Republic of Doyle is a Canadian Private DetectiveBuddy Cop Show airing on the CBC. It follows the lives and cases of the Doyle & Doyle private detective agency in St. John's, Newfoundland, headed by Jake Doyle, his father Malachy, and Malachy's girlfriend Rose. Also along for the ride are Jake's niece Tinny, his estranged wife Nikki (for the first season, at least), Sergeant Leslie Bennet of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and a graffiti artist named Des.Throughout the series Jake helps solve cases, gets on everyone's nerves, and sleeps with a lot of women. Although he manages to get the job done with the help of his family (alongside Des) and occasionally with the help of the RNC, depending on things.As of 2013, the DVDs of the shows are released with 3 seasons out. A 4th season finished airing on Canadian TVs with a 5th one by Fall 2013. It'll also be schedule to air in American TVs aside from Oceania and Europe.On May 29, 2014, it was announced that the show would be ending after the upcoming season due to Allan Hawco deciding that he wanted to end things on his own terms.
Aerith and Bob: Seems to switch each generation. Malachy, his son Jake, and his granddaughter Tinny.
Anyone Can Die: In 4th season's 1st episode, it's revealed that Des survived after being shot in the stomach from the 3rd season finale. So it's averted.
Ascended Extra: Christian was only in the first season to get the plot of the season finale rolling. In season 2, he's seen more often because he runs the pub beneath the Doyle & Doyle offices. He also helps out the team more often.
Seems to have been put on a bus by the season three opener, though.
Nope, he's back. Or rather, was back, but has disappeared again as of season four. Season five opens with Ned Bishop as the bartender, and no word on where Christian is.
Leslie (Betty) and Nikki (Veronica) for Jake. Bonus points for almost matching hair colors.
Leslie (Betty) and Monica (Veronica) for Jake - and this time the hair colours do match!
Martin (Veronica) and Malachy (Betty) for Rose.
Des (Betty) and Grayson (Veronica) for Tinny.
Kevin Crocker (Veronica) and Walter (Betty) for Kathleen.
Bilingual Backfire: Season three episode "Mirror, Mirror" has a variant: several scenes establish that Jake Doyle doesn't speak French. At the end of the episode, love interest Sgt Leslie Bennett claims that a francophone police officer isn't her type, then switches to French to say that Jake is her man. Jake asks her what she said, and adds "You know I don't speak French." Bennett refuses to translate and leaves. After Bennett is gone, Jake says, in French, that she is the one for him.
Bittersweet Ending: Season three, episode one. Hey, Doyle, you caught the dirty cop and solved the murder! Good on ya, b'y! Oh, but Leslie told you to stay away from her forever, and that any feelings she might have had for you were gone. Ouch.
Season three's ending has a nasty one: Malachy and Rose have been cleared, but Jake's GTO has been blown up... Oh, and Des has been shot and is bleeding out on the tarmac.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Season 4 saw Jimmy, an RCMP detective whose penchant for suffering injuries (aka: broken bones), revealed to be a surprisingly competent investigator with a little nudging. One episode revealed that he has stayed on the trail of a notorious art thief and has foiled many of her heists. Almost got the drop on her during the episode but the accidental intervention of Doyle ruined it.
Butt Monkey: Taylor Gossard in season four. No longer a suave criminal druglord, he's getting repeatedly whacked over the head/tied up and locked in small spaces (and he's claustrophobic).
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nikki appears in the first episode of season 2 and then vanishes without explanation. Perhaps justified, since she and Jake were no longer romantically interested in each other by that time.
The bus came back as of season three - she's still working at the hospital. Only reason she stayed put was she got a new fiancee/husband and the hospital offered her a sweet deal for her to stay put in the province.
Cowboy Cop: When Jake is blackmailed into becoming a police officer, he takes this trope Up to Eleven. He still wants to catch bad guys but has no regard for police procedure whatsoever. A TV reporter even refers to this on the air as "Jake Doyle terrorizing the citizens of St. John's".
Dark Action Girl: Harley. A Quebec bookie who will beat the crap out of you and look absolutely stunning while doing so.
Deadpan Snarker: Several people, Jake and Malachy being the most prominent examples.
Dirty Cop: Jake's old partner. And in season three, Jake's boss' boss.
Do Not Call Me Paul/Embarrassing First Name: Wolf's real name is Elvis Nigel Redmond. Justified in both cases, though, since in addition to disliking it he's an undercover operative. People knowing his real name is a major security breach.
Fake Crossover: "Republic of Murdoch" on Murdoch Mysteries features Murdoch and Crabtree pursuing a murder suspect to Newfoundland and, as the title would suggest, said suspect appears to be an identical ancestor of Jake Doyle. Obviously, due to the time difference, the two shows don't technically crossover themselves. This episode is followed by the 'Doyle episode "If the Shoe Fits", where Yannick Bisson guest stars as the implied Identical Grandson of Murdoch.
There are several quips near the latter half of season 4 about the Doyles having made a lot of enemies over the years after putting away so many powerful criminals. Come the season finale, where there's a prison break and many people realize that Jake and his family are going to be the targets of most of them - namely Taylor Gossard, Kevin Crocker, and Maurice Becker.
