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Recap / 21 Jump Street S04E03 "Eternal Flame"

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Hanson: There was some trouble. I shot someone. I went to prison.
Linda: And I thought I'd hit bottom.
Hanson: You married him.
Linda: And you work for him.

The team are trying to solve a case of drug dealing and people dying from a drug overdose at a night club. While undercover as a bouncer there, Hanson runs into an ex of his, Linda, who is now married to the club owner. Since she knows his real name, he now is dependent on her to not blow his cover. He soon falls in love with her again, with her reciprocating this. Unbeknownst to both of them, her husband knows of the affair, which puts Hanson in danger. It also soon becomes clear that the club owner isn't just fully aware of and actually encouraging the drug dealing, but also committing (tax) fraud.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Big "NEVER!": When Hanson tries to convince Penhall to dress up in a suit in order to be able to get into the club, Penhall (who always dresses very casual) vehemently refuses to do so, saying
    Penhall: NEVER, never, never, never, never.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: The person who turns out to be the bad guy, fraud and criminal, is arrested for it; and his wife, whom he deceived and lied to, dumps him, which he most people would argue, deserves. It ends with a Tearjerker for Hanson though, as he almost gets the girl (whom he speaks of as the love of his life), but she, at the end, abruptly says to him she wants to start a new life elsewhere, and leaves.
  • Bowling for Ratings: Linda takes Hanson bowling. It's fitting, because he previously in the series had been established as a bowling lover, and Linda knows this and is doing this to get closer to him again.
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  • Did Not Get the Girl: Hanson lost Linda in the past when they broke up, and is abandoned by her again at the end of this episode.
  • Gilligan Cut: Hanson tells Penhall that the latter has to wear a suit in order to get into the club, to which Penhall reacts very negatively with "Never. Never, never, never, never." However, Penhall's denial is immediately intershot with him walking around in the very suit he swore never to wear.
  • Mexican Standoff: Hanson and Gavin pull their guns out at the same time and then stand pointing their guns at each other, with neither being able to move. Gavin lampshades and drops the trope name when he then says "This is what you Americans call a Mexican standoff, isn't it?".
  • Old Flame: Hanson runs into an ex of his, Linda, whom he soon is in love with again.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Hanson encounters an ex-girlfriend (by now married to someone else) and relives romance with her; at first the romance seems to be played straight / real, but at the end, even though Hanson goes straight for her, she denounces both her husband and Hanson, says she "needs to choose herself", and leaves town.


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