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Only Murders in the Building is a Hulu murder mystery/dramedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez that debuted in 2021. A second season was ordered mid-way through the first's airing. The show airs on the Star hub outside the United States.

Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putnam (Short), and Mabel Mora (Gomez) have little in common aside from the fact that they live in the same building. However, one night, they happen to bond over their shared love of True Crime podcasts. When a mysterious death in their building is ruled a suicide, the three believe that foul play is actually involved and — armed with little knowledge or experience, but plenty of enthusiasm — decide to do a little digging themselves and start up their own podcast in the process.

Warning for those who haven't seen the series yet. It is an intricate mystery and each episode has at least one major revelation that ripples across the plot. Spoilers abound on this and all related pages, so proceed with caution!


This series provides examples of:

  • #1 Dime: Teddy explaining the history of the coin sitting on the mantelpiece of his apartment.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In episode six, Mabel decides to drop out of the investigation after Charles and Oliver find out about her and Tim Kono's past. By the end of the episode, she has changed her mind and is back in the game.
  • Accidental Murder: Zoe's death turns out to be an accident when she gets pushed off the rooftop by Theo during a quarrel she initiated.
  • Action-Hogging Opening: The pilot's opening scene with the police forces storming the building is the most action-loaded scene of the first season so far.
  • Actor Allusion: Charles is "haunted" by hallucinations of Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig because they remind him of a bad breakup. Steve Martin played the villain in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
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  • Adult Fear: Mabel's mother let her rich sister take in her bright, artistic daughter Mabel during summer vacation because what she got there would have to be better than what was available in their poor Long Island hometown. And ten years later, Mabel is a shuttered and paranoid young woman solely because of the murder that happened in the Arconia.
  • The Alleged Car: Oliver's vintage car from the 1960s breaks down while he and Charles pursue Mabel to Long Island.
  • Alone with the Psycho: The season one finale has Charles in the fangs of Jan at the same time as Mabel and Oliver discover the proof for Jan's guilt in her apartment. They rush over to save Charles and find him in time before the poison gets the best of him.
  • Always Wanted to Say That: Jan is excited to finally be able to incorporate the word "circumstantial" in one of her sentences.
  • And Starring: Selena Gomez receives the "And" billing while appearing third in the credits after Steve Martin and Martin Short. Amy Ryan receives the "With" billing while coming last in the credits.
  • And This Is for...: At the boiler room, Mabel steps on Jan's dropped gun and punches her in the face with the line "This is for Tim".
  • Animated Credits Opening: The show's opening sequence is fully animated.
  • Anxiety Dreams:
    • Mabel is paranoid about being sexually assaulted, and has a recurring dream where she wakes up in bed with a masked man standing over her ominously. But rather than panic, she kicks him in the nuts and stabs him to death with a knitting needle.
    • Charles reveals he has these whenever he starts dating, due to the traumatic break-up of his last relationship that involved him having to sit alone at dinner with a duo dressed as Bugs and Porkie dancing around him.
  • Apology Gift: Charles bought a bunch of flowers for Jan in order to apologize to her after the group dismissed her ideas.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Shortly after the demise of Kono, Oliver bumps into Charles and Mabel in the elevator where he assumes they all must have had the same idea about creating a podcast. Turns out the two actually thought about Kono's garbage bag instead.
  • Aside Comment: Each episode begins with a relevant character talking to the audience about what it means to live in New York.
    • At one point in episode seven, Theo turns to the camera and signs "People talk too fucking much in this city."
    • Tim provides one in the season finale as part of his Posthumous Narration.
  • Asshole Victim: How loathed was Tim by all his neighbors? At a condo meeting, not only does no one speak fondly of him but everyone is more upset over a neighbor's cat dying than Tim.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The first few episodes tease Charles's relationship with someone named Lucy, framing her as if she's an ex-girlfriend. He eventually divulges that she's actually the daughter of an ex-girlfriend. He cared deeply for Lucy but was abruptly cut out of her life when her mother ended the relationship.
