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"The Great White Moose"
1114 The Great White Moose
Season 11
Episode 1114
Air date February 5, 2018
Written by Paul Aitken and Graham Clegg
Directed by Leslie Hope
Guest Stars Martin Moreau as Theodore Roosevelt
Recurring Peter Keleghan as Terrence Meyers
Matthew Bennett as Allen Clegg
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The Great White Moose” is the fourteenth episode of the eleventh season and the one hundred sixty-fourth of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired on February 5, 2018.


When Theodore Roosevelt sneaks into Canada for a hunting trip, Murdoch discovers the American President is the quarry.

Somebody's requesting that Murdoch and Dr. Ogden meet them at the Queen's Hotel, room 208, – to a scene of a crime. Terence Meyers is back! Murdoch and team delve into the underbelly of government operatives and National (“bloody”) Security one more time when an agent for Spanish Intelligence is found electrocuted to death. Meyers wants Murdoch to find out who killed him and why. Meyers suspects an assassin called 'El Noche' but as usual Meyer’s information is not forthcoming.

Murdoch must disseminate what is real verses what is not and how much danger everyone is in, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

Character Revelations

  • Theodore Roosevelt and Clegg met at Harvard as students and, when Roosevelt was Secretary of the Navy, Clegg was a covert operative.
  • Brackenreid tells Crabtree, "When Margaret was expecting Bobby, the sight of blood would send her into a fit." George asks him if he is suggesting Dr. Ogden is with child. "Bloody hell, Crabtree! I'm saying women are unpredictable."


Historical References

  • Crane Lake is located in northern Minnesota near the Canadian border.
  • The War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a conflict fought between the United States, the United Kingdom, and their respective allies. British historians often consider it as a minor theatre of the Napoleonic Wars. While Canadian militia units had played instrumental roles in several engagements, such as at the Battle of the Chateauguay, it was the regular units of the British Army which ensured that Canada was successfully defended against several attempts to invade Canada by the United States.
  • USS Maine, launched in 1889 as an armored cruiser, whose sinking by an explosionon on 15 February 1898  precipitated the Spanish–American War.
  • The Battle of San Juan Hill (July1, 1898) was a decisive battle of the Spanish–American War. It was also the location of the greatest victory for the Rough Riders, as reported  by the press and its new commander, Theodore Roosevelt, who eventually become, first, vice-president, and then U.S. president, and who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2001 for his actions in Cuba.
  • The rare and elusive white (piebald) moose has been sighted (and video captured) most recently in Newfoundland and Sweden.


  • After this episode (first) aired, Murdoch Mysteries went on a three-week hiatus during the Winter Olympics, returning to CBC on February 26, 2018.
  • Peter Keleghan shared that "There’s certain grounded-ness with Murdoch and a certain loftiness with Meyers that make a good combination to play off one another."
  • MM Writer Graham Clegg and Paul Aitken drew from films The Day of the Jackal, For Your Eyes Only and Predator (technology). Paul Aitken likens the relationship between Meyers and Clegg to the sheepdog and coyote, Frank and Ralph. The character Allen Clegg was named after writer Graham Clegg.
  • Terrence Meyers’ pseudonym ‘Guillermo Burgos’, for the authoring Clegg's story, is MM writer Graham Clegg’s homage to film director Guillermo de Oliveira of the documentary Sad Hill Unearth following The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) film fans working to restore the set of its climatic graveyard scene (of 5000 graves) in Burgos, Spain.



Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Peter Keleghan as Terrence Meyers
Martin Moreau as Theodore Roosevelt
Matthew Bennett as Allen Clegg

Guest Cast

Andy Auld as Agent Wilbur Reynolds
Jordan Gray as Agent Victor Palmer
Scott McCulloch as Vagabond
Carlo Essagian as Waiter

Non-credited Cast


Murdoch Mysteries Season 11
"Up From Ashes" • "Merlot Mysteries" • "8 Footsteps" • "The Canadian Patient" • "Dr. Osler Regrets" • "21 Murdoch Street" • "The Accident" • "Brackenreid Boudoir" • "The Talking Dead" • "F.L.A.S.H.!" • "Biffers and Blockers" • "Mary Wept" • "Crabtree à la Carte" • "The Great White Moose" • "Murdoch Schmurdoch" • "Game of Kings" • "Shadows Are Falling" • "Free Falling" •
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