Season 5 episode "Firecracker" deals with Leslie possibly being pregnant, and therefore Jake is very concerned about whether he'd be a good father or not. The episode ends with Leslie being not pregnant - but the strong implication that Jake has already fathered a child in the Suspect of the Week Sloan. It's confirmed later in "Young Guns".
Freudian Excuse: Katherine Doyle (Tinny's mother) has appeared, and what with her sleeping around, reputation for being an airhead and generally not a good role model, it's no wonder Tinny is the way she is.
Homage: Interviews with the ROD cast/crew reveal that the show was made partially as a homage to detective shows written and shown on TV during the 1970s with car and foot chases being the norm alongside detective work.
Keep Circulating The Tapes: The pilot episode "Hidden Agenda", which was not included in the DVDs released in North America and Australia/New Zealand/Oceania as CBC reshot the pilot with a different plot and a different actor who played as Malachy.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: A client loses all of her memories, but can recall names from her past that she used as a con artist.
New Old Flame: Callum, Leslie's husband who faked his death to go undercover eight years ago.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Jake uses Leslie's police code to aid in breaking out a convicted felon who had kidnapped Des and Tinny. She gets fired as a result, and now seemingly despises Jake.
Noodle Incident: We're never explicitly told why Tinny is living with her grandparents in the first season. In the second she reveals that her mom ditched her to travel for work.
Out of Focus: Nikki starting with season 2. Walter and Kathleen beginning in season 5.
Papa Wolf: Subverted. Malachy could usually care less about Jake. He loves him, he just... doesn't like him very much.
Put on a Bus: This happened to Malachy, Rose, and Tinny by the second season finale, and then to Christian as of season three.
The Bus Came Back: Rose and Malachy return in the season 3 premiere, and Tinny's back too - apparently she never left for London.
Putting the Band Back Together: In the third season premiere, Tinny is in London, Rose and Malachy are retired, Des is in college, and Leslie is unemployed, and then a traffic cop. Although Tinny went to London, went to enroll in the high school, couldn't do it and snuck back home.
Revealing Coverup: One episode begins with Des being arrested (while wearing a snorkel) after robbing a convenience store and a male strip club while drunk, and leading every police officer in St. John's across the city to distract them from the real target that evening, a priceless statue.
Rogues Gallery: "Big" Charlie Archer, Martin Poole, Taylor Gauthier, Kevin Crocker, and Maurice Becker are just a few of the criminals that Jake and the rest of his family have had to deal with several times over. Jake would likely include Garrison Steele as well.
Jake gets beat up and hit in the head while Malachy stands by and does nothing to help. It happens almost Once an Episode.
Malachy's been on the receiving end of this as well (when Gerhardt smashed a vase on his back, for example), but Jake's usually the one being flattened. It's almost like Malachy wants him to develop some mettle. Or perhaps it's just for the lulz.
Jimmy's leg getting broken (and then walloped over and over with various blunt objects while it's in a cast) in the season three opener. All his subsequent appearances feature him getting injured in some way almost every time he appears in a scene.
He also gets hit by a car about once an episode. In season five he actually managed to avoid the car itself... but the driver nailed him with an open door.
Second Love: Rose, after her husband went to jail, hit it off with Malachy. Malachy is a widower himself.
Shirtless Scene: Jake takes his shirt off often and nobody complains. Des starts getting in on the action in season 5 with his subplot about trying to buff up to impress...well, everyone really.
Soft Glass: Jake smashes a glass against the head of a thug. It shatters and knocks the guy out but neither Jake or the thug seem to have been cut by the glass shards.
Same thing happens in the third season, with the same results.
Status Quo Is God: While Rose and Malachy's retirement, Leslie's unemployment and Jake's return to the police force last nearly a year in-universe, they are all over by the end of the third season premiere.
Tagalong Kid: Des. In season 5, Sloan gets in on the action - although she's much more competent then Des was when he joined.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Des and Tinny. There was a big damn kiss in the season two finale, but then Tinny left to go to England except she actually didn't, but Des didn't know that and Des began dating Chandra. Things became complicated and remained that way even after Chandra left the picture, until it was seemingly resolved with another big damn kiss near the end of season 4. Except now Tinny is seeing Constable Greyson.
Season 5 episode "Gun for Hire", when Jake and Leslie are discussing Callum.
Jake: He's your boyfriend, isn't he?
Leslie: He's my husband.
Wham Shot: The early season five episode "Firecracker" has Sloan, the Suspect of the Week, looking at a picture of her dead mom and a picture of Jake. Then she looks in the mirror and realizes her resemblance to both.
What the Hell, Hero?: Tinny gets one after she cheats on Des with her ex-boyfriend. Interestingly enough, she's the one giving it to herself while Des tries to encourage her.
Woman Scorned: Monica Hayward. Yikes. She nearly ruins both Jake and Leslie, but thankfully Leslie manages to put an end to her shenanigans.