  • Bathos: When Charles and Oliver confront Mabel and Oscar at the tattoo studio at Long Island, the dramatic moment is undercut by Oliver getting a Brain Freeze from eating his ice cream too fast.
  • Berate and Switch: Mabel when pondering her newfound friends' proposal to sneak into Kono's apartment.
    "Do I wanna break into a dead guy's apartment and go through all his shit?" — Beat — "Sounds like an afternoon."
  • Black Comedy: Oliver's description of one scene Splash: The Musical - Despite a stage malfunction (a trapdoor to a pool failed to open) during a preview, Oliver had the performance go on, leading to 12 actors jumping and badly injuring themselves. We hear the audience scream in the background, while Charles looks incredibly disturbed.
  • Bookends: Season One begins and ends with an excerpt from the song "Manhattan".
  • Book Safe: Mabel discovers that Tim used his adventure books as hiding spots for mementos and jewelry.
  • Bound and Gagged: Oliver and Mabel end up like this in the back of Theo's van after they discover Teddy's family business.
  • Building of Adventure: The majority of the plot happens inside the Arconia building, which over the course of the series has been revealed to host at least two murders, two pet poisonings, a stabbing, and the central hub of a graverobbing ring.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The residents of the Arconia who aren't the main characters are apathetic jerkasses at best on most days. They do almost nothing to help with the investigation and on occasion make it more difficult. To the point where some residents see Charles lying on the elevator floor after he's been poisoned, assume he's on a drunken bender and nothing to help him, even shushing him after he cries out for help.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: The group surmises that Teddy pulled the fire alarm at the building in order to give his son the chance to shoot Kono without anybody noticing. It was actually Jan who pulled the fire alarm but they were right about the motive for pulling it.
  • Catharsis Factor: Invoked Trope - Even if they were quickly cleared, Oscar admits to being glad that Teddy and Theo Dimas were falsely implicated in the murder of Tim Kono, because they framed him for Zoe's death and cost him ten years of his life.
  • Caught on Tape: Charles manages to catch Jan in the act of confessing to Tim's murder and actively poisoning Charles the same way by secretly recording the whole thing with his phone under a couch cushion.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In the first episode, Oliver and Charles discuss The Office (US). In a later episode, Amy Ryan, who played Holly Flax in The Office, would be introduced as Jan.
  • Character Narrator: Each episode features narration that provides insight into a character, context for the plot, or a bit of additional color to the setting.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The trio searches through Tim Kono's apartment and discovers a box of sex toys, including one that looks like some sort of whip or crop. Much later, they reexamine the toys and discover that the whip/crop is actually a bassoon cleaner, implicating Jan in the murder.
  • Clean Food, Poisoned Fork: When Jan poisons Charles, she is not drugging his drink as he wrongly assumes but the ice pack she gave him to treat his bloody nose.
  • *Click* Hello: Jan announces herself at the boiler room with a loud cock of a revolvernote .
  • Cliffhanger: Fitting with the premise of the show, each episode ends off on a note that radically changes the dynamic and context of the story.
    • "True Crime": It's revealed that Mabel knew the victim Tim Kono, and was in a friend group with him and two others.
    • "Who Is Tim Kono?": Mabel finishes recording a confession on her iPad, titling it "In Case I'm Next," with the reveal that Zoe died on the last night Mabel's group were all together.
    • "How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?": Despite their podcast only getting a handful of views, Oliver returns to his apartment to find a note threatening him to end the podcast or else, with the perpetrator having broken into his apartment and poisoned his dog.
