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"'Til Death Do Us Part"
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Season 1
Episode 5
Air date February 17, 2008
Written by Janet MacLean
Directed by Don McBrearty
Guest Stars Joel Keller as Thomas Merrick
Waneta Storms as Brigitte Klein
James Gallanders as Father Franks
Natalie Radford as Daisy Hanson
Uncredited Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Previous "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch"
Next "Let Loose the Dogs"

"'Til Death Do Us Part" is the fifth episode of the first season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the fifth episode of the series. It first aired on February 17, 2008.

Summary

A man is found dead in an ante-room of a church moments before his wedding. His watch, jewelry and wallet are missing.

William Murdoch learns that the man was required to marry to gain his half of his father's legacy but that he was a homosexual. The marriage takes on the appearance of a marriage of convenience.

Murdoch is told by the bridesmaid, Daisy Hanson, that the bride was called Eunice McGinty and came to Toronto from Niagara Falls. In Niagara Falls, however, he is told by McGinty's former employer that McGinty had died after jumping off a gorge in mysterious circumstances, and that the friend who had been with her, Brigitte Klein, left town shortly thereafter.

Returning to Toronto, Murdoch interrupts Kline, who is actually a con woman who had been posing as McGinty. She is preparing to skip town after attempting to murder Thomas Merrick, who was her partner in the attempt to acquire complete control of the family company.

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch and Dr. Ogden have a heated discussion about homosexuality, Murdoch upholding the religious beliefs of immorality vs Julia's secular biological knowledge of nature and that human beings are animals too.
  • By the end scene, Murdoch confesses to his priest that he can no longer follow his faith blindly for he imagines a world more compassionate and enlightened towards homosexuality.

Continuity

  • William and Julia have a quiet follow-up conversation out of which Julia gives William an insight to help solve the case and this will be their modus operandi of their successful partnership.

Historical References

Trivia

  • When impersonating Inspector Brackenreid, Constable Crabtree says "I'm from Sheffield!" Thomas Craig who plays Brackenreid actually comes from Sheffield.
  • it is revealed that Constable Higgins has a homosexual cousin.
  • While crashing the gay club, Murdoch gives his name as George Crabtree.
  • Writer Janet MacLean was nominated for Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Drama series for this episode.
  • Gay euphemisms: sodomite; homosexual; mandrake; pansy; shirt-lifters;
  • "Me Ol' Mucker" Count: 0

Errors

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Cast

Other Cast

References

Gallery


Murdoch Mysteries Season 1
"Power" • "The Glass Ceiling" • "The Knockdown" • "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch" • "'Til Death Do Us Part" • "Let Loose the Dogs" • "Body Double" • "Still Waters" • "Belly Speaker" • "Child's Play" • "Bad Medicine" • "The Prince and the Rebel" • "The Annoying Red Planet"
Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10

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