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"This sends the investigation into a whole new direction."note 

"Every true crime story is actually true for someone."
Charles-Haden Savage

Only Murders in the Building is a Hulu murder mystery/dramedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez that debuted in 2021.

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.

A second season was ordered mid-way through the first's airing and was released on June 28, 2022. Likewise, a third season was announced midway through the second. The show airs on the Star hub outside the United States.


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 sends the tropes in a whole new direction:

  • #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.
  • Aborted Arc: In Season 2, Oliver meets with Amy Schumer about the possibility of teaming up on a TV version of the podcast but this is dropped after the second episode and Schumer does not reappear.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In the season 2 opener, Mabel says "Lawyer" during her interrogation which Detective Kreps takes as a hint that she is not gonna talk without her lawyer. But Mabel correct him saying that she took him for a lawyer since he was acting "so smart". Detective Williams can't suppress a jiggle much to Kreps's chagrin.
  • Airvent Passageway: In the season 2 opener, the trio sneaks into Bunny's apartment via the building's spacious duct system.
  • The Alleged Car: Oliver's vintage car from the 1960s breaks down while he and Charles pursue Mabel to Long Island.
  • Almost Kiss: Howard and his new neighbor are about to kiss when the neighbor starts sneezing because of his cat allergy.
  • Alone with the Psycho: The season one finale has Charles in Jan's clutches at the same time Mabel and Oliver discover proof of 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.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: The trio names their Summation Gathering in the season 2 finale "killer reveal party". Some guests are confused about the name since it could either mean "a killer of a party" or "a party to reveal the killer". Turns out it was deliberately chosen as a Double-Meaning Title since both interpretations apply simultaneously.
  • And Starring:
    • Among the three leads, Selena Gomez receives the "And" billing.
    • During Season 1, Amy Ryan receives the "With" billing while coming last in the opening credits as Selena Gomez's credit comes third.
    • For Season 2, only the three leads receive billing in the opening, but Cara Delevingne receives an "and starring" billing in the end 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 Bunny and Porky Pig 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.
  • Artifact Title: The title comes from the trio's agreement that their podcast would only cover murders that occur in their apartment building, as New York City has no lack of unsolved murders. However, the second season's cliffhanger ending involves a Broadway actor dropping dead onstage during a play that Charles and Oliver are involved in, thus setting up the murder mystery for the third season and negating the title of the series.
  • As Himself:
    • Sting lives in the building in the first season, and is even considered a suspect at a point.
    • In the second season, he has moved out and Amy Schumer moves into his apartment. She is a big fan of the podcast and wants to make it into a TV show starring herself as Jan.
  • 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.
  • Audible Sharpness: Knives tend to make a "zing" sound when being waved around by characters.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Howard turns out to be a terrible actor as he overplays his part in the season 2 finale's Summation Gathering. Oliver signals him to tone it down.
  • 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.
    • The episode "The Boy from 6B" did it twice in one scene: Zoe wishes Teddy and Theo a happy new year in ASL whilst wearing Teddy's stolen ring, Teddy stops her... and asks her pleasantly surprised about her ASL. Once Zoe turns her back, he signs to Theo to get the ring back.
  • 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.
  • Blood from the Mouth: The last scene of season 2 has a Broadway star dying on stage with blood pouring from his mouth.
  • 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.
  • Brick Joke: The murdering knife that ends up stuck in the ceiling earlier in episode 3 of season 2 comes down unexpectedly towards the end of the episode, now stuck in the floor.
  • Bringing Running Shoes to a Car Chase: Charles tries to track Mabel on foot after she drives away. Fortunately for him, Mabel is stalled by traffic until Oliver arrives with his car.
  • 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.
  • Call-Back: Oliver asks Mabel if she likes her beats and Amy Schumer tells Oliver to bring her a turkey. Both are Lampshaded as call-backs.
  • 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.
    • Oliver's dip bag, received at the beginning of the blackout and dropped at the staircase. Mabel then later picks it up and hits the man following Lucy with it. Though it turns out to be Marv.
    • Poppy's liverwurst and marmalade sandwich that she orders in the season 2 finale becomes a clue later on in the episode.
