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"Jagged Little Pill"
Mm1005 Jagged Little Pill
Season 10
Episode 1005
Air date November 7, 2016
Written by Carol Hay
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Previous Concocting A Killer
Next Bend It Like Brackenreid

"Jagged Little Pill" is the fifth episode of Season Ten and the one hundred thirty-seventh of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired November 7, 2016.


Murdoch and Ogden investigate the poisoning of a philandering businessman; Miss James is suspicious of a fellow student's suicide.

In the dead of night, a young woman is running for her life and a prominent Toronto business man is found dead in his automobile by a night watchman. The next morning in the City Morgue, the autopsy of the murder victim is begun by Dr. Ogden and Miss James. Murdoch informs them that Mrs. McInnis reported her husband missing two days ago. Along with Mr. Ed McInnis' body, Sarah Franklin's body was fished out of the river and arrives at morgue– to Miss James' disbelief and distress: Rebecca can not believe her friend and fellow medical student committed suicide.  

Character RevelationsEdit


Historical ReferencesEdit

  • Ontario Medical College for Women and its beginnings as Women’s Medical College with its ties to Dr. Emily Stowe; her daughter Augusta Stowe-Gullen taught at the medical college at that time.
  • Gutzeit test is a test for arsenic used esp. in toxicology that is based on the formation of arsine (as in the Marsh test) and the production by the arsine of a brown stain on filter paper moistened with mercuric chloride solution; named for Ernst Wilhelm Heinrich Gutzeit (1845-1888) who developed the method.
  • The research into syphilis and the sleeping sickness is historically accurate.
  • The "modern day" pencil with eraser was invented in 1858 and mass produced in North America by 1904.
  • Professor Hempel stealing Sarah Franklin's notes to further his research could be a possible allusion to how James Watson and Francis Crick stole Rosalind Franklin's notes which led to them winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology for the discovery of the DNA double helix.



Cast Edit

Main CastEdit

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden

Recurring CastEdit

Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate Desmond

Guest CastEdit

James Gallanders as Professor Lawrence Hempel
Julie Khaner as Dr. Stowe-Gullen
Clare Stone as Anne Baxter
Erin Carter as Katherine Roy
Matt O’Connor as Bernard Winston
Kiran Friesen as Lucy Stone
Brittany Bennett as Enid McInnes
Anthony Ulc as Mr. Banks
Jennifer Balen as Sarah Franklin
Kevin Charles Hopper as Night Watchman

Uncredited CastEdit


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" •
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