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* ''The Big Knife''. The Suspect litterally breaks down in tears when he's finally been caught. The MotiveRant that he gives reads more like a checklist for Intrusive thoughts that are escalating. He's crying about how he doesn't actually want to hurt the girls. But he couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't concentrate unless he slashed a girl. And then thanks them for catching him as he felt like he was going to kill someone next.

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* ''The "The Big Knife''. Knife": The Suspect litterally suspect literally breaks down in tears when he's finally been caught. The MotiveRant that he gives reads more like a checklist for Intrusive intrusive thoughts that are escalating. He's crying He cries about how he doesn't didn't actually want to hurt the girls. But girls, but he couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't concentrate unless he slashed a girl. And then he thanks them for catching him as he felt like he was going to kill someone next.


* In "The Big Honeymoon", the first victim of this especially cruel scam was DrivenToSuicide when the con man broke her heart and absconded with the honeymoon funds.

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* In "The Big Honeymoon", the first victim of this especially cruel scam was DrivenToSuicide when the con man broke her heart and absconded with the honeymoon funds.funds.
* ''The Big Knife''. The Suspect litterally breaks down in tears when he's finally been caught. The MotiveRant that he gives reads more like a checklist for Intrusive thoughts that are escalating. He's crying about how he doesn't actually want to hurt the girls. But he couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't concentrate unless he slashed a girl. And then thanks them for catching him as he felt like he was going to kill someone next.


** The series finale, in Detective HQ division, is an ''Series/AdamTwelve''-esque collection of cases Friday and Gannon deal with, focusing on the victims of the crimes. It opens and closes with robbery-homicides.
*** A friendly old man devoted to his great-granddaughter is murdered for his social security money. Imagine being the one to break the news to the kid, who's already been orphaned in an auto accident.
*** The final segment covers the robbery of a mom-and-pop grocery store, where the robber shoots the husband in the stomach to punctuate a taunt. Later, in the hospital, the status update comes in the form of a priest to give him his last rites.
--->'''Witness''': ''That two-bit thief gets his [Miranda] rights, and Julio gets his last [rites].''



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----* In "The Big Honeymoon", the first victim of this especially cruel scam was DrivenToSuicide when the con man broke her heart and absconded with the honeymoon funds.


* Any homicide case is this by default.

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* Any homicide case is this by default.automatically.


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** "[[SpoilerTitle Claude Jimmerson, Child Killer]]". Two missing girls, ages eleven and seven, and it turns out a couple days after they vanish that they were raped and murdered (ForTheEvulz) by someone their parents knew. Put yourself in the parents' shoes.


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* The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue to an episode that has Friday and Lockwood save a jumper from suicide reveals that [[ShootTheShaggyDog he took his own life anyway a few months later]].


** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a French immigrant that his brother, visiting from Paris, has been murdered, and since neither Friday nor Gannon speak French, it falls to the man has to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him. The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.

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** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a French immigrant that his brother, visiting from Paris, has been murdered, and since neither Friday nor Gannon speak French, it falls to on the man has himself to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him. The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.


** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a Frenchman that his brother has been murdered, and the man has to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him. The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.

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** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a Frenchman French immigrant that his brother brother, visiting from Paris, has been murdered, and since neither Friday nor Gannon speak French, it falls to the man has to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him. The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.

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** At the end of "The Big Thanksgiving", Friday and Smith get called down to a warehouse where a robber shot it out with police. Friday's told a uniformed officer, Barney Swanson, was wounded. Swanson banters with Friday a bit, then asks Friday to call his wife. Friday looks through his wallet to find the number, but when he asks Swanson he sees the uniformed officer has died.

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*In one episode, a young married woman and her 9-week-old baby go missing. It turns out that the young woman was committed by her sister to a mental hospital after suffering a severe breakdown. The woman's mother-in-law had been constantly harassing her, trying to make the woman divorce her husband and give up her baby. The sister reveals that in addition, what finally caused the breakdown was the death of the baby. She tearfully concludes that the mother-in-law got what she wanted: "Harriet hasn't got the baby. Nobody's got him."

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* In one episode where it starts with the report of a gardener finding a baby in a garbage can. One would just shed tears and cry at the thought of such after seeing that part.

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** In one of the early radio episodes, Friday and Romero are investigating the robbery and shooting of two military officers, one of them fatally. Later, after they interview the dead man's father, Romero comments that the old man has just about everything he could want. Friday replies, "Except his son."

