Murder Most Scandalous - The Moment

Murder Most Scandalous - The Moment


Murder Most Scandalous - Set 2

Lots of John Smiths appear to reside in Melbourne.
I don’t know, Jack. Plenty of us would sing like stool pigeons to see you in fan feathers -or else singing “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” - it’s kind of a toss up.
Jack gets walloped but still manages to get the plate #. Of course, he does. I hope this plays out in future episodes.
Loving the DI doppelgänger on the other side of the Morgue. Phryne confronts him about the attack. She worries about him, too. And he plays it down - just as she would have.Jack has to arrest DC Sanderson.
Lola doesn’t trust the priest - neither does Phryne. My kind of girls. Looking like a heavenly creature himself at the church.
At the Imperial Club. Again. Couldn’t imagine the fan dance scene being outdone. I was wrong.
“Hey! Hombre!” LMAO! Undercover Phryne is awesome. (As was Dot calling her Mexican - instead of Spanish.) Jack is bemused as she takes him to the private room he just happened to be so interested in on his way into the lounge. They launch right in to their debriefing, both equal in their seating. But, they are interrupted. Phryne, not wanting to expose her cover by being seen talking to the Inspector who has been snooping around, does the only thing she can do under the circumstances. She pounces on his lap and shoves his face into her cleavage. They can’t see the cop’s face and “Lulu” is just doing her job. Well done, Phryne. “That was close.”
“It still is,” replies Jack - after extricating his mouth from Phryne’s breast. But after that hilariously awkward moment, we get the burn. Several whole seconds, that feel like an eternity, pass between them as stare into each other’s eyes, breaking contact only to look at the other’s mouth. Jack’s not the only one who needs a cold shower.
Jack does not easily suffer fools. The scene with him, Hugh and Mrs. Blunt was fantastic. Hugo Johnstone-Burt really ought to get an award for this show.
Phryne figures out the locked door and Jack can spring Sanderson. (Although after having watched a few more episodes, I’m betting part of hi wishes he’d left him in there.) There’s a moment of real personal blame/failing on Jack’s face when Sanderson tells him, “and you were a good son-in-law. ”
Phryne cat burgles the Club and learns more about Madam Lyon and her secret register. Lavinia’s murder is solved but, the secret register is still missing. (Hoping for lots more on this plot point! Shh! No spoilers! I’m pacing myself through season 2.)
The Ex’s. Only 1 episode in, and already I can’t stand them. Rosie needles Jack about being more alive now than he has been since before the war and his lack of ambition in climbing the ladder. She says “I see what you like about being where you are.” I can’t imagine this is anything but a direct reference to Phryne Fisher even though Rosie had moved out long before Phryne was back in Australia. Jack already carries guilt about his failed marriage and this isn’t helping. Rosie carries on, saying that his newfound lease on life has to do with “escaping a marriage that didn’t suit you.”*
Jack’s face darkens. Gets dangerous even, “It’s war what didn’t suit me.” (No, that may be part of it but there’s more to it than that - I cannot wait to know more about Jack’s war and what is eating at his conscious.) Rosie backs down and Sidney enters the station. Finally, she tells Jack that Sidney is her fiancé. He wishes her the best and I believe it. I think she wishes he wanted her back.
Cocktails and case debrief. More talk of the deeper plot to steal the secret register. Then, Phryne sees her chance to tease Jack about Sidney Fletcher. After taking a moment to recover, he’s not biting, “You’re waving a red rag at a bull, Miss Fisher. But, I am no longer in that ring.” I followed up Phryne’s “Ole!” with a hallelujah!
*Ever since Raisins & Almonds, I believed that Jack’s wife was the one who filed for divorce. He seemed so broken about it, so unresolved in his failure and his belief that “a marriage is still a marriage.” He would have gone on miserable - never would have filed on his own - because he thought he owed it to Rosie, to his commitment. But, no. It was she who wanted to move on to greener pastures. And that is fine. But, here she is, rubbing it in. She’s about to marry her father’s godson. A wealthy man, charming, tall and good looking - according to Phryne. And yet, she sees Jack in his natural element and a twinge of jealousy pinches her before she leaves the station and joins her fiancé in a hired car.

Jack feels the need to compose himself after some “alone time” with Phryne.

Jack feels the need to compose himself after some “alone time” with Phryne.



…there is one thing I always wondered. It only takes him two episodes to tell Phryne she should call him Jack and while I absolutely adore that scene, I’m still puzzling over that. Over what prompted him to do that since he still seemed rather firm in Soldier mode….any thoughts?

