Murdoch Mysteries

Season 1 Episode 9

Belly Speaker

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2008 on CBC
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Murdoch is suspicious of inconsistencies in a ventriloquist's confession that he killed his father.

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  • A ventriloquist, a dummy, a detective, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

    It's an odd mix of elements, but this episode works very well. Yannick Bisson is a joy to watch as always. His obvious attraction to Doctor Ogden is always a nice element, but add in a bit of jealousy when Doyle asks her out to dinner, and you get some especially entertaining moments. Having the creator of Sherlock Holmes make an appearance could easily have turned out to be terrible, but I rather enjoyed it. Initially seeming to be a bit of a one note character, over the course of the episode he developed depth. I really liked their conversation in Murdoch's office, when the two reached an understanding. It was touching and nicely understated. I was also surprised at what our detective told him.

    The case itself was a bit disturbing, with the man and the dummy. Indeed, the dummy seemed to be a character in itself. It's manic behaviour was fascinating. Despite the seemingly straightforward confession that he had killed his father, Murdoch doesn't think things add up, and decides to find out more. His impatience with Doyle is fun to watch. His methods are very effective, but not the easiest for Doyle to figure out and transfer to print.

    Just when everything seems to be figured out, there is a brilliant twist. I won't give it away, but my jaw nearly dropped off my face. It was very clever, and I hope we haven't seen the last of Mycroft.moreless
Yannick Bisson

Yannick Bisson

Detective William Murdoch

Helene Joy

Helene Joy

Dr. Julia Ogden

Jonny Harris

Jonny Harris

Constable George Crabtree

Thomas Craig

Thomas Craig

Inspector Brackenreid

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