Things I Know about Doctors and Cops — Because of TV


  • No matter the killer’s psychological makeup, “He won’t stop until we catch him.” (Dangerous Minds)
  • Police put up pictures of suspects, witnesses and victims on a blackboard right there in the squad room.  Because they’d never keep it all straight otherwise. (Law and Order)
  • Doctors can talk freely about any patient’s case in the hallway. (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • When being questioned by the homicide squad, most guys in New York City will continue to unload their truck.(Law and Order)
  • Police very often arrest the wrong person, but luckily the evidence usually is inadmissible.  (Law and Order)
  • Every high ranking officer has a bottle of liquor in their desk.  (Law and Order)  Cragen is an alcoholic, and he has a bottle there.
  • Some doctors also keep a bottle around.  Nobody thinks this is odd.
  • The process for quitting the police force is pretty simple.  Set your badge and gun on the boss’ desk and walk out. (Every cop show ever)
  • Rejoining the force is just as easy.  Pick up your gun and badge. (Every cop show ever)Featured image
  • Police can use databases to cross-reference any number of demographic data including prescription drug use, childhood friends and frequency of bowel movements. (Dangerous Minds and NCIS)
  •  At least one police officer feels the need to explain simple things to his colleagues. (Dr. Reid on Dangerous Minds)
  • Doctors have one patient a day, and sometimes one patient a week. (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • DNA tests come back in a day or a month, depending on nothing at all. (All cop shows)
  • The only effective cops “break the rules” or “go with their gut.”  Rules and evidence are for dweebs. (All cop shows and movies)
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3 Responses to Things I Know about Doctors and Cops — Because of TV

  1. Gus Bailey says:

    You should apply for a research grant. I’m sure there’s a key to groupthink in there somewhere.

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