Due South

CTV (ended 1996)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 18


    Aired 5/30/96

  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Red, White or Blue

    Aired 5/23/96

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    The Duel

    Aired 5/2/96

  • S 2 : Ep 15

    Body Language

    Aired 4/25/96

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    All the Queen's Horses

    Aired 4/11/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Beau Starr

  • Gordon Pinsent

  • Paul Gross

    Const. Benton Fraser

  • David Marciano

    Det. Ray Vecchio

  • Denis Forest

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  • show Description
  • In this popular series that ran from 1994 to 1996, Benton Fraser comes to Chicago in an attempt to find out who killed his father. After solving the murder, he decides to stick around and work for the local Canadian consulate. He has made friends with a local detective, Ray Vecchio, whose sister, Francesca, has a major crush on him. Although Vecchio is often confused by Benton's strange way of doing things and Benton is often confused by how things are done south of the border, the two get along famously, having an incredible on-screen chemistry. Due South was originally a made-for-TV movie on CBS, with location shots done in Chicago, but most shots were in Toronto. After the end of the 1994 - 1995 season, CBS dropped the show, and CTV had to secure outside funding to finish off the year, even though CBS did order more episodes as a mid-season replacement in 1995 - 1996. The show was cancelled in 1996 due to low ratings, with the final episode airing in Canada in May of 1996. A year later, they resurrected some of the cast and crew to create the 1997 - 1999 spin-off. While many of the cast from the original show returned, they were unable to secure David Marciano to continue his role as Ray Vecchio. The ratings never lived up to the producers hopes, and the spin-off was cancelled after 26 episodes. There is often confusion as to whether the 26 episodes with Callum Keith Rennie is part of the original series with David Marciano, because the two series were combined and presented together in the United States as one series with three seasons. See Due South (1997-1999).moreless

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  • Quotes (259)

    • Ray Vecchio (about Diefenbaker); He reads lips? Benton Fraser: I've never been sure. If so, he's self-taught.

    • Gerard: What was the biggest city you ever worked in? Benton Fraser: Moosejaw. Gerard: Yeah, and you were transferred out after five weeks because you couldn't adapt to such an urban life style. You're like your father. Out there in no man's land, there isn't a better cop in the world. But in Chicago, they'd eat you alive in a minute. Sorry.

    • Benton Fraser: She shot my hat, Ray. Ray Vecchio: She shot you in the hat? Benton Fraser: I can feel air coming in through the hole. Ray Vecchio: She shot you in the hat alright. Benton Fraser: How does it look? Ray Vecchio: It doesn't look good. Benton Fraser: We'll have to go home and get my other one. Ray Vecchio: We can do that, Fraser.

    • Benton Fraser: You know, Ray, when I was a young man my father told me one thing to always remember about thieves. Actually, he told me two things but I've forgotten the other one. Anyway, the important one is that despite the adage you will rarely find honor among thieves. Ray Vecchio: You can’t remember the other one? Benton Fraser: It was something about tying a wallet to your underwear. I was very young at the time.

    • (Fraser holds the door for several people.) Benton Fraser: After you, sir. After you. Ray Vecchio: Do all Canadians grow up longing to be doormen? Because that would explain the uniform.

    • Willie Lambert: Fraser, you know crack dealers are even afraid to come into this neighborhood? Benton Fraser: Good night, Willie. Willie Lambert: Fraser, why is this money pink? Benton Fraser: Good night, Willie.

    • Lt. Harding Welsh: Ah yes, the Mountie. I thought they sent you back up to the Yukon. Benton Fraser: Well they did, sir, and then they sent me back here again. I'm afraid I'm not all that well liked up there. Lt. Harding Welsh: By 'up there' you mean ... ? Benton Fraser: Pretty much all of Canada.

    • (Fraser stands completely still while on guard duty.) Ray Vecchio: Okay, I know you're acting as Canada's last line of defense here, guarding your consulate against marauding cleanser salesman, but we got a problem.

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    Notes (29)

    • In the pilot movie, the dog playing Diefenbaker was named Newman. A different dog was hired for the series.

    • Songs used in this episode include It's All Over by the Headstones from their album Picture of Health.

    • Songs used in this episode include American Woman by the Guess Who from their album The Greatest of the Guess Who and is available on the due SOUTH soundtrack released in 1996.

    • Music used in this episode includes Uphill Battle by Sarah MacLachlan from the album Touch and Horses by Jay Semko, Jack Lenz and John K. McCarthy with special guest Ashley MacIsaac from the album Due South: The Original Television Soundtrack.