  • 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: Every episode has at least one
  • 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.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: Charles does this with Jan in Season 2, who's been convicted of the murders and attempted murders from the first season by then, hoping for insight on the current killer.
  • Continuity Snarl: Charles and Emma's timeline is a little inconsistent. He mentions Lucy was 7 when she and her mother moved in and stayed for 6 years. Lucy then mentions 8 years have passed which would put her at 21 but some dialogue suggests Lucy is in her mid to late teens by alluding she's still in high school. Though Charles may have meant that Lucy was seven when they left when he referred to her as a seven year old which would make the math make much more sense.
  • 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.
  • Crowd Song: The whole Arconia sings "The Sound of Silence" during the blackout.
  • 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: Since each episode begins with narration from a different character, this trope is seen often:
    • "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. This is repeated to a lesser extent in Season 2 in "Flipping the Pieces" when he rescues Mabel from Glitter Guy and they go to Coney Island together.
    • "The Last Day of Bunny Folger" goes through the events of Bunny's last day from her perspective (without revealing who her killer is).
    • "Performance Review" spends time with Poppy White and her relationship with her boss, Cinda Canning.
  • 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.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: 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.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Bunny's murderer turns out to be unsuspicious side character Poppy White aka Becky Butler.
  • Downtime Downgrade: Mabel and Oscar spend most of their time in the first season building up to consummating their mutual feelings, but almost immediately in the second season, Mabel confesses that their relationship isn't strong and they both are waiting for the other to admit that they should just be friends.
  • Driving Question:
    • Season 1: Who killed Tim Kono and why? Answer 
    • Season 2: Who killed Bunny Folger and why? Answer 
    • Season 3: Who killed Ben Glenroy and why?
  • 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.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: Played for laughs. Oliver and Teddy have a Wimp Fight in the elevator in season 2.
  • 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.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The trio thinks they've got a clue in Bunny's parakeet going "I know who did it." Turns out the bird was just repeating a line from a movie Bunny had been watching.
  • "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.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Poppy White for Mabel. Both are young dark-haired women (Poppy is at most in her mid 30s, while Mabel is in her late 20s) who grew up in single-parent households. Both are true crime fans living in New York City and big fans of Cinda Canning. Both are revealed in Season 2 to have fought back against sexual harassment they received from their employers. Both are shown to be intelligent, creative, and quick-thinking. Both work on a podcast about a murder close to them. However, while Mabel is valued as an equal (and sometimes a superior) by Oliver and Charles, Cinda mistreats, bullies, and plagiarizes from Poppy. Meanwhile, Poppy framed Mabel and killed Bunny to give her content for the podcast. This is even underlined by Poppy's real name, which is alliterative like Mabel's: Becky Butler.
    • Detective Kreps for Charles. Both are older men who get in whirlwind romances with much younger women who are revealed to be the killers of their respective season. Both remain besotted by the killer in question - Jan and Poppy/Becky - even after learning of her crimes. However, while Charles breaks up with Jan because of Mabel's hurt, Kreps continues to help Becky/Poppy.
  • 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.
  • Fake Kill Scare: In the season 2 finale, Charles jumps in front of Mabel and gets stabbed to death by Alice. However, it turns out his death was faked in order to draw out the real murderer.
  • Fake-Out Twist: The season 2 finale provides two twists in quick succession. In their summation the heroes accuse Cinda Canning of having killed Bunny. Then the suspicion shifts over to Alice who in a rage kills Charles with a knife. After she has been restrained, there is another twist revealing that everything up this point was staged in order to draw out the real murderer amongst the guest, side character Poppy White.
  • 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.
  • Fauxshadowing: In "I Know Who Did It", the camera focuses on Alice Banks entering the room just as Charles says that the killer is in the room with them. A short while later, she is revealed to be the killer and stabs Charles with a knife. Except not. Both Mabel's accusing of Alice and Alice's subsequent stabbing of Charles were staged as part of a ruse to trap the real killer, Poppy White.
  • 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.
    • In "Performance Review", we see Poppy White sit under a poster that says "Where is Becky Butler?". Poppy later turns out to be Becky.