    • "The Sting": Three big ones. First, Charles and Oliver find out from Oliver's son that Mabel knew Tim Kono, and she was part of a friend group where one of them was killed, with Oliver's son warning the pair that she's bad news. Second, following up on a lead on her own, Mabel is unknowingly stalked by someone in a multi-colored hoodie - who Charles saw heading up the stairs in the Arconia the night of Tim Kono's murder. Third, the story jumps forward several months, with Tina Fey's Cinda Canning starting a new podcast about the events in the series, titled "Only Murderers in the Building," indicating that there is more than one perpetrator, and more murders to come (or that she thinks the three protagonists are murderers).
    • "Twist": After Charles and Oliver follow Mabel to her cousin Tavo's tattoo shop, Tavo reveals that Tim feared for his life after trying to take down a black market jewelry dealer named Angel. Mabel then catches Oliver and Charles up on all the jewelry she found in Tim's apartment.
    • "To Protect and Serve": After Teddy gives Oliver and Charles a check for $50,000, Charles notices the name on the check is Angel Inc., leading them to believe that he's the Angel Tim was trying to bring down, which put him on their Prime Suspect list. Meanwhile, Detective Williams realizes that someone interfered with her investigation and details weren't followed up on, meaning someone at the top wants the case buried. Not being able to reopen the investigation, she secretly sends Charles, Oliver and Mabel Tim Kono's phone in the hopes they will be able to uncover something that will help in their case.
    • "The Boy from 6B": After Mabel and Oliver catch Theo stealing jewelry from the dead, he manages to subdue them and call his dad for help and to let him know they know everything. Mabel manages to text Charles and asks him to use THEO as the password for Tim's phone, which is correct. The last shot shows Mabel and Oliver bound and gagged in the back of Theo's van.
    • "Fan Fiction": The toxicology report on Tim Kono proves that the cause of death was poisoning. A photo shows Teddy and Theo outside the building at the time of the murder. Charles discovers that Jan has been seriously injured and may already be dead.
    • "Double Time": Oliver and Mabel discover that Tim had a bassoon cleaner in his apartment just as Charles discovers that Jan is not the first chair bassoonist as she claimed to be.
    • "Open and Shut": Also doubles as one for the entire season. The In Medias Res flashforward from the first episode comes to pass and the figure lying dead in front of Mabel is revealed to be Bunny, stabbed to death with one of Mabel's knitting needles. Charles, Mabel and Oliver are seemingly caught red-handed and are arrested for her murder.
  • Climbing Climax: Inverted. The showdown of season one takes place in the boiler room of the Arcadia.
  • Colbert Bump: In-Universe. After Cinda Canning mentions the podcast on Jimmy Fallon they go from 17 subscribers to over 1000.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The following exchange when the trio snoops around Kono's apartment and finds the bloody paw prints:
    Oliver: That dead cat. What was her name? Ethel?
    Mabel: Evelyn.
    Charles: This doesn't make sense.
    Oliver: Oh no. A lot of people name their pets human names.
    Charles: No. The cat was here after Tim died.
  • Convenient Photograph:
    • The Former Friends Photo of the Hardy Boys taken at the fateful night of Zoe's death reveals a clue. Zoe was wearing a ring that disappeared by the time her body was found.
    • An capture from the building's security camera emerges in episode 8. It places Teddy and his son outside the building at the time of Kono's murder rendering them innocent of committing the crime.
  • The Corpse Stops Here: Season one ends with the three heroes winding up in a room with the freshly murdered Bunny. When the police arrive, Mabel is covered in blood and leaning over the body. They arrest her, Oliver, and Charles for being the prime suspects of a new murder case.
  • Couch Gag: The Opening Credits are altered slightly for each episode to feature an Easter Egg relevant to the associated episode's plot. Bonus points for the first Easter egg being an actual egg.
  • Creator Killer: In-Universe, Oliver had been a highly successful Broadway producer who defied odds for hit after hit. Then his 2005 production of Splash: The Musical turned into a disaster thanks to multiple actors diving into an empty pool set. Combined with his already huge ego and overspending and he's now Persona Non Grata on Broadway and can't afford to actually stay in his apartment building.
