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Sometimes, when the police are trying to solve a case and a large number of suspects and/or persons of interest are being interrogated (or perhaps simply interviewed), the questioner is shown getting an answer from one person, then asking a follow-up question that gets answered by an entirely different person (suggesting they are merely asking the same series of questions over and over again), which causes a seamless blending effect.

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    Film — Animated 
  • Batman and Harley Quinn. Nightwing goes round showing a picture of Harley.
    Man: Haven't seen her.
    Bum: Would have liked to!
    Landlord: Dame owes me three weeks back rent! If you find her, you tell her she can eat my sh—
    Old man: Sheee had...the cutest smile.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Hangmen Also Die!, this is used when the Gestapo interrogates the members of the Novotny family about the mysterious Mr. "Karel Vanek".
  • In Inside Man, the bank robbers hide themselves among their hostages, so the police have to interview all the hostages afterwards. The interviews are shown as a series of montages, sprinkled throughout the movie anachronically.
  • Used along with overlapping and split screen in Stargate Continuum to show the three Stargate team members from our universe being relentlessly interrogated by military investigators from the other universe they've been diverted to (where Stargate Command and the Stargate program do not exist). That they stick to their stories despite how ludicrous they sound only makes their assertions seem that much weirder to the interrogators—and to us in the audience (and we're on their side).
  • The Usual Suspects: The interrogations of the team before the famous "line-up scene", where they successively blow off the cops.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Agent Carter. In "SNAFU", three SSR agents interrogate Peggy Carter separately, each using a different approach — Sousa (betrayed colleague), Thompson (Fire-Forged Friend), Dooley (Worthy Opponent). Carter's answers are cut between the three of them, but form a single dialogue.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum inverts this in "The Coat Hanger". A small number of officials, plus the Monsignor and Dr. Arden, question Leigh about why Sister Jude would try to kill him. The truth is that she did it in self-defense, and it's all part of an ongoing ploy to keep Jude out of power in the asylum.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Castle:
    • In "Deep in Death", Beckett, Ryan, and Esposito simultaneously interrogate three members of a drug gang about a murder.
    • In "A Rose for Everafter", a murder occurs at a wedding and there are several montages of the detectives interrogating the wedding guests.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", the Doctor asks a number of dinner guests about the death of Professor Peach, in a manner much like the novels of Agatha Christie (who is a major supporting character in this episode).
  • Occurs in the Dollhouse episode "A Spy In the House of Love" when Echo is interrogating the Dollhouse employees.
  • Firefly: In "Bushwhacked", seven of the Serenity crew are arrested, resulting in a truly hilarious game of this - especially given that half of them are reacting comically, and the other half are being excessively serious.
  • A variation in the Freaks and Geeks episode "The Diary" - Coach Fredericks has all the boys in gym class recite the prank call Bill made the previous day. Hilarity Ensues.
  • JAG: The episode "JAG TV" has a scene like this, with Mac interviewing the husband and Harm with the wife suspected of killing her husband's lover.
  • Lucifer. When an ex-lover of Lucifer's is murdered, Detective Chloe Decker decides to haul in everyone he's slept with recently for questioning (which is a lot of men and women). They all end up saying the same thing: the sex was amazing, various Noodle Implements were involved, and It Doesn't Mean Anything. Lucifer isn't as pleased as he ought to be.
  • Used in an episode of NCIS in which several members of an insurgent-fighting marine unit use suspiciously identical phrases to recount the events of the same skirmish.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: In "Free Ride", Callen does this to a sailor and a Marine in the brig for fighting in the mess, in hopes of finding clues about the murder of the carrier's resident NCIS Agent Afloat.
  • A comedic example of this occurs in The Office (US) where Dwight interrogates the employees of Dunder Mifflin over a joint found in the parking lot. Of course, it ends with Jim taking the piss.
  • Person of Interest:
    • "Prisoner's Dilemma" has one between Carter and four men (including Reese) who are suspected to be the Man In The Suit.
    • And again in "Proteus", involving a seismograph used as a lie detector.
    • "Terra Incognita" has a montage of the same suspect being interrogated by two different questioners, one in flashback and one in the present.
  • The Professionals. In "Private Madness Public Danger" between Cowley and Doyle interrogating a drug pusher at CI5 headquarters, and Bodie interrogating a junkie at a hospital.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the episode "Coming of Age", this technique is used when Remmick aggressively interrogates various members of the Enterprise bridge crew, while attempting to uncover a mysterious conspiracy.


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