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The Pirate's Promise 

Micki and Ryan travel to a seaside village to retrieve a cursed foghorn that is being used by a town resident to summon the ghost of a vengeful pirate.

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Ryan Dallion (as John D. Le May)
Louise Robey ...
Micki Foster (as Robey)
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Joe Fenton
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Jack Marshak (credit only)
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Kirsten Kieferle ...
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Micki and Ryan travel to a seaside village to retrieve a cursed foghorn that is being used by a town resident to summon the ghost of a vengeful pirate.

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Come sail away
30 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man strikes up an alliance with the restless spirit of a pirate thanks to a cursed foghorn: In exchange for the bodies of the descendants of each crew member that betrayed him, he gives the man a piece of his treasure. Micki and Ryan must scramble to stop him before the body count rises...

"The Pirate's Promise" is a bit of step down from previous episodes. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, it just wasn't as exciting as some of its predecessors.

One glaring flaw in this episode is that the location seems to be at odds with the established location of the Curious Goods shop. Even though it's never brought up much, Micki does mention that the store is in Chicago in the first episode. If they're in Chicago, how could a nearby town be by the ocean? I realize the show was filmed in Canada anyway, but this was a major blunder on the writers' part.

I also found it a little too convenient that each crew member only had one descendant and they all happened to live in or near the town (with the exception of one descendant, but I won't spoil it for you). Given that traditional pirates haven't existed for a century or more, I would think there would be more than one person left. Did these people not have wives, husbands, children, parents? I would think that Joe Fenton would have had his work cut out for him.

The episode moved at a nice pace. It lacked a bit of urgency that prior episodes had, however, but the change of scenery, despite creating major continuity issues, kept things fresh. The best part of the episode is the rather inspired plot twist revealed when Joe finally succeeds in his mission.

"The Pirate's Promise" marks the beginning of a slight end of season lull, but it is still leaps and bounds ahead of some of the first season episodes, so it's worth a try.


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