  • Creepy Mascot Suit: Played for Laughs, and yet also Played for Drama. In one episode, Charles is haunted by visions of people in Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig costumes. He treats them like minor annoyances. However, he later reveals why these visions exist to the audience. He took his girlfriend and her daughter on a family cruise, but the girlfriend dumped him by abruptly leaving with her daughter when the ship was docked midway through the cruise. Charles had already hired the costumed performers for celebratory dinner and they came and performed even though Charles was alone. He still remembers the mascots dancing around him.
  • The CSI Effect: Invoked in the first episode. Detective Williams groans at dealing with a trio of true-crime podcast fans who think they know how to solve a crime, and the later episode focusing on her shows that she hates the genre in general, partly because she finds nothing entertaining about the messy consequences of murder cases (which are often not that mysterious).
  • Cutting Back to Reality: In the season one finale, we see Charles suddenly defy the effects of the poisoning. He gets up and delivers a speech to the villain about valuing his friendship with Mabel and Oliver over his own life. Then we cut back to him still in delirium unable to voice a single comprehensible word.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "To Protect and Serve" focuses on Detective Williams, her childhood and marriage, and her realization that she missed a couple of big things in the case procedure when her wife plays the podcast for her. She sends Kono's unprocessed phone to Mabel as a result.
    • "The Boy from 6B" is mostly from Theo Dimas's perspective, including his own past encounters with the Hardy Boys gang.
  • Dead Animal Warning: The killer poisons Oliver's dog (who survives, due to Oliver getting home in time and Oliver's son being a veterinarian) and leaves a message with a demand to close down the podcast.
  • Detective Patsy: Discussed in episode 5 between Charles and Oliver in their car as they ponder about Mabel's motivation to engage in the investigation of a murder she potentially committed herself.
  • Dumpster Dive: The first thing the protagonists do when investigating Tim Kono's death, is going digging through the building's garbage.
  • Easter Egg: Each episode's Opening Credits feature a subtle clue related to something that will happen or be seen.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: At Mabel's place, Oscar discovers an album with childhood photos of hers. Mabel is embarrassed about it.
  • Empty Swimming Pool Dive: We learn that Oliver's musical "Splash!" was doomed from the start when during the first night of previews hydraulic problems led to actors diving from a pier onto the stage floor instead of the pool beneath it.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When dumping his omelet in a garbage bag in his kitchen, Charles realizes that he saw Kono with such a bag on the wrong floor.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Charles and Oliver consider stopping the podcast in Episode 6 for two reasons:
    • The victim was a close friend of Mabel, and they don't want to profit off his death in that case. Mabel is willing to see it through though for this reason.
    • They don't want to do the podcast without Mabel, whose mother forbade her from participating in it. Luckily, she relents.
  • Evidence Dungeon: Jan's apartment is full of evidence for her crimes like the emerald ring and her drug kit. She even kept the knife which she stabbed herself with in a hidden spot behind a duct outlet.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Done frequently in "The Boy In 6B," as Theo is shown frequently eavesdropping on incredibly relevant conversations. What's impressive is that he's doing this by reading lips, so these conversations manage to happen with all relevant information being shared while facing Theo's hiding spots.
  • Fantasy Sequence: At the boiler room in the season finale, Charles imagines himself having faked the poisoning attack and standing up to Jan and delivering a speech about how Mabel and Oliver revived his hollow life. Then we cut back to his poisoned self mumbling unintelligibly.
  • Flashforward: "The Sting" ends with a scene that takes place months later in which Cinda Canning says that the three protagonists will be the subject of her next podcast, Only Murderers in the Building.
  • Follow That Car: Charles and Oliver in pursuit of Mabel going to Long Island.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mabel is introduced describing her fantasies of killing an intruder with a knitting needle. The first season ends with Bunny being killed by a knitting needle in Mabel's aunt's apartment, making Mabel a prime suspect in the murder.
