Da Vinci's Inquest/In the Bear Pit

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In the Bear Pit
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Season 4, Episode 13
Airdate January 21, 2002
Written by Alan Di Fiore &
Chris Haddock
Directed by Nicholas Campbell
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Da Vinci's InquestSeason Four

In the Bear Pit is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Da Vinci's Inquest, and the fifty-second episode overall.

Starring: Nicholas Campbell (Dominic Da Vinci), Suleka Mathew (Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Ramen), Gerard Plunkett (Chief Coroner Bob Kelly) (credit only), Sarah-Jane Redmond (Sergeant Sheila Kurtz), Donnelly Rhodes (Detective Leo Shannon), Venus Terzo (Detective Angela Kosmo), Ian Tracey (Detective Mick Leary), Gwynyth Walsh (Dr. Patricia Da Vinci)

Guest Starring: Max Martini (Danny Leary), Stephen E. Miller (Detective Zack McNab), Kim Hawthorne (Rose Williams), Scott Elam (Victor Charles), Emily Perkins (Sue Lewis), Alex Diakun (Chick Savoy), Sarah Strange (Helen)

Co-Starring: Trevor Roberts (Tim), Mark Acheson (Tommy), Tuan Phan (John)


Plot Overview

When a man is found dead in the trunk of a car at the site of an accident due to unrelated circumstances, Dominic looks into why he was there in the first place.

Mick and Shannon are handed the task of investigating the death of a homeless man in a zoo's bear pit.


Arc Advancement


  • Kurtz considers bringing Rose up Robbery to Homicide and asks Kosmo is she could work with her.


  • Sunny is still not on good terms with Mick as doesn't look directly at him. He's confident it just needs a little time.
  • Helen has an outline of her novel and wants Dominic to read it. When he explains he'd rather wait for the novel, she sees it as an excuse. He later tells her he would read it, but she dismisses it.
  • Danny manages to convince Kosmo how undercover work can do and they somewhat reconcile when she tells him to call her when he gets back from Montréal.
  • Danny agrees that when he gets back, he's going to stay with Mick and get to know each other again.


  • When Zack takes Dominic to the trunk to show him the body, he assures him it isn't another ferret as they found in "Sixes and Sevens".
  • Leo mentions the arson Dominic helped Rose with in "Be A Cruel Twist" helped her nab a homicide from it.


The Show

  • For the third time in a row, Tim McCauley's title theme music in the closing credits is substituted by George Blondheim's version.
  • The second episode to feature a new rendition of the opening main theme and the last to feature the original main title sequence.
  • This episode marks the last appearances of Patricia Da Vinci and Danny Leary in the series.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Leo: Like a bear pit has an upstairs. What is that, that word that they call it, you know, what we do that to animals? We cutify them and try to make them human?
Mick: Like a human. Oh, that's, uh, that's anthropomorphise.
Leo: Yeah. Yeah, we tame 'em, in our imagination, and then we put 'em in a cage. That just takes away their true nature. You know what I mean? They weren't - They weren't meant to be living in a bear pit. They were supposed to be free. You know, someti-- I think we've forgotten what it means to be free.
Mick: You talking about the bear or the man now?
Leo: The bear. The polar bear.
Mick: Oh. Did you hear about the ghost?
Leo: Oh, that's all bullshit, too. That's just us trying to make up something so that we can forgive ourselves for slaughtering them all. And then we pretend that they have a spirit and an afterlife and that excuses the slaughter.
  • Helen: I thought you might like to know the boss has been talking to the police board about you and they want you to back off your opposition to the surveillance cameras on the downtown east side.
Dominic: They want me to back off?
Helen: Yep.
Dominic: Well, you know what I'll do? I just back my ass up and they can all just kiss that. How about that?
Helen: All right.