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Blood at the Wheel 

Jack and Phryne find themselves at odds over the issue of foul play when a lady racer dies in a car crash. The matter shakes up their working relationship.


Sian Davies


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Essie Davis ... Phryne Fisher
Nathan Page ... Detective John 'Jack' Robinson
Hugo Johnstone-Burt ... Hugh Collins
Ashleigh Cummings ... Dorothy 'Dot' Williams
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ... Bert
Anthony J. Sharpe ... Cec (as Anthony Sharpe)
Richard Bligh Richard Bligh ... Mr. Butler
Tammy Macintosh ... Dr. Mac
Rachael Blake ... Ailsa Wilton
David Roberts ... Lachlan Pepper
Nikita Leigh-Pritchard Nikita Leigh-Pritchard ... Millie Wilton (as Nikita Leigh Pritchard)
Rohan Browne ... Claude Haynes
Annie Stanford ... Gertrude 'Gerty' Haynes
Shaun Goss Shaun Goss ... Antony Rose
Scott Harrison Scott Harrison ... Wal


In the fast-moving world of an all-women's motorcar garage, Phryne's mechanic Ailsa is preparing for an annual rally put on by the Victorian Automobile Association. Everything changes when Gerty, the driver for the ladies' team, is found dead in her roadster. The crash deals a solid blow to the case for women drivers and has Phryne up in arms, struggling to convince Jack that her friend's death was no accident. Jack has his own inner battle to contend with - coming to terms with the absolute desolation he experienced when he mistakenly thought the motorcar accident involved Phryne Fisher - and decides that he needs to step away. Written by Every Cloud Productions

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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English | Russian

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18 October 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Did You Know?


Dot pretends to be a Russian race car driver and Miss Fisher introduces her be the name Cecil cooked up for her, "Valentina Ranamelova". The joke here is that the surname sounds like "ran-'em-all-over", a funny name for a race car driver. This is why in the previous scene, when they are falsifying the credentials, Cecil says he's got 'a beauty of a name' for her documents. See more »


Lachlan Pepper: I've been doing some research on you, Miss Fisher.
Phryne Fisher: Really?
Lachlan Pepper: Mm. You have a large number of speeding offenses.
Phryne Fisher: I should have thought that more than qualified me for a car race.
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I'm going against conventional wisdom - it's not one of my favorites
27 May 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Phryne is backing an all-woman race team. When the team's driver is killed in a seemingly simple crash just days before the big race, Phryne suspects foul play. Jack, not realizing the driver wasn't Phryne, is horribly grief stricken - more so than he likes. He decides that his relationship with Phryne has to change.

Earlier today when writing about the film Checkpoint (coincidentally, another race themed film), I wrote that I considered it underrated. I feel the opposite about Blood at the Wheel. To me, this fan-favorite is overrated. I have a number of problems (Dot's impersonating a Russian driver, an unrealistic looking race, and the annoying women vs men theme) but the biggest issue to me is the manner in which the final reveal is handled. I hate it when a murderer, with very little prompting or reason, just starts spilling their guts and confesses to everything. Who does that? It feels so unnatural and lets the detectives off the hook without actually having to solve anything. It bothers me in books, TV shows, and movies. It's a huge cheat I cannot stomach. And to me, it really hurts the episode.

As for the developments in the Jack - Phryne relationship. I'll just say it's all heartbreaking. While I can certainly understand some of where Jack is coming from, it seems little like overkill. Hopefully, he (and the writers) will have a change of heart.

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