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Are all these people deaf?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 4th 2006 1:29PM
burglarEven the most realistic shows require us to suspend some disbelief. While a show may try its best to recreate a situation that's believable we as an audience have to accept that there will be things which would never occur in real life.

For example, there's the unwritten law of TV shows that states two or more people can discuss illegal activities, quite loudly, while in public and surrounded by strangers, and no one will hear them. If you keep an eye out for it, you'll notice it all the time. Criminals will meet in restaurants and chat about their plans to murder someone as if they're talking about the weather. Detectives will discuss top secret cases while walking along bustling city streets. What's even stranger than discussing these things so loudly and within earshot of everyone else is the idea that they found it necessary to come to a public place to discuss it in the first place. Of course, sometimes a show must do that in order to create a sense of atmosphere, and that's fine, it is just TV after all. Still, I find it amusing to imagine real criminals behaving this way. It would certainly make for easier arrests.

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I believe it was last week on The Shield where Vic and that new female lawyer character took ONE STEP to the side of a suspect during an interrogation to discuss their plan for tripping him up into admitting his crime. ONE STEP. I think you could still see him in the frame.

February 05 2006 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, and in sitcoms if you want to have a private conversation you can just go to the kitchen. It doesn't matter how much you yell or if the door is open (Frasier) no one will hear you because you're in the kitchen.

February 04 2006 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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