Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2006)

Cheap Aftershave 

Da Vinci investigates a Chinese boat migrant who dies on a hunger strike while in detention. Shannon and Leary's prime suspect in a double shooting is a possible stalker.


Alan Simmonds


Chris Haddock (created by), Alan DiFiore (executive story consultant) (as Alan Di Fiore) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Campbell ... Dominic Da Vinci
Suleka Mathew ... Dr. Sunny Ramen
Gerard Plunkett ... Chief Coroner Bob Kelly
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Sgt. Sheila Kurtz
Donnelly Rhodes ... Det. Leo Shannon
Venus Terzo ... Det. Angela Kosmo
Ian Tracey ... Det. Mick Leary
Gwynyth Walsh ... Dr. Patricia Da Vinci
Deanna Milligan ... Constable Josie Hutchens
Patti Allan ... Warden
Fred Ewanuick ... Raymond Ford
Alex Diakun ... Chick Savoy
Sarah Strange ... Helen
Michelle Goh ... June Wong
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Sylvia (as Crystal Lowe)


Thirty-three year-old Mei-Ling Zhang, a Chinese refugee claimant, dies while in custody. She was on a hunger strike protesting the delay in her immigration hearing, which was six-months and counting, and the fact that she was basically being held in prison. She was only one of thirty-six such Chinese refugee claimants across the province on a hunger strike. Through Gina Otaviani, Da Vinci learns that Mei-Ling was force fed against her wishes which may have led to her death through fluid in the lungs. Da Vinci considers pursuing homicide charges against the prison warden and her staff, especially after he learns of an eyewitness - another refugee in custody - to support the story. However he has to convince the Crown or the police to back him up. Meanwhile, Leary and Shannon continue with their investigation of the shooting deaths of Curtis and Lisa. One new piece of evidence is that there were two guns involved as Chick finds the shell casings in the car. Josie Hutchens continues to ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Mystery | Drama






English | Cantonese

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28 October 2001 (Canada) See more »

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The episode titles for this series come from quotes from the characters in the episode. This episode: 22 minutes into the show: Da Vinci to Bob Kelly in Kelly's office: "What is that smell? What is that? Is that mendacity? Is that that cheap political aftershave?" See more »


Dominic Da Vinci: [mock sniffing into the air] What is that smell? What is that? Is that mendacity? Is it that cheap political aftershave?
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