MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: Season 2
Airs Sundays, February 28 & April 3 - May 1 & May 29, 2016 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher is back! The second season of MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES builds on the meticulously constructed world of season one as it follows the independent, glamorous and unflappable leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis). This lush take on the traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s "between-the-wars" Melbourne. From the shadowy lanes of the city to the halls of academia, from high-class brothels to haute couture, she defends the innocent and juggles admirers with her usual panache, all the while keeping up her delicious dance around Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page).
Episode 1: "Murder Most Scandalous" repeats Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11 p.m. - Sumptuous brothels and respectable mansions. When Jack's ex father-in-law, Deputy Commissioner George Sanderson, is implicated in the brutal murder of a prostitute, Jack is determined to clear his name. Despite strict instructions from Jack not to meddle in his case – which also reintroduces Jack’s ex-wife, Rosie - Phryne decides to perfect her ‘fan dance’ in order to go undercover at the gentleman’s club of the notorious Madam Lyon...
Episode 2: "Death Comes Knocking" repeats Sunday, April 3 at 11 p.m. - Phryne plays host to ghostly soldiers and exotic spiritualists. Aunt Prudence is swept up in the new spiritualist fad and enlists the famed Mrs Bolkonsky to contact her dead godson, Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Claremont. The séance leaves Phryne certain there is something amiss - but it has nothing to do with the psychic realm. A message from beyond the grave leads to the death of a war veteran and Phryne uncovers a past murder that lay buried in the battle field for more then ten years – before returning to haunt the perpetrators.
Episode 3: "Dead Man's Chest" repeats Sunday, April 10 at 11 p.m. - Based on Kerry Greenwood’s book of the same name. Buried treasure and pirate legends bubble to the surface in the seaside holiday town of Queenscliff. When Aunt Prudence insists Phryne help an old school chum whose holiday mansion has been burgled, Phryne and Jack discover the summer paradise is not so perfect. Things take a deadly turn when more than one body washes up on the beach and Phryne finds herself at the pointy end of a Spanish dagger.
Episode 4: "Deadweight" repeats Sunday, April 17 at 11 p.m. - Set amidst the passion and fanaticism of 1929 Australian Rules Football. When Phryne is duped into investigating the coach’s missing "lucky cap," she discovers a gruesome murder instead – the local team captain is found hanging by a rival team’s scarf and it seems at first a clear-cut case of murderous sabotage. Phryne’s investigation is complicated by the return of Jack’s ex-wife, her dashing fiancé – and the Police Commissioner’s fanatical support for the opposition team. As she uncovers a past crime, Phryne reveals the lengths some men will go to for the sake of the game.
Episode 5: "Murder à la Mode" repeats Sunday, April 24 at 11 p.m. - Set in the Fleuri sisters’ exclusive fashion salon at the "Paris end" of Collins Street. When Phryne arrives at Madame Fleuri's for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene. The salon’s benefactor has been found impaled on her own hairpiece in the sumptuous powder room, and everyone present is a suspect! Phryne uses her innate understanding of haute couture fashion to help Jack uncover an elaborate jewel smuggling scheme.
Episode 6: "Marked For Murder" repeats Sunday, May 1 at 11 p.m. - The gaiety of St. Kilda’s famous Esplanade is marred by the violence of gang warfare and the police who struggle to control it. When a gang leader is found dead outside a traveling boxing tent, Phryne's investigation leads her into the dangerous but thrilling world of fight rigging and tribal payback. As Constable Hugh Collins becomes emotionally embroiled, Phryne digs further to protect him and finds the most formidable fighters are outside the ring ...
Episode 7: "Blood At The Wheel" aired Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - In the fast-moving world of an all-women’s motorcar garage, Phryne’s mechanic Ailsa is preparing for an annual rally put on by the Victorian Automobile Association. Everything changes when Gerty, the driver for the ladies’ team, is found dead in her roadster. The crash deals a solid blow to the case for women drivers and has Phryne up in arms struggling to convince Jack that her friend’s death was no accident. Jack has his own inner battle to contend with – coming to terms with the absolute desolation he experienced when he mistakenly thought the motorcar accident involved Phryne Fisher – and decides that he needs to step away.
Episode 8: "The Blood Of Juana The Mad" aired Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - Loosely based on a Kerry Greenwood short story and set at a university college. When the fresh corpse of Professor Katz turns up in place of a cadaver in Dr. Mac's anatomy lecture she demands that Phryne and Jack – now estranged – work together in her interest. As they step around each other to investigate the murder and the disappearance of a valuable manuscript – the "Book of Hours of Juana the Mad" - a web of college pranks, politics and eugenics theory looks set to unravel. Not only do they solve the crime, but Jack and Phryne accept they work better together – in the interests of law and order!
Episode 9: "Framed For Murder" aired Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - A journey into the twilight world of silent movies. Hollywood has a stranglehold on the Australian industry and with "talkies" on the way, the exotic "Bride of Babylon" production is in serious jeopardy. With one of Phryne’s oldest friends producing the movie, she has no choice but to get involved when the lead actor is murdered on set. She steps in to solve the crime and save the production – juggling the roles of principal investor and private investigator. The show must go on, and when the director is also killed, Phryne takes the reins.
Episode 10: "Death On The Vine" repeats Sunday, May 29 at 11 p.m. - When Phryne arrives at an idyllic vineyard in the countryside to investigate a suspicious death in the past, she lands in the middle of an annual wine festival and the recent murder of her own client. She feels obligated to investigate his death and continue with her original case, but the hostile townsfolk decide she’s outstayed her welcome and do everything they can to drive her away. Phryne realizes that the scenic town has harbored grief over the loss of nearly all their able–bodied men for over a decade – but their loss has turned to anger, directed squarely at the German family who have run Voigts Winery since the turn of the century. Hugh happily rescues Dot from the threatening town as he nervously prepares for the most perfect, poetic proposal he can muster.
Episode 11: "Dead Air" aired Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - There's a new wireless in the Fisher household – but there’s murder on the airwaves when Dot’s favorite show is interrupted by an on air panic. The radio station's bookkeeper and budding announcer is found choked to death but when Phryne gets involved, she finds Jack already undercover as the newsreader. In an ironic turnaround, Phryne is officially engaged to investigate the death - as Jack resorts to more clandestine investigative strategies. In the cut and thrust of the investigation, Dot suffers the terrible realization that she doesn’t want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries and takes up her wifely duties.
Episode 12: "Unnatural Habits" aired Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - Based on Kerry Greenwood’s book "Unnatural Habits." The gothic world of the Magdalene Laundries - a halfway house for pregnant and wayward girls, run by Catholic nuns - sets the scene for the tragic death of an escaping teenager. As Phryne becomes more suspicious of the goings-on behind the convent walls, she and Jack realize the threads of this crime lead higher up and closer to home than they ever suspected... The return of Jack’s father-in-law – now Chief Commissioner Sanderson – his ex-wife, Rosie and her dashing beau - offers a chilling insight into extent of police corruption in Jack’s hometown.
Episode 13: "Murder Under The Mistletoe" aired Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. (no repeat scheduled) - Phryne, Dot and Dr. Mac happily accompany Aunt Prudence to a picturesque chalet to celebrate a white Christmas in July. The party arrives to find one of the residents dead – electrocuted while hanging festive lights. No more suspicious than the usual Miss Fisher investigation, until the body count starts to rapidly rise. Heavy snowfalls and harsh weather trap them all with a murderer in their midst – and any one of them the next victim. It’s a race against time for Phryne and Jack to hunt down the culprit – and restore enough Christmas joy to take full advantage should they find themselves standing under that bunch of that mistletoe!
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