Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries sprints into Episode 2

Last Monday, we got our first look at Frankie Drake Mysteries on CBC. In a word: we loved it. It really is the perfect companion to Murdoch Mysteries though lighter in tone and featuring—count ’em—four kick-butt ladies doing the crime solving.

Last week’s “Mother of Pearl,” was spent giving us a bit of Frankie’s backstory, so we were hoping to get some info on Flo, Trudy and Mary in Monday’s new instalment. Here’s what the CBC has revealed about the storyline for “Ladies in Red,” written by Cal Coons and directed by Ruba Nadda:

Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists at his plant, but things soon take an explosive turn.

And here are some additional tidbits after watching a screener.

Flo is fabulous
We’re already in love with Sharron Matthews’ portrayal of Flo. She’s saucy, smart and unapologetic and is a hit with the menfolk. When Frankie and Trudy catch up with her on Monday, she’s in the middle of chatting up a passing fellow and has some laugh-out-loud evidence on Frankie and Trudy’s latest case.

It’s the 1920s so…
… Frankie and Trudy carry guns. That’s a major change from fellow Monday night partner Det. William Murdoch, though at least the coppers at Station No. 4 get to carry billy clubs. Good thing too, because Frankie’s major case involves the Bolsheviks, going undercover and a truly explosive scene. As for Mary, she’s very interested in science and has an inquisitive mind; perhaps she’s inherited that from her father, whom we have yet to meet. Any guesses as to who he may be?

Frankie rides a motorbike
Reason No. 25 why we’re enamoured in this show already.

Paul Amos and Karen Robinson guest star
Amos, who starred on Lost Girl and appeared on Murdoch Mysteries, drops by as Mr. Richard Scanlon, a factory manager. Robinson, who is so great as Ronnie on Schitt’s Creek, plays Trudy’s mother Mildred Clarke.

Franke Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

 

 

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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One thought on “Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries sprints into Episode 2”

  1. “As for Mary, she’s very interested in science and has an inquisitive mind; perhaps she’s inherited that from her father, whom we have yet to meet. Any guesses as to who he may be?”

    I thought he was dead. Didn’t Mary say he would be rolling in his grave if he knew that she “borrowed” evidence?

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