Coroner Preview: “Safe Space”

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Thursday’s new Coroner takes a soft shoe approach to Gordon’s passing, picking up days later, past the service, as the family returns to some sense of a routine.

Jenny’s first case back comes courtesy of an unwelcome housewarming gift for River and Dennis’s new digs — a body in the elevator shaft.

Eli catches the case first and then brings Jenny in when the condition of the body adds extra layers of complexity to when and how the man died.

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It casts a pall over what would otherwise be a happy occasion for River and Dennis, or it would, if it wasn’t another quirk on the list of things about the new place that are giving Dennis pause.

Their neighbors are a motley crew of unusual folks (I had the island of misfit toys in my head), shepherded by landlord Tony (Salvatore Antonio), who takes a special interest in his tenants that they welcome because he offers the titular safe space when the world does not.

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The investigation gives McAvoy and Malik a chance to temper their sometimes brusque reactions and instead display their empathy, which is important when they’re interviewing the already fragile residents — a pair of dancers, a taxidermist, and a horiculutrist — who likely have been on the receiving end of some (or a lot of) negativity in their lives

Jenny has some off-work drama to handle, too, when she learns about things Peggy’s been hiding and has a heart-to-heart with Ross about his next chapter.

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Cory Bowles directs a script by Seneca Aaron (who also co-wrote this week’s Pretty Hard Cases).

Coroner airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC and CBC Gem. The first three seasons are streaming now on CBC Gem, and all our previous coverage is here.

Photos Courtesy of CBC

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