Using Plot Tropes

S30E9 – Coming of Age Stories

I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am – I really do – but people never notice it. People never notice anything. – JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

S30E8 – The Odd Couple

What’s wrong with policemen on television these days? They’re always complete opposites. One’s of them fat and poor, the other one’s thin and posh. One of them’s a woman, the other one’s a Martian. One of them has four heads, one of them’s allergic to heads. – Inspector Fowler, The Thin Blue Line

S30BE – The Unreliable Narrator

Don’t worry: These ramblings will not be insufferably gloomy…. When at first I proved unable to keep the tone light, Ozzie suggested that I be an unreliable narrator. “It worked for Agatha Christie in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” he said. In that first-person mystery novel, the nice-guy narrator turns out to be the murderer of Roger Ackroyd, a fact he conceals from the reader until the end. Understand, I am not a murderer. I have done nothing evil that I am concealing from you. My unreliability as a narrator has to do largely with the tense of certain verbs…. – Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

S30E7 – The Fake Dating Experience

“I think that it would be best if we laid down some ground rules. Before starting.”
“Ground rules?”
“Yes. You know. What we are allowed and not allowed to do. What we can expect from this arrangement. I think that’s pretty standard protocol, before embarking on a fake-dating relationship.” – Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis

S30E6 – Heist Stories, aka The Caper

Charlie, there are two kinds of thieves in this world: The ones who steal to enrich their lives, and those who steal to define their lives. Don’t be the latter. Makes you miss out on what’s really important in this life. – Italian Job

S30E5 – A Descent Into Villainy and Madness

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep…
To sleep, perchance to dream
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

S30E4 – The Portal Fantasy

When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! – Lewis Caroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

S30E3 – The Locked Room Mystery

The door had been locked from the inside. The windows were barred, locked from the inside, didn’t open and were made of brick. All the books were chained to the shelf save one, open on the table at a page entitled ‘How to secure a room from the inside’. All the boxes had been ticked. And even the pen used to make the ticks was one of those ones on a little chain you get in banks.- John Finnemore, Souvenir Programme

S30E2 – Rags to Riches

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated. – My Fair Lady

S30E1 – Enemies to Lovers

Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you… I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony. – Pride and Prejudice (2005)