Call of the Wild (Due South)

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"Call of the Wild" is the final two-part episode of due South. Fanfiction and other fanworks set post-series are often referred to as post-CotW in headers or tags.


The final episode wraps up the show's characters as follows:

  • Detectives Jack Huey and Thomas Dewey opened their comedy club which played to marginal houses for a long time.
  • Constable Turnbull ran for public office, but his campaign got off to a rocky start when he was run over by his own campaign bus.
  • Ray Vecchio coughed up a golden bullet and moved to Florida with Stella Kowalski where they opened up a bowling alley.
  • Francesca Vecchio made the cover of 'Life' magazine with a record six immaculate conceptions. She loved her babies as if they were her own.
  • Lieutenant Welsh stayed behind his desk, because that was where he belonged.
  • Inspector Thatcher transferred to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, where she was instrumental in the destabilization and overthrow of several world dictators. She's shown in a group photo with what we're to assume are her fellow CSIS officers.
  • Fraser Sr. did not exact revenge against the criminal Muldoon for murdering his wife Caroline when presented with the chance. By not doing so, he solved his last case. The last time we see Fraser Sr. is when he leaves this earthly realm -- accompanied by the ghost of his dear departed Caroline.
  • Fraser, Diefenbaker, and Ray Kowalski were geared up by Sgt. Frobisher. Led by Diefenbaker, they set off on an adventure to find the Hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea.

Fan Reaction

Post-CotW Fanworks

A substantial portion of post-CotW fic addresses the fate of Benton Fraser and Ray Kowalski. Many of these works either feature or end with the two men in a romantic and/or sexual relationship. There are many fics set at a Canadian shack or cabin, inspired by the multifandom challenge, 101 Ways To End Up In A Canadian Shack. There are also post-CotW Quest fics. The last episode of the show has Fraser and RayK going off together on a quest to find the Hand of Franklin. Many writers have written the story of what happens on that quest, and there are also many post-Quest stories.

Alternate Ending

In 2008, a fan called wonkyinagoodway won the original script of the episode at a convention auction, and her friend lipstickcat took some pictures that were added to the Last RCW related post.[1] The original ending, if filmed, would've left Fraser in Canada along with Thatcher and Turnbull at an unnamed northern outpost, Ray Kowalski assigned to the 32nd Precinct, and Ray Vecchio at his original posting.

This CotW AU scenario also appears in fanworks. SDWolfpup's vid That's All used a very similar premise, even though that Ray/Ray slash vid was created in 2007 before fans knew about the episode's original ending.

Example Fanworks


Post- CotW: