History Series / MurdochMysteries

22nd Feb '17 9:26:08 AM gewunomox
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** Some titles touch on rock and pop music bands and songs: "Twisted Sisters" (Music/TwistedSister), "Barenaked Ladies" (from [[Music/BarenakedLadies the Canadian alternative band of the same name]]), "Glory Days" (see the song by Creator/BruceSpringsteen) and "Summer of '75" (alluding to the song "Summer of '69" by Canadian rocker Music/BryanAdams).

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** Some titles touch on rock and pop music bands and songs: "Twisted Sisters" (Music/TwistedSister), "Barenaked Ladies" (from [[Music/BarenakedLadies the Canadian alternative band of the same name]]), "Glory Days" (see the song by Creator/BruceSpringsteen) Music/BruceSpringsteen) and "Summer of '75" (alluding to the song "Summer of '69" by Canadian rocker Music/BryanAdams).
27th Jan '17 3:32:33 AM StFan
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* TheWatson: Crabtree, Brackenreid, Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace all play this role at different times in different episodes. Later episodes have Constable Higgins do this, especially when Higgins is trying to understand why Murdoch wants something done. Murdoch and Brackenreid often rely on Crabtree to do much of the legwork in interviewing witnesses, looking into interesting leads, and so forth.

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Crabtree, Brackenreid, Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace all play this role at different times in different episodes. episodes.
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Later episodes have Constable Higgins do this, especially when Higgins is trying to understand why Murdoch wants something done. done.
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Murdoch and Brackenreid often rely on Crabtree to do much of the legwork in interviewing witnesses, looking into interesting leads, and so forth.



* WrittenInAbsence: [[spoiler:Dr. Ogden leaves Toronto for a job at a children's hospital in Buffalo at the end of series 3. She's still in Buffalo at the beginning of series 4, but returns to Toronto and her old job halfway through the series.]]
** [[spoiler:Early in season 10, Brackenreid goes on a scientific trip to Panama with James Pendrick. It has been yet to seen when he's coming back.]]

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* WrittenInAbsence: [[spoiler:Dr.WrittenInAbsence:
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Ogden leaves Toronto for a job at a children's hospital in Buffalo at the end of series 3. She's still in Buffalo at the beginning of series 4, but returns to Toronto and her old job halfway through the series.]]
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** [[spoiler:Early Early in season 10, Brackenreid [[spoiler:Brackenreid goes on a scientific trip to Panama with James Pendrick. It has been yet to seen when he's coming back.]]
26th Jan '17 6:07:42 PM epicparadox
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** It is implied that James Gillies has one on Detective Murdoch, and [[spoiler:it is confirmed in "The Devil Inside", when he calls Murdoch "the object of [his] admiration and ardour"]].


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** Constable Jackson plays this for Detective Watts starting in the season 10 episode "A Murdog Mystery", as he begins a search for missing women.


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** [[spoiler:Early in season 10, Brackenreid goes on a scientific trip to Panama with James Pendrick. It has been yet to seen when he's coming back.]]
22nd Jan '17 8:58:21 PM Ambaryerno
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* TheReliableOne: Station House No. 4 is collectively this for the ''entire constabulary''. The other stations are notorious for their shoddy police work, and House No. 4 frequently gets called in to clean up their messes. ''Especially'' [[TheRival House No. 5]].
22nd Jan '17 4:47:54 PM StFan
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* HighClassGloves: As a standard accessory to late Victorian and Edwardian women's formalwear, long gloves are seen frequently in episodes where such dress is worn.
** Julia, who has just been called to a crime scene from an evening at the theater, wears black opera gloves -- which she immediately takes off to examine a body -- in the first season's "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch". She also wears such gloves in the first scene of the same season's "Child's Play".

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* HighClassGloves: As a standard accessory to late Victorian and Edwardian women's formalwear, long gloves are seen frequently in episodes where such dress is worn.
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worn. Julia, who has just been called to a crime scene from an evening at the theater, wears black opera gloves -- which she immediately takes off to examine a body -- in the first season's "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch". She also wears such gloves in the first scene of the same season's "Child's Play".
22nd Jan '17 2:34:38 PM jadmire
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* HighClassGloves: As a standard accessory to late Victorian and Edwardian women's formalwear, long gloves are seen frequently in episodes where such dress is worn.
** Julia, who has just been called to a crime scene from an evening at the theater, wears black opera gloves -- which she immediately takes off to examine a body -- in the first season's "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch". She also wears such gloves in the first scene of the same season's "Child's Play".