Take them with a grain of salt, but here are my thoughts:

The Inspector is definitely in Soldier mode at the beginning of Ballarat. He’s even managed to manipulate Phryne into dealing with the wayward child who refuses to cooperate by threatening to send her off to welfare.

1) In witnessing her cunning first hand (which he didn’t in Cocaine Blues), he can see that while “self-styled and completely untrained,” she is a gifted investigator. This is especially noticeable when she tells Alastair Herbert, “The Inspector and I know a great deal more than you hoped we would.” Jack’s expression is all - Huh? What do we know? They may have known who did it. But, Phryne knew every nuance - every motive of the crime. While not yet considered a colleague by the Inspector, she is quickly earning his respect.

2) Jack gets a glimpse of what lies beneath the shiny veneer of Phryne’s outward appearance. He has seen her take Jane, clean her and care for her, protect her against those who would harm her. He vouches for Miss Fisher to Welfare and they agree to let her foster Jane on his recommendation. I don’t think that’s a phone call he would have made lightly. She saved not only Jane and Ruth, but dozens of nameless girls, from a horrible existence. Beyond her vast means, he must have been willing to vouch for her character. She tells him, “Nothing that matters is easy.” She is a conundrum. He accepts a drink at her offering - after looking at his watch.  It’s late - he should leave. But, this is someone he wants to know.

3) He wants to hear her say his name. And, he is rewarded immediately, “Very well, Jack!” His face actually beams when she says it. He tries to play off his request as what’s common, “Everyone else does.” (Um, no, sweetie, they don’t. Only Rosie, the Deputy Commissioner and the Lizard do.) She takes him at his word and uses his familiar name regularly; and in some instances she breathes it, as if a lover.

She invites him to call her, “…Phryne. Although hardly anyone else does.”  But, Jack takes a very different tack, probably because he is still married and does not wish to appear inappropriate. But also because he is not ready to be that intimate with her. He utters it for the first time in Ruddy Gore, when she is knocked to the ground and semi-conscious, after having saved her from the falling sand bag. Again, before the kiss in Montparnasse and not again until she’s frantic about Jane in Queen of the Flowers. When Jack calls Phryne, “Phryne,” some serious shit is going down!

Would love to hear what others think about this, too!


Soldier vs. Man - Jack’s “Antony” Issues

Recently, discussion came up on the DI Jack Appreciation Society facebook page about how other women see Jack and it got me thinking… always a dangerous thing. I’m not sure it matters how other women see him. But, it matters deeply how this attention is perceived by Jack and Phryne.

At the center of it all is Jack’s dueling identity of Soldier vs. Man.  This totally plays into the Antony & Cleopatra meme he and Phryne keep stringing along. The qualities of the Soldier/Police Officer (honor, duty, strength) warring with that of the Man (desire, love, vulnerability).

At his worst, he is withdrawn and punishes himself for daring to feel. At his best, Jack finds balance.

I just watched Marked for Murder. We get his best in this episode.

Marked for Murder also call backs to some of my favorite moments in Dead Man’s Chest to illustrate how important it is to Jack, at this point in their relationship, that Phryne sees him as a Man.

This is not so easy for Phryne. She is quite happy to flirt with him and indulge her attraction when he is safely in his Soldier role. But when confronted with Jack the Man, she gets caught up in much deeper feelings for him.

We also get the “Collingwood Girl” reference again - more directly this time. Whether the writers did this intentionally or not, it was bloody brilliant.

Dead Man’s Chest (S2 E3)

The sound of a popping cork could lead to my eviction. - Phryne
More so than entertaining a man in your private parlour? - Jack
A man? I thought you were a police officer. - Phryne

When Jack questions Phryne’s priorities, he’s got a bit of a smirk on his face. But, she puts him back in his place and drinks champagne as he chastely sips tea. She continues to flirt with him, though.

Ah, Miss Fisher. Has your handsome friend managed to retrieve my son’s coin? - Mrs. McNaster
My? Oh, the Inspector? Ah, I’m not sure, Mrs. McNaster. - Phryne

Phryne is totally flustered by Hilly McNaster’s reference to Jack. I think she has gotten so comfortable with Jack that she doesn’t remember how attractive he is at first glance.  (We get that a little in Murder in the Dark, too when Isabella asks how good looking the policeman is.)

