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"Painted Ladies"
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Season 10
Episode 1007
Air date November 21, 2016
Written by Mary Pedersen
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Recurring Kristian Bruun as Constable Slugger Jackson
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom
Katy Breier as Lydia Hall
Previous Bend It Like Brackenreid
Next Weekend at Murdoch's

"Painted Ladies" is the seventh episode of Season Ten and the one hundred thirty-ninth of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired November 21, 2016.

Summary Edit

Murdoch believes there is a connection between the murders of men found with lipstick on their faces and a dancer.

A canoeist finds the dead victim in a swan boat floating on the lake. While at first not clear what killed him, Dr. Ogden determines he died about 5 to 12 hours ago and finds a flirtation card on the body. Murdoch deduces that a woman gave him the card to arrange a meeting, then he brought her for a ride on the lake. Upon closer inspection, Ogden detects the smell of bitter almonds, possibly death by cyanide. Love was in the air and so was murder for a poor victim who didn’t get the ‘fun and results’ he was expecting.

Meanwhile, could George Crabtree’s sweetheart be connected to a murder – yet again?

Character Revelations Edit

  • While Nina Bloom doesn't give flirtation cards, she receives and collects them to George's consternation.
  • Henry confesses about his 'charm' with women: "I always do fail". Higgins loses his self-confidence with the ladies.
  • Julia confesses,"Now, William,... I sometimes like to use a little lip rouge myself... "

Continuity Edit

Historical References Edit

  • The Victorian swan boats were inspired by an opera: Bostonian Robert Paget was searching for a way to conceal the machinery and human driver of a new, foot-powered paddleboat he invented in 1877. When he recalled seeing Wagner's opera "Lohengrin," the idea of covering his boats with giant, carved swans came to him. In the opera, the hero searches for the love of his life in a boat drawn by a swan
  • Victorians loved to communicate via calling card: there were mourning cards, cards for different celebrations, and of course dance cards. All of them were a kind of social gauntlet—a formal way of getting acquainted and keeping in touch. The young people took the calling cards a step further using risque flirtation cards to meet away from their chaperone and break the Victorian rules of proper courting. Consider the cards the Tinder of the time.
  • As Oscar Ducharme points out, "Despite their beautifully transformative potential, cosmetics are still perceived as wicked."
  • Not for the squeamish, in the early 1900s the tapeworm diet started to be advertised along with more sophisticated peddling of such products as the diet industry boom begins.
  • The Ugly Duckling is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875), about a homely little bird who suffers abuse from others around him until he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. It was first published November 1843 in Copenhagen, Denmark to great critical acclaim. 

Trivia Edit

Errors Edit

Cast Edit

Main CastEdit

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring CastEdit

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Kristian Bruun as Constable Slugger Jackson
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom
Katy Breier as Lydia Hall
Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb

Guest Cast Edit

Thom Allison as Oscar Ducharme
Kate Corbett as Josie
Linsay Barclay as Mrs. Bessie Fellowes
Erin Eldershaw as Sadie Talbot
Jenny Weisz as Miss Petrie
Larry Mannell as Preston
Adam Rodness as Robert Roth
Scott McCrickard as Elmer
Stevie Jay as Canoeist

Uncredited Cast Edit


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

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