A woman and man in the boxing ring.

Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries, “Counterpunch”

Like the season return of Murdoch Mysteries, fans were thrilled with the first episode of Season 3 of Frankie Drake Mysteries. I agreed. The series has really hit its stride thanks to a little road trip in London, England, new opening credits and a palpable feeling of fun among the core four ladies.

Here’s the official synopsis for Episode 2, “Counterpunch,” written by John Callaghan and Keri Ferencz and directed by Mina Shum.

Frankie takes her boxing skills to the ring as part of a plan to take down a corrupt cop extorting Ward residents.

And, as always, a few notes from us after watching a screener.

A bigger budget?
I’m not sure if “yes” is the answer to my question, but it sure appears so. When the episode begins, we’re met with a very good CGI view of Toronto followed by one heck of a great set packed with citizens. It just felt bigger, and brighter, than past seasons.

Moses Page returns
That’s not a surprise if you were paying attention to the photo above. Frankie in the boxing ring pretty much guarantees Moses on the other side of her gloves. Sparks fly there … and outside of the squared circle.

Tony Nappo guest stars
Mr. Nappo, familiar to Murdoch Mysteries viewers as a trolly driver in “The Accident,” and in a sketch in last Tuesday’s episode of Baroness von Sketch Show, checks in here as Leo, a gun-toting gym owner who doesn’t take kindly to gals picking locks and entering his establishment. Also, keep an eye out for Aaron Poole as a less-than-pleasant cop.

Flo meets a man
She makes assumptions about the gentleman off the top and learns there’s more to him than meets the eye.

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

Images courtesy of CBC.