    • In "The Tell", Oliver says that "it's hard to believe [he's] related to" Will's son, who's a mathlete. He's revealed not to be Will's father, and therefore not related to his grandson, at the end of the episode.
  • Former Friends Photo: Mabel keeps a photograph of herself and Tim Kono when they were still friends.
  • Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: Bunny has a parrot called Mrs. Gambolini that spouts foul language.
  • Frame-Up: The trio is framed for murder at the end of Season 1 which then kick-starts Season 2's plot. It's revealed the perpetrators had framed another person for murder too.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Season 2, Episode 6, a freeze-frame of Poppy's tablet shows Cinda's extremely packed schedule, including "5 am primal scream", "7:30 am ask Poppy to stop doing that thing", "8 am goat yoga", "9 am clitoral stimulation session with Jake", "3 pm neck thing", and at least two sessions of "underwater pilates".
  • "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. Despite his downturn in fortune, Charles still seems decently financially well-off from his long-running series which presumably gives him enough in royalties to afford his apartment and living a fairly modest life otherwise.
    • Also Subverted with Oliver, whose inability to find work has made him struggle to maintain payments for the Arconia's building fees 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".
    • Word of God (courtesy of a People magazine article) is that much of Oliver's lavish furniture is "liberated" from his Broadway shows.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Parodied during the season 2 finale's Summation Gathering, where Charles dramatically turns around to point his finger at the supposed killer but he turns a little too much and ends up pointing at an unwitting bystander much to everyone's confusion. Shortly after, Mabel plays the trope straight by pointing at Alice as the new potential killer.
  • Going by the Matchbook: In season 2, Mabel finds a matchbook in her apartment that later provides a clue to the identity of Bunny's murderer.
  • Hand of Death: In Episode 3, we see that Bunny's murderer wore black gloves and the murder itself is shown in shadow. In Episode 4, Lucy barely manages to avoid encountering the murderer who is dressed all in black.
  • Happy Circus Music: In "Flipping the Pieces," a cheerful, nostalgic circus waltz tune is heard as Theo plays a claw crane game at Coney Island.
  • 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.
  • Here We Go Again!: At the end of Season 2, Broadway star Ben Glenroy drops dead on stage and Mabel says, "You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!"
  • 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.
    • Bunny managed to say only two things to Mabel before dying: 14 and Savage. In the Season 2 finale, it's revealed that she actually said "14" and "Sandwich", a reference to the favorite sandwich of her murderer, Poppy White, which was number 14 on the menu at a local diner.
  • 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.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: In season 2, when Oliver reconnects with his son in preparation for the "Wizard of Oz" School Play, he makes a promise that the commitment to his family will never again take a backseat to his murder investigations. Then his phone rings and he takes off to resume his murder investigation.
  • Immediate Sequel: Season 2 picks up right after the events of the Season 1 finale, with Charles, Oliver, and Mabel being interrogated overnight and released the following morning.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Tim Kono's neighbor mentions hearing loud female screams coming from his apartment.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: When Nina goes into labor, Charles says he can deliver the baby because he once played an OBGYN on TV. Fortunately, the paramedics arrive before that can happen.
  • Impairment Shot: After Mabel walks in to see Alice's elaborate re-creation of Mabel's apartment and Bunny's death as part of an art project, the picture repeatedly blurs both when the camera is shooting her first-person point of view and Mabel herself, broadcasting her internal collapse at the betrayal.
  • Important Haircut: Becky Butler changes her hairstyle so that no one will recognize her when she leaves her hometown.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: How Poppy gives herself away, as she snaps "you're going to believe some girl hiding in the walls" which only the killer could have known.
  • Instant Birth: Just Add Labor!: Played straight as an arrow with Nina who goes into labor right after her water breaks when she is pressured by the heroes to confess to the murder. Charles instantly takes on the role of Delivery Guy, a skill he learned from performing it on a TV show called "The Deliverer".
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Poppy assures Mabel that her boss Cinda Canning is respecting her, we hear Cinda whistling after Poppy to follow her like a dog. Poppy claims it's an inside joke they are having.
  • 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!
