|"The Big Chill"|
|Air date||January 18, 2016|
|Written by||Jordan Christianson|
|Directed by||Eleanore Lindo|
|Guest Stars||Rémy Girard as Captain Joseph Bernier|
|Previous||Raised On Robbery|
|Next||A Case of The Yips|
The Big Chill is the tenth episode of Season 9 and the one hundredth twenty-fourth of the series. It first aired on January 18, 2016.
Murdoch and Ogden investigate the suspicious death of an Arctic expedition crew member, while their workplaces become increasingly complicated in light of recent events.
Someone is trying to sabotage Captain Bernier grand expedition to the North Pole. He accuses the Swedes.Bjorn Nordenskjold wants nothing more than to beat him to the North Pole. Before Murdoch investigates the sabotage, he must first determine the validity of murder accusations made at the exhibition.
Three months earlier Arthur Pimblett, a man of science and nature who served as navigator or doctor on all Bernier’s expeditions, had died. Whenever the ship was stationary, he explored the surrounding areas, with dreams of discovering new species of wildlife, but he never returned from that last fateful day. The four-day search cost valuable time, the ship had to turn back or risk running out of provisions. His body was preserved using salt and awaits burial.
Ogden tries out a new technique to re-hydrate his mummified body with a sodium hydroxide bath to provide a more complete picture of the circumstances of his death, while her preliminary examination reveals that hypothermia did not kill him: he was throttled. The Pimblett's death was no accident.
Murdoch suspects the Arctic explorer Captain Bernier and his crew of withholding evidence.
Character Revelations Edit
- William and Julia start out as clueless new parents.
- Brackenreid coaches Murdoch on how to bounce his new son on his knee.
- Miss James has a weak stomach when it comes to brain dissection. Dr. Ogden reassured her that she will get over it, "Now come get your hands dirty," offering her the honour of cutting the first slice.
- William and Julia are now proud parents of young master Murdoch, Roland.
- Baby Roland will be cooing in the office at Station House No. 4, in the City Morgue and at home, happily bouncing about in William’s latest contraption, "the Gleeful Bouncer" (a.k.a. Jolly Jumper).
Historical References Edit
- Sir John Franklin (1786 - 1847), a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic attempted to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic; his icebound ship was abandoned and the entire crew perished.
- S. A. Andrée (1854–97), the first Swedish balloonist, undertook a voyage by hydrogen balloon from Svalbard to either Russia or Canada, in an effort to reach the North Pole but all the expedition members perished.
- The CGS Arctic, commanded by Captain Joseph-Elzear Bernier, was one of Canada's first Arctic patrol ships. A wooden vessel built of oak and pitch-pine by the German government, it was originally intended for service in the Antarctic. However in 1904 it was purchased by Canada and put to use in the Arctic.
- Joseph-Elzéar Bernier (1852 - 1934) was a Quebec mariner who led expeditions into the Canadian Arctic in the early 20th century and was given the Royal Geographical Society Award for his work.
- Joseph-Elzéar Bernier and his Northern expeditions are featured on pages 12 & 13 of the 36 page Canadian Passport.
- Qalupalik, Inuit (Eskimo) mythological creature, is a human-like creature that lives in the sea, who wears an amautiit (a pouch that Inuit parents wear to carry their children) so they can take children away who disobey their parents. The story was used to prevent children from wandering off alone, lest the qalupalik take them underwater, forever.
- Crabtree's Nickelodeon idea “Nuniq of Toronto” pays homage to the 1922 documentary Nanook of the North.
Main Cast Edit
Recurring Cast Edit
Guest Cast Edit
Rémy Girard as Joseph-Elzéar Bernier
Johnny Issaluk as Nuniq
Luke Humphrey as Julian Philips
Ian Matthews as Bjorn Nordenskjold
David Tompa as Derek Frewen
Steve Arbuckle as Fosier Blair
Briana Caitlyn Palmer as Sally
Uncredited Cast Edit
|Murdoch Mysteries Season 9|
| "Nolo Contendere" • "Marked Twain" • "Double Life" • "Barenaked Ladies" • "24 Hours Til Doomsday" • "The Local Option" • "Summer of '75" • "Pipe Dreamzzz" • "Raised On Robbery" • "The Big Chill" • "A Case of The Yips" • "Unlucky In Love" • "Colour Blinded" • "Wild Child" • "House of Industry" • "Bl..dy H.ll" • "From Buffalo With Love" • "Cometh the Archer" • |
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