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Killer Women is an eight-week TV miniseries airing on ABC, executive-produced by Sofía Vergara, and starring Tricia Helfer. An American remake of the Argentinean series Mujeres Asesinas, it follows Texas Ranger Molly Parker as she hunts down eight murderous women.

This series contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Carmen's stepfather raped her, and when she told her mom about it, her mother decided to punish her by shaving off all of her hair. Let's just say Mrs. Garza became victim #1.
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  • Action Girl: Molly Parker, one of the few female Texas Rangers.
  • Adorkable: Unexpectedly invoked with Molly in the first episode where it's revealed she plays the trumpet.
  • The Alcoholic: Kirk Denby in the second episode.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Augie Travis believes this, which is why he tries to blow up his wife after learning that she's cheating on him.
  • Asshole Victim: Molly's husband is set up as one in the second episode, but she saves him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Carmen.
  • Battle Couple: Molly and Dan.
  • Biker Babe: Andrea Corbett.
  • Casting Gag: A pair of former Cylons play a brother and sister.
  • Cool Uncle: Molly is adored by her nieces.
  • Corrupt Politician: Molly's ex is a state senator, and abuses his connections to avoid letting her go.
  • The Cutie: Lulu.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Molly's ex-husband was apparently an abusive man.
    • Carmen was abused by her mother and raped by her stepfather. When she told her mother about being raped, her mother decided that she must have led the stepfather on, and thus punished her, by shaving off all of her hair.
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  • Domestic Abuse: Apparently a part of Molly's background. It's also the motive for the murder in the second episode.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Molly doesn't like being called by her married name.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: A friendly version occurs in the second episode, where Molly steals a bite of the Sheriff's apple pie.
  • Femme Fatale: As the title suggests, femme fatales are a staple of the miniseries.
  • Grand Theft Me: Tara Sills stole another woman's identity in order to escape her criminal past.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Molly and Lt. Zea have this reaction while watching Troy Flynn "scoring a three-pointer".
  • Ice Queen: Jennifer Jennings.
  • It's Personal:
    • Jennifer Jennings kidnaps Molly's ex-husband.
    • Carmen kidnaps Molly's sister-in-law.
  • Kangaroo Court: The judge presiding over Molly's divorce hearing happens to be a friend of her Jerkass husband. When he states he doesn't want to divorce her, the judge declares it takes two to have "irreconcilable differences" and refuses to proceed.
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  • Mistaken for Racist: One witness, an elderly woman says she can't give a description of a group of robbers, who she believes were black, because "they all look alike". She quickly clarifies that she was taking about the getaway vehicle.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Ranger Colt.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Tricia Helfer seems to wander in and out of a Texas drawl from scene to scene.
  • The Remake: The series is an American remake of the Argentinean Mujeres Asesinas.
  • The Reveal: The drug dealer that Dan's been hunting is Billy Parker, Molly's brother.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Molly's husband decides he doesn't want to divorce her, and with the help of his judge friend brings the process grinding to a complete halt. For bonus points, they try to make it sound like she's the one in the wrong.
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  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: After making a statement that might be construed as racist, a witness insists that she's not racist... she voted for Barack Obama.
  • Spoiler Title: It's a show called "Killer Women". In any given episode, it's a safe bet that the perp will turn out to be a woman, no matter how many red herrings they throw out.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Molly certainly qualifies for this.
  • Title Drop: In the second episode, the murderer declares "Some Men Need Killing" while preparing to off Molly's ex-husband.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A pair of idiots go joyriding in the van that was used in the robbery of Troy Flynn's house.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Carmen's modus operandi - she kidnaps women who remind her of her mother, then shaves off their hair and eyebrows. Then she kills them. This was inspired by the traumatic haircut she received from her own mother.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Molly saves his life in "Some Men Need Killing", her ex-husband refuses to give her what she wants: a finalized divorce.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Andrea Corbett, a former army medic who becomes a bank robber to try and help her fellow vets pay their medical bills.
  • Your Cheating Heart Billie's wife suspects he is having an affair and confides in his sister Molly. Molly spots him picking up a young woman in town and confronts her brother. Turns out she was a party planner. He continues to be distracted and forgets to pick up his youngest daughter. He isn't having an affair. His father left the ranch in major debt. Billie didn't want to tell his wife or Molly. He got a loan from a bank that was shady. When he missed payments he found he was in debt to the Cartel and was forced to smuggle drugs inside cattle. Turns out he was the mysterious connection Molly's DEA boyfriend was looking for.

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