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Martin Short's former SCTV co-star Andrea Martin appears in "Performance Review" as Charles' make-up artist Joy.
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: The trio lures Uma into the Summation Gathering in the season 2 finale with the promise of cake. However, the ordered cake is late and Uma doesn't stop complaining about there not being any cake.
  • I Will Find You: Played for laughs. During the Power Outage Plot in season 2, Oliver delivers a dramatic speech to come back and find his dips when he has to leave them behind in the building's stairway.
  • 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.
    • In Episode 8, fans of the podcast say that the Sting episode was a waste of time and had no stakes, since Sting obviously isn't going to the killer. (They probably mean that a famous rock star wouldn't personally commit a revenge murder, but it sounds like they're talking about how the show's writer wouldn't make guest star Sting the killer.)
    • Plenty of jokes regarding a second season are raised, in universe to the podcast, but that could easily apply to the show.
    • When Mabel storms off in a huff, Oliver brushes it off as "she does this every third or fourth 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.
  • MacGuffin: Bunny's murder apparently has something to do with a valuable painting she had in her apartment. It turns out the painting belongs to her mother Lenora and the one in her apartment was a replica.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Mabel, who favors a feminine style, is revealed to be bisexual as she dates tomboy lesbian Alice in season 2.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Oscar was wrongly convicted of killing Zoe and did ten years in prison before he got released. After the true facts of her death come out, he's exonerated offscreen.
  • 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 Nationality: Poppy mistakes Alice's British accent for an Australian one.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Mabel recognizes how badly Cinda is treating her Beleaguered Assistant Poppy, and urges Poppy to stand up for herself. After Cinda not only refuses to give her a promotion, but outright says she'll never promote her, Poppy calls Mabel and offers to give her any dirt on Cinda she wants.
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: When Charles reveals that he's still in sort of a relationship with Jan in Season 2, he and Oliver start bickering about it in their usual fashion. The humor of the scene stops when Mabel reminds them that "she killed my friend."
  • More Diverse Sequel: In-universe. Brazzos had a white male lead (played by Charles). The sequel series is led by Brazzos' black niece, while dementia and illness has left Charles's Brazzos in a wheelchair. He does, however, get to throw off the disability after testing well with audiences.
  • Muse Abuse: Mabel is distraught when learning that Alice was making art from her tragedy.
  • 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.
    • The trio immediately regret slamming their door in Bunny's face when they realize that she is still standing there, indicating that she wanted to be included in their celebration. As they debate their next course of action, Bunny starts crying loudly, making everyone nervous and uncomfortable. Charles acknowledges that "with a simple act of kindness, they could have saved [Bunny's] life"
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels:
    • In season 1, 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."
    • In Season 2, Mabel starts picking up some sign language from Theo and when they part she signals him accidentally "Thank you for stealing my fish."
  • 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 Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon leads to a massive spike in popularity for them and Teddy giving them their first paycheck for $50,000.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: Bunny's parrot proclaims "I know who did it" implying it saw the murderer. Subverted when it turns that the parrot only repeated a sentence from a movie Bunny watched.
  • Not the First Victim: Tim Kono was not Jan's first victim, though we don't learn the details of her other murders.
  • 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.
    • Season 1 ends with replaying the Action-Hogging Opening of the pilot, this time showing the murder victim being the building manager.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: When Poppy confesses to her crime in the season 2 finale, we see the flashback again where Detective Kreps turns around at the bar but this time he doesn't lock eyes with Cinda but Poppy across room.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: His encounter with Teddy in the elevator in the penultimate episode of Season 2 is the first time we see the normally upbeat Oliver legitimately pissed. He shoots a Death Glare at Teddy before throttling him as the doors close.
  • "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.
  • Overly-Long Gag: In "The Tell," Charles and Oliver have an extended bit where they prepare to tell Mabel about the Iran-Contra scandal and list off nearly every person or entity involved, despite her clearly being uninterested.
  • 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.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Mabel correctly guesses that the password to Howard's phone is Evelyn.
  • The Peeping Tom: The architect who built the Arconia installed a secret elevator that he used to watch women undress.
