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Tearjerker / Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

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     The Green Mill Murder 
  • Ironically, the reveal that Victor never died in the war. Instead, he simply never came home, preferring his solitude to his family. Charlie's reaction to this news is troubling; he used to worship his brother up to that point, and now seems to have lost most of his respect for his brother.
  • The end of the episode, when Nerine sings to her husband in prison.
  • The circumstances behind Nerine's marriage: she was married to an abusive husband who beat her and refused to divorce her, so she had to commit bigamy with the band leader's help to get out of the marriage.

    Raisins and Almonds 
  • The significance of the episode name. It was Saul's favorite song, translated from Yiddish to English, and he would sing it to Miss Lee during their time together.
    • Similarly, the fact that Miss Lee was playing second fiddle to Saul's would-be bride in Poland. Their love would never have lasted one way or the other—-circumstances just made it much more tragic.
  • The end of the episode, when the killer undergoes a Villainous Breakdown over being The Unfavorite and his brother being Always Someone Better, and attempts to commit suicide, but is foiled because Phrynie's gun is empty. You can feel the pain when he breaks down after pulling the trigger several times.
    No! Not even that...?

    Ruddy Gore 
  • Lin Chung is visibly hurt when Phryne accuses him of trading opium in secret, stating that his father lost his life to opium and Lin swore to keep his business clean by never dealing with opium.
  • Even though Phryne found the killer, the damage was dealt already. Bart Tarrant's name is ruined; Ruddigore was his one shot at recouping his expenses, but the deaths of his leads combined with the 'curse' tanked the play. The only silver lining is that he's gained a daughter he didn't know he had, and she seems happy to accept him as her father.

    Murder in Montparnasse 
  • The deaths of Bert's companions.
    • Thommo is run over by a car. After being rushed to the hospital, he wakes up to say 'Right as rain...', then dies surprisingly quickly. Afterwards, when Bert tags along on an investigation, it's revealed that the local constables didn't even try very hard to figure out what happened to the car after it ran over Thommo.
    • Then, Ronnie is burned alive while Bert tries to save him, only to be unsuccessful. Afterward, shocked and heartbroken, Bert relates how Ronnie was waving him off to stop him from risking himself.
  • Veronique Sarcelle's bitter reaction to the news that the French police reopened the investigation into Pierre Sarcelle's death, nine years later.

    Away with the Fairies 
  • The reason for Mrs. Opie's adultery.
    It's not grubby like you think. We talk mainly. About the world, and art. All the things Stephen thinks I shouldn't be interested in.
    • Later, when the big reveal comes out, Mrs. Opie attempts to come to John Bell's defense by revealing her adultery. It backfires spectacularly; John Bell is still imprisoned, and now her husband knows where she was at 6 o'clock on the night Ms. Lavender was killed...
  • The sad state of Desperate's Husband.
    Desperate's Husband: She left the children with the neighbors, caught a bus to Rye. It was about a week ago. The day it happened, someone saw her walking on the cliffs just before she...Police said it took all day to recover her body and track me down.
    Jack: So where were you that night?
    Husband: Frankston Police Station, mostly. They called me in to identify her body.
    Jack: Then where did you go?
    Husband: I went to that magazine building and I threw a brick through their window. And I found some old paint lying downstairs. I just wanted them to know what they did to her...did to us. They told her to 'buck up'. What sort of stupid bloody women run that place?
    Jack: And last night? Where were you?
    Husband: Here. I haven't left this house since the day my wife died.
    Jack: The children?
    Husband: ...Well, welfare took them. Said I was a risk. I'd never hurt my kids. They're all I got left...

    Death by Miss Adventure 
  • From previous episodes, one gets an idea of Mac as a tough lady that's well-read and not fazed by much. So when Mac suddenly starts acting contrary to that characterization, there's some cause for concern. The reason for this is explained later on; Mac was in love with Daisy, and her death affected her enough that she couldn't bear to look at the pictures of where Daisy died.
    I went to Daisy's funeral service. Her mother came and thanked me for being such a good doctor. I was so much more to her than that...
  • Hetty's breakdown when she fails to kill Dot with the machines.
    She loved me. I know she did...