    • Music used in this episode includes Prospero's Speech by Loreena McKennitt from the album The Mask and the Mirror.

    • Music used in this episode includes Butterfly Wings by Machines of Loving Grace from their self-titled album and Neon Blue by the Holly Cole Trio from Yesterday & Today.

    • Music used in this episode included Que Sera Sera by the Holly Cole Trio from Don't Smoke in Bed, Smile by the Holly Cole Trio from Blame It On My Youth and New World Coming composed by Jack Lenz and performed by Dawn Aitken.

    • Music used in this episode includes Fear by Sarah MacLachlan from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, L'Estrella by Dave Wall from Lozenge and World's Away by Northern Pikes from their self-titled album.

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    Trivia (36)

    • Fraser refers to the Lieutenant using the pronounciation 'Leftenant', which is the traditional pronunciation of the word, and still in use in Canada.

    • Just before the cleanser salesman comes into frame, there is a shot of Fraser from the pilot telemovie where his strap is on the wrong shoulder.

    • When Fraser first saves Charlie, the street name is spelled 'Centre' not 'Center'.

    • Diefenbaker tackles the bad guy to the floor at the end, but neither Ray or Fraser let him out of the car.

      It's a running joke throughout the show that Diefenbaker manages to get himself out of the car/room/etc. and save the day.

    • Ray Vecchio's car licence plate is LCV 705.

    • Fraser says '[w]e're comprised of ten provinces and two territories' while talking with Ray and Welsh. At the time of the episode this was correct, but in 1999, Canada divided the Northwest Territories into two separate territories -- much of the west remained as the Northwest Territories, but the new territory became known as Nunavut.

    • Fraser can speak (and read) Mandarin and Cantonese, but has forgotten some of the other dialects that he was taught by his grandparents.

    • When Fraser is tasting the fingernails, his handkerchief moves from one end of the table to the other. Then he takes it out of his belt pouch.

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    Allusions (37)

    • The title of this episode, Free Willie, is a play on words from the 1993 film Free Willy.

    • The episode's title is an allusion to They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, a 1969 film directed by Sydney Pollack.

    • Ray Vecchio: I'm going to freeze to death inside my friend Flicka. My Friend Flicka was a 1950s television show about a boy named Ken and his horse, Flicka.

    • Ray Vecchio: Well, you know how on Barnaby Jones, you can always tell the bad guy because he's played by that actor that you see a lot? Barnaby Jones was a cop series that ran on CBS from 1973 to 1980.

    • Elaine Besbriss: And the minute you let him get to you, you can't sleep, your skin starts to break out, and the next thing you know, you're wandering around supermarkets humming tunes by the Carpenters at the top of your lungs! The Carpenters was a brother and sister band that had albums ranging from 1969 to 1983. Karen and Richard Carpenter produced songs such as Please Mr Postman, Close to You, We've Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More and Sing.

    • In this two-part episode, there are three allusions to the term "McGuffin" (first popularized by Alfred Hitchcock in a 1939 lecture at Columbia University): Mrs. McGuffin (the housekeeper at the hotel); Mr. McGuff (the janitor in the basement); and C.M. Niffug (department store security in part 2). The "McGuffin" itself in the episode is the matchbook.

    • This episode contains several allusions to the O'Henry story The Gift of the Magi. First, the title of the episode: The Gift of the Wheelman. Second, Del buys a gift for his father in O'Henry's Gift Shop. Third, Del is the male counterpart to Della, the main character in The Gift of the Magi. Fourth, O'Henry's real name was William Sydney Porter -- which is the name of Del's father, who is also a writer.

    • Suzanne: That's not real life, that's Rocky and Bullwinkle. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show was an animated show about a moose and a squirrel. It aired on many networks under many incarnations, but was finally picked up by Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network in 1996.

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  • Fan Reviews (33)
  • Haven't seen anything to match it

    By MelviledeMelo, Aug 27, 2014

  • My all-time favorite tv show.

    By tdiggity43, Jun 29, 2011

  • They don't make shows like this anymore. Simple, funny, effective, beautiful score.

    By dushred, Mar 31, 2006

  • Good mix of humour, drama and friendship, but above all lots of fun to watch. A fantastic feel-good show. I really recommend it.

    By WitchyWeasel88, Sep 10, 2010

  • I truly loved this series.

    By sandbur, Apr 08, 2009

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