Republic of Doyle

10 Best Episodes of Republic of Doyle - Season 1

Republic of Doyle, created and starring Newfoundland native Allan Hawco as Jake Doyle, the roguish and irreverent private investigator at the center of a colourful cast of characters who live and work together as an extended family as they try and run a “gumshoe” racket in contemporary St. John’s, Newfoundland. The series combines the retro crime vibe of classic detective TV shows with a fresh dramatic/comedic edge that produces a blend of intriguing episodic mysteries and ever-churning relationship turmoil.

Written by Sophie and last updated on nov 28, 2021.

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#12 - Fathers and Sons (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The Doyles help a close family friend beat a manslaughter charge despite the fact that he refuses to defend himself; Jake’s relationship with his ex-wife, Nikki, is heating up when it should be cooling down – and Leslie might be the perfect distraction.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 69 votes.

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#11 - He Sleeps With the Chips (Season 1 - Episode 9)

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When a dubious chip truck owner notices his truck is missing - along with his driver/best buddy - he cons Jake into taking the case; Martin really crosses a line with Rose and she takes matters into her own hands; and Jake’s divorce becomes final and he’s happy to tell Leslie that he’s now a free-agent. But Leslie’s just been bumped up the ladder with a promotion to Sergeant, and her eye is on the job, not Jake Doyle.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 23 votes.

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#10 - Duchess of George (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The Doyles take on a cold arson case for Mal’s old flame to find out the tragic truth of what really happened when a girl died in a bar fire; Jake and Leslie are finally starting to connect when Jake discovers he might be… a daddy?

The episode was rated 7.62 from 34 votes.

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#9 - The Pen Is Mightier Than the Doyle (Season 1 - Episode 10)

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When Mal suddenly leaves town and lends Jake out to be shadowed by a pompous crime novelist looking for inspiration, Jake’s entire life, including his constant relationship woes, is put under the authorial microscope; a simple cheating spouse domestic case turns out to be something far more devious than it first appears; and Jake, expecting the return of his father, gets an unwelcome surprise when it’s not Mal standing in the kitchen to greet him but his troubled older brother, Christian.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 27 votes.

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#8 - A Horse Divided (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Tensions are at an all-time high with Jake's older brother Christian back in town and the Doyles are on a case involving Walter's soon-to-be brother-in-law.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 28 votes.

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#7 - The Fall of the Republic (Season 1 - Episode 12)

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After getting a call from his brother Christian, Jake must help prove him innocent in a shady murder case. Meanwhile health issues creep up on Mal and Des along with Tinny take on a case by themselves.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 27 votes.

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#6 - Blood Is Thicker Than Blood (Season 1 - Episode 4)

A wrongfully convicted murderer gets out of prison and offers the Doyles a generous payday if they find the real killer; Jake finds out the truth about Nikki’s pregnancy.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 32 votes.

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#5 - The Return of the Grievous Angel (Season 1 - Episode 2)

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A young woman comes to The Doyles with one case – to find her unknown biological father – but they end up solving three; Jake is distracted by Leslie while trying to extract himself from Nikki.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 41 votes.

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#4 - The Tell-Tale Safe (Season 1 - Episode 8)

A grieving widow hires the Doyles to find out why her husband left a generous sum of money in his will to a woman she’s never heard of. Rose continues to battle with Martin over their divorce while Mal formulates a plan to get Poole out of their lives for good; and Leslie and Jake hit a comfortable stride as friends and colleagues - just as his divorce from Nikki becomes final.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 25 votes.

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#3 - The Woman Who Knew Too Little (Season 1 - Episode 7)

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Jake sets out to find the true identity of a beautiful amnesiac who stumbles across his path and ends up fighting off her two stalkers; Martin Poole refuses to leave town and wreaks havoc in Rose and Mal’s relationship; and Leslie gives Jake the cold shoulder.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 25 votes.

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#2 - The One Who Got Away (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The Doyles show their sentimental side as they help Jake’s high school girlfriend run off into the sunset with her new husband, who’s running from both bad guys and good guys to just get away; Rose’s past comes back to haunt her in the form of her ex-con husband, while Leslie weighs whether or not she wants Jake in her future.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 35 votes.

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#1 - Hit and Rum (Season 1 - Episode 5)

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The Doyles start trailing a potentially cheating husband to find he deeply loves his wife but is in deep trouble with some menacing criminals and smugglers; as Nikki moves forward with her new beau, Jake and Leslie take it to the next level.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 31 votes.

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