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"Colour Blinded"
913 1 Coloured Blinded
Season 9
Episode 13
Air date February 8, 2016
Written by Mary Pedersen
Directed by Leslie Hope
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"Colour Blinded" is the thirteenth episode of ninth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundredth twenty-seventh episode of the series. It first aired on February 8, 2016.

Summary Edit

A prominent abolitionist is murdered minutes after giving an impassioned speech at Rebecca's church. Parishioners describe a mysterious veiled woman who left before the service ended. Racial tensions and threats from the newly promoted Chief Constable Davis pressure Brackenreid ans Murdoch to resolve the case quickly.

"Miss James, what have you?" asks Murdoch. Murder. Mr. Parker was stabbed in the fourth intercostal space. He died between forty and sixty minutes after speaking at the church.

Canada may have been the end of the line for the Underground Railroad and a haven for slaves escaping from the United States, but African Americans suffered from racism in Canada too. Chief Constable Jeffrey Davis is the summation of that, eager to make an arrest in the murder of Frank Parker, fingering a parishioner, Isaac Lowry, based upon a cut on his hand, ignoring the real evidence and the missing mysterious veiled lady. His directive that every church member have their fingermarks taken because it’ll save time when they commit crimes in the future echoes back to Terrence Meyers and the anarchists.

The not-so-wonderful truth about Toronto the Good is experienced, in part, through the eyes of Rebecca James. By the end of the episode, she shares a meaningful exchange about prejudice with Catholic Murdoch that prompts her to have a quiet "sit in" on her second date with Nate Desmond.

Character Revelations Edit

  • Rebecca James has a church-going young man, Nate Desmond, sweet on her.
  • George does not like raccoons, "I don't trust anything that has hands for feet."
  • Dr. Ogden, on a campaign to harden Miss James' weak stomach (910), had brought Rebecca to Leroux's for lunch and insisted that she try the escargot. 

Continuity Edit

Historical References Edit

  • He was born and died amid racism, but William Hubbard helped change the face of Toronto. As Toronto's first black elected official, his accomplishments included help for the most vulnerable, better transit and fire protection and strong, publicly owned hydroelectric and municipal water systems. He even saved George Brown —newspaper editor and father of Confederation—from drowning in the Don River. Brown hired Hubbard as his driver and the two became friends. In 1903, he’s on the verge of becoming Toronto’s first controller. 
  • The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and those who were sympathetic to their cause. 

Trivia Edit

Errors Edit

Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

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

Recurring Cast Edit

Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Richard Clarkin as Chief Constable Davis (formerly Inspector)

Guest Cast Edit

Leah Doz as Gloria Thomson
Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate Desmond
Sandra Caldwell as Geraldine Desmond
Romaine Waite as Pastor Solomon Earle
Rothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton Hubbard
Lamont James as Isaac Lowry
Cody Ray Thompson as Andrew Thomson
Mark Walker as Frank Parker
Chris Handfield as Maitre D'
Nicolas Rhino as Leader

Uncredited Cast Edit

Gallery Edit

Murdoch Mysteries Season 9
"Nolo Contendere" • "Marked Twain" • "Double Life" • "Barenaked Ladies" • "24 Hours Til Doomsday" • "The Local Option" • "Summer of '75" • "Pipe Dreamzzz" • "Raised On Robbery" • "The Big Chill" • "A Case of The Yips" • "Unlucky In Love" • "Colour Blinded" • "Wild Child" • "House of Industry" • "Bl..dy H.ll" • "From Buffalo With Love" • "Cometh the Archer" •
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