Murdoch Mysteries

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 18

    The Death of Dr. Ogden

    Aired 4/7/14

  • S 7 : Ep 17

    Blast of Silence

    Aired 3/31/14

  • S 7 : Ep 16

    Kung Fu Crabtree

    Aired 3/24/14

  • S 7 : Ep 15

    The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold

    Aired 3/10/14

  • S 7 : Ep 14

    Friday the 13th, 1901

    Aired 3/3/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Yannick Bisson

    Detective William Murdoch

  • Thomas Craig

    Inspector Thomas Brackenreid

  • Helene Joy

    Dr. Julia Ogden

  • Georgina Reilly

    Dr. Emily Grace

  • Jonny Harris

    Constable George Crabtree

  • show Description
  • A Victorian-era Toronto detective uses then-cutting edge forensic techniques to solve crimes, with the assistance of a female coroner who is also struggling for recognition in the face of tradition. The characters are adapted from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings.

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  • Quotes (8)

    • Crabtree: (Unseen voice) You should have seen the look in his eyes. Like he was possessed with a bravery from the Great Beyond. With no gun, no nightstick, armed only with his quick wits, his silver tongue, and a firm belief in the law, he faced the lone gunman. They called him...Murdoch.

    • Murdoch: Chief, I'm Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary and I implore you to listen to what I have to say.

    • Anna: You've a head for numbers. Perhaps you're an accountant. Murdoch: (A look of horror on his face.) Oh, I hope not.

    • Crabtree: (Looking at the blackboard where Murdoch is attempting to break a mysterious code) So, sir, if--if each of the five symbols potentially represent one in four letters--there must be thousands of variations.
      Murdoch: Over two quintillion, George.
      Crabtree: Sir, I think we're gonna need a bigger blackboard.

    • Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: But I'll tell you what's odd, it's this whole eugenics business. Pure bloodlines? We already practice it. (He gestures to a picture of Queen Victoria.) Now if that's bettering the human race, I want no part of it.

    • Dr. Ogden: (Into the phone) No, you heard me correctly. I am in need of an adult male brain. Yes, they're difficult to find. I understand.

    • Dr. Ogden: He was in perfect health except for a great deal of mucus in his nasal passage. (She holds up a test tube) Detective Murdoch: (Taking the test tube.) Ah yes, his daughter mentioned he was suffering from a terrible head cold. (Looking at it closely.) Is there something in the mucus? Dr. Ogden: Yes, I believe it's pollen. A clue to his final hours? Detective Murdoch : Perhaps. May I keep this? Dr. Ogden: Yes of course. (She chuckles) No one else is likely to ask.

    • Uxbridge: (A massive carved stone has fallen, narrowly missing Murdoch and Dr. Bajjali. Uxbridge rushes up and falls to his knees) Anubis! Forgive us. Please!
      Rutherford: It's a pity that didn't happen during the show.

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    Notes (11)

    • The character of Amos Robinson seems to be based on real-life boxer John ("Jack") Arthur Johnson (1878-1946). Johnson was the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world, winning the title in 1908, after years of fighting only other black boxers, or white boxers in non-title contests. After gaining the title, (defeating reigning champion Tommy Burns) boxing promoters begansearching for"Great White Hopes"to take him on. Johnson tended to shock people by refusing to "tone down" his behavior to suit racist notions of the day. He lived large, with fancy clothes, fast cars...and white mistresses, two of whom he married. Unable to find anyone to defeat him in the ring, he was finally charged with violation of the Mann Act (transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes). The woman in question was his fiancee. Johnson fled to Europe, although he eventually did return, served a year and a day in prison, and went back to boxing and his extravagant lifestyle. He died in a car crash on his way to watch the second black heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, defend his title against Billy Conn.

    • Aired 17 July 2008 on French station TMC.

    • SPOILER

      This episode seems to be clearly based on the infamous "Leopold & Loeb" murder case. Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr, (Nov 18, 1904-Aug 29, 1971), and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905-Jan 6, 1936) were two wealthy university students, convinced of their intellectual (and therefore, overall) superiority. Just to show that they could (and for the thrill of it), they decided to commit a "perfect crime" by kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Robert Franks. In the episode, Murdoch observes that the guilty pairs' families can afford good representation in court; Leopold and Loeb retained the services of the famous Clarence Darrow, who saved them from execution by having them plead guilty.

    • Yannick Bisson (Detective Murdoch) and Ted Atherton (Professor Godfrey) previously worked together on the television series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye as series regulars.

    • Actress Brianna Bisson, who plays Penny, is the daughter of Yannick and Chantal Craig, who also appears in this episode as a school teacher.

