Thanks to the federal election debate on Monday night, Murdoch Mysteries is pre-empted a week. Not so for Frankie Drake Mysteries, which returns with a new storyline written by Karen Hill and Ley Lukins and directed by Mina Shum.
Here’s the official synopsis on “A Brother in Arms,” from the CBC:
Frankie’s floored when a man claiming to be her half-brother shows up at the agency begging her to help his wrongly imprisoned friend.
And here a few more details I gathered up after watching the episode in advance.
Wendy is back … and in a new setting
Fans of Grace Lynn Kung’s recurring character will be happy to see Wendy Quon back serving drinks. And, she’s got swanky new digs to do it in. Also? We’re re-introduced to Tickles. Ah, the 1920s.
Dillon Casey guest stars
The former Remedy star appears as Frankie’s aforementioned half-brother, Jack Drake. Is he really related to Frankie? Personally, I was thrilled to see Dillon Casey back on my television screen, because he’s a great actor and a truly nice guy. He opened up about his opioid addiction in this excellent interview with the Toronto Star‘s Tony Wong. Look for Kenny Wong, Jake Epstein, Richard Walters and, yes, Wendy Crewson on Monday night.
Racism rears its ugly head
Sadly, racism isn’t anything new and plays a major part in Monday’s A-storyline regarding Jack’s friend, Li Chang (Kenny Wong), being imprisoned. As part of the investigation, Wendy gives Frankie the backstory on Chinese immigrants, and Frankie Drake Mysteries‘ visual effects department does it in a unique way.
Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.
Images courtesy of CBC.