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"Anything You Can Do..."
Anything You Can Do...air ballon
Season 2
Episode 13
Air date May 27, 2009
Written by Laura Phillips
Directed by Kelly Makin
Guest Stars Stephen McHattie as Harry Murdoch
Dylan Neal as Jasper Linney
Danny Cunningham as Eldon Fremont
Jeff Douglas as Reginald Poundsett
Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Previous "Werewolves"
Next "The Murdoch Identity"

"Anything You Can Do..." is the thirteenth episode of the second season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the twenty-sixth episode of the series. It first aired on May 27, 2009.

Summary Edit

Detective Murdoch finds himself in competition with another police officer when he investigates the death of Humphrey Breen who has apparently fallen, or was pushed, out of a third floor window. The rival is North-West Mounted Police Sgt. Jasper Linney, who has come to Toronto from British Columbia to interview Breen, a possible witness in a death he is investigating in his own jurisdiction. Murdoch and Linney are remarkably alike in their interests and also in the way in which they try to use modern investigative techniques in their investigations. The murders center around a possible mining claim in British Columbia and there is evidence of fraud. When Murdoch sees his father's name on a list of possible land speculators, he travels there with Sgt. Linney. He soon learns that Harry is also Linney's father, thus making Linney his paternal half-brother. After arresting the shooters at the mining creek, Linney advises Murdoch to go after Dr. Ogden.

Upon returning to the station house, Crabtree and Brackenreid, who were asked by a jealous Murdoch to look into Reginald Poundsett, alert him that he is merely her aeronautics professor as opposed to her boyfriend. With this new information in mind, Murdoch rushes to the Poundsett School of Aeronautics and jumps inside Julia's hot air balloon, rekindling their relationship.

Character Revelations Edit

  • Murdoch is revealed to have a paternal half-brother - Sergeant Jasper Linney of the North-West Mounted Police.
  • Julia is taking aeronautics lessons, preparing for a solo flight in an untethered hot air balloon.

Continuity Edit

  • Harry Murdoch, William's father, makes his second appearance.
  • William alerts Julia that he is no longer seeing Mrs. Jones.
  • William and Julia's relationship takes flight.

Historical References Edit

  • The hot air balloon is considered the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology.
  • The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was in Paris, France, on November 21, 1783, performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in a balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers.

Trivia Edit

  • Anything You Can Do (I can do better) is a duet song from the 1946 Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun, composed by Irving Berlin.
  • Season 2 began with an appearance of Annie Oakley and ends with an episode named after a song from musical about her.
  • Lord Byron and Shelley poetry quotes and references made by Julia and Jasper.
  • The book of Byron and Shelley poetry caught the bullet that would have killed Murdoch.

Errors Edit

  • Murdoch and Linney mention taekwondo as a form of martial arts that derives from the Far East. However, this episode takes place in 1896; taekwondo was not developed until the 1940s and 1950s.

Cast Edit

Main CastEdit

Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as George Crabtree

Recurring CastEdit

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins

Guest CastEdit

Dylan Neal as Jasper Linney
Stephen McHattie as Harry Murdoch
Jeffrey Douglas as Reginald Poundsett
Danny Cunningham as Eldon Fremont

Other CastEdit

Michael Kash as Accidental Al
Sean Sullivan as Oscar Vanderlay
Catherine Hayos as Woman
Sean Sullivan as Man

Gallery Edit

Murdoch Mysteries Season 2
"Mild Mild West" • "Snakes and Ladders" • "Dinosaur Fever" • "Houdini Whodunit" • "The Green Muse" • "Shades of Grey" • "Big Murderer on Campus" • "I, Murdoch" • "Convalescence" • "" • "Let Us Ask the Maiden" • "Werewolves" • "Anything You Can Do..."
Season 1Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7

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