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"Confederate Treasure"
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Season 4
Episode 7
Air date July 20, 2011
Written by Paul Aitken
Directed by John L'Ecuyer
Guest Stars Stephen Harper as Armstrong
Previous "Dead End Street"
Next "Dial M for Murdoch"

"Confederate Treasure" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the forty-sixth episode of the series. It first aired on July 20, 2011.

Summary Edit

Det. Murdoch and Const. Crabtree investigate when a body is uncovered by workmen. The remains are quite old and date from perhaps the mid-1860s. Dr. Ogden's review of the remains indicate that he might have been murdered. Among the remains is a gin flask with a note secreted in a false bottom. The note is signed by none other than Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. The dead man is soon identified and Murdoch's old nemesis from Ottawa, spook Terrence Meyers, is on the scene as well. A surprise visitor to the station gives them vital information about the theft of $1 million in gold and a connection to the American Civil War.

Character Revelations Edit

Continuity Edit

  • Detective Murdoch creates his Graphizer to measure sound waves.

Historical References Edit

  • Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier (PM 1896-1911) mentions the St. Alban's raid.
    • St. Albans refers to the controversial St. Albans Raid in which a group of Confederate agents based in Montreal robbed three Vermont banks of $170,000 and killed an American citizen. operations from Canada against the United States. To finance their cause in October 1864, they robbed three banks in St. Albans, Vermont, killed citizen, and escaped back across the border with $170,000. They were pursued by Union forces to the border, which created a diplomatic incident when the Canadians refused to extradite them back to the U.S. after they were captured.
  • In explaining why the confederate conspiracy must remain secret, the PM talks about how "McKinley's administration has already attacked Spain on the slimmest of pretexts"-- a reference to the Spanish-American War , which occurred between April and August of 1898.  

Trivia Edit

  • Desk Sergeant Armstrong, played by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, ironically fails to recognize the prime minister when he enters Station House Four. This is a special scene only airing in the Canadian CBC broadcast - outside of Canada, Armstrong is played by a background actor.
  • This is the first time a sitting Canadian Prime Minister in an acting role other than himself.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper admits Murdoch Mysteries is his favorite show and he and his daughter never miss watching an episode together.
  • The Graphizer (measures sound waves) voted #4 of 5 Favourite Murdoch Inventions[1]
Murdoch Mysteries Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cameo Appearance - Exclusive Clip-002:35

Murdoch Mysteries Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cameo Appearance - Exclusive Clip-0

  • At the time of the American Civil War, Canada did not as yet exist as an independent federated nation. Instead, the territory consisted of the United Province of Canada (parts of modern southern Ontario and Quebec) and the separate colonies of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Vancouver Island, as well as a crown territory administered by the Hudson's Bay Company called Rupert's Land. Britain and its colonies were officially neutral for the duration of the war. Despite this, tensions between Britain and the United States were high due to incidents on the seas, such as the Trent Affair and the Confederate commissioning of the CSS Alabama from Britain. The British manufacturing industry relied heavily on the free flow of Southern cotton to maintain a healthy economy.

Errors Edit

  • The Skipper lowers Constable Crabtree using a winch. A few seconds later the Skipper is manning the air pump that keeps the Constable breathing. Later the Skipper is again raising the Constable using the winch, but no one else is manning the air pump while the Skipper is manning the winch. The Constable still needed air while being lowered and raised.
  • The union flag flying from the fishing boat was upside down. No Canadian detective would have made that mistake as before wireless communication it was a sign of distress. 'Thick to the mast, thin to the fly'.

Cast Edit

 Main Cast Edit

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

Recurring Cast Edit

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Peter Keleghan as Terrence Meyers
Matthew Bennett as Allen Clegg

Guest Cast Edit

Shawn Lawrence as Colonel Grodin
Richard McMillan as Lawrence Cheevers
Brian Paul as Sir Wilfred Laurier
Elva Mai Hoover as Mrs. Shanley
Rena Polley as Mrs. Jacobson
Jim McAleese as Rail Guard
Robert B. Kennedy as Minister

Other Cast Edit

GalleryEdit

Murdoch Mysteries Season 4
"All Tattered and Torn" • "Kommando" • "Buffalo Shuffle" • "Downstairs, Upstairs" • "Monsieur Murdoch" • "Dead End Street" • "Confederate Treasure" • "Dial M for Murdoch" • "The Black Hand" • "Voices" • "Bloodlust" • "The Kissing Bandit" • "Murdoch in Wonderland"
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