Due South (1997)

Season 1 Episode 3

I Coulda Been A Defendant

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1997 on CTV
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Episode Summary

I Coulda Been A Defendant
Fraser and Kowalski try to reward a reluctant hero but blow his protected-witness cover.

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    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

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Less than 1 minute in, Ray wants Fraser to hurry up and makes robotic movements with his hands. This clip is also used in the opening credits but, there, the image is flipped. The number on the building in the background is 100 in the episode and looks like 001 in the credits.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Stella Kowalski: Think you're smart, don't you?
        Ray Kowalski: Nah, you're the smart one. I'm just pretty.

      • Benton Fraser: I didn't realize you were so prudish.
        Ray Kowalski: Me? Hey, that's not it, I'll try anything. That's not the point.
        Benton Fraser: What is the point?
        Ray Kowalski: The point is we got laws in this city and I'm sworn to enforce them. And one of those laws bans lascivious acts. Thank you very much, Fraser. Page 118. And that, my friend, is definitely a lascivious act.
        Benton Fraser: You know, Ray, this is the 1890 Illinois Criminal Code.
        Ray Kowalski: Old laws are the best laws, Fraser.

      • Ray Kowalski: Oh, nice place.
        Benton Fraser: It was Constable Turnbull's but he decided he didn't need anything quite so fancy.
        Ray Kowalski: Oh, so where does he live now? A cardboard box?

      • Ray Kowalski: (defending the arrest of Spencer) The guy had a gun.
        Harding Welsh Well, he had a gun. Here in Chicago a man had a gun. Oh, what is this world coming to?

      • Benton Fraser: Hmm... Does he seem like a bad guy to you?
        Ray Kowalski: He's polite. Big deal. I mean, Jack the Ripper was polite.
        Benton Fraser: I'd like to talk to him.
        Ray Kowalski: Torture... That's a good idea. I never thought of that.
        Benton Fraser: That's - that's very funny, Ray.
        Ray Kowalski: Polite cop, bad cop... It might work.

      • Benton Fraser: (talking about a suspect) Something's not right.
        Ray Kowalski: Yeah, he's nuts.
        Benton Fraser: No, he's frightened.
        Ray Kowalski: Course, he's frightened. That's me. That's my thing. On the inside I'm a poet. Outside, ummm! Shake, bad guys, shake.

      • Benton Fraser: Hello, this is Detective Vecchio's cellular telephone, Constable Benton Fraser answering.
        Ray Kowalski: Hello is enough, Fraser.

      • Graduation Officer: Very good. Alright, now. What do we do after we control the suspect?
        Kowalski: Uh... Kick him in the head?

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title references a famous line from the 1954 film On the Waterfront (Terry: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.), and the episode parallels the storyline of the film, where the older brother misuses his younger brother for his own ends. The character was played by Marlon Brando.