    • Evelyn the cat died after lapping up some of Tim Kono's blood. Later episodes reveal that Tim Kono was poisoned, and that Evelyn was killed by ingesting the same poison.
  • Former Friends Photo: Mabel keeps a photograph of herself and Tim Kono when they were still friends.
  • "Friends" Rent Control:
    • Discussed in regards to Mabel. Charles and Oliver acquired their apartments decades prior when the Arconia was affordable, but Mabel is a young new arrival at a time Manhattan real estate prices are through the roof. She eventually reveals that the apartment belongs to her aunt and she's living there temporarily to oversee a renovation.
    • Also Subverted with Oliver, whose inability to find work has made him struggle to maintain payments for the Arconia's rent and bills, and is close to being kicked out. Something similar was going on with Tim Kono prior to his death, as they find a pile of unpaid bills on his mantle and the detective on his case notes money troubles as the assumed reason behind his "suicide".
  • Hated by All:
    • At the Arconia's memorial service for Tim Kono, not a single person can muster a kind word about him and instead talk about how much he annoyed them. As the episode goes on, Charles himself, who barely knew the guy, grows increasingly annoyed by what he learns about him.
    • Both Oliver and Charles separately seem to have also been this themselves. Charles's views on tipping, aloof nature, and difficulty remembering people's names makes him unpopular among the other Arconia residents and staff. Oliver's flamboyant and needling personality makes him quite grating to those around him, best seen with how his own son and Charles both react to him.
    • The negative impact of their podcast, makes it so all three of them are much more actively hated by the other tenants, and Bunny has no problem getting enough votes to evict all three.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: After Charles and Jan slept together, he can't help mentioning the fact to his friends at every turn.
  • Held Gaze: Mabel and Oscar share one in episode 6.
  • Highly Visible Password: When Charles unlocks Kono's phone, the password (Theo) is displayed in cleartext.
  • His Name Is...: The podcast that Mabel, Oliver, and Charles are listening to is magically cut off by the fire alarm just as the podcast is about to reveal an important plot point. When the three assemble at a restaurant nearby their desire to find out what the dog Beau had in his mouth brings the three together.
  • How We Got Here: The show starts In Medias Res, with a SWAT team infiltrating the building while Charles and Oliver find Mabel kneeling over an apparently dead body as she tells them it's Not What It Looks Like. Then we cut to the story's real start two months before.
  • Hubris: Discussed by the fans waiting outside the building regarding the reason why the suspected culprit Teddy funded the podcast that would go on to expose him.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • In the first episode each of the characters gets a surreal moment tying into Oliver's opening narration involving trampolines. They each imagine dropping something and having it return to them as if it bounces: Oliver imagines himself jumping off a set of stairs, Mabel drops the engagement ring they found in Tim's package, and Charles bounces the omelet he was cooking.
    • Oliver has an extended sequence as he reviews the potential suspects, imagining them at a theater audition confessing their crimes to him.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Tim Kono's neighbor mentions hearing loud female screams coming from his apartment.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: In-Universe. Oliver knows that Tim Kono's family is Asian but is unsure of the specific country, so he speculates wildly, to the annoyance of Charles.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • At the end of "The Sting", Charles and Oliver learn of Mabel's connection to Tim Kono, as well as the fact that one of her old friends also died in the building from Oliver's son Will.
    • In episode 8, the group learns from Kono's phone that Theo was the one who pushed Zoe from the rooftop.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Seeking old friend Teddy for a loan, Oliver is struck when Teddy starts listing the number of Broadway hits Oliver talked him out of investing in.
    Teddy: Le Miz? "It's such a downer, Teddy and all over a loaf of bread."
    Oliver: Well, it was...
    Teddy: Mamma Mia!. "I didn't like ABBA when they were ABBA."
    Oliver: Yeah...
    Teddy: Hamilton!
