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Series / Operation Repo

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Operation Repo was a series on TruTV that is about car repossessions with a team of highly-trained professionals from California's San Fernando Valley.

Meet the Characters:

  • Luis 'Lou' Pizarro - The Boss
  • Sonia Pizarro - Lou's sister
  • Lyndah Pizarro - Lou's daughter
  • Froylan 'Froy' Tercero - Sonia's ex-husband
  • Matt Burch - A friend of Froy.
  • Carlos Lopez - One of two new people hired
  • Ronnie Lee- One of two new people hired

Former Members:

  • Frankie - A former team member who got fired for drinking during a repo.
  • Mike - Joined when Matt left the first time; left while on the show after a dispute with the R.O.
  • Ashley - Matt's daughter.

Lou: "And remember: It ain't no joke...''
Lyndah, Sonia and Froy: "...if you don't pay that note!"
Matt: "Yeah!"

This show contains examples of:

  • Bad "Bad Acting": The show contains terrible acting, and the disclaimer at the beginning of the show says the repos are based on real events, which means the show are just reenactments of actual reposessions that have taken place already. Hence the really bad acting and over the top situations.
  • Crossover: Lou appeared on an episode of Pit Boss, calling on Shorty and his crew for help when he found a pit bull locked inside a Suburban he was attempting to repo.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Despite his reputation as a major badass, Matt has major issues with guns and is also deathly afraid of tasers.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: Frankie seemed to be high as a kite during a repo.
  • Evil Debt Collector: Subverted because of Sympathetic P.O.V.. The repo team are lovable Blue Collar Heroes who do act the "tough collector" part if circumstances force them to, but only if the debtor is being deliberately uncooperative.
  • Gentle Giant: Matt (minus the "don't push him" part). The guy is a big bald dude with tree-trunk arms, but is actually quite friendly.
  • Idiot Ball: A woman offers new recruit Robert to have sex with him in exchange for leaving her car, then accuses Robert of sexual harassment while an entire crew recorded their previous dialog. She's still at it while the police are reviewing said recording.
  • Jerkass: Lyndah, Sonia, Matt and sometimes Lou.
  • Mockumentary: This show is filmed like Cops, but it is also scripted.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Sometimes random neighbors will show up and force themselves into the situation despite being none of their business.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: At the beginning of every episode: "The stories that are portrayed in this program are based on real events. The names of the characters were changed in order to protect their identities...and some honor."
  • Once an Episode: The repo team always gets into a fight over the car. If the renter doesn't get into a fight, then said person's friends and or co-workers will fight (Whether the renter is totally fine with the repo or not) if not them, then random strangers/NosyNeighbors who have no business at all with the situation, may get into the action.
  • Pillow Pregnancy: This occurs in an episode in which a woman fakes being pregnant, even going so far as to fake going into labor, in order to keep her car from being repossessed. When her ruse was found out, the Repo team was not happy.
  • Ridiculous Repossession: The main premise. The series pretends to be a "reality" show, but is actually more like a repo version of WWE. The crew gets into a serious of outrageously staged altercations that would quickly put a legitimate recovery company out of business due to liability.
  • Rule of Drama: This show loves this trope. Granted, some of these moments are realistic enough to instil suspension of disbelief, but others...not so much.
  • Token White: Matt. "You know it's always easier to blame the big white boy."
  • Understatement: "If these guys get behind the wheel and hit a pole or kill someone, that's not cool."
  • Watch the Paint Job: The team make sure not to damage any of the cars. Especially their big red tow truck.
    • Broken Treasure: A group of rowdy junkyard workers hold Matt and Luis back while one of their friends proceeds to trash the truck using a crane-like device.