Recap: Due South S 1 E 09 A Cop A Mountie And A Baby

A young father up to his ears in debt is going to sell his infant child to a wealthy couple in order to get the money he needs to repay the Loan Shark who will kill him otherwise. The mother takes the baby and leaves him in the back of Ray's car for safekeeping, Fraser having developed a bit of a reputation as a do-gooder in this part of town. Ray and Fraser must care for the child while tracking down his parents, and things only become more complicated when they learn that both parents agreed to the terms of the adoption. They work to find a way to help the parents decide what to do, while also trying to protect them and the baby from the loan shark.

Features a younger Mark Ruffalo as the spazzy nervous father.

Tropes

  • Apathetic Citizens / Seen It All: The cab driver patiently sits and waits despite the group of gunmen chasing Vinnie across the tarmac trying to kill him and getting into a brawl with Ray and Fraser, even when there's a standoff right next to his cab.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. At the end of the episode, after he had a change of heart and risked his life to keep the child despite being under threat of death by the Loan Shark, Louise is still clearly pissed at Vinnie, not letting him ride in the back of the cab with him.
  • Estrogen Brigade: A whole gaggle of waitresses and female customers crowd around cooing at the sight of Constable Fraser caring for a baby. They quickly scatter when Ray asks if anyone wants to help change diapers.
  • Faux Affably Evil: By now you might have noticed that Chicago is thick with this sort of bad guy.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Fraser tells Vinnie a story about the wolf's role in helping keep the caribou healthy by feeding on the weakest members, hoping to inspire him to be one of stronger members instead. When he returns to the car, Ray simply asks him if he told an old Inuit tale. Fraser's response? "Yep."
  • Loan Shark: Vinnie ended up getting in over his head on some gambling debts. His wife suspects the game was rigged to begin with.
  • Ma'am Shock: Gender-flipped. Ray frets when a young woman he was hitting on calls him "Sir", indicating that she considers him an elder rather than a potential suitor.
  • Papa Wolf: Diefenbaker is an unusually literal example, being very protective of infants.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mark Ruffalo as Vinnie Webber.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Fraser is turning into a Memetic Badass as a do-gooder, including the fact that he's the only person in the neighborhood who trusts in the goodness of others enough to not have locks on his doors.
    Fraser: Yes... well, that's not entirely intentional.