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* One episode has Friday and Gannon investigating a LoonyFan who only ever steals TheMerch of a few comic book heroes. But when he's caught, he turns out to have turned to those superheroes as an escape from a painful life--his dad walked out when he was one, and all through school he was mercilessly bullied. At the end, he needs psychiatric help.


* "The Big High" - an elderly gentleman asks Friday and Gannon to talk to his daughter and her husband about their marijuana use, worried that their behavior is putting his infant grandson in danger. After several debates with the couple throughout the episode, Friday and Gannon get called back to the residence and find everyone whacked-out on drugs. Friday asks where the baby is, and the Mom remembers she put him in the tub. They rush upstairs, only to find out it's too late. [[VomitingCop Gannon literally runs out of the bathroom because he's going to be sick at the sight.]]

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* "The Big High" - an elderly gentleman asks Friday and Gannon to talk to his daughter and her husband about their marijuana use, worried that their behavior is putting his infant grandson granddaughter in danger. After several debates with the couple throughout the episode, Friday and Gannon get called back to the residence and find everyone whacked-out on drugs. Friday asks where the baby is, and the Mom remembers she put him her in the tub. They rush upstairs, only to find out it's too late. [[VomitingCop Gannon literally runs out of the bathroom because he's going to be sick at the sight.]]


** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a Frenchman that his brother has been murdered, and the man has to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him.
*** The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.

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** In the 1966 movie, Friday and Gannon have to break the news to a Frenchman that his brother has been murdered, and the man has to break the news to his nephew, the dead man's son (who can't be older than eight or nine). The kid's shock and grief is palpable, and when he implores Friday and Gannon to find and punish the killers, you will be weeping with him. By the way, the uncle was clearly planning to celebrate his naturalization as a US citizen, but it will now be marred by the fact that his brother will not be there celebrating with him.
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him. The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.



* Mrs. Carver's tearful request to Friday and Gannon in ''The Big LSD'' that when they find her son Benjie ("Blue Boy") Carver to tell him she and her husband still love him is HarsherInHindsight because when Friday and Gannon do find Blue Boy, he's an hour dead of a barbiturate overdose.

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* Mrs. Carver's tearful request to Friday and Gannon in ''The "The Big LSD'' LSD" that when they find her son Benjie ("Blue Boy") Carver to tell him she and her husband still love him is HarsherInHindsight because when Friday and Gannon do find Blue Boy, he's an hour dead of a barbiturate overdose.


* Mrs. Carver's tearful request to Friday and Gannon in ''The Big LSD'' that when they find Benjie ("Blue Boy") Carver to tell him they still love him is HarsherInHindsight because when Friday and Gannon do find Blue Boy, he's an hour dead of a barbiturate overdose.

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* Mrs. Carver's tearful request to Friday and Gannon in ''The Big LSD'' that when they find her son Benjie ("Blue Boy") Carver to tell him they she and her husband still love him is HarsherInHindsight because when Friday and Gannon do find Blue Boy, he's an hour dead of a barbiturate overdose.


* One episode involving a child abuse case begins with Friday detailing several cases of abuse to a woman from a local community organization. She truly had no idea how awful abuse cases could be as she breaks down in tears after Friday and Gannon leave when she asks to be alone and collect herself. Even Friday was having a hard time maintaining his professional attitude while outlining the details of each case.

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* One episode involving a child abuse case begins with Friday detailing several cases of abuse to a woman from a local community organization. She truly had no idea how awful abuse cases could be as she breaks down in tears after Friday and Gannon leave when she asks to be alone and collect herself. Even Friday was having a hard time maintaining his professional attitude while outlining the details of each case. And many of the cases are NightmareFuel.


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*** The most heart-crushing part of that scene is when the boy is singing a French translation of "Swanee River" for his uncle, oblivious to the family tragedy.
* In one episode, concerning the fallout of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., Friday has investigated enough violent deaths to know Coretta Scott King would want the media circus and the demonstrations to be over and done with so she and the kids could have a chance to grieve and heal.
* Mrs. Carver's tearful request to Friday and Gannon in ''The Big LSD'' that when they find Benjie ("Blue Boy") Carver to tell him they still love him is HarsherInHindsight because when Friday and Gannon do find Blue Boy, he's an hour dead of a barbiturate overdose.

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