Recap / Due South S 1 E 03 Manhunt

A cop killer has broken out of prison with the intent to get revenge on the man who put him behind bars, Sergeant Buck Frobisher, an old friend of Fraser's dad. Frobisher flees to Chicago and Fraser tries to convince him to stop running and help catch his pursuer instead.

Guest-starring Leslie Nielsen, and noteworthy for starting off as a very serious and somber episode before spinning out into comedy.


  • Call-Back: They visit the same bar that got shot up in the pilot movie. Ray wants the Mounties to stay out this time, and Fraser is understandably cautious, but Buck boldly marches right in. As soon as any trouble starts, the bartender immediately starts cowering behind the bar.
  • Determinator: Geiger and the Mounties alike. Buck got stabbed in the leg saving Geiger from falling to his death when he first caught him, and Fraser insists on chasing after Geiger even after he gets a leg wound of his own. Somewhat deconstructed for the sake of comedy, as Ray is quick to lampshade the absurdity of two limping Mounties chasing after a hardened criminal.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Elaine and a female coworker are openly appreciative of Fraser and Frobisher's good looks and politeness.
    Civilian Aid: Now there's a country that knows what to export.
    Elaine: Absolutely.
  • Giant Mook: Fraser ends up in a drawn out fight with one before finally knocking him out.
    Fraser: ... Hello?
    Mook:' [no response]
    Fraser: Thank God.
  • He's Back: Buck has become very aware of his mortality, and spends much of the episode on the run and hiding out from his pursuer, but Fraser is able to bring him around.
  • Mood Whiplash: The story goes from a tense drama piece to slapstick comedy as soon as Buck decides to stop running.
  • Reality Ensues: They seek out a number of the villain's old accomplices, including one or two of Buck's former enemies. As it turns out, one of them is in a retirement home, and another is in a grave. Buck finds the realization rather sobering.