The third and fourth seasons of "Due South" pick up shortly after the first two left off. Fraser returns to Chicago, to find a blond has assumed Ray Vecchio's identity, and everyone just seems to accept it but him. Fraser and his new partner (real name Stanley Raymond Kowalski) soon find level ground to agree on, and work together to solve crimes on the mean streets of Chicago. Written by
Did You Know?
Moving from CBS for its first two years of production (Due South
(1994)) to first-run syndication, the new production company wanted to have the premise inserted into the opening titles so that first-time viewers wouldn't be confused as to what a Canadian Mountie was doing in Chicago. Not wanting to alter the opening titles, Paul Gross
opted to simply state the premise in each episode with the line, "I first came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of my father, and for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture I've remained, attached as liaison with the Canadian Consulate." This became a running gag throughout the third season, as the writers found various ways to insert the line in different ways into almost each script, whether it was spoken by Fraser or other supporting characters. See more
Most of the city scenes are set in Chicago, IL, USA. However, if you watch the street signs you will see 'One Way' and 'Do Not Enter' signs without words on them, which are typical for Canadian cities (due to bilingualism laws worded signs would have to be in English and French). Also, speed limit signs can be seen posted in kilometers/hour instead of miles. See more
Hello, this is Detective Vecchio's cellular telephone. Er, Constable Benton Fraser answering?
"Hello" is enough, Fraser.
Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets
by Paul Gross See more