The Dresden Files

Season 1 Episode 12

Second City

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 2007 on Syfy
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Dresden and Murphy must work together to solve the mystery of a former gang member who drowns on dry land, miles from the nearest lake. Meanwhile, Murphy's father is in town, and he doesn't have a very high opinion of his daughter's freelance consultant.

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  • Second City

    Second City was a perfect episode of The Dresden Files and though it was sad it was also a good series finale. I really wish the series would have continued with more episodes or seasons. This episode had a great story which was fun to figure out as there was some misdirection. It was also great to see Murphy's father. This episode reminded me a bit of the episode of Angel where he meet's Kate's father. In the end Dresden and Murphy triumph over a dirty cop who is using magic in an interesting way. It was great to see Harry and Murphy kiss. This was a great finish to the season and series, as it could have been worse, but I am definitely satisfied!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Murphy and Harry must try to solve what's going when people are dying under 'unusual' circumstances before it's too late but Murphy's dad is trying to keep them apart, as once more someone automatically distrusts Harry.moreless

    I loved this series, I was brought to it from reading Jim Butcher's books, for all you fans, read the books!

    I don't understand why this series has finished after one very good, well written and brilliantly performed season. Paul Blackthorne is perfect!

    This should have been picked up for subsequent seasons, there is so much material from the books and the cast are great, this is a real shame.

    Valerie Cruz is great as Murphy.

    Was so excited about seeing where this series could go with the characters, also seeing more of Paul Blackthorne as Harry, he is hot in this role.moreless
  • A great season finale episode!!!

    This was another great episode, filled with unpredictability and highly enjoyable...Murphy's father is back in town and having a wrong opinion about Harry decides to do whatever possible to make him stay away from his daughter...In the meantime the police investigates a case of very strange murders, about people that had second chances in life...It is later discovered that behind these is a cop who by killing all these persons managed to survive some situation in his life as cop...Harry resurrects Murphy's father and does other wonderful things to wrap this case up...As to the first season of this show, i must say i was very impressed...At the beginning, Harry is portrayed as a fraud,none of the first episode showing or giving us at least the minimum suspicion that Harry may posses powers...So Harry passes through a character development and in these last episode, is portrayed as a larger than life character...Another good thing i liked was that step by step we are presented with some supernatural creatures... Also i liked a lot those episodes in which Harry collides with members of High Council...What i may say is that it was troubling was that fact of Harry showing results...In these lasts episodes he did, but there were a lot when Harry couldn't have due to the fact that there were a lot of supernatural events...And in the second season i hope that there will be a lot more interesting situation...Strong point of this show,the main one, is in my opinion ORIGINALITY.moreless
  • Fun show, great characters, good mix of magic and storyline

    What's to say, these last 12 episodes have been fun, this episode was great too!

    I'm hooked and I can only hope that SCI/FI will give us at least 13 more episodes next season.

    You can do the following if you love this show and you want to express your gratitude for it, and your desire to have SCI/FI produce more of it.

    Write a nice letter to the following:

    Mark Stern

    Executive VP Original Programming

    NBC Universal/ Sci-Fi Channel

    100 Universal City Plaza

    Bld. 1440, 14th Fl.

    Universal City CA, 91608


    Bonnie Hammer


    NBC Universal/ Sci-Fi Channel

    30 Rockefeller Plaza

    New York, NY 10112

    These folks don't need to be badgered, be nice to them.moreless
  • Ding-dong! Murphy's dad is in town!

    First of all, I must say I don't like the kind of season finale that doesn't act as a season finale. What am I saying? Just this, even though I hate to wait months to find out what happened in the next second of that scene, I find it very distressing to have a normal episode aired as a season finale. For instance, last week's episode, Things That Go Bump, would be a better season finale than this one, in my opinion.

    Something that always happens in a season finale is a development of sorts for one or more main characters. This trully happened here, without mentioning Murphy's dad involvement in all the confusion. Some points might have been marked for a time between Murphy and Harry, and we got even a kiss scene, although it wasn't intended to be more than a distraction.

    All in all, Murphy's dad was a good character addition and parts of the mystery of the episode were interesting, but who the murderer was was revealled too soon in my opinion. The highest point of the episode was something I'm saying since episode one, that Harry souldn't be treated so well by Chicago PD, and his problems with the law in the episode were well conducted.

    From now on all we can do is cross our fingers and hope this season finale wasn't a series finale.

    Let's stay tuned to find out!moreless
Chuck Shamata

Chuck Shamata

Joe Murphy

Guest Star

Yannick Bisson

Yannick Bisson

Sergeant Darren Munzer

Guest Star

Dan Petronijevic

Dan Petronijevic


Guest Star

Matt Gordon

Matt Gordon

Waldo Butters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Harry: I've been thinking about doing less work for the police.
      Murphy: You mean for me.
      Harry: Well, I... yeah.
      Murphy: Are you breaking up with me?
      Harry: What?
      Murphy: (bursts into laughter)
      Harry: Don't do that to me.

    • Harry: In Africa there are these little birds that hang around elephants and eat the lice off their skin. the elephant gets a clean back and the bird gets a meal. It's a symbiotic relationship. Kinda like me and Murphy. But lately I was beginning to think I wasn't a helpful bird after all. Maybe I was the louse.

    • Murphy: It's not the mark of the Devil, is it?
      Harry: It could be the mark of a West Texas cattle ranch for all I know.

    • Joe Murphy: Did she tell you that she saved my life?
      Kirmani: A heart attack?
      Joe Murphy: Yeah. She was 17 years old. Found me on the floor. She broke two of my ribs, but she got me going. Doctor says she gave me a second chance. She'll tell you I didn't take it.

    • (discussing the brand)
      Bob: This could be some kind of inverted pentagram... but what is that curly shape there?
      Harry: I don't know, just some kind of warding combo platter.

    • Murphy: Well, what do you see?
      Harry: (wearing Murphy's sunglasses, which he's enchanted) Just the world. Slightly darker.
      Murphy: Smart-ass.

    • Bob: And the... the kiss?
      Harry: I needed the jolt.
      Bob: Oh that's good, that's rich, I've never heard that one before.
      Harry: Not now, please, Bob.
      Bob: Sorry, sorry.

    • Harry: Well, I'm off the case.
      Bob: Well that has never stopped you before.
      Dresden: Yeah, but I've never got Murphy in this much trouble before.

    • (talking to Murphy about Dresden's history)
      Joe Murphy: He got busted for shoplifting and then, uh, he got picked up for joyriding in a stolen carriage.
      Murphy: Carriage?
      Joe Murphy: Which makes him also a horse thief.

    • Harry: Now that tells me he could have the missing scrapbook pages. Seems like his office would be a good place to start looking. And you never know. Might be a forgotten doughnut laying around, too. I hadn't eaten all day.

    • Harry: (about Herrick) So, either he's a dedicated public servant out to expose a compromised cop, or—
      Bob: Not!

    • Harry: Make a nice cookie cutter, don't you think?
      Bob: Or possibly a little pick-me-up in case you fall down on the job... dead.
      Harry: Possibly. But you know what they say about life.
      Bob: Tell me.
      Harry: One to a customer. (destroys enchanted branding iron)

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