RCMP Officer: "I talked to the Super at your last job. He suggested transferring you further north."
Fraser: "Well, that would put me in Russia, sir."Sgt. Bob Fraser, a veteran Mountie, is on assignment in the isolated reaches of northern Canada when he is shot and killed. It is initially ruled a hunting accident—until Sgt. Fraser's son, Constable Benton Fraser, arrives and takes charge of the investigation.Fraser traces the gunmen to Chicago, and contacts the local law enforcement for help. Sgt. Fraser's case has been assigned to Detective Ray Vecchio, who feels he has more important cases in his workload.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "That's the last time he'll fish over the limit!"
- Canada, Eh?
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The desk sergeant at the police station, sharing his concerns about the loyalty of the pigeons. It's not clear if he was just trying to mess with Fraser or if he was really just mildly unhinged.
- The other Mounties see Fraser as one of these as well, due to his outrageous Determinator traits.
- Dead Man Writing: Benton Fraser inherits his father's journals, and reads from them in search of insight in how to solve his problems. Benton and his father hadn't spoken much for years due to their jobs, and now this is the only way Benton can spend any time with him.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: The other Mountie assigned to the consulate in Chicago is very rude to Fraser when she first meets him, feeling that she has been marginalized because she is a woman, and that Fraser being posted to his position (admittedly due to his own personal connections within the RCMP) prevented her from the opportunity to be promoted into it (to her credit, she realizes how rude she is being and immediately apologizes).
- Dirty Cop: It turns out that several RCMP members were being bribed to cover up the damage being caused by the construction of a new dam. Including Fraser's father.
- Eagleland: Fraser is able to determine that a group of hunters were American because they all wore new boots, rode in a jeep, and carried big guns.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Bob Fraser. Especially Bad Ass considering that he can't even see his killer. He knows he is about to be shot when he hears a hunting rifle's bolt cycling.You're going to shoot a Mountie? They'll hunt you to the ends of the Earth.
- Fingertip Drug Analysis
- Never Heard That One Before: Francis Drake, "like the explorer".
- Pilot Movie
- Reassigned to Antarctica: by the end of the Pilot Movie, Fraser is not well-liked by his chain of command, and is permanently assigned to Chicago.
- The alternative was to send him to Russia, but his old boss, who rather liked him, decided to just leave him in Chicago where he had at least made one friend.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fraser's blue to Ray's red. Fraser is polite, by-the-book, and generally expects the best of people. Ray is rude, works on gut instinct, and expects the worst from people. So basically they're Anthropomorphic Personifications of their National Stereotypes.
- Turn in Your Badge: Fraser turns in his RCMP badge when he is told he can't go to the United States to follow up on the investigation of his father's killer. In order to keep him from leaving, the RCMP decides to give him his transfer to the Canadian Consulate in Chicago.