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"Mild Mild West"
P MM S2 Ep1 LARGE
Season 2
Episode 1
Air date February 10, 2009
Written by Derek Schreyer
Directed by Paul Fox
Guest Stars Nicholas Campbell as Buffalo Bill Cody
Sarah Strange as Annie Oakley
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Previous "The Annoying Red Planet"
Next "Snakes and Ladders"

"Mild Mild West" is the first episode of the second season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the fourteenth episode of the series. It first aired on February 10, 2009.

Summary

While attending Buffalo Bill's Western Extravaganza, Det. Murdoch, Insp. Brackenreid, Constable Crabtree and Dr. Ogden witness a killing when a stunt apparently goes bad.

The stunt involved one legendary wild west gunman shooting the other who catches the bullet in his teeth. It's all trickery of course and he's not supposed to be shot for real. Murdoch determines that the man was actually shot by someone with a rifle. When the second member of the stunt team is also killed, Murdoch starts looking into their past to find a solution to the crime. A horse hair provides the vital clue.

Inspector Brackenreid's wife, Margaret, has joined the Temperance League and he has promised to give up drink. An encounter with the flirtatious Annie Oakley puts an end to that.

Suspicion falls on a number of people, including Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. The killer is found to be a young man whose father was murdered by the two partners.

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch once worked as a ranch hand.

Continuity

Historical Reference

  • There is a reference to the Wizard of Oz, when Murdoch says "We're not in Kansas anymore."
  • Annie Oakley really was part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

Trivia

Errors

  • Buffalo Bill Cody (1846 - 1917) and Wild Bill Hickock (1837-1876) are two different men. While the story is about Buffalo Bill Cody, the credits list him as Wild Bill Hickock.
  • When Murdoch is in the morgue talking over the dead body, the body blinks.

Cast

Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid

Guest Starring

Nicholas Campbell as Wild Bill Hickock
Sarah Strange as Annie Oakley
Simon Northwood as Teddy Jones Sr.
Ben Lewis as Teddy Jones Jr.
Bill Yak as Jaws McRawlins (as Bill Yack)
Michael Copeman as Lightning Wilcox

Other Cast

Clinton Walker as Announcer
Maurice Dean Wint as John Warton
John Paul Ruttan as Young Teddy Jr

Gallery

Murdoch Mysteries Season 2
"Mild Mild West" • "Snakes and Ladders" • "Dinosaur Fever" • "Houdini Whodunit" • "The Green Muse" • "Shades of Grey" • "Big Murderer on Campus" • "I, Murdoch" • "Convalescence" • "Murdoch.com" • "Let Us Ask the Maiden" • "Werewolves" • "Anything You Can Do..."
Season 1Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10

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