Due South (1997)

Season 2 Episode 13

Call of the Wild (2)

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Aired Unknown Mar 14, 1998 on CTV
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Call of the Wild (2)
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Fraser and Kowalski pursue an arms dealer to the Yukon, where they join forces with Buck Frobisher's detachment.

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  • a worthy ending.

    10
    the double episode "call of the wild" put a worthy ending to "due south". it provided some really funny moments as well as such making you feel all melancholic or even sad (i felt so very sorry for kowalski after the return of vecchio because he felt like losing his identity - even though only "borrowed" - for a second time and i almost cried my eyes out when fraser met his mother one last time and saw her and his father walk away forever). it was great to see once more all the characters you had grown fond of (including ray vecchio as a wonderful surprise). the very ending, the "what happened to"-part was hilarious but then again beautifully made when it came to fraser and kowalski (i was incredibly happy that fraser would stick with ray kowalski because he would need him much more there than ray vecchio), reaching out to find the hand of franklin and i constantly catch myself humming the tune of the song coming with it ...moreless
Beau Starr

Beau Starr

Harding Welsh

Camilla Scott

Camilla Scott

Constable Margaret Thatcher

Ramona Milano

Ramona Milano

Francesca Vecchio

Callum Keith Rennie

Callum Keith Rennie

Detective Stanley Raymond Kowalski

Gordon Pinsent

Gordon Pinsent

Sgt. Robert Fraser [ghost]

Tom Melissis

Tom Melissis

Det. Thomas E. Dewey

David Marciano

David Marciano

Ray Vecchio

Guest Star

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen

Sgt. Buck Frobisher

Guest Star

Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh

Cyrus Bolt

Guest Star

Jan Rubeš

Jan Rubeš

Dr. Mort Gustafson

Recurring Role

Anne Marie DeLuise

Anne Marie DeLuise

Stella Kowalski

Recurring Role

Dean McDermott

Dean McDermott

Constable Renfield Turnbull

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Fraser and Ray call the precinct, Ray calls Lieutenant Welsh "Captain".

    • Ray Vecchio and Stella Kowalski "meet" here and are instantly attracted, but Episode 11 (Dead Guy Running) referred to a case the two had worked on together (the perp of which was the titular Dead Guy).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ray Kowalski: We're a hundred miles from nowhere in a frozen wasteland, and you're grinning like an idiot.
      Benton Fraser: I'm home.

    • Benton Fraser: Life continues. Detectives Jack Huey and Thomas Dewey realized their dream of the one-liner and their comedy club played the marginal houses for a long time. Constable Turnbull decided to run for public office but his campaign got off to a rocky start when he was run over by his campaign bus. My old partner Ray Vecchio did indeed cough up a golden bullet and he and Stella moved to Florida where they opened up a bowling alley. Francesca Vecchio made the cover of Life magazine with a record six immaculate conceptions and she loved her babies as though they were her own. Lieutenant Welsh stayed behind his desk because that was where he belonged. Inspector Thatcher transferred to the Canadian Security Intelligent Service where she was instrumental in the destabilisation and overthrow of several world dictators (she can be seen standing behind Saddam Hussein in the uniform of an Iraqi officer). And as for Ray, or should I say, Stanley Kowalski? Sergeant Frobisher geared us up with tack and tallow and lead by Diefenbaker we set off. Ray and I set off on an adventure and when we looked below, he saluted. Sergeant Frobisher saluted and I saluted back and off we went to find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea and if we do find his hand, the reaching out one, we'll let you know.

    • Ray Kowalski: Fraser, you ever get the feeling that, you know, you're lost?
      Benton Fraser: No. Quick look to the stars, the sun and you'll always find your location.
      Ray Kowalski: No, I don't mean where you are, I mean who you are.
      Benton Fraser: Oh. When I first came to Chicago I felt as though I was from another planet.
      Ray Kowalski: Which you are.
      Benton Fraser: Which I've come to accept. Everything was unknown and at times it was frightening. I felt as though I was an explorer, an urban explorer.

    • (Fraser and Kowalski are discussing on how to escape from Muldoon's plane.)
      Ray Kowalski: You got a plan?
      Benton Fraser: You bet I do, we're gonna jump!
      Ray Kowalski: Out of the airplane?
      Benton Fraser: Well, it's either that or they'll shoot us.
      Robert Fraser: It happened to me, it's not that bad.
      Benton Fraser) (packing a chest) This stuff oughta keep us warm.
      Ray Kowalski: Alright, toss me a parachute.
      Benton Fraser: Well, you know, that's the really exciting part of this plan, Ray, there are no parachutes.

    • (Fraser and Kowalski have been captured in Muldoon's plane.)
      Holloway Muldoon: Throw them out when we're over the ice field, they'll be lost forever.
      Ray Kowalski: Ice field? What the hell is an ice field?
      Benton Fraser: It's a field of ice.
      Robert Fraser: The Yanks tend to miss the obvious, don't they?
      Benton Fraser: Sometimes.
      Ray Kowalski: Sometimes? What is it the rest of the time?
      Benton Fraser: Well, it would still be a field of ice.

  • NOTES (6)

    • David Marciano (Ray Vecchio) said in the Due South documentary Southbound that coming back for the finale (smiling) "was the weirdest experience".

    • Paul Gross decided that there weren't enough new stories to tell to continue for another year. All the cast said great things about working on Due South, and Callum Keith Rennie said that there were lots of tears on the wrap party.

    • Martha Burns, the wife of Paul Gross, guest stars as Benton Fraser's mother, a fact that Paul Gross joked about in the DVD commentary, stating that he'd go to hell just for that. Martha Burns already guest stared in the previous episode Spy vs. Spy in another role.

    • The final scenes reveal that Frannie had six Immaculate Conceptions. In Christian religion, Immaculate Conception means that Mary's soul was free from the original sin when she was born. The fact that Mary conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit would be the concept of Virgin Birth. This slip in terminology could have been simply a mistake.
      Maybe this scenario for Francesca's future was an in-joke, since Ramona Milano's real pregnancy had to be hidden in some episodes.

    • The Mounties that parachuted to the rescue were indeed members of the RCMP, specifically the Canadian Forces Skyhawks from CFB Trenton, Ontario. During the scene, two of them became entangled in midair but managed to untangle and land safely.

    • In its final year, Due South was nominated for 7 Gemini Awards and won one of them. This episode won the Gemini for Best Visual Effects (Jon Campfens, Barb Benoit, John Cox, Mark Savela) and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Paul Gross) and Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series (Sandra Kybartas, Armando Sgrignuoli).

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Buck Frobisher's speech of inspiration is a closely-drawn parody of the St. Crispen's Day Speech speech from Shakespeare's Henry V:
      ***
      They have called this day The Eleventh of March!
      And whom-so-ever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain
      you will stand at tiptoe
      when e'er you hear the name again,
      and you will get excited!
      At the name March The Eleventh!
      We happy few, we few, we band of brothers
      our names will be as like household names.
      And those who are not here,
      be they sleeping or doing something else
      They will feel themselves…sort of crappy.
      Because they are not here to join the fight.
      On this day, the Eleventh of March!!
      ***
      This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
      He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
      Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
      And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
      He that shall live this day, and see old age,
      Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
      And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
      Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
      And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
      Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
      But he'll remember, with advantages,
      What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
      Familiar in his mouth as household words-
      Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
      Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
      Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
      This story shall the good man teach his son;
      And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
      From this day to the ending of the world,
      But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
      For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
      Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
      And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
      That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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