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Yannick Bisson joins mod squad on Allan Hawco’s Republic of Doyle

- January 27th, 2014

Yannick Bisson and Allan Hawco, two

Yannick Bisson and Allan Hawco in a fist fight! Must be one doughnut left at the CBC cafeteria, right?

Instead, the fisticuffs occur in the opening few minutes of a new episode of Republic of Doyle, airing Wednesday, Jan. 29 on CBC.

The fact that Hawco (above right) is appearing on the Newfoundland-set Republic of Doyle is not a surprise to anyone, since he’s the creator and star of the series, playing lead character Jake Doyle. But Bisson (above left) is the star of another CBC series, playing Det. William Murdoch on Murdoch Mysteries.

This is the back end of a crossover arrangement between the two shows, which has been particularly fun because while Republic of Doyle takes place in modern times, Murdoch Mysteries is set in Toronto in the early 1900s.

Last November, Hawco was on Murdoch Mysteries, playing Jacob Doyle, an ancestor of Jake Doyle. Now on Republic of Doyle, Bisson is appearing as Bill Murdoch, a descendant of William Murdoch.

This new episode of Republic of Doyle begins with Des (Mark O’Brien) having purchased the contents of an unclaimed storage locker – you know, the kind of thing you’d see on Storage Wars Canada. But what Des and Jake find in the locker causes them to cross paths with Toronto cop Bill Murdoch (Bisson), who is in Newfoundland to pursue a strange kidnapping case.

Nothing ever is as it seems on Republic of Doyle, though, and Jake’s not sure this alleged mainland cop is telling the whole truth.

“Who the hell are you?” Jake Doyle says to Bill Murdoch when the two of them first set eyes upon each other. Bill Murdoch, pointing a gun at Jake Doyle, replies, “Who are you?” The next thing you know, punches are being thrown.

No need to fight, guys. These crossover episodes have worked quite well, and Canada has plenty of doughnuts to go around.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

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1 comment

  1. AR | January 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    God, I hope they’re NAKED

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