  • 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 Allergy: The killer's parrot dander allergy in season 2 becomes a plot point.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: The mystery around Tim Kono's death brings the three protagonists together.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    • Early in season 2, Oliver comments that he loved Sting even before he was in The Police. Amy Schumer responds she didn't know Sting was in law enforcement.
    • Charles has trouble connecting to Lucy, a gen-z, because he doesn't get any of her cultural references.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Text messages received by characters are shown as text bubbles on-screen.
  • Posthumous Character: Rose Cooper, an artist who disappeared under mysterious circumstances decades ago and had an affair with Charles' dad. Subverted when she turns out to be alive and well.
  • Posthumous Narration: The Season 1 finale has Tim take the reins of narrator, taking the audience through the minutes leading up to his murder.
  • Power Outage Plot: Episode 8 of season 2 deals with the trio surviving a city-wide power outage at night with a murderer on the loose.
  • Pregnancy Makes You Crazy: Exploited. When Nina, who is pregnant at the time, comes under suspicion, Lucy suggests driving her over the edge and forcing her to make mistakes because she is "super hormonal".
  • Proxy Breakup: Charles cannot bring himself to break up with Jan in person so he has his stunt double Sazz read out a letter to her instead.
  • 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."
  • Reboot: Charles is offered the chance to appear in a reboot of his show Brazzos as the uncle of the new Brazzos.
  • Reboot Snark: Charles Haden-Savage is a washed-up actor whose biggest claim to fame was being the star of a long-running Show Within a Show about a detective, Brazzos. After his podcast blows up, he gains newfound notoriety and is offered to star in a Brazzos reboot. Though he is initially overjoyed to receive the call, his excitement dims when he learns it's a Spin-Offspring revival and he'll be playing the mentor "Uncle Brazzos" role to a new, younger Brazzos.
  • 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 of the first season but he's eventually revealed as Oscar, who's not only a red herring for this crime but also was wrongly convicted of killing Zoe ten years ago.
    • 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.
    • Alice is suspicious from her first appearance, as she pushes into Mabel's life as soon as Bunny dies and is revealed to be a liar. She's not a good girlfriend to Mabel and is exploiting her for her art, but she didn't do anything to Bunny. This becomes a plot point in the Season 2 finale when the podcasters use her suspicious behavior as ammunition against the real killer.
    • Much of season 2 is spent on Bunny's dying words "14 Savage" and an infamous painting of Rose Cooper and how both connect to Charles. It's eventually revealed that Charles's relationship with his father and Rose Cooper had nothing to do with the murder. It was Poppy White/Becky Butler trying to spin a story featuring the painting in order to have fodder for a podcast.
  • 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.
    • Theo, not Oscar, killed Zoe, and Teddy covered it up for him. That's also why Teddy was bankrolling the podcast.
    • The Arconia is filled with secret passageways and an elevator system the original designer used to spy on tenants.
    • Season 2 reveals that Oliver's son is actually Teddy's biologically.
    • The trio has actually been texting with Bunny's killer instead of Det. Williams.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In "Performance Review," Poppy White sits down in front of a poster for Cinda's previous podcast, which boldly asks "Where is Becky Butler?" Well, she's right there.
  • Rotating Protagonist: While it's undeniable that Charles, Oliver, and Mabel are the main characters, every episode of the first season 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, "True Crime", is primarily 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 Det. Williams 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 Sam, 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.
    • The second season continued this trend with "Persons of Interest" opening with a brief fantasy sequence narrated by Charles.
    • "Framed" gives us a brief history of the Arconia narrated by Leonora Folger who is actually Rose Cooper.
    • "The Last Day of Bunny Folger" is told from Bunny's perspective.
    • "Here's Looking at You" is narrated by Lucy who records a video on her phone while hiding in the Arconia's secret passages.
    • "The Tell" is narrated by Oliver's son Will.
    • "Performance Review" is narrated by Cinda Canning's assistant Poppy White.
    • "Flipping the Pieces" has Mabel as the narrator once again.
    • "Hello, Darkness" is narrated by Marv, one of the Arconiacs.
    • "Sparring Partners" is narrated by Det. Kreps who was revealed to be Glitter Guy at the end of the previous episode.