    Oliver: They picked the one Founding Father with no pizazz!
  • Just Between You and Me: When they are alone, Jan runs Charles through her Evil Plan and how she murdered Tim Kono. Then she decides to leave the room expecting Charles to succumb to her poison.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Despite being warned by Theo that the trio is snooping around their business, Teddy prefers to continue sponsoring their podcast, believing he can better monitor them that way and learn what they know.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Oscar was falsely blamed for Zoe's death thanks in part to the Dimases threatening Tim into keeping quiet about Theo being the one responsible. When the Dimases get falsely accused of being Tim's killers only to be proven innocent of that crime, Oscar considers it karma.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Episode 6 ends with Oliver noting that Charles's line "Our prime sponsor is now our prime suspect." makes a great last line for an episode.
  • Leave No Witnesses: In the season one finale, Jan intends to gas all people in the building because they know too much.
  • Leno Device: Teddy Dimas is overjoyed about the unexpected Colbert Bump when the heroes' podcast becomes a topic at the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • Missed Him by That Much: The season one finale has a Running Gag of characters missing each other going in and coming out of elevators.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Charles walks in on Jan undressing in front of his Stunt Double and wrongfully assumes the situation to be romantic.
  • Mistaken for Evidence: The garbage bag Tim carried in the elevator the day of his death. Charles and Mabel find it suspicious that he would take the bag into the elevator since every floor has a garbage chute. It turns out to just have a large number of unfinished suicide notes, which makes them realize that he really did kill himself and was just fixated on getting his last words right.
  • Mock Millionaire: Oliver acts as if he's still living high thanks to his huge success on Broadway. In reality, he's barely scraping by, behind on his rent and asking his son and others for money but refuses to move out of the building.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sting initially blames himself for Tim Kono's death, thinking that his firing of Tim drove him to suicide. He is relieved to learn that Tim was actually murdered.
    • A darker example with Theo in episode 7, where flashbacks reveal he was the one who inadvertently led to Zoe's death.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: The guard at the apartment building attempts to communicate with Theo via ASL but gets it wrong. "I hate these fucking people." becomes "The cheese is always right."
  • Never Suicide: The three protagonists, using their Amateur Sleuth "skills", immediately suspect Tim Kono didn't kill himself, based on the fact they heard him on the phone saying he was expecting an important package. After their initial snooping they realize that he really did kill himself, only to snoop some more and swing back around to suspecting murder.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Tina Fey plays Cinda Canning, a thinly veiled parody of Sarah Koenig whose podcast Serial kickstarted the true-crime podcast craze that this series satirizes.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: "The Boy from 6B" is from the perspective of Theo Dimas, who's deaf, so there's no audible spoken dialogue (except for the Previously On… and at the end) and no ambient noise at all when Theo is the POV character. Instead, those who know American Sign Language sign with each other (with subtitles provided) while others communicate through facial expressions, gestures, and text messages. Also, Theo eavesdrops on other people's conversations by reading their lips (also with subtitles provided).
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-Universe example. Oliver and Charles's podcast being mocked on the Jimmy Fallon Show leads to a massive spike in popularity for them and Teddy giving them their first paycheck for $50,000.
  • Oblivious Mockery: Charles voices his disgust for people, like Kono, who are behind with their rent since it makes the rent for everyone go up. Oliver looks abashed.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Episode 5 shows the scene from the pilot where everyone is rushing out of the building but this time revealing the identity of the person under the hoody walking up the stairs.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Season one ends with replaying the Action-Hogging Opening of the pilot, this time showing the murder victim being the building manager.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Subverted in the season finale when Oliver tries to ram in the front door to Jan's apartment but fails miserably. Mabel then solves the problem with a lockpick.
  • Parents as People: Grandparents in this case; Oliver's a troubled but sympathetic man who is apparently quite neglectful of his grandkids even despite his claim that he wishes he could spend more time with them. He's a source of frustration for his son, who he regularly tries to borrow money from, until recently where his son has put his foot down on the matter.
