Republic of Doyle

Season 1 Episode 11

A Horse Divided

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 2010 on CBC
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When the groom goes missing minutes before the wedding ceremony, Jake is called in to find him. But this isn't just any groom, it's the man who is supposed to marry Walter's sister, Mary. Jake suspects cold feet may be the culprit, but a mysterious ransom call leads him into the world of kidnapping drug dealers. Leslie cools things off with Christian when she finds out his last name. Christian claims to be rehabilitated of all his bad habits, but his lies tell a different story.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Mistaken Identity!

    8.5
    While its true that Jake seems a bit of a loser in his personal life, and he is, he is not the brother who deserves the bad reputation as the black sheep of the Doyle family. His "successful" Toronto brother who is a lawyer (that should be your first clue!) is something of a scoundrel, as boys from away can be...



    Methinks Christian will get his and prove once and for all that Jake is actually the responsible one...and gawd help St. John's!



    But first there is a missing horse tied up with a missing groom who's bride was delivered his missing ring finger on their wedding day. Meanwhile, buddy at the butcher is feeding the horse on instruction from a voice on the phone and thinking nothing of it...



    Did I say I liked the comedy in Doyle? Yes I did say that, and I do enjoy the witty reparte that can and does rival the likes of NCIS, Bones and Castle, but I am coming to appreciate the dramatic component of this show more each time I watch.



    And Allan Hawco is a damn fine actor!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Mal: Receipt's from this morning... Halliday's Meat Market.

      The receipt that Mal is holding reads: Wm. Halliday, choice meats, meats, vegetables and milk; Kings Road. and Gower Street, St. John's. There is actually a Halliday's Meat Market at 103 Gower St. (at the corner of Kings Road) in St. John's. The exterior shots of Halliday's Meat Market in the episode use the real building.

    • When the rock comes through the window, it hits Des in the side of the face, in his right temple area, and knocks him over. When he gets up, he is holding the back of his head near the top. When the bridesmaid hands him a bag of ice, he puts it to his temple.

    • According to the prescription pad that Nikki carelessly leaves lying on the counter, she works at St. John's Municipal General Hospital. This is a fictional hospital.

    • The cheque that Christian gives Jake is drawn on the BlueSky Bank and dated 06/12/2009 (December 6, 2009).

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (in a dream)
      Emily: Hey, baby. Beautiful wedding.
      Jake: It's too bad you couldn't be here to see this.
      Emily: It's too bad it's not going to work out.
      Jake: I'm so sorry. I tried.
      Emily: No, you didn't.

    • Mary: I never thought I'd see you here.
      Jake: Oh yeah? Why's that?
      Mary: Oh, I can think of one or two reasons.
      Jake: Uh-huh. I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Mary: Would you care for a clue?
      Jake: No, I'm good, thanks.
      Mary: Let's see... lost her virginity, Bannerman Park, Halloween, 1995.
      Jake: Okay, Mary, I have no idea what you're talking about, and neither does my very, very good friend, Walter, who happens to be your big brother, okay? So let's just leave it that way.

    • (in the church before the wedding)
      Nikki: Jake, you remember David?
      Jake: The divorce lawyer. Nice to see you again. Let me ask you, do you go trawling around from wedding to wedding looking for potential clients, or what? Hey, here's an idea, find all the wedding gifts, right, you split them up now, save everyone the headache later.
      Nikki: Jake, David is here as my date.

    • Christian: Jake, we're both professionals. Only difference is, you make hundreds of dollars, I make hundreds of thousands.

    • (trying to figure out where Doug could be)
      Mary: Look, Jake, you're the last person to see him, what'd he seem like to you?
      Jake: He seemed maybe a little nervous, maybe.
      Mary: What would he have to be nervous about? I mean, sure, it's only me. And you know what? I was way more nervous than he was. If anybody should have had cold feet here, it should have been me! I mean, what does he think, that he's going to do better? Yeah! Nice try, buddy!
      Jake: Okay, just calm down...
      Mary: You know what? I needs a cigarette! Does anybody here have a cigarette?

    • (on the phone)
      Kidnapper's Voice: You have three hours. Prepare Swiss Frank for the exchange. We'll call back with further instructions. No police. You are being watched.
      K.C. Puddister: Wait, wait, hold on!
      Jake: Swiss Franc?
      Des: Who's Swiss Frank?
      Jake: Do you know anything about this?
      K.C. Puddister: No.
      Mary: Well, maybe, maybe they want the money in Swiss Francs.
      Walter: Why would they want that?
      Des: No, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... who do you know who was born in Sweden?
      Everyone: Des, shut up!