    • "I Know Who Did It" is also narrated by Poppy, only this time her narration reveals her past as Becky Butler.
  • Searching the Stalls: On Coney Island, Mabel hides from a suspect in a changing room's locker. But then she makes a noise that alerts the man who starts searching the set of lockers one by one. When he reaches the one Mabel is in, she pushes the door open and bolts.
  • Secret Path: The trio finds a hidden door in Bunny's closet leading to a private elevator at the backside of the building.
  • 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.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Oliver at one point claims people have a bad habit of this, openly telling Charles he imagines his TV stardom being much bigger than it was. However, Oliver likewise falls into this, such as talking about how everyone at a theater, including a batch of kids, laughed at his joke about Orson Welles. In reality, he only said that joke to his son, who didn't laugh.
    Oliver: Memory can contain both objective reality and subjective perception.
  • 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.
    • Season Two ends with a Broadway star dying on stage during a production that Oliver directed and Charles costars in.
  • Sequelitis: Invoked by Oliver in a metafictional moment in the premiere of the second season, who notes that following up their first podcast might be difficult.
    Oliver: Well, second seasons are tough, you know, but people keep dying. So, I suppose there's... always a chance.
  • Serious Business: True Crime podcasting seems to be a huge thing for some people.
  • Shadow Archetype: Teddy for Oliver. Both are fathers to one son (Will and Theo) with a Missing Mom to whom they're bad parents but try to be better. Both are former close friends who are passionate about the arts, especially musical theatre. However, Oliver's worst crime is that he mooches money off Will, which has damaged their relationship. Teddy loves Theo a lot, but is very protective/controlling towards him, involving him in his grave-robbing business and manipulating him with money, but also covering up his role in Zoe's death. This becomes text when Teddy says he tried to be as good a father as Oliver to Theo. And becomes even more obvious with The Reveal that Teddy, not Oliver, is Will's real father.
  • 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.
  • Slow Electricity: When the power outage occurs in season 2, the lights in the city go out district by district.
  • Social Deduction Game: "The Tell" is themed around "Son of Sam", a parlor game of Oliver's. It is a social deduction game themed similar to Werewolf (1997) (but themed around David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam killer). Characters are handed cards — most are "innocent blondes", but one is the Son of Sam killer, who pinches/"kills" an unknowing victim in each round. The group must then vote on who they think the killer is (if Oliver doesn't get it before them) lest the killer gets them all; if an accused person turns out to be innocent, they die as well.
  • Sophomore Slump: Invoked in-universe. The fans are relieved that the podcast is picking up after the Red Herring heavy first half of the second season.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Charles and Jan's phone call in season 2 is shown via split screen.
  • Spot the Imposter: The gang are thrown in Season 2 when, after texting with Detective Wiliams for a while on the case, they hear she's in Denver on maternity leave. When they text on possible evidence, "Williams" responds to just leave it in a park and she'll pick it up later that day and the gang realizes this isn't her.
  • 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".
  • Stereo Fibbing: When Charles and Oliver decide to hand over the bloody knife that was used to kill Bunny to Detective Williams, they forgot to align their stories. Charles claims they found it in the toilet and Oliver says it was in the ceiling. Then they swap their answers. Williams calls their skit a Cringe Comedy.
  • Stress Vomit: Theo vomits at Teddy's apartment after the traumatic experience with Zoe on the rooftop.
  • Sudden Downer Ending:
    • At first the first season 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.
    • Downplayed in the second season finale, which involves a one-year Time Skip, allowing the trio some downtime before witnessing their next murder which provides the season's cliffhanger.
  • The Summation: Subverted during the Summation Gathering in "I Know Who Did It": Mable, Oliver, and Charles give a summation in which they first accuse Cinda of Bunny's murder before eventually settling on Alice, who grabs a knife and stabs Charles. It's eventually revealed that the whole scene was staged for the benefit of the real killer and Alice was in on it. Charles is fine.
  • 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.
  • Take That!: The second season gets some shots in against the True Crime genre.
    • Oliver, in dismissing Howard, says that they're going to switch to a subscription model as a dig toward podcasts that do so to increase revenue after building up a listener base with a free season.
