|Air date||May 6, 2009|
|Written by||Alexandra Zarowny|
|Directed by||Eleanore Lindo|
|Guest Stars||Ingrid Kavelaars as Beth Tipton|
|Recurring|| Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid|
Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Sarah Allen as Enid Jones
|Next||"Let Us Ask the Maiden"|
Murdoch investigates the murder of a young woman whose death was made to look like a suicide. From the young woman's calloused index finger, Murdoch realizes that victim was a telegraph operator, as his current girlfriend Enid also works as one. Much to Dr. Ogden's dismay, Murdoch invites her on to the case to decipher Morse code. They soon learn that the dead woman was having an affair over the telegraph wires with another telegrapher with the initials A.K. When Murdoch sets up a trap for the mysterious person on the other end of the line to catch, Enid takes offense when Murdoch uses her own information to set it. Another body narrows the field of possible suspects but it becomes apparent that the mystery man knows who Enid is. It is later revealed that the "mystery man" is a woman named Beth Tipton, who had cooperated earlier with Murdoch and was aware Enid was helping him at the station. After discovering that lonely women were openly romancing with AK (who was actually KA - Kingsley Adams), she murdered Adams and assumed his identity over the telegraph wires, swindling his romantic interests out of their life savings. When Veronica, her co-worker, grew suspicious, Beth killed her and pointed the evidence towards their superior, Gabriel Ryder, although he is exonerated by Murdoch.
Meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid has been trying to keep away from liquor, due to his wife's involvement in The Temperance League. In order to curb his taste for alcohol, he is prescribed with an expensive Gold Cure that is to be administered rectally. However, his mood becomes increasingly worse as he berates his constables and nearly attacks Crabtree physically. He eventually sobers enough to ask Dr. Ogden to analyse the medicine, and she notifies him that it contains cocaine, and thus his mood swings are coming from the cocaine addiction he has developed from constant injections. He then swears off the cure and reconciles with Margaret, where they come to a compromise - he is allowed to drink in moderation if he pays attention to her and takes her out to the theatre, which he agrees to.
Character Revelations Edit
- Brackenreid is taking the Gold Cure to reduce his liquor consumption and to please his wife Margaret.
- In the morgue, William and Julia discuss the new way of courting via telegraph and Julia has a fantasy kiss which takes her by surprise.
Historical References Edit
- Gold Cure, was developed by former American Civil War doctor Leslie Keeley, whose company existed from 1879 to 1965. In 1896 (the year this episode takes place) an independent analysis revealed that it contained strychnine, morphine, cocaine, ammonia, atropine, willow bark, cannabis, and... alcohol.
- At one point, Enid Jones states she's receiving an SOS over the telegraph line. However, SOS wasn't adopted as a distress signal until 1908. Important messages in telegraph land lines were preceded by "CQ"; wireless operators added "D" (for distress) to create the prefix "CQD" in 1904 as a general emergency call. CQD kept being used for more than a decade, sometimes together with SOS after the latter was adopted.
Emberly Doherty as Woman #1
Kesta Graham as Woman #2
Doug Hicton as Kingsley Adams
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