    • Jake: How you doing?
      Halliday: Oh, I shouldn't complain, I still got all me fingers. So, what's on the stove, fellows?
      Jake: A bit of tofu wouldn't go astray.
      Halliday: (laughing) Get out of my store.

    • Leslie: Why'd you leave?
      Christian: I almost didn't. My life was this close to being completely different.
      Leslie: Oh, how's that?
      Christian: Oh, family stuff. I had a deal to open a bar with my brother. It was all ready to go, and at the last minute, I got claustrophobic and I panicked. Took all the money that I was going to invest in the bar, hopped on a plane.
      Leslie: Oh, really? So let's see, you're impulsive, unreliable, untrustworthy, with no regard for family.
      Christian: And those are my good traits. Wait 'til I show you the bad ones.

    • Rose: Malachy, your buddy Swiss Frank is a bit of a celebrity.
      Mal: Is that right?
      Rose: Yes, he comes from a long line of hall-of-fame horses, sired in Ireland. But he was considered a dud, so they sold him off overseas.
      Mal: (looking at Jake) Wonder if it's not too late for me to try that.

    • Jake: Okay, we are running out of time. If you want your son to live, start telling me the truth, right now.
      K.C. Puddister: Last week, I received a note claiming my horse had been kidnapped. They wanted 50,000 dollars, or Swiss Frank will end up in a glue factory.
      Jake: You see, that would have been helpful information a couple hours ago. Why'd you keep it secret?
      K.C. Puddister: Because I'm in the process of selling the horse for a very nice amount. If word of the kidnapping leaked, it would jeopardize the sale.
      Jake: But your son's life is not important to you?
      K.C. Puddister: It was Doug who sent the note.

    • Leslie: Look, Christian, your brother and I, we have history. We can't do this.
      Christian: Ah, Jake and you.
      Leslie: Yeah, small world.
      Christian: Forget Jake. What's past is past, it doesn't bother me.
      Leslie: Well, it bothers me. I've already been down Doyle's Road, and, trust me, it's a dead end.
      Christian: I'm nothing like my brother.
      Leslie: I'm not so sure about that.

    • Jake: So St. Jules buys the horse from K.C. Puddister. Then K.C. Puddister's son kidnaps the horse, so St. Jules kidnaps K.C. Puddister's son for the horse.
      Rose: Mm-hmm, yeah.
      Tinny: That old chestnut.

    • (Walter punches Jake in the nose)
      Jake: What the hell did you do that for?
      Walter: Bannerman Park, Halloween, 1995.
      Jake: Ah, she told you about that, did she?
      Walter: Yeah, last night she made up a list of every bad thing she ever did in her whole life. She was trying to figure out what she did to deserve this.
      Jake: I'm on the bad list?
      Walter: Yeah, you were after stealing wine from the church, and before running over the neighbour's cat.

    • Christian: I've been clean for four weeks now.
      Jake: Right.
      Christian: You don't believe me, do you?
      Jake: No, but I'm fully supportive of you.
      Christian: Are you calling me a liar?
      Jake: Yes, I am. But again, I'm fully supportive of you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" performed by Patricia M. Young
      "Air from The Water Music" performed by Patricia M. Young
      "Trumpet Voluntary" performed by Patricia M. Young

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The title of this episode, "A Horse Divided" is a pun on the quote from (most famously) Abraham Lincoln's speech of June 16, 1858, in his acceptance of the nomination to be the senator of Illinois. The full line from Lincoln's speech is, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." This is, in turn, from the Bible, Matthew 12:25, which says, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."

    • Christian: Skipping supper, I got me a hot date later.
      Jake: Really? Who's the lucky Craigslist escort?

      Craigslist is an online bulletin board with classified advertisements that offer practically everything for sale. It was started by Craig Newmark in 1995 as an email that Newmark distributed to friends in the San Francisco area, but as it grew in popularity, it was increased to a web-based service, eventually becoming multi-national.

    • Des: You lost your ring finger to pay for the wedding? Total "Gift of the Magi".

      "The Gift of the Magi" (1906) is a short story by O. Henry with an ironic twist. A poor couple gives Christmas gifts to each other; the wife has her long hair cut off and sells it in order to buy her husband a watch fob for his family heirloom watch, while the husband sells his family heirloom watch to buy his wife jewelled hair combs for her long hair.

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