Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Ruddy Gore
January 3, 2015 10:21 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Miss Fisher attends a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore for Dot's birthday-- but so does a mysterious apparition. After one of the actors is poisoned onstage, Miss Fisher's investigative services are engaged, as is her interest in a handsome Chinese businessman.

The episode opens with a performance of Ruddigore, as an actor and his dressing man seeing a strange flickering apparition of a long-dead lover behind the scenes. Miss Fisher arrives shortly after, to find the theatre's owner thanking a handsome man, Lin Chung, for intervening in a street brawl. As Phryne, Dot, and Jack watch the performance, one of the actors goes rather offscript, and dies in the process. As they leave the theater, they interrupt another fight, with Lin Chung again in the middle of it. Phryne returns to the theatre to discover a plethora of motives and suspects, including acting rivalries, alchoholism, sham engagements, and the theatre's imminent financial woes. Phryne invites Lin to dinner, but her plans backfire when she offends Mr. Chung by implying he is an opium dealer. As Phryne and Jack continue to track down clues, a tale of love and suicide emerges-- and another victim is claimed by the ghost. Phryne and Lin go to dinner, where he reveals his family has arranged his marriage into an opium smuggling empire. Ultimately, Dorothea's old lover, hiding in plain sight, is revealed as the culprit, and the apparition is discovered to be nothing more than film and sand. The episode closes with Phryne and Jack, alone on an empty stage.
posted by WidgetAlley (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It sounds like Lin Chung was much more important to the book series. It's kind of shame that he didn't have a bigger role in the tv series.
posted by drezdn at 6:13 AM on January 4, 2015

From what I have heard, in the books Lin Chung is Miss Fisher's paramour, and the potential romance between Jack and Phyrne is either much reduced or non-existent.
posted by fings at 9:55 AM on January 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

I find it hilarious that she has a personal connection to almost every case. The people she associates with are all either being murdered or suspected of murdering people. It reminds me of Murder She Wrote or Rosemary & Thyme. Every time these women set foot on a property a dead body turns up. I would run screaming at the sight of any of them.

I binge watched the first season over the weekend and I love the look of this series and enjoy the performances of all the series regulars.
posted by Julnyes at 8:20 AM on January 6, 2015

This episode I really started to appreciate Nathan Page's expressions. He has some great reactions, nicely underplayed a lot of the time.
posted by gaspode at 5:51 AM on January 7, 2015

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