Original Name: The Pilot Movie
Czech Name: Pilotní film
Written By: Paul Haggis
Directed By: Fred Gerber
Original Air Date: April 26, 1994
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A veteran Canadian Mountie is shot and killed in an isolated valley in the Northwest Territories. After an investigation, the shooting is ruled as a 'hunting accident,' that is until the slain Mountie's son arrives on the scene. Benton Fraser, also of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, begins his own private investigation of the 'accident,' and discovers that the valley his father was killed in also contains the bodies of several caribou. The caribou, according to a local Inuit hunter, apparently died because they "drank too much." Fraser checks with the local charter company and finds that a group of dentists from Chicago were recently in the area for a hunting trip. Armed with this knowledge and his belief that his father's death is not a simple 'hunting accident,' Fraser requests a transfer to the Canadian Consulate in Chicago.
Fraser's previous postings have been to isolated regions of Canada, so he is not completely prepared for the different environment of city life. When he visits the Chicago Police to see where they are in their search for the dentists, he inadvertently spoils an undercover sting operation of the officer he's looking for. The officer, Ray Vecchio, is not exactly pleased with Fraser, but he looks up the dentists' names and discovers that one of the dentists, who was supposed to have gone on the trip, died several years ago. Digging a little deeper they find a picture of the 'dead' dentist and Vecchio recognizes him, or rather he recognizes his nose. Searching in the police computer they discover that the dentist is really Frankie Drake, a thug for hire.
Vecchio decides to use some of his undercover contacts to find Drake. The pair visit a local bar where Vecchio discovers that his cover isn't exactly as established as he would have liked. Disaster strikes when Drake shoots up the bar and escapes. Fraser and Ray track Drake to Chinatown only to find that he booby trapped his apartment with a bomb, seriously injuring Vecchio in the resulting explosion. Word of Fraser's actions gets back to his superiors and Gerrard, another Mountie and a friend of Fraser's father, arrives to bring Fraser back to Canada. On the way out of the hospital, Drake again makes an attempt to kill Fraser, but after a chase through a parking garage Drake is killed by Gerrard.
Back in Canada, Fraser discovers that hydroelectric dam near the area where his father was killed was built wrong and to correct their error, the dam's administrators were releasing the excess water at night causing massive flooding and killing the caribou that he found earlier. He also discovers that it was Gerrard who hired Drake to kill his father. Fraser's father had discovered the flooding and was going to blow the whistle. The dam administrators didn't want that since they were about to begin a whole new phase of construction that would have made them very rich.
Once they decide that Benton isn't going to keep quiet about their secret, Gerrard is ordered to get rid of the Mountie. Before he can put that plan into motion, Vecchio arrives from Chicago to warn Fraser that Gerrard is involved in the shady dealings at the dam.
When Gerrard and his henchmen finally arrive, Fraser and Ray lead them on a wild chase through the Canadian wilderness (Fraser and Ray in a dogsled and the bad guys on snowmobiles). In the end, the boys win (thanks to some advice from Fraser's father) and Gerrard is arrested.
Fraser's involvement in turning in one of his own makes him extremely unpopular among the RCMP in Canada. So, he is again transferred to Chicago where he takes on the duties of the Deputy Liaison Officer at the Canadian Consulate.
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