Murdoch Mysteries

Season 3 Episode 5

Me, Myself and Murdoch

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2010 on CBC
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A family celebration of Alexander Reynolds' 60th birthday is dampened when he's found with an axe plunged into his chest. Murdoch is called in and soon discovers the victim was universally despised by his kin. Reynolds' family instantly falls under suspicion but the field of suspects narrows considerably when daughter Charlotte Reynolds appears in a blood soaked dress and confesses to killing her father.

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  • Yet another fine episode of Murdoch Mysteries.

    9.0
    Yet another fine episode of Murdoch Mysteries. An initially more conventional episode but one that yet again surprised and amused and baffled and twisted and turned. Great performances all around. . A gruesome start, a dramatic tussle with an axe wielding 'killer', a cast of slightly dubious characters all who could easily be the killer of the alcoholic and abusive Father. Julia seems to have drifted out of the story of late so it was great to see her have more of a role this week. It was nice to see the return of the Doctor (from the Jack the Ripper story). Charlotte Reynolds is clearly the killer...?? (she gave a wonderful multi-faceted performance). Brankenreid turns in some superb one-liners as ever. So far this season there have been no duff episodes.. but then again, so far I can only think of one 'poor' episode in the entire series (The Canadian Mountie episode for me..)moreless
  • Stellar episode! Murdoch Mysteries is deeper this season.

    9.5
    I find that, to date, the episodes in season three have been classic Murdoch as far as the characters are concerned, but the stories or cases themselves, are much richer than they have been in the past. Or at least, they are consistently richer than in the past.



    What sets Murdoch apart from other crime shows heavy on investigation and forensics is that, during the period in which the show is set much of what the station house is dealing with has never been proven yet, or at times, even heard of. This adds an element of mystery to the process that Murdoch embarks on, and the conclusion is not a foregone entity. The battle against the prejudices and dogma of the time are as integral a part of the outcome of an episode as the infant investigative tools.



    Brackenreid is the personification of the general thoughts of the day. In this case: "Multiple personalities? You must be kidding! It's an act, she's guilty until proven innocent and you can't prove it." But because of Murdoch's (and to a pleasing and increasing degree, Crabtree's) understated but resolute sense of justice, the Inspector eventually comes around, as the legal and scientific communities obviously did over time, and more often than not, proper justice begins to happen. This show is an essay on how we got here from there, but it accomplishes this without being preachy or having an in your face moral. Too bad that "here" still needs to work on accuracy 115 years later!



    I find the writing this season to be stellar, which doesn't always happen with "age", the performances more compelling, and the characters deeper and more engaging than ever, if that's possible. This gem of a series has consistently been overlooked by Gemini in Canada...and I'm betting the reason is political in some way...but if it gets ignored this season, I am going to cry "foul": long and loud!



    Thanks to UKTV for collaboration. I think Murdoch Mysteries is one of the best we've put out in years!moreless

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    • "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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