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"The Murdoch Identity"
MurdochIdentity 2
Season 3
Episode 1
Air date March 14, 2010
Written by Jean Greig
Directed by Laurie Lynd
Guest Stars Patrick McKenna as Hamish Slorach
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Lisa Faulkner as Anna Fulford
Previous "Anything You Can Do..."
Next "The Great Wall"

"The Murdoch Identity" is the first episode of the third season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the twenty-seventh episode of the series. It first aired on March 14, 2010.

Summary Edit

Murdoch is in Bristol, England, with no memory, and no clue why or when he arrived. He has no money, no identification and no idea why two men with guns are chasing him. With the help of a local publican, Anna Fulford, he sets out trying to patch together who he is and why he is being shot at.

Back in Toronto, Murdoch has been gone for a week, so Chief Constable Stockton assigns Detective Hamish Slorach of Station House Five to assist Station House Four in their investigation. Along with Brackenreid and Crabtree, he sets out to find what might have happened to the errant Murdoch. They do find a body which, to their relief and that of Dr. Ogden's, turns out to be someone else.

However, the dead man does have a strange bullet wound leading them to suspect someone has developed a powerful new rifle with extensive range and accuracy. In putting it all together, both Murdoch and his colleagues in Toronto come to the conclusion that an assassination is planned.

Character Revelations Edit

  • Upon kissing Anna, amnesiac Murdoch has a flashback remembers Julia calling his name which he answers aloud, prompting Anna to ask "Who's Julia?", which ends their relationship going any further.
  • Detective Slorach has a rifle named 'Betsy' and a hunting dog named 'Betty'.

Continuity Edit

  • William and Julia kiss publicly for the first time to the cheering constables at the end of the episode.

Historical References Edit

  • Crabtree calls Detective Slorach's rifle "quite the blunderbuss". Blunderbuss is actually a short-barreled large-bored gun with a flared muzzle, used for short range, origin mid 17th century Dutch "donderbus", literally meaning 'thunder gun'.
  • Queen Victoria had several assassination attempts made on her life throughout her reign.

Trivia Edit

  • This episode was partially filmed in Bristol, England.
  • The title of this episode is a reference to the 2002 film The Bourne Identity. Additionally, the target of the assassination is "Lord Treadstone", with Treadstone being the name of the secret CIA assassination program that created Jason Bourne.

Errors Edit

Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

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

Recurring CastEdit

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins

Guest StarringEdit

Patrick McKenna as Detective Hamish Slorach
Lisa Faulkner as Anna Fulford
Warren Kimmel as Edmund Keating

Other CastEdit

Andrew Musselman as Keating's Man
Duncan McLeod as Keating's Man
Dylan Smith as Quentin Quinn
Shaun Austin-Olsen as Bristol Chief
Mark Bowden as Bristol Desk Constable
Danny Lima as John Dawson


Murdoch Mysteries Season 3
"The Murdoch Identity" • "The Great Wall" • "Victor, Victorian" • "Rich Boy, Poor Boy" • "Me, Myself and Murdoch" • "This One Goes to Eleven" • "Blood and Circuses" • "Future Imperfect" • "Love and Human Remains" • "The Curse of Beaton Manor" • "Hangman" • "In the Altogether" • "The Tesla Effect"
Season 1Season 2Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7

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