Murdoch Mysteries

Season 1 Episode 4

Elementary, My Dear Murdoch

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 2008 on CBC
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Episode Summary


Murdoch teams up with a visiting Arthur Conan Doyle to solve the murder of a skeptic who was a member of a paranormal watchdog group.

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    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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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • 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 later Inspector Brackenreid gives him the idea for The Hound of the Baskervilles. He did not receive his knighthood until 1902, whereas the hound story was released in 1901, so he wouldn't have been addressed as 'Sir' just yet.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Arthur Conan Doyle: I can't wait to hear the end of this Hell-hound of the Moors story of yours.

        Thomas Brackenreid: Highlands, Hell-hound of the Highlands.

        This is a reference to Conan Doyle's famous dog story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, set not in the Highlands but on Dartmoor in Devon, and was the story that saw the return of Sherlock Holmes eight years after the publication of his supposed, and later stated faked, death at the Reichenbach Falls in The Final Solution. The commercial success of this story led to the character's eventual revival.