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"Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!"
Holy Matrimony, Murdoch
Season 8
Episode 4
Air date November 3, 2014
Written by Paul Aitken
Directed by Sudz Sutherland
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Anthony Lemke as Father Clements
Richard Clarkin as Inspector Davis
Previous "Glory Days"
Next "Murdoch Takes Manhattan"

"Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!" is the fourth episode of the eighth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundredth episode of the series. It first aired November 3, 2014.

Summary

After testifying at Mary Thompson's trial for murdering her husband Percival that the woman is criminally insane and should be committed to an asylum, Dr. Julia Ogden receives an anonymous postcard saying she has condemned an innocent woman. Dr. Ogden and Detective Murdoch re-examine the case and find an anomaly in the time-line but the Crown Attorney isn't interested as he's convinced the woman is guilty. Further investigation reveals that Percival Thompson's business partner, Alexander Wainwright, automatically assumed 100% of their business upon Thompson's death - an agreement they signed just one week before the murder. Wainwright promptly vanishes.

With the assistance of the indefatigable Mrs. Brackenreid, who has clearly taken charge, Julia is in the final preparations for her wedding. She and William make it to the altar on the big day but midway through the ceremony they realize they overlooked something very important in the Thompson case.

Character Revelations

  • George's Aunt Azalea taught him that the sign of a true gentleman is being able to tie one's own bow tie, as he teaches Murdoch.  
  • Margaret and Thomas didn't dance the Wedding Waltz at their own wedding because Thomas was "three sheets to the wind by then."  

Continuity

  • At the wedding rehearsal, Julia asks the Inspector to walk her up the aisle (since her father passed away in ep.718).
  • Detective Murdoch asks George to be his best man at the same rehearsal.
  • George has seen Detective Murdoch smile exactly 343 times, 342 of which were when Dr. Ogden walked into his office. The other time was... as best man, George thinks it is incumbent upon him to give a toast extolling the union of the bride and the groom in an amusing yet heartfelt manner.
  • Henry points out that the Detective smiles every time he solves a case. In fact, he smiles twice, once when he just thinks that he's solved the case, and then again when he actually has. 
  • James Pendrick has arranged for a beautiful coach for Murdoch and Dr. Ogden's wedding day and that the Station House No. 4 "lads are talking about attaching noise-makers to it. Nothing explosive," reassures George. The constables' noise-makers do not go unnoticed by Julia on their ride to the train station.
  • William and Julia finally get married in this episode.

Historical References

  • Pierre Marie Félix Janet (1859 – 1947) was a pioneering French psychologist, philosopher and psychotherapist in the field of dissociation and traumatic memory. He is ranked alongside William James and Wilhelm Wundt as one of the founding fathers of psychology.

Trivia

  • This is the 100th episode of the series.
  • This is the 28th episode to feature the word 'Murdoch' in the title
  • "Holy Matrimony" in the title, may refer to two films: the 1943 comedy film directed by John M. Stahl and screenplay was based on the novel Buried Alive by Arnold Bennett and the 1994 comedy-crime film starring Patricia Arquette. Or it may be a nod to a certain avian superhero.
  • This episode is a favorite one of actress Arwen Humphreys who plays Mrs. Brackenreid
  • Filmed in Cambridge, Ontario.

Errors

  • When Murdoch and Dr. Ogden are on the horse riding to the train station, Murdoch is quite a lot shorter than Dr. Ogden, but when they stop at the station and in close-ups the height difference is suddenly a lot less (also with the passing of the bridge you can see that the actors aren't riding).
  • Dr. Ogden has, before the bridge 2 legs to one side ( sidesaddle) riding the horse; then on the bridge, 1 leg at each side and by the station again 2 legs at one side again.

Cast

Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Anthony Lemke as Father Clements
Richard Clarkin as Inspector Jeffery Davis

Guest Cast

Alexandra Castillo as Mary Thompson
Neil Crone as Crown Attorney Alister Gordon
Jonathan Higgins as Defense Attorney Bennett
David Schurmann as Judge Matthews
Nette as Percivel Thompson
Jeffrey R. Smith as Desk Clerk Rodney James
Anders Yates as Night Clerk Charles Prue
Norman Owen as Carriage Driver
Duane Hall as Gardener

Uncredited Cast

Gallery

Murdoch Mysteries Season 8
"On the Waterfront Part 1" • "On the Waterfront Part 2" • "Glory Days" • "Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!" • "Murdoch Takes Manhattan" • "The Murdoch Appreciation Society (episode)" • "What Lies Buried" • "High Voltage" • "The Keystone Constables" • "Murdoch and the Temple of Death" • "All That Glitters" • "The Devil Wears Whalebone" • "The Incurables" • "Shipwreck" • "Crabtree Mania" • "Toronto's Girl Problem" • "Election Day" • "Artful Detective" •
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