Call of the Wild, part 1
A murder investigation leads Fraser and Kowalski to a major arms smuggling operation masterminded by Fraser Sr.'s old adversary, Holloway Muldoon . Their investigation entwines them in a Federal investigation, accidentally exposing the cover of the real Ray Vecchio.
Feeling homesick, Fraser decides to do a little ice-fishing, but to his surprise his only catch is a dead body. A clue in the corpse's belongings leads Fraser and Stan to another dead body. Running from an attack by criminals with grenade launchers, Fraser recognizes the ringleader: Holloway Muldoon. The strange thing is Muldoon was supposed to have died years ago. Fraser Sr. tracked him to an ice field where Muldoon fell into a crevice.
Both bodies turned out to be ATF informants who were acting as brokers in an arms deal. The RCMP also has a stake in the case: three Mounties in the north were killed intercepting a shipment of nerve gas. The dealers are smuggling weapons through the Yukon to a buyer in Chicago. Fraser and Stan follow a suspect to a hotel room. When he answers the door, Fraser is shocked to discover that it's the original Ray Vecchio. With their informants dead, the ATF called the FBI, who brought in Vecchio in his undercover role as a mob figure. Fraser and Stan have just interrupted a meeting between Vecchio, his mob associates and Muldoon. Quick thinking on Ray's part buys him a few more hours undercover, then it's back to being Ray Vecchio.
There's a rumor that Muldoon is about to pull off a huge arms sale. No one knows who's buying or what Muldoon is selling. Thatcher, Fraser, Stan and the Chicago PD accompany Vecchio to his scheduled meeting with Muldoon, but Federal agents show up and disrupt the operation. The police pursue Muldoon and his henchmen to an amusement park, where Fraser and Thatcher are trapped on a Ferris wheel with a canister of gas that's rigged to explode. When they successfully disarm the device, Muldoon takes aim at Fraser. Then Vecchio steps in and takes the bullet, and is rushed to the hospital.
Fraser and Stan pursue Muldoon to an airstrip. As the show ends, Fraser and Stan are clinging to the fuselage of a plane that's just leaving the runway.
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