Due South

Season 1 Episode 12

A Hawk and a Handsaw

Aired Unknown Jan 19, 1995 on CTV
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A Hawk and a Handsaw
Fraser poses as a mental patient to investigate strange occurrences in a mental institution.

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  • When Fraser promises to help a mentally unbalanced man find his brother, he uncovers a plot involving drug-testing and suicide. In order to catch the bad guys, he checks himself into the mental hospital.moreless

    Not the greatest episode in the series, but still worth a watch for several reasons. First, we learn more about Fraser's past and that his mother died when he was very young. This episode also has the famous, "I sharpen my buckle" thing, with Ray and Fraser being thrown into a padded room in straight jackets and Fraser using the buckle on his hat to cut his way out.

    I also like the music in this episode, the song "Akua Tuta" as the residents of the hospital and Fraser search for the "Blue" room is great.

    Perhaps the best scene, though, is when Fraser tries to get himself admitted to the mental hospital. He tells the doctor his story-and everything he says is true! Yet, he is immediatley issued white jammies and labled insane. The best line is "I uncovered a plot about drowning caibou...it's actually a very long story that takes exactly two hours to tell."-

    The pilot episode, of course!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • On the bus, when Fraser points out the bridge, the sun is shining and the ground is dry. When they get off the bus near the bridge it's cold, snowing and the ground is white.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dr. Martins: Don't come out here. Unless you want me to take you down with me.
      Ray Vecchio Am I wearing a funny hat? Do I look like a Mountie? So jump, what do I care?

    • Ray Vecchio: This is like something out of the dark ages! Look at this room! They're probably going to give us shock treatment! I don't react well to shock treatment.
      Benton Fraser: Calm down, Ray. They're not going to do any of those things. They're going to kill us.

    • Benton Fraser: He woke up, and the wind was from the south, and he found that he still knew the difference between a hawk and a handsaw.

    • Ray Vecchio: You say something innocent and next they try and convince you that you have dreams of seeing your mother naked.
      Benton Fraser: You have dreams of your mother naked?

  • NOTES (1)


    • The title of this episode, A Hawk and a Handsaw, is a quote from Hamlet Act II, Scene II by William Shakespeare:
      I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.