Due South

Season 1 Episode 10

The Gift of the Wheelman

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Aired Unknown Dec 15, 1994 on CTV
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The Gift of the Wheelman
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Fraser and Ray try to help out Del, a witness to a bank robbery, only to learn that he's protecting his father, who they need to convince to show a good front for his impressionable son.

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James Purcell

James Purcell

William Porter

Guest Star

Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe

Del Porter

Guest Star

Don McManus

Don McManus

Santa Claus

Guest Star

Tony Craig

Tony Craig

Det. Jack Huey

Recurring Role

Gordon Pinsent

Gordon Pinsent

Robert Fraser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Benton Fraser: Is there any history of insanity in our family?
      Robert Fraser: No, not that I'm aware. Well, there was your Uncle Tiberius, who died wrapped in cabbage leaves, but we assumed that was a freak accident. Go on, go on.

    • Ray Vecchio: Kid, I'm having a good day, it's Christmas Eve and I'm filled with love for my fellow man, but I swear to God if you don't look again I'm gonna smack you upside the head.

    • Harding Welsh: In the last half hour I've had calls from seven department stores, the Salvation Army, two parade officials and the director of a children's pageant. This was augmented by phone calls from four city council members, the deputy mayor and the police commissioner. All of them are curious why we are detaining every Santa Claus in the city on Christmas eve. The police commissioner was especially irked, seeing that his daughter was on Santa's lap in a department store when said Santa was cuffed and hauled off to a paddy wagon. In our zeal to solve this crime, I can't help but wonder if we are being... how shall I say this... excessively stupid?

    • Ray: I learned two things from my father. One, timing...Mostly when to duck. And two, you never hit a kid, because it doesn't teach him anything.

    • Fraser Sr: Hello, Son.
      Fraser: Hello Dad...How are you?
      Fraser Sr: I'm dead, Son. Other than that, do you mean?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The scene in which Lt. Welsh discusses the Santa case with Huey, Louie, Vecchio, and Fraser is one continuous shot (no cuts) lasting two minutes and thirteen seconds -- an unusual feat in television, where most shots last only a few seconds.

    • MUSIC

      - Steaming (Sarah McLachlan, from Touch)
      - Henry Martin (Figgy Duff, from Weather Out The World)
      - Rumbolt (Figgy Duff, from Weather Out The World)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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