    Blood and Circuses 
  • Once more, we get a flashback on what happened on the day Phryne lost her sister. Janey left Phryne on her own because she didn't want to get caught again. Phryne was so immersed into the show that she didn't notice until it was too late.
    • When Phryne gets the news that Murdoch Foyle died, she's more saddened than relieved by this news, because she knew what really happened that day and blames herself for not being more attentive to her sister. Made worse by the fact that Murdoch Foyle didn't die after all.
  • Amelia Parkes was accused of killing her husband because she didn't catch him on the trapeze, but later acquitted due to having epilepsy. However, she blames herself for killing Ms. Christopher because she can't remember what happened between the time she argued with her and when she came back to her tent.

     Murder in the Dark 
  • Jack and Phryne's scene at the costume party. We know, but Phryne does not, that Jack's divorce was finalized that afternoon. She playfully flirts with him, while this quiet, strong, broken man already more than half in love with her silently pleads for her to give him just a little more time, to let his battered heart heal just a bit. Nathan Page's sad eyes are just too much to bear.

     King Memses' Curse 
  • In the final confrontation, Foyle confesses what happened to Janey, and even tells Phryne where her corpse was buried. After Foyle is subdued and arrested, Phryne, Jack, and Collins go out to the site mentioned by Foyle and start digging. We never actually see Janey's remains, but the normally stoic Phryne's collapse into tears tells it all. To see her finally gain closure over her sister's disappearance and death after so long is utterly heartbreaking.
    • Who is it to hold her hand in the middle of all of this? It's not her best friend, her companion, or her adopted daughter. It's Jack. She reaches out blindly for him in the midst of her grief, and he is there. No questions, no words at all — only simple human comfort.

     Blood at the Wheel 
  • In the beginning of the episode, Jack comes to the victim's crashed car looking very distressed and removes his hat and hesitates before lifting the white sheet that's covering the body. When he tells Phryne about it later, he explains that when Hugh called him about it after Phryne told him to, all he heard was Phryne's name and the location of the crash and mentally clocked out for the rest; he had come there thinking Phryne had died in the crash.
  • Jack's confession to Phryne at the end: "I found it unbearable." He's in love with her, and now he knows it, but he doesn't see a way forward for them.
    • Phryne's brokenhearted reaction to his attempt to put distance between them just makes it worse. Jack isn't the only one caught up in feelings that scare him witless - she can't bear the idea of losing him, either.

     Murder Under The Mistletoe 
  • When an attempt is made on Aunt Prudence's life, the usually hardened battleaxe of a society madame clings to Miss Fisher and cries like a child. Seeing her so shaken is... jarring.

     Death and Hysteria 
  • Aunt Prudence's son Arthur died from his weak heart prior to the episode, with her insisting that she got over her grief at his funeral despite it being revealed that she walks the halls at night in mourning. There's a moment at the end where everyone gets together to help her celebrate Arthur's life, which doubles as heartwarming, but it's still heartwrenching to see her finally break down in tears over it.
  • The belated memorial service for Aunt Prudence's son, Arthur, who's death Prudence has difficulty coming to terms with: Phyrne, Dot, Bert, Cec, Jack and a psychiatrist serve Prudence Arthur's favorite food (scallop pie)and sing a very touching rendition of his favorite song ("There's A Long, Long Trail A-Winding").

     Death Do Us Part 
  • After all the heartache and dancing around each other, Phryne and Jack finally get a Tearjerker of Joy as Phryne gets ready to take her father back to England. When Jack comes to say goodbye and see her off, she makes a "romantic overture" with "Come after me, Jack Robinson" — and Jack, understanding it for the declaration it is, sweeps her into his arms for a passionate, long-overdue kiss of love and longing. Even as she flies away, he watches her go with that small smile on his face, knowing at last that she will always find her way back to him in the end.

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