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"House of Industry"
915 Crabtree Higgins James
Season 9
Episode 15
Air date February 29, 2016
Written by Maureen Jennings
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Previous Wild Child
Next Bl..dy H.ll

House Of Industry is the fifteenth episode of Season 9 and the one hundredth twenty-ninth of the series. It first aired February 29, 2016.

Summary Edit

A murder at the city workhouse derails Murdoch's plan to attend a psychiatry conference with Julia. The victim was found in a bath with his throat slit and a code written on his hand, but the other workhouse residents refuse to talk to the police. Meanwhile, Crabtree and Higgins take Miss James on an outing in search of a new culinary delicacy Crabtree has heard about.

Inspired by the novel Vices of My Blood by Murdoch Mysteries creator Maureen Jennings, Detective Murdoch goes undercover as Henry Weldon, a lumberjack, to investigate the murder of Jefferson Brick, later uncovered as a reporter Cal Graveman who was investigating a workhouse and corruption.

Character Revelations Edit

Continuity Edit

Historical References Edit

  • Jefferson Brick is a war correspondent in The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (commonly known as Martin Chuzzlewit), a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialized in 1843 and 1844. Dickens thought it to be his best work, but it was one of his least popular novels.
  • Edmund Sheppard was the editor of the Canadian weekly publication Saturday Night, first a broadsheet newspaper turned magazine published from 1887 to 2005. The fictional character Cal Graveman was a writer for the Saturday Night, not to be confused with the Saturday Night Magazine (a U.S. publication).
  • American physician Leslie Enraught Keeley, (1836 – 1900) was the originator of the Keeley Cure or Gold Cure a commercial medical operation that offered treatment to alcoholics from 1879 to 1965.
  • Henry and George read about a new ice cream concoction in the Gazette that is a hit out in the Beaches– called a banana split. In the early 1900s, soda fountains were very competitive, trying to outdo each other with elaborate sundaes.

Trivia Edit

  • Workhouse scenes were shot at The Mount Community Centre, Peterborough On, and the car scenes were shot in the City of Guelph.   
  • Charles Dickens' obscure novel Martin Chuzzlewit is mentioned in the TV series The Simpsons, Doctor Who, and is featured in the mystery novel The Eyre Affair.   

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

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Richard Clarkin as Chief Constable Davis

Guest Cast Edit

Meegwun Fairbrother as John Dempsey
Thomas Mitchell as Constable Frank Peakes
Jason Martorino as Sid Adair
Tyler McMaster as Fred Wardell
Peter DaCunha as Ewan Gallacher
Daniela Vlaskalic as Mother
Brad Rudy as Edmund Sheppard
Peter Millard as Superintendent
Trent McMullen as Foreman
Alyson Court as Mrs. Candace Riley
Peter Valdron as Mr. Riley
Elias Scoufaras as Jefferson Brick/Cal Graveman

Uncredited Cast Edit

Sean Harraher as Constable Worseley

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" •
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10

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