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Unnatural Habit
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Season 2, Episode 12
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Air date 22 November 2013
Written by Ysabelle Dean; Kerry Greenwood (novel)
Directed by Tony Tilse
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Unnatural Habits is the twelfth episode of the second season of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and is based on the book of the same name by Kerry Greenwood.


Dot and Hugh find a body floating in the river. On the corpse of the girl is found a scapular of Lady of Mt Carmel, leading the investigation at Magdalen laundry where Phryne also sends to wash her clothing. Investigations into the laundry run by an icy and bigoted Catholic woman who behaves badly to the girls, especially if pregnant out of wedlock, brings Phryne and Jack to discover a human trafficking ring.


Victim: Bernadette (no last name)
Client: none
Case: Phryne chose to investigate the murder of the girl whose body Dot "caught" while fishing.
Murderer: Captain De Vere
Outcome: Captain De Vere was shot. His fate was unclear. Fisher was shot and arrest. Sanderson was arrested.


Cold Open

Dot and Hugh are relaxing by a river. Dot is fishing while Hugh talks about honeymoon plans. Dot seems to catch something, and while Hugh is initially enthusiastic he becomes alarmed after looking into the river. He tells Dot to turn her back, then wades into the river to retrieve the corpse of a young woman.


Phryne: Does George Sanderson really believe that a man with an O in front of his name will bring charges against a pack of nuns!?
Jack: Leave it alone, Miss Fisher!

Phryne: I really am very sorry, Jack, that you're in so much hot water because of me.
Jack: Don't be remorseful. It only confuses me.

Rosie Robinson: to Phryne You've really made things worse for Jack, you know.
Rosie stalks out of the room.
Aunt Prudence: Unusually devoted, isn't she, for an ex-wife?


Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher

Nathan Page as Detective John 'Jack' Robinson

Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Hugh Collins

Ashleigh Cummings as Dorothy 'Dot' Williams

Promotional trailer


Episode 12 (Final) Trailer - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 2 - ABC1