* OperaGloves: As a standard accessory to late Victorian and Edwardian women's formalwear, these are seen frequently in episodes where such dress is worn.
** Julia, who has just been called to a crime scene from an evening at the theater, wears black Opera Gloves -- which she immediately takes off to examine a body -- in the first season's "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch". Also in the first scene of the same season's "Child's Play".
16th Jan '17 2:13:20 AM StFan
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15th Jan '17 1:24:10 PM creader
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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: While the racial and sexual biases of the era are prominent in the background, and often inform the cases being investigated, the central characters seldom espouse them, and if so only during subplots that require introspection and are resolved by learning the corresponding 21st-century value:
** Murdoch, a Catholic, initially receives some stick from Brackenreid for being a "Papist", but this is dropped relatively early.
** Murdoch also must come to terms with Dr. Ogden's abortion, both as a moral dilemma and because she's his OneTrueLove.
** In one episode, Brackenreid worries that his son might be gay because he wants to play a female part in a play. This leads to the boy getting hurt badly in rugby trying to impress his dad. While the boy's ultimate reasoning for wanting the female role (she had more lines) is later revealed and accepted, it doesn't come before Dr. Ogden has to talk Brackenreid into accepting his son's possible sexuality. In an episode set nearly ''seventy years'' before the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
** While initially not thrilled to discover that Dr. Grace is engaging in lesbianism, Brackenreid rather quickly ends up showing understanding for her.
** Justified in the cases of Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace, as two rare female physicians and pathologists during that period. Indeed, Dr. Ogden's unabashed statements of progressive views led to marital strain during her first marriage to Dr. Garland. In later seasons, we see her start an underground women's health clinic teaching birth control (which she was briefly arrested for), and vehemently object to the MaritalRapeLicense of the period. Dr. Grace, meanwhile, [[BiTheWay engaged in a same-sex relationship]]. Both were involved in the nascent suffrage movement of the early 1900s.
*** It is pretty safe to assume that Toronto did not have two female coroners around that time, and that the men of the time would not have accepted the idea of women working in a morgue nearly as well as they do throughout this series. However, there was at least one skilled female Canadian pathologist, Maude Abbott.
*** There's also little comment on Dr. Ogden choosing a black woman to serve as her assistant, aside from one politician who was blackmailed into submission.
** In "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", Brackenreid feels guilty for having harshly told off his father as a child for having made him a Christmas present instead of buying him a toy soldier he wanted (which his father was too poor to afford). A child of English working-class parents at the time would have been well aware that his family's income was literally subsistence-level and would likely have understood why he or she was not receiving any store-bought presents, if any.
** In "The Big Chill", the term "Inuit" is used throughout the episode. The name "Eskimo" (which is considered obsolete and inappropriate in Canada today but is correct for the period) appears only once.
15th Jan '17 1:22:12 PM creader
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* YouWakeUpInARoom: "The Murdoch Trap" opens with Murdoch unconscious in what proves to be a cage. He comes to hearing the voice of Julia repeatedly saying, "I forgive you, William," and he sees a mannequin that looks like Julia in a black dress hanging by the neck outside his cage. There's also a phone with a placard that threatens death if used and a film projector with a similar placard that says, "Turn Me On".

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* YouWakeUpInARoom: "The Murdoch Trap" opens with Murdoch unconscious in what proves to be a cage. He comes to hearing the voice of Julia repeatedly saying, "I forgive you, William," and he sees a mannequin that looks like Julia in a black dress hanging by the neck outside his cage. There's also a phone with a placard that threatens death if used and a film projector with a similar placard that says, "Turn Me On".On".
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15th Jan '17 4:39:12 AM StFan
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: James Gillies uses a device to conceal a small gun in his pocket which he can immediately drop into his hand. [[spoiler:Later, Murdoch uses the same weapon in "The Devil Within" to subdue Gillies by shooting him with a rubber bullet.]]



* PowerCopying: James Gillies uses a device to conceal a small gun in his pocket which he can immediately drop into his hand. [[spoiler:Later, Murdoch uses the same weapon in "The Devil Within" to subdue Gillies by shooting him with a rubber bullet.]]



* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:"The Devil Within" certainly counts. It features the return of Murdoch's ArchEnemy James Gillies...his nearly committing SuicideByCop until Murdoch subdues him, and finally his being KilledOffForReal as he is hanged. Fans were thrilled with the results.]]

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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:"The "The Devil Within" certainly counts. It [[spoiler:It features the return of Murdoch's ArchEnemy James Gillies...Gillies... his nearly committing SuicideByCop until Murdoch subdues him, and finally his being KilledOffForReal as he is hanged. Fans were thrilled with the results.]]
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