    • Oliver and Amy Schumer discuss adapting the Tim Kono investigation for television in a stab at the proliferation of True Crime adaptations coming out on TV and streaming. Oliver suggests cutting out Charles to focus the potential show on himself and Mabel while Amy Schumer proposes making Jan the central character by recasting the Ax-Crazy Serial Killer as an Anti-Hero as a criticism of how adaptations take Artistic License for the sake of narrative and drama.
  • That Satisfying "Crunch!": Alice makes Mabel destroy a sculpture with an ax to help her resolve her internal conflicts.
  • This Is Reality: When Theo reveals he can barely understand her, Mabel notes how "people seem to lip read much better in the movies."
  • Time-Shifted Actor: In "The Tell", there is a flashback to Oliver's life as a young man in the 1970s. In the flashback, he is played by Samuel Farnsworth rather than Martin Short.
  • 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:
    • In-universe, 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.
    • Lucy asks if Charles and Oliver are "queer-coded" in season 2. "x-coded" is a real term used to describe fictional charactersnote  but it is used exclusively in meta discussions, not as a descriptor for real people you know.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Mabel cannot remember important details about the moment she found Bunny in her apartment. Bits and pieces come back as the investigation progresses.
  • Twofer Token Minority: The cast is largely white, with a few exceptions.
    • Mabel is Latina and bisexual.
    • Additionally Detective Williams and her wife are both Black lesbians.
    • Jonathan, a Black gay man, becomes a supporting character in Season 2.
  • 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.
    • Oliver has an excruciating elevator ride with Teddy in season 2 because Teddy is out on bond before the trial. Oliver's awkward inquiry of how prison was gets answered by an extended, smiling series of threats by Teddy.
    • Oliver goes through another one with Teddy after getting confirmation that Teddy is his son's biological father, but this time he goes for Teddy's neck while threatening to kill him. Then the elevator doors open to reveal that Howard is about to enter the lift. Oliver beckons him to come in and lunges at Teddy again, resulting in Howard going through one.
  • Unholy Matrimony: The killers in season 2 turn out to be a couple who apparently genuinely love each other even as they murder for personal gain while framing people for their crimes.
  • The Un-Hug: At the end of season 2 episode 6, Oliver and Charles lean in to give each other a comforting hug over the shock of watching footage of Mabel stabbing a man on the subway. It turns into an awkward moment though since both men are not comfortable with embracing each other.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Oliver has this during his second above Uncomfortable Elevator Moment with Teddy, which they do fight and right after Howard leaves, they keep on fighting which Teddy ends up winning.
  • 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.
    • Episode 9 of Season 2. The woman who claimed to be Leonora Folger turns out to be Rose Cooper, an artist who went missing years before. Oliver gets confirmation that Teddy Dimas is his son Will's biological father and confronts Teddy about it. Cinda Canning's assistant Poppy White reveals to Mabel that she is Becky Butler, the supposedly dead girl whose murder Cinda became famous for solving.
    • The Season 2 finale. With the help of Cinda Canning and Alice Banks, the trio successfully trick Poppy White aka Becky Butler into confessing to the murder of Bunny Folger. It seems like their podcasting days are behind them. But a year later another murder happens, this time involving a Broadway star whose co-stars is Charles, and is directed by Oliver.
  • Wham Line:
    • From the end of "Double Time":
    Mabel: Why is there a bassoon cleaner in Tim's sex toy box?Context 
    • From the end of "Sparring Partners":
    Poppy White: I'm Becky Butler.Context 
    • "I Know Who Did It" gives us a Wham Sound: After Alice Banks has supposedly been implicated in the murder of Bunny Folger, Cinda's assistant, Poppy, begins sneezing uncontrollably. 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.
  • Window Love: Charles and imprisoned Jan perform the window touch gesture during their second meeting.
  • 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.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Mabel's verbal reaction to the Broadway murder at the end of season 2.


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Charles' dramatic pointing

During the Summation Gathering, Charles dramatically turns around to point his finger at the supposed killer but he turns a little too much and ends up pointing at an unwitting bystander.

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