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"Great Balls of Fire, Part 1"
Murdoch S10E01 d-highres
Season 10
Episode 1
Air date October 10, 2016
Written by Peter Mitchell
Directed by Gary Harvey
Guest Stars Samantha Bond as Lady Suzanne Atherly
Recurring Daiva Johnston as Eva Pearce
Previous Cometh the Archer
Next Great Balls of Fire, Part 2

Great Balls of Fire, Part 1, is the first episode of Season Ten and the one hundredth thirty-third of the Murdoch Mysteries and the season premiere. It was sneak previewed on Oct.1, 2016 at Unlock the Mysteries of Murdoch:The Ultimate Insider Conference. It first aired on October 10, 2016.

Summary Edit

In the wake of Ogden’s near-death experience at the hands of a deranged former patient, Murdoch is trying to create some normalcy in their shared life by moving ahead with plans to build a house. Ogden appears to be recovered but her physical well-being hides trauma to her spirit and psyche.

The doctor masks it well as the couple spends a night on the town at the Grand Hotel for an elegant debutante ball. Dr. Ogden’s friend, Lady Suzanne Atherly, has recently arrived from London and is using the event to introduce her daughter Elizabeth to Toronto society and the very eligible bachelor Rodney Strong. As Ogden entertains her guest, Murdoch is assailed by George Crabtree’s commentary on the young unmarried women vying for the affections of the eligible wealthy suitor. When one of the debutantes Ruth Embree is murdered, Murdoch suspects that rivals for the bachelor’s affections may be responsible. One of the ladies, Faye Sloan, suggests that Miss Embree was carrying a secret: one that may have cost her life.

Meanwhile, Constable Higgins picks up a dirty, smelly habit, and may very well be the person who accidentally starts the conflagration that consumes a large section of Toronto.

Character RevelationsEdit

  • Julia is concealing her 'post traumatic stress disorder', albeit not yet diagnosed as such (since PTSD is not officially classified until 1980).
  • George reads Madge Merton's "Page For Women" in the Toronto Daily Star an essential reading for anybody who wants to know the ins and outs of Toronto Society.
  • Brackenreid tells Murdoch, "When Margaret says she's "fine", I know that I'm one step away from the doghouse."
  • Miss James begins to work outside the morgue, at a second crime scene she tells Murdoch, "I never knew there was so such peril in being young, rich and white."
  • Nina Bloom was a debutante herself and she has a brother who spent time in Don Jail.


  • Julia Ogden has experienced "near death" moments throughout the series: after her abortion revealed in Shades of Grey, in Snakes and Ladders, Murdoch in Toyland, and The Murdoch Trap.
  • Having his finger on the pulse of the latest new “thing” in society (a gossip hound?), Crabtree educates Murdoch about who—and who doesn’t—have a shot at winning Rodney’s heart.
  • Brackenreid uses another British slang "not a dicky bird", meaning 'to say or hear nothing'; This idiom is from rhyming slang, in which 'dicky bird' stands for 'word'.
  • At The Star Room, there is a debutante routine.
  • George-Nina Relationship hits a rocky patch when her brother appears.
  • The killing of Eva Pearce is not glossed over; Julia is in a fragile emotional state and Inspector Brackenreid recognizes the symptoms and steps up to help the good doctor: A return favor for the doctor helping him in On the Waterfront.
  • Episode ends on a 'cliffhanger' and Part 2 begins exactly where Part 1 ended.

Historical ReferencesEdit



  • The water cooler was first invented in early 1906.

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

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Daiva Johnston as Eva Pearce
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom
Katy Breier as Lydia Hall

Guest Cast Edit

Samantha Bond as Lady Suzanne Atherly
Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Elizabeth Atherly
Kyle Cameron as Rodney Strong
Caroline Palmer as Faye Sloan
Hannah Whitmore as Jennie Berridge
Kelly Van der Burg as Madeline Wellwood
Stefne Mercedes as Erma Fairhurst
Harmon Walsh as Bishop
Kristina Nicoll as Madge Merton
Sean Connolly Affleck as Samuel Bloom
Alison J. Palmer as Mathilda Thorn
Nathan Hoppe as Constable

Gallery Edit

Murdoch Mysteries Season 10
"Great Balls of Fire, Part 1" • "Great Balls of Fire, Part 2" • "A Study in Pink" • "Concocting A Killer" • "Jagged Little Pill" • "Bend It Like Brackenreid" • "Painted Ladies" • "Weekend at Murdoch's" • "Excitable Chap" • "The Devil Inside" • "A Murdog Mystery" • "The Missing" • "Mr. Murdoch's Neighbourhood" • "From Murdoch to Eternity" • "Hades Hath No Fury" • "Master Lovecraft" • "Hot Wheels of Thunder" • "Hell to Pay" •
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9

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