|"Cometh the Archer"|
|Air date||March 21, 2016|
|Written by||Peter Mitchell, Simon McNabb and Jordan Christianson|
|Directed by||Peter Mitchell|
|Previous||From Buffalo With Love|
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"Cometh the Archer" is the eighteenth episode of ninth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundredth thirty-second episode of the series and the season finale. It first aired on March 21, 2016.
The return of an adversary threatens the lives of Murdoch and Ogden in the season finale.
Sharing a cozy Sunday morning in bed, (may as well, too late for early church service) William and Julia decide it’s time to build their dream house and to adopt a child, giving up hotel living and “taking a risk” with Julia’s cooking when a knock at the door interrupts. Julia had ordered breakfast, “Don’t bother, I’ll go.”
Three shots are heard, William springs out of bed to find a fallen and unconscious Julia, gravely wounded. It’s a race with Time to get her to hospital to save her life.
Who’s behind this assault – possible murder – that has left their once safe residence a crime scene?
The unflappable Detective Murdoch is frazzled by events that push him to the brink.
- William and Julia share compatible blood types (eps 411, 702), now his blood joins hers.
- The Brain Activity Monitor shows the connection between William and Julia.
- Julia kills another human being for the second time, the first was in Snakes and Ladders.
- The third time that the Windsor House Hotel is the scene of the crime.
- Julia Ogden is the Archer, see Murdoch in Ladies Wear.
- Murdoch invents the Brain Activity Monitor.
- When Julia is in a coma, William tells her, "You are going to come through this, Julia...And when you do, we are going to start our family. Somewhere out there, there's a child who is going to be very lucky to have you as their mother."
- While examining the records of women who died at the Asylum since Dr. Ogden's began working there, a references to the murder case in Murdochophobia is made by Crabtree and the Inspector.
- Diabolical Eva Pearce returns for her final showdown with William and Julia in Murdoch Mysteries.
- No season finale cliff-hanger – no "to be continued" ending, MM show-runner Peter Mitchell stated he wanted a clean slate for Season 10.
- British scientist Richard Caton's research proved that the brain is indeed electrical.
- Allusion to Stephen King's book and film Misery, with the cinematic feel of McCabe & Mrs. Miller
- At the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, Yannick Bisson won the Fans' Choice Award. At the end of his acceptance speech, he announced that Murdoch Mysteries is coming back with a 10th season.
- Julia and Eva fight scene filmed at Elliot Tree Farm in Erin, Ontario.
- Hélène’s simple list of requests, “Can I ride a horse this year and can I shoot a bow and arrow?” MM writers came up with a scenario fulfilling her wishes, thus this episode is a favorite of hers.
- It was Sean who asked show-runner Peter Mitchell, “Hey, could I die this year?” Peter said, “Yeah, sure man.” It wasn’t a question of having to go down and tell someone who’s been an extra on the show for seven years that he’s not coming back.
- This final episode of Season 9 drew an overnight audience of 1.32 million to CBC, and the entire ninth season drew an average audience of 1.4 million viewers, according to Numeris data provided by Shaftesbury.
- While show-runner Peter Mitchell has stated that he wanted Season 10 to start with a clean slate ( with no cliff-hanger to resolve), longtime fans are speculating that Season 9 finale's storyline is all a dream or, at the very least, Julia's coma dream which would explain the anomalies and character inconsistencies. We'll all have to wait for the Fall to see!
Sean Arbuckle as Doctor George Maharris
Josh Cruddas as Donald Chapman
Ryan Reid as Liam McFarland
Chris Baker as Donald Jones
Alan Lee as Smith
Hilary Carroll as Emily Winters
Elana McMurtry as Nurse
Kyle Meagher as Boy
Alastair Love as Man
Alexander Krstich as Driver
|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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