Due South

Season 2 Episode 8

One Good Man

Aired Unknown Feb 08, 1996 on CTV
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One Good Man
Fraser rallies the tenants to do something about the current situation, but when they get the landlord's attention, he evicts them all. In order to fix what he did, Fraser then goes in front of city council.

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  • nice episode

    this episode was a good example for what fraser stands for. he's always believing in the good in people, standing up for what he believes in, even at the risk of making himself look like a fool, being able to encourage and inspire his environment. unlike his neighbours he might have no problems to move to another, better place but he decides to stick with them and defend their rights even after they themselves have given up already. it was also a nice example for ray's loyalty to fraser. bit by bit he gets drawn into fraser's cause and in the end even gives away all the money he's saved up for his car to help him. not the best episode ever but a really nice one!moreless
Ann Medina

Ann Medina

Alderman Farrell

Guest Star

Maria Bello

Maria Bello

Mackenzie King

Guest Star

Katayoun Amini

Katayoun Amini

Angela 'Angie' Vecchio

Guest Star

Kevin Rushton

Kevin Rushton

Thug Rushton

Recurring Role

Tony Craig

Tony Craig

Det. Jack Huey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Vecchio reveals that he used to be married to Angie, and it was during their marriage that he bought his first 1972 Buick Riviera.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fraser is about to give a speech in front of the city council.

      Councilor 1: Oh god! A filibuster! He is going to filibuster!

      Councilor 2: What?

      Councilor 3: He's gonna talk us to death. We'll be here all night!

      Councilor 4: I don't have time for that. I'm a city councilor for god's sake, I had a golf game in the morning.

    • MacKenzie King: It's A Wonderful Life, right?
      Fraser: Yes, actually. Thirty-two times. It was the Reverend's favorite film. Well, that and The Passion of Joan of Arc.
      MacKenzie King: No, you see that's why movies are dangerous, Fraser. They take young minds and twist them into believing things like, like courage and hope and one man can make a difference. This may come as a shock to you and the Reverend, but real life is not a Frank Capra movie.

    • Speaker: Excuse me. According to parliamentary law, I have the floor.
      Ray Vecchio: You have the floor?
      Speaker: Yes. I have the floor.
      Benton Fraser: He's right, Ray, he does have the floor.
      Ray Vecchio: Huh. (Kicks the speaker, who falls to the ground.) Now he has the floor.

    • Mackenzie King: You owe me.
      Benton Fraser: How much?
      Mackenzie King: How much?
      Benton Fraser: How much do I owe you?

    • Ray Vecchio: [P]erception is nine tenths of the law.

    • Ray Vecchio: Look, Benny, if you want some help you're going to have to register a dispute.
      Benton Fraser: You sure?
      Ray Vecchio: Yes, that's what they do here. They handle disputes.
      Fraser: I won't be making a fuss?
      Ray Vecchio: Well, of course you will. That's the whole point.
      Benton Fraser: Ahh. I don't have to raise my voice, do I?
      Ray Vecchio: Look, there's no polite way to dispute. You just jump right in there.

    • Benton Fraser: [A] journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Fraser: "These are the times that try men's souls." Thomas Paine. He wrote books. The Rights of Man, among others.

      Thomas Paine wrote The Rights of Man in 1791 as a response to Edmund Burke's commentary on the French Revolution. Paine dedicated the pamphlet to President George Washington as "a small treatise in defence of those principles of freedom which your exemplary virtue hath so eminently contributed to establish."

    • Mackenzie King: This is what I'm going to win a Pulitzer Prize for? Laurel Hardy and the cast of Mother Courage?

      Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo on stage and screen during the first half of the twentieth century. As Stan Laurel (real name: Arthur Stanley Jefferson) was thin and British, it's likely that Mackenzie meant to compare Fraser to him and not the heavyset American, Oliver Hardy.

      Mother Courage and Her Children is a Bertolt Brecht anti-war play written in 1939, and considered by many to be perhaps the greatest play of the 20th century. As the play depicts the poverty associated with war, the characters would, indeed, resemble Fraser's neighbors.

    • Ray Vecchio: Yeah, well, maybe in Canada there's an igloo for every Eskimo and a seal in every pot, but here in America ....

      Ray is alluding to a phrase often associated with Herbert Hoover's 1928 presidential campaign: "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." The phrase itself actually never appeared in print during the campaign; the idea came from a Republican National Committee ad, which said that the Harding/Coolidge administration had "put the proverbial 'chicken in every pot.' And a car in every backyard, to boot." The ad then went on to suggest that voting for Hoover would ensure continued prosperity.

    • Benton Fraser: Yes, actually. Thirty-two times. It was the Reverend's favorite film. Well, that and The Passion of Joan of Arc.

      Produced in France in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer; similar to a traditional passion play, it depicts the last days of Joan's life, from her trial to her execution. Many critics consider it one of the finest silent films ever made.

    • John Taylor: They went out picketing and left their homes unattended. Someone came along and shut off their heat. Cut off their electricity. Backed up their plumbing. Changed all the locks.

      Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a well known children's fairy tale about a young girl who ate the porridge in the home of the three bears while they were out, then had to flee when they came home.

    • Mackenzie King: No, you see, that's why movies are dangerous, Fraser. They take young minds and twist them into believing things like-like courage, and hope, and one man can make a difference. This may come as a shock to you and the reverend, but real life is not a Frank Capra movie! Real life is money, and bank accounts, and politicians. People who pretend it's not, end up out here in the streets with people like them! Are you listening?

      Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 holiday classic about a despondent George Bailey who plans to kill himself before the angel Clarence steps in to show him what his life would have been like had he never existed.