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Murdoch Mysteries

Season 4 Episode 4

Downstairs, Upstairs

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 2011 on CBC
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Murdoch's skills are put to use when the master of a wealthy household is discovered face down in his morning porridge.

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  • Murdoch begins to cross the line to solve a murder...

    7.0
    The dark tone of the 4th series continues with Murdoch deciding to make all attempts to solve a case - despite the new doctor standing in his way. From the first episode in this series, Murdoch has started down a path where he is starting to believe that his way is the right way. He arranges for Dr. Ogden to go behind the new doctor's back to gain more details on a murder - but then they are caught. The problem with this episode is that the very moral and high-principled characters of Murdoch and Ogden are beginning to act out of character. And then any explosive scenes between the new doctor/Murdoch or the inspector/Murdoch get aborted and lead nowhere. In the end, Murdoch solves a typically convoluted case and Dr. Ogden is encouraged by her fiancee to move back into town (very understanding of him!). While any scenes with Murdoch/Ogden are welcomed, they need to be more believable...moreless
Yannick Bisson

Yannick Bisson

Detective William Murdoch

Helene Joy

Helene Joy

Dr. Julia Ogden

Thomas Craig

Thomas Craig

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid

Jonny Harris

Jonny Harris

Constable George Crabtree

Paul Rhys

Paul Rhys

Dr. Llewllyn Francis

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    • Dr. Ogden cleverly comes up with a way to make a mold of the death wound that, unlike Plaster of Paris, will not leave traces of its use:  a nifty new gelatin dessert that's quickly becoming all the rage--Jell-O.


      In 1845, Peter Cooper obtained the first patent for a gelatin dessert, but it was unflavored and not especially convenient to use.  In 1897 Pearl B. Wait (don't let the name fool you; he was a he) came up with a fruit-flavored version of Cooper's gelatin, which his wife christened "Jell-0".  It was available in strawberry, raspberry, orange, and lemon.  Lacking money and sales experience, Wait was unable to market his product properly and sold the rights to Orator Francis Woodward.  Jell-O still did not start to catch on until after the turn of the century; in 1902, Woodward began advertising in women's magazine, as well as sending salesmen to as many local social events as possible, offering to supply free Jell-O and demonstrating how easy it was to make.


      The concoction that Dr. Ogden stirs up in a beaker is green.  Lime Jell-O was not introduced until 1930.

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