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"Shades of Grey"
Shades of Grey
Season 2
Episode 6
Air date March 10, 2009
Written by Laura Phillips
Directed by Don McBrearty
Guest Stars Mary Walsh as Sally Smoot
Anthony Lemke as Henry Bixby
Steven McCarthy as Dr. Isaac Tash
Ian D. Clark as Dr. Ralph Fitch
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Previous "The Green Muse"
Next "Big Murderer on Campus"

"Shades of Grey" is the sixth episode of the second season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the nineteenth episode of the series. It aired on March 10, 2009.

Summary Edit

Detective Murdoch investigates when a young woman's nude body is found in a ditch. They learn that the young girl, Lillie Dunn, was fired from her job the day she died but according to Dr. Ogden the young girl bled to death and probably hemorrhaged after having had an abortion. The evidence leads to Dr. Ogden's friend from university, Doctor Isaac Tash who had helped Murdoch on a earlier case, ("Still Waters"). With his own relationship with Dr. Ogden getting more serious - and physical - Murdoch is feeling both a little jealous and more than a little concerned about Dr. Ogden's professional conduct when he sees Julia leaving Tash's office. Murdoch pursues the case with his usual zeal, but when he learns the truth, he has to re-evaluate his position and perhaps his relationship with Julia.

Character Revelations Edit

  • Detective Murdoch becomes aware of the existence of birth control pills, known as “Countess Fausta’s Female Regulators.” They promise “They Do What a Woman Needs Done.”
  • William Murdoch is unable to accept abortion as an option.
  • Julia Ogden reveals that she nearly died when she had an abortion while pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor and it was her friend Isaac Tash who saved her life.

Continuity Edit

  • William and Julia's physical intimacy started in The Green Muse continues into this episode but this case causes Julia and Murdoch to become estranged when she reveals she once had an abortion, a practice that as a staunch Catholic, Murdoch cannot tolerate.

Historical References Edit

  • Julia gives William the latest Collin's Bullet Extractor as a gift.

Trivia Edit

Errors Edit


Main CastEdit

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

Recurring CastEdit

Steven McCarthy as Dr. Isaac Tash
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins

Guest StarringEdit

Mary Walsh as Sally Smoot
Anthony Lemke as Henry Bixby
Ian D. Clark as Dr. Ralph Fitch
Vickie Papavs as Bertha Dunn
Alex Paxton-Beesley as Lillie Dunn

Other CastEdit

Rebecca Williams as Miss Binscarth


External LinksEdit

My Body Is Mine To Rule: “Murdoch Mysteries´” Dr. Julia Ogden And Abortion murdoch mysteries, abortion on tv . . . Very Canadian, and not only because it is set in Toronto

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" • "" • "Let Us Ask the Maiden" • "Werewolves" • "Anything You Can Do..."
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