  • Perp Walk: The last scene of season one shows the three protagonists being carried off by police in slow motion while the tenants of Arcadia line up to cast a last Disapproving Look on them.
  • Person as Verb: Charles's Stunt Double mentions Charles getting "Tarantino'd", whatever that means.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: The mystery around Tim Kono's death brings the three protagonists together.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Text messages received by characters are shown as text bubbles on-screen.
  • Posthumous Narration: The season finale has Tim take the reins of narrator, taking the audience through the minutes leading up to his murder.
  • Pseudo Crisis: Episode 8 ends with Charles finding Jan stabbed down, possibly dead. The next episode shows her recovering from what seemed to have been a minor stab wound.
  • Quiet Cry for Help: Charles wrongly assumes Mabel has been kidnapped by Oscar and her casual "just chilling" comment on the phone was secret code for "help, I've been taken hostage."
  • Red Herring: It's a murder mystery, it might be easier listing who isn't a red herring:
    • Many characters are briefly considered but eliminated over the course of a single episode. Howard is notable for being eliminated in a single episode but coming back as a suspect later on... only to be eliminated that same episode again.
    • "Tye-dye guy"'s identity remains a mystery for half the season but he's eventually revealed as Oscar, who's not only a red herring for this crime but also for the crime he went to prison for in the past as he's proven innocent of that.
    • After spending most of the first season setting Teddy and Theo Dimas as being responsible for Tim Kono's death, it turns out they were connected by an entirely different crime.
  • The Reveal: The end of the first episode reveals that Mabel and Tim knew each other, and he was part of the Hardy Boys group that she had earlier talked about with Charles. She keeps their history a secret from Charles and Oliver, until Oliver's son remembers her and gives the info to them.
  • Rotating Protagonist: While it's undeniable that Charles, Oliver, and Mabel are the main characters, every episode of the first season has rotated the primary viewpoint character/narrator serving as A Day in the Limelight, usually with increased prominence as well as bookending the episode with their narration:
    • The first episode was from Mabel's point of view
    • "Who is Tim Kono" is from Charles's perspective, with much of his narration being lines from the podcast that he's narrating.
    • "How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors" has Oliver in the limelight, with the framing device being him viewing the suspects in a similar manner to a director casting a play.
    • "The Sting" is bookended by scenes with Cinda Canning and her role in the episode is a major part.
    • "Twist" is told from Oscar's perspective
    • "To Protect and Serve" is told from the perspective of the police officer who dismissed the main trio in the first episode as she gets reinvolved with the case.
    • "The Boy From 6B" is from the perspective of Theo Dimas. As he's deaf, the episode features no spoken dialogue until the very final seconds.
    • "Fan Fiction" is from the perspective of a superfan of the podcast.
    • "Double Time" is initially from Jan's perspective. Notably, she gives no closing monologue, likely since the episode ends with the implication that she's now the prime suspect.
    • "Open and Shut" is from Tim's perspective, who provides a posthumous account of the events leading up to his murder.
  • Secret Room:
    • Mabel discovers a secret room at Teddy's place where he hides urns and the jewelry from his Robbing the Dead business.
    • Mabel and Oliver discover a secret compartment in the embalming room of the funeral home where Theo works.
  • Sequel Hook: Season one ends with Mabel, Oliver and Charles getting arrested for a crime they didn't commit, hinting at a continuation of their adventures in a second season.
  • Serious Business: True Crime podcasting seems to be a huge thing for some people.
  • Shame If Something Happened:
    • Teddy gets Tim Kono to keep mum about Zoe's death by saying it would be a shame if something similar were to happen to him or Mabel.
    • He pulls the same Implied Death Threat on Mabel and Oliver when they have a chat in the car after their abduction.
