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"A Murdog Mystery"
1011 A Murdog Mystery 1
Season 10
Episode 1011
Air date January 16, 2017
Written by Lori Spring
Directed by Don McCutcheon
Guest Stars Alan Doyle as Historian
Recurring Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Previous The Devil Inside
Next The Missing

"A Murdog Mystery " is the eleventh episode of Season Ten and the one hundred forty-third of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired on January 16, 2017.


While investigating the death of a championship show dog, Murdoch discovers a hidden affection for canine companions.

As Inspector Brackenreid is bound for Panama with James Pendrick, Murdoch is appointed Acting Inspector until Brackenreid's return, telling the constables to stay with calling him ‘Detective’. Accordingly, he plans some organizational changes until Detective Watts, who was asked to vacate Station House No. 1, has happily applied for the now open detective space at Station House No. 4, but before Murdoch can respond, Higgins interrupts, "Excuse me, sir, there's been a murder." At the scene of the crime, Murdoch states, "this is not a murder. This is...canicide."

While investigating the death of a championship show dog Horace whose owner is the sister-in-law of the mayor, Murdoch develops a partnership with a crime fighting canine named Pistachio who takes the lead. It is the hair of a dog that helps Murdoch solve the case.

Character RevelationsEdit

  • Murdoch is appointed Acting Inspector due to Brackenreid's absence, but keeps his own office.
  • Julia has always wanted a dog and can whistle, while William utters the famous last words of every dog owner, "Under no circumstances is that dog to be allowed in that bedroom."
  • Pistachio is a female labrador retriever who responds to the verbal command "Leap".


Historical ReferencesEdit

  • The Historian foretells Newfoundland joining the Confederation to Crabtree and Higgins and notifies them that Canada is turning 150.
  • The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was first held on May 8, 1877, making it the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind only the Kentucky Derby, which was first held in 1875.
  • The second time the CN Tower "appears"; the first was in Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom.
  • What Are Little Boys Made Of? is a popular nursery rhyme dating from the early 19th century with the stanza "Sugar and spice / And everything nice [or "all things nice"]", with numerous popular culture usage to this date.

Trivia Edit

  • Special Guest Alan Doyle, past headman of the band Great Big Sea and writer on Republic of Doyle, plays a time-traveling Historian who has lost his travel journal and is known as The Professor in Beyond Time.
  • Yannick Bisson ( William Murdoch) has a affection for canines himself; His bulldog, Duke, made a cameo in Winston's Lost Night.
  • The MM Art Department had to build Horace's deck chair so it could hold him.
  • The Frizzel yard/funeral scene is the same location used in Twentieth Century Murdoch for Murdoch's fantasy: showing his "son" the principles of the hot air balloon with Julia.
  • Canadian Kennel Gazette is a real publication who gave MM Art Dept. access to their archives to make copies.
  • The Dog Show was filmed at the Scottish Rite Club (Theatre) in Hamilton.
  • This is the sixth episode in Season 10 in which Thomas Craig (Thomas Brackenreid) does not appear.



Main CastEdit

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring CastEdit

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Kristian Bruun as Constable Jackson
Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Siobhan Murphy as Ruth Newsome

Guest Cast Edit

Alan Doyle as Historian
Joy Tanner as Edith Frizzel
Rick Miller as Beaumont Stoddard
James Kall as Michael Dubois
Darryl Hinds as Sebastien Melrose
Justin Colette as Buck Christopher
Mark Burgess as Priest
Colin Price as Mr. Harding
Rob Baker as Announcer
Nug Nahrgang as Bartender

Uncredited Cast Edit


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