy gossip magazine that causes him to breakdown and admit he is gay, saying he thought it could work because she looked a "a bit like a man."



*** Also, Douglas' robot hand from "Something Happened" which [[spoiler: he uses to break into a car]] that [[spoiler: turns out to be his own]].
*** In ruing [[WeirdnessMagnet how unusual their lives always seem to turn out being]], Roy refers back to the time he ended up pretending to be a gay man in a wheelchair which resulted in him being ferried to Manchester after a trip to the theatre ("The Work Outing") and the time Moss ended up trapped in a toy crane machine game after finding an iPhone inside ("Italian for Beginners").

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*** Also, ** Douglas' robot hand from "Something Happened" which [[spoiler: he uses to break into a car]] that [[spoiler: turns out to be his own]].
*** ** In ruing [[WeirdnessMagnet how unusual their lives always seem to turn out being]], Roy refers back to the time he ended up pretending to be a gay man in a wheelchair which resulted in him being ferried to Manchester after a trip to the theatre ("The Work Outing") and the time Moss ended up trapped in a toy crane machine game after finding an iPhone inside ("Italian for Beginners").



* [[spoiler:DeusExMachina: In the final episode, Roy and Jen become social pariahs and are due to be fired by Reynholm. After then screwing up further trying to fix things, Reynholm shows up as a fugitive, and asks them to take over the company while he stays hiding in IT, fixing everything.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeusExMachina: In DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:In the final episode, Roy and Jen become social pariahs and are due to be fired by Reynholm. After then screwing up further trying to fix things, Reynholm shows up as a fugitive, and asks them to take over the company while he stays hiding in IT, fixing everything.]]



* EpicFail: Moss points a fire extinguisher at a fire. The extinguisher ''catches alight.'' And why? Because it was [[MadeInCountryX made in]] [[SelfDeprecation Britain.]]

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* EpicFail: EpicFail:
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Moss points a fire extinguisher at a fire. The extinguisher ''catches alight.'' And why? Because it was [[MadeInCountryX made in]] [[SelfDeprecation Britain.]]



* FanDisservice: InUniverse, Jen [[GoLookAtTheDistraction distracts]] some co-workers by pointing out a shirtless builder. When they get up to look, it's just a flabby guy giving them a gormless look.

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* FanDisservice: FanDisservice:
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InUniverse, Jen [[GoLookAtTheDistraction distracts]] some co-workers by pointing out a shirtless builder. When they get up to look, it's just a flabby guy giving them a gormless look.



* {{Flanderization}}: Jen, who started out knowing "the basics" about computers in series 1, but knew next to NOTHING about computers by the time series 4 came around.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Jen, who started out knowing "the basics" In the first series, Jen knows as much about computers in series 1, as the typical non-technical office drone, but knew next doesn't know nearly enough to NOTHING be in IT, much less the head an IT department. This gets flanderized into knowing absolutely nothing about computers by the time series 4 came around.



* GretzkyHasTheBall: "Did you see that ludicrous display last night?"

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* GretzkyHasTheBall: Roy and Moss are completely out of their depth when trying to rub shoulders with average blokes. They latch onto the line "Did you see that ludicrous display last night?"night?" as their only conversational gambit into football.



* [[HaveYouTriedRebooting Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?]]: or, [[ExpospeakGag if you prefer]], Have You Tried Forcing An Unexpected Reboot?

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* [[HaveYouTriedRebooting Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?]]: or, [[ExpospeakGag if you prefer]], Have You Tried Forcing An Unexpected Reboot?HaveYouTriedRebooting: A {[catchphrase}} for Roy and Moss.



* LampshadeHanging: The cast will usually point out and comment on things that exist in the environment purely to advance the plot and don't look like they belong there. Examples include the grandfather clock in the church during Denholm Reynholm's funeral.

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* LampshadeHanging: The cast will usually point out and comment on things that exist in the environment purely to advance the plot and don't look like they belong there. Examples include the include:
** The
grandfather clock in the church during Denholm Reynholm's funeral.


* VideoWills: Denholm.

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* VideoWills: Denholm.Denholm leaves two. One to play at his funeral, the second to play [[CrazyPrepared if his son dramatically gate-crashes the funeral]].


* SuperSenses / TheNoseKnows: As shown in one episode, Moss has the ability to ''smell'' rohypnol.

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* SuperSenses / TheNoseKnows: As shown in one episode, Moss has the ability to ''smell'' rohypnol.the ingredients and chemicals in a drink.


* StandardOfficeSetting: The protagonists work in a cluttered basement underneath one of the tallest and most stately skyscrapers in London. They are the only company department with such ugly environment (though Jenny, the boss, decorates her office with girly stuff, and Roy and Moss fill their shared room with geeky decoration and collectables). The rest of the office takes this trope Up to 11, as it has to be one of the most glamorous workplace on television (open space bullpen setting, lots of light, lots of windows, green plants everywhere, expensive art in bosses' offices, fancy computers, extremely pretty young women who just seem to hang around, nice benefits for everyone etc.).

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* StandardOfficeSetting: The protagonists work in a cluttered basement underneath one of the tallest and most stately skyscrapers in London. They are the only company department with such ugly environment (though Jenny, Jen, the boss, decorates her office with girly stuff, and Roy and Moss fill their shared room with geeky decoration and collectables). The rest of the office takes this trope Up to 11, as it has to be one of the most glamorous workplace on television (open space bullpen setting, lots of light, lots of windows, green plants everywhere, expensive art in bosses' offices, fancy computers, extremely pretty young women who just seem to hang around, nice benefits for everyone etc.).


* SadistShow: Arguably. A lot of the series's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments best moments]] come from this aspect of it.


* RuleOfThree:
** Played straight, as Linehan's other series all feature three main characters. Averted, as it's the first of his Creator/Channel4 sitcoms to make it to a fourth series. But it's his third sitcom for the channel.
** The catchy new emergency services jingle is said thrice; twice by the advert, and once by Moss.

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* RuleOfThree:
** Played straight, as Linehan's other series all feature three main characters. Averted, as it's the first of his Creator/Channel4 sitcoms to make it to a fourth series. But it's his third sitcom for the channel.
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RuleOfThree: The catchy new emergency services jingle is said thrice; twice by the advert, and once by Moss.


** "Calamity Jen" probably has the most obvious examples.

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