    Teddy: You'll make the right choice. Because if you don't, well, I know where you live.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower Scene: Mabel has a brief shower scene at the end of the first episode, which reveals the whale tattoo on her shoulder.
  • Show Within a Show: "Brazzos", a fictional cop show from the '90s that Charles starred in.
  • Skewed Priorities: The building meeting to evict the trio revealed that many in the building were more upset at the poor publicity brought on by the podcast and not the grave robbing ring and murderer living in the building which are the actual causes of the poor publicity.
  • Spotting the Thread: "Open and Shut" reveals that Charles had his suspicions about Jan after noticing that the supposed suicide notes, threatening letters, and the notes she sent to him all feature a distinctly written "J".
  • Stress Vomit: Theo vomits at Teddy's apartment after the traumatic experience with Zoe on the rooftop.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: At first the series seems ready to go out on an Earn Your Happy Ending note, but then Bunny is seemingly murdered and Mabel is found over her body, which leads to all three of our heroes being arrested and carted off.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Charles, Oliver, and Mabel sneak into Tim Kono's apartment, see his body, and are repulsed to find that a chunk of his skull is missing and his brains are leaking out. Charles says that it's nothing at all like the neat bodies he encountered as a TV detective.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: While developing their podcast's soundtrack, Charles uses a concertina to play the melody of the series' theme. Oliver isn't completely sold on it, though.
  • Title Drop: When Oliver suggests that they bank material for their podcast by covering another murder in Central Park, Charles immediately declares they'll cover "only murders in the building!" This ends up being the title of their Podcast as well.
  • Totally Radical: Charles picks up the word "rando" from Mabel. However, he combines it with the Eye Am Watching You gesture which Mabel notes is not making sense.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: The three protagonists, along with Tim Kono, share one in the first episode, with Oliver awkwardly trying to talk to Charles and Mabel while they both do their best to ignore him.
  • Virtual Assistant Blunder: When Charles is poisoned by Amy, he attempts to use his phone's Siri, saying "Siri, I don't feel good". Siri ends up playing "Fields of Gold" by Sting.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 7, big time. Teddy is revealed to be running a grave robbing business out of the funeral home he owns, stealing jewelry off of corpses before they're cremated. The ring Zoe had the night she died was stolen from Teddy's apartment. Teddy's son Theo is his accomplice tasked with getting it back, and was accidentally responsible for Zoe's death. Tim Kono saw what happened and was threatened into silence by Teddy who told him Mabel might meet a similar fate if he didn't stay quiet. Charles, Oliver and Mabel discover Teddy's operation, with Oliver and Mabel captured by Theo after they went to investigate the funeral home. However, Oliver manages to get a message off to Charles before that happens telling him to use THEO as the password on Kono's phone, which unlocks all of Tim's data.
    • Episode 8 reveals that Tim was poisoned before he was shot and that the Dimases weren't even in the building when Tim was killed.
    • Episode 10 ends the season with the trio successfully solving the case and proving that Jan was Tim's killer. However, after that, while celebrating getting their apartments back and completing the first season of their podcast, Charles and Oliver receive a mysterious text to get out of the building. They hurry to check on Mabel, who went to get more champagne, and find her in her apartment, lying in front of Bunny's dead body. The three are swarmed and immediately arrested by the police.
  • Wham Line: From the end of "Double Time":
    Mabel: Why is there a bassoon cleaner in Tim's sex toy box?Context 
  • Wham Shot: The first episode ends with a photograph of Mabel's group The Hardy Boys with Tim Kono, the murder victim pictured.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: Tim Kono was Hated by All in the building which keeps the range of potential suspects wide open.
  • Wrestler of Beasts: Pataki, Charles's former stunt double from Brazzos, claims to have fought off an alligator using nothing but a broken Bourbon bottle.


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Teddy Dimas's No 1 Coin

Teddy explaining the history of the coin on the mantelpiece of his apartment

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