The Listener – Season 2

The second season is a bit awkward because they abandon the search for Toby’s mom altogether. This season also sees new casts – 3 new regular and 2 recurring characters were added. Gone are Anthony Lemke & Lisa Marcos with the death of Marcos’ character Det. Charlie Marks. Added are Lauren Lee Smith (Mutant X & Lie With Me), Ranbow Sun Francks (from Stargate Atlantis) & Peter Stebbings (Traders). Kris Holden-Reid (from Lost Girl) and Tara Spencer-Nairn also join as recurring characters.

It is well over a year and Toby is still coming to terms with the death of Det. Marks and the disappearance of his mother. His relationship with Olivia has also suffered although the two are still very close friends and care for each other. He hasn’t worked with the police since all this time but he gets pulled in the season opener as Toby decides to help when a woman (guest star Rekha Sharma) is found on a Lake Ontario beach suffering from amnesia and helps her to retrace her steps, discovering she was the victim of a murder attempt by a mining company but she is also wanted by the Integrated Investigative Bureau (a special unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) for murder. The cops he helps are Sergeant Michelle McCluskey & Corp. Dev Clark and their boss Alvin Klein (Stebbings) is not sold on Toby’s contributions. Initially Michelle & Dev think that Toby is just good at reading body language and movements but he has to admit to them about his abilities, which stun them. When an undercover cop Sergeant McCluskey believes has been exposed she asks Toby, whose past she had been looking into and his involvement with Charlie Marks killed 18 months before, to help discover if her man is in danger from the gun runners he had infiltrated. This leads to Toby revealing his ability to read minds to the doubting McCluskey and when the undercover man is fatally wounded, only Toby can help find the gun runners.

Employed by the I.I.B as a “Confidential Informant”, Toby is asked to help in finding a possible assassin who wants to kill one of the Conservative party leadership candidates. From the thoughts Toby is able to read, they lead to a cover-up of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Toby assists Sgt. McCluskey when Dmitri Volkov confesses to killing his father, Fyodor, a Russian diplomat. He is defended by his lawyer brother Yuri, claiming diplomatic immunity, but the truth lies by looking into the mind of the third brother, Pavel, an autistic boy who lives in his own world of a model railway. A joint I.I.B. and Metro police drug investigation has been failing and suspicion falls on two undercover Anti-Gang Unit cops. Sgt. McCluskey asks Toby to help her figure out who is dirty in the undercover Metro Police, but things get complicated when one of the undercover cops dies from a suspicious drug overdose and his fellow officers and family close ranks. Magnus, a prisoner known as The Magician because of his brilliant mind, demands to see Sgt. McCluskey, who as a police cadet arrested him six years ago. Magnus engages in a psychological battle of misinformation about the forthcoming kidnapping of a judge that conceals his motives involving the murder of a female student a year after he entered prison and Toby is unable to read his mind as easily as Magnus can seemingly read his. A clumsy cover-up of the murder of a CSIS (Canadian Intelligence) agent who had access to American classified intelligence leads to a high-stakes poker game when the information will be passed on. Sgt. McCluskey needs help from her estranged husband, Adam, with Toby as the back up “ace in the hole” to infiltrate the game.

When a wealthy widower businessman’s baby is kidnapped outside St Lukes hospital, the only witness is a psychic artist who is in communication with the baby’s dead mother. Toby convinces a sceptical Sgt McCluskey to take the artist seriously when investigating a revenge kidnapping with one of the kidnappers having close ties to the father. Toby helps Sgt. McCluskey during a cyber-crime investigation when Corp. Dev Clarke intercepts a hacker carrying ten thousand blank credit cards. This leads to the mysterious world of hackers and Jericho 11, man or machine behind an impenetrable firewall, a plot to steal 14 million social insurance numbers from Revenue Canada and the death of a man named Joshua. Toby and Oz are dispatched to a routine call for a broken ankle that turns out to be a serious gunshot wound. Taken hostage by a couple demanding they perform surgery on the man, they allegedly shot by accident, who was the organiser of a Ponzi scheme. They need him alive to get back the money he had swindled from them but when the man dies only Toby’s ability to have read the man’s mind can keep himself and Oz alive. When one of four partners in a restaurant used for money laundering is murdered one partner, a famous chef de cuisine, accuses another partner, a mob boss, of the killing and is placed on witness protection. Toby is employed to confirm the accusation which seems genuine but to find out the truth the chef is allowed to cook a meal at the restaurant where the killing took place with the fourth partner and second chef, Magda, who were also present at the time of the murder.

The IIB are investigating a hacker releasing classified documents to the internet and the impending major release of thousands of documents when a sex tape of the foreign affairs minister, she is the main opponent of freedom of information, is released. Toby is tasked with finding the male escort in the videotape and who employed him to discredit the minister and find the person leaking the documents to the hacker. Toby connects with a gifted young woman, whose family was killed when she was eight, with mental powers that surpass his own by including manipulation of a person’s conscience including Sgt McCluskey’s and his own. She was close by to a series of suspicious suicides linked to an old biker gang with a leader with no conscience how can justice be served?

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