From Bill Harris of the Toronto Sun:
A ‘Republic of Doyle’ ending that would shake Jake
Just for fun I was trying to figure out what the most shocking ending would be for Republic of Doyle. Then it hit me like a Rock to the head.
What if lead character Jake Doyle finds out he isn’t really from Newfoundland? Continue reading.
From a media release:
It’s the last call for CBC’s homegrown P.I. drama REPUBLIC OF DOYLE as the series wraps its sixth and final season with a special two-hour, adrenaline-fuelled finale on Wednesday, December 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). The action-packed drama debuted on CBC in 2010 and has become a staple in the prime-time line-up, attracting a robust and engaged audience each week. The original Canadian production has gone on to be distributed in more than 98 countries and comes to a close following a successful sixth season run on CBC.
Set and filmed in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the series has single-handedly helped to stimulate the province’s television production industry and it is the largest original TV or film production ever mounted in Newfoundland and Labrador The popular program has become an overwhelming success, hosting top-tier talent with guest stars including Gordon Pinsent, Shannon Tweed, Paul Gross, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe, Alan Doyle, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and many more.
After a trying season, it’s the last call for the Doyle clan as their fate is determined in back-to-back episodes, in the two-hour finale. In “Judgement Day”, Jake’s murder charge is front and centre, while Leslie faces her own life-changing events with her job on the line. Des finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and Tinny is caught between her family and her job. And in the midst of everything, the Doyles have 48 hours to solve a complicated case before their world changes forever.
In part two, “Last Call”, the battle for the Republic is on. Jake and Leslie fight for their lives as powerful enemies close ranks. The Doyles pull out every trick to protect their own and get help from an unexpected ally. Everything comes down to the wire as they hunt for the evidence they need to clear Jake’s murder charge and secure freedom in the City of Legends.
Last week Murdoch Mysteries offered up a bottle episode–a mystery contained within the station house–that was stellar in its drama and storytelling. This week Republic of Doyle kept things locked up tight in the constabulary as the Doyles, Des and Leslie were all called to the carpet by Inspector Picard (guest star John Kapelos at his dickish best) who suspected them all in the death of Barbara Warrick, who’d hired the Doyles to test her mansion’s security system.
Picard’s rapid-fire questions rattled off the darkened walls of offices and interrogation rooms between midnight and 8 a.m., making for sparse surroundings and a focus on everyone’s answers. Stripped down like that–there was no GTO and even Des’ usual manic state was more muted than usual–you couldn’t help but focus on the characters, their faces and their words. Marcus Robinson’s script of “Body of Evidence” painted a picture of folks in disarray. A cop who may bend the rules for the man she loves. A guy desperate to get his hands on money and escape town before his bumped-up court date arrives. A couple eager to get their hands on cash to pay off mounting debts. Even Tinny and Des looked like they were good for at least part of the crime.
Of course, we knew it was all going to work out in the end–Barbara Warrick accidentally killed herself while hiding her late husband’s money in a wall and herself in the attic–but none of that came out until very late in the episode when Jake, Leslie, Rose and Malachy met up and put the pieces together. With Doyle’s series finale coming up next week, this week’s penultimate tale was the perfect lead-in to what promises to be one heck of a ride.
Notes and quotes
- “Are you trying to say I’m ugly? I was born like this.”–Des
- “I don’t know how to help him and it’s killing me. He’s my best friend. My son.”–Malachy
- “I love you, that’s all. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”–Leslie
- “Jake, I can’t do any hard time. Not even any easy time.”–Des
- Tinny needing time away from Des hit me out of nowhere. Did anyone else see that coming? And can they turn things around by next week?
- And just what evidence does Picard have that proves Leslie is a dirty cop?
The two-hour Republic of Doyle series finale airs next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBC.
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Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Body of Evidence”
Every Doyle is in the hot seat and trying to keep their stories straight when they all face a police interrogation after a security job gone wrong; Leslie and Jake withhold secrets from each other as the clock runs out on the case, which could land Jake back in jail; Des and Tinny have conflicting views on their relationship. Guest stars: John Kapelos
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A university couple thinks they have the magic touch; two Business majors hope their international idea will help them get a foot in the door; and the youngest entrepreneur to ever take on the Dragons hopes her lunch-break idea is appealing. Plus four brothers school the Dragons on their sweet business.
Republic of Doyle, CBC – “True Lies”
Jake tracks down evidence to prove his innocence while being tracked down by a high school enemy turned Parole Officer; Leslie makes job compromising decisions in a search for the truth; Mal and Rose question the return of prodigal Doyle, Christian. Guest stars: Natasha Henstridge, Luke Kirby, Shaun Majumder, Aaron Abrams, Jason Gray-Stanford, Sean Panting, Jonathan Goad, Steve O’Connell, Joel Thomas Hynes, Dwain Murphy, Aiden Flynn, Megan Kennedy, Liane Balaban.