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  • Story Arc: Tony Dracon and the turf war
  • Characters: Goliath, Broadway, Elisa Maza, Matt Bluestone, Tony Dracon and his gang
  • Enemy(ies) : Tony Dracon

Tony Dracon's thugs bomb a business that refuses to pay "protection money" and threaten to do the same to other businesses; Elisa goes undercover to undermine Dracon's protection racket, with some unexpected help from Goliath and Broadway.

Matt Bluestone next appears in Future Tense. Tony Dracon and his gang next appear in Turf.

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  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This trope is discussed about in a somewhat round about way. After Dracon and his cohorts are arrested, Elisa, Goliath, Broadway discuss about why they believe Dracon could be so easily fooled by Elisa's ruse. Elisa that corrupted people find it easy to believe other people can be corrupted. Goliath reasons that Dracon assumes that everyone else is as selfish and unfettered as he is and thus couldn't comprehend that people can be truly good at their core.
  • Fake Defector: Elisa goes undercover as a Corrupt Cop to get evidence on Dracon's protection racket. Out of the loop, Goliath and Broadway notice what appears to be strange behavior and are confused by what's gotten into her. However, they pick it up fast and even join in the deception to help bring Dracon down.
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  • Fanservice: Elisa dons a new outfit after being suspended from her job as a detective. Her new attire includes exposing her midriff, tight fitting pants that emphasize her hips, and some amount of cleavage. It is likely done to invoke Evil Costume Switch.
  • Genre Savvy: When Goliath starts to become disturbed by Elisa's seeming turn to crime, Broadway informs him of what she is most likely doing. Based on what he has seen of various Police procedural dramas and crime documentaries via television, he theorizes that she is taking part in a sting operation, which is proven correct.
  • Inherently Funny Words: The episode ends at exactly with him shouting "JALAPENA!" and zoomed away with anyone else's (likely) laughter or other reaction being out of view for viewers. Fun tidbit: The phrase "Jalapena" was an Actor-Inspired Element based on an expression that Keith David frequently used (and in turn derived from a Blues singer named Bernadine Mitchell). Greg Weisman, taking part in a bet with one of producers of the show that he could get David to say this as Goliath in character on the show itself, put this in (via a moment where Broadway got a jar of jalapeno peppers from Dracon while Elisa is meeting with him). At the end, Goliath ate the ultra spicy pepper and the running joke was born. Reportedly most of the other creators of the show didn't find this in-joke amusing.
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  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Goliath confronts Eliza, who is openly consorting with Dracon and his men and appears to have undergone a Face–Heel Turn. Goliath is convinced that she is under a spell, but Broadway figures that she is really going undercover to shut down Dracon's protection racket.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Not so much a tease given that Dracon is being very unsubtle about it, but he does display some affection for Elisa after her seeming embrace of crime. It can certainly be considered Foe Yay.
    • While doing his own undercover persona, Goliath states that he doesn't care about humans getting hurt, unless that human is Elisa. Dracon takes this to mean that she is his woman.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Goliath thinks Elisa's strange behavior is from making under a mind-control spell. It's not an unreasonable suspicion in this verse, and he would know from personal experience. However, it's not the case this time.
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