|"The Green Muse"|
|Air date||March 3, 2009|
|Written by||Bobby Theodore|
|Directed by||Don McBrearty|
|Guest Stars|| Tom McCamus as Judge Mitchell Wilson|
Krista Bridges as Ettie Weston
Matthew Edison as Paul Wilson
|Recurring||Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins|
|Next||Shades of Grey|
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of a prostitute, Cora Devereaux, in a posh bordello. The girl was garroted and had only been working there for about six months. She was popular with the establishment's clientèle and according to the house's madame, Ettie Weston, she had to that evening remove one particularly obsessed customer, Arthur Webster, a well-known artist. The autopsy reveals that the dead woman had been drinking absinthe and shows no defensive wounds but did have old scarring from possibly having been whipped. In addition to the artist, suspicion falls on a prominent judge who eventually admits he awoke in the dead woman's room and found her dead, but remembers nothing else. The solution to the murder is nearby, however.
- The normally tee-totaling William Murdoch consumes alcohol, albeit as an experiment.
- Julia and Murdoch begin their romantic relationship in this episode with their first kiss, that is not a fantasy.
- Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium ("grand wormwood"), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and medicinal herbs. It is referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" (the green fairy). Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It rose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers, by 1915 it was banned in the US and Europe.
Jim Chad as Brothel Patron
Pamela Mars as Prostitute
|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" • "Murdoch.com" • "Let Us Ask the Maiden" • "Werewolves" • "Anything You Can Do..."|
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