    • Murdoch says that Nagayoshi Nagai created ephedrine from the Ephedra plant and then counted it among substances he called metamphetamines. In reality Nagai first isolated ephedrine (in 1885) and then synthesised metamphetamine (in 1893) fully aware that these are different substances. It is also worth noting that methamphetamine was synthesised for the first time in 1887 by the Romanian-German chemist Lazar Edeleanu.

    • Murdoch reveals blood stains using "new method" that is based on the chemoluminescence and closely resembles modern Luminol. This method however haven't been invented until 1937. Prior to this invention (made by German Walter Specht) there were many others methods of identyfying blood (guaiac and hydrogen peroxide being most common in the 1890's) but none of such methods involved chemoluminescence.

    • When Murdoch presents his silencer, the muffled shot is heard but it can be clearly seen that no action accompanies the shot - the slide doesn;t move and the cartridge is not ejected even if the weapon used is a regular semiautomatic pistol.

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    Trivia (24)

    • This episode is based on the rivalry between Thomas Edison, who discovered direct current (DC) and Nikola Tesla, who discovered alternating current (AC).  Tesla was interested in inventing for the sake of improving conditions for humanity, whereas Edison once stated that he was only interested in inventing things that would make a profit.  Edison stood to make a great deal of money if everyone opted for his direct electrical current.  Alternating current, however, was much more practical and economical, so Edison launched an intense smear campaign, arranging for all manner of helpless animals (up to and including an elephant) to be publically electrocuted by the alternating current, in order to demonstrated how dangerous it was, compared to his DC.  He also campaigned relentlessly to have the new electric chair powered by AC.  Despite all this, the practicality of AC won out.

    • Murdoch addresses the visiting author as "Mr. Doyle." The proper address is "Mr. Conan Doyle." "Conan" is not his middle name, but part of his last name. (This is why you never see references to "Sir Arthur Doyle".)

    • The portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle in this episode is an amalgam of the writer from two different periods. The series is set circa 1895 (the previous episode set on 24 May 1895, and "The Final Problem" published in 1893 is considered "recent"), when Conan Doyle was 35 (which makes him slightly younger that Yannick Bisson). Yet he is portrayed as a surly man in his late forties/early fifties, deeply interested in spiritualism. This is Conan Doyle fifteen years later (his interest in the occult being triggered by the death of his first wife in 1906).

    • The book the bullet was lodged in is "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen.

    • Goof: Murdoch calls him 'Sir' Arthur Conan Doyle, and gives him the idea for 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but he did not receive his knighthood until 1902, whereas the hound story was released in 1901. So the author got the timeline wrong.

    • When impersonating Inspector Brackenreid, Constable Crabtree says "I'm from Sheffield!" Thomas Craig who plays Brackenreid actually comes from Sheffield.

    • Anachronism: When Murdoch uses term "sodomite" Dr. Ogden corrects him by saying that the proper term is "homosexual". However, the terms "sodomy" and "buggery" were those used in legal parlance at this time and for the next few decades while "homosexual" was a new medical term introduced only a few years earlier by Kraft-Ebbing.

    • Anachronism: When Mrs. Smart put her copy of 'Macbeth' on the stack of books, we can see a copy 'The War in the Air' by H.G. Wells. However, this series is set in and around 1895, whereas 'The War in the Air' wasn't published until 1908.

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    Allusions (10)

    • The title is a reference to the TV series "The Wild Wild West".

    • The title is an allusion to the phrase "Big Man on Campus".

    • The method used to murder the Professor in this episode - a metal pellet filled with poison shot into his leg from a cane. Is very similar to the murder of Georgi Markov y the Bulgarian Secret Police in 1978.

    • The title of the episode is likely a reference to the Issac Asimov book "I, Robot".

    • The episode title is a reference to the thriller "The Bourne Identity".

    • The title of this episode is a wink to the musical Victor Victoria where a woman dresses like a man to advance her career.

    • "I don't want this turning into another Lizzie Borden fiasco" Lizzie Borden (1860-1927) was arrested and jailed for the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusets. They were killed by blows to their skulls with a hatchet. Although Lizzie was acquited, the murderer wasn't found and she remained notorious. The murder of the Bordens and Lizzie's trial and acquital were top news of the day, and were even memorialized in a skipping-rope rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe She gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one

    • The title is a reference to the expression "Me, Myself and I". It could also be a reference to the movie Me, Myself & Irene in which the main character has multiple personality disorder.

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  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Bad choice of words

    By lilgto1966, Mar 03, 2014

  • Why no info on TV dot com about season 7?

    By AlanJ248, Jan 03, 2014

  • Love Yannick Bisson!

    By TxBelle, Aug 09, 2013

  • Best show on tv

    By greybeard59, Jun 13, 2013

  • Brilliant Series

    By sixtysjack1, May 03, 2013

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