I rode further than I’d ever ridden before, through the uncharted wilds of North Richmond. - Jack
Where even Captain Flint didn’t dare tread. - Phryne
And the pirate girls of Collingwood ruled the waves. - Jack
To pirates, adventurers and boys on bicycles. - Phryne


A personal anecdote - SIGH. We need more of these. God, I melted when he did the pirate voice and Phryne was as enraptured as if he told her he had crossed the Sahara. When he called her a Collingwood girl in Marked for Murder, it hit me like a ton of bricks. There is no doubt in my mind that Phryne was a pirate girl.

Marked for Murder (S2 E6)

You have your brief to get on with, Miss Fisher, and I have mine. - Jack
Amazing what football does to a man. - Phryne

She is irritated at his common behavior. He looks her up and down with a smile playing on his lips as she leaves. I think he’s simply delighted that she saw him capable of being someone other than “The Inspector” for a change. It’s an uncharacteristic move for him to ignore her findings but, he wants the glory of solving the case for his team. Totally a man thing.

It’s very bad luck that his daughter found herself another Abbotsford man. - Phryne

Phryne needles Jack about Sidney Fletcher. In this case, she reminds him that he was replaced by another Abbotsford Man. He does not take it well.

Oh, (sighs) it’s Jack. I thought it was Father. It’s that policeman's knock. It just… (pats heart) - Rosie

Rosie sees him as both Soldier and Man in that moment. Rosie is totally flirting with Jack. She appeals to the intimacy they once shared and also his authority. Jack knows it and seems both surprised and amused by it – probably because Phryne witnesses the whole charade.

Two dead players, one coach locked up for obstructing an investigation and the other one charged with murder. Anything could happen. - Phryne

Even a Collingwood girl would have to stay for a game like that. To humour an Abbotsford man. - Jack

Holy hell. What can I even say about this? There are no words.


Oh, OK. I’ll try.

They are in the presence of Jack’s ex-father-in-law who is also his boss, his former wife and her new fiance, Hugh and Dot and a sea of rabid footy fans.  But in that moment, no one and nothing exists but this Collingwood Girl and her Abbotsford Man. Fuck expectations. To hell with what other people think. I want to be with you.

♫ My baby don’t care who knows it. My baby just cares for me. ♫

devastatingly handsome
if anyone has gifs of this scene, please direct me to it so i can drool at will. (she’s staying with your wife..former..former wife..wife..yes)

devastatingly handsome

if anyone has gifs of this scene, please direct me to it so i can drool at will. (she’s staying with your wife..former..former wife..wife..yes)


Creole Love Call

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries S1 E10, Death by Miss Adventure

At the end of this episode, this song is performed by Deni Hines with orchestral accompaniment but, it does not appear on the soundtrack in the same format. This arrangement is gorgeous, slow and steady - just like Jack & Phryne.

It also appears in the background of S1 E3, The Green Mill Murder.

(Source: Spotify)


Murder Most Scandalous - Set 1

Mac counts off the beat.
Deputy Commissioner Sanderson must be up to more than policing to have a place like that.
Loving the “Oh no! You better don’t!” look Phryne gives to the Sergeant after he gives Jack some lip and is summarily put in his place.
Wife - make that - Former Wife meets hot lady detective. Rosie says, “I’m glad to *finally* meet you.” Wonder what she’s heard? Has Daddy been telling her about Jack’s new partner in crime?
An old photo of Jack & Rosie in better times gets under Phryne’s skin. But, it’s not long before she uses it to tease Jack.
The Imperial Gentlemen’s Club. I bet you would be happy to deliver those fans, Bert.
Puh-leez with that body! My God, this woman is gorgeous!
The many faces of Jack. Phryne can see Dot clearly in the crowd. My guess is, even if she can’t see him, she knows the Inspector is in attendance. Surely, there would have been talk backstage.
Jack doesn’t stand on the moral high ground the way Dot and Collins do. His reactions are of surprise and pleasure - not judgement. Somewhere, deep down, he hopes that Phryne is hamming it up for his benefit. Wasn’t expecting the girls, though! Bert’s reaction is almost better than Jack’s.




That voice.  Guh.  From

Not listened to this for ages but I love it when he gets tongue-tied and then describes his voice as ‘intimate’.  Yes I think I could agree with you Nathan.

The fact that Nathan Page talks so much with his hands really makes me appreciate the stillness he brings to Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.

Murder Most Scandalous

Licorice or Anise Seed?

Murder Most Scandalous

Licorice or Anise Seed?