[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Coroner returns Thursday night to CBC and CBC Gem with ten new Canadian Screen Award nominations and a multilayered, reflective episode that explores the mistrust between immigrants and the police.
Jenny is sidelined with a cold/sinus infection that finds her working a case remotely via cell phone and tablet while Eli is out of town as River and Dennis become her field team. The field trip also gives River and Dennis a chance to talk about their future and admit some previously unspoken truths to each other.
The case of the week is an immigrant found reverently wrapped and buried in a park, dead from a gunshot wound. As McAvoy and Malik work the investigation, they experience variable levels of cooperation from the multi-ethnic community, and with good reason.
Malik was once part of that community, and the park is a remnant of his childhood, but now he’s on the other side, behind a badge.
They settle on a quartet who knew the victim and start to piece together that there’s more to the story as they learn about the struggles he faced, trading persecution in his homeland for limited opportunities in his adopted country.
At Casa Cooper, Jenny’s remote work experience is complicated by Gordon having a slip just as he and Peggy plan a getaway and Ross filming an audition for a cooking show. It’s a dark comedy of errors and complications that’s likely pretty accurate for anyone in a multi-generational household. And it shows another side of the multi-ethnic story as Ross taps his heritage to create a tape that’s uniquely representative of who he his.
Farhad Mann directs a script by Noelle Carbone and Mazi Khalighi.
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