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"Tour de Murdoch"
Tour de Murdoch
Season 7
Episode 2
Air date October 7, 2013
Written by Jordan Christianson
Directed by Laurie Lynd
Guest Stars David Christo as Warren Padgett
Seán Cullen as Chippy Blackburn
Recurring Jayden Greig as Bobby Brackenreid
Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Previous Murdoch Ahoy
Next The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch


"Tour de Murdoch" is the second episode of the seventh season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the eightieth episode of the series. It first aired October 7, 2013.

Summary Edit

Detective Murdoch tests out the gear shift augmentations to his bicycle by entering a local race at the Toronto Athletic Club, that features professional cyclists including Major Taylor. Barely has the race gotten underway, when the favorite-to-win Jumpin’ Joe Fenton tumbles from his bike and is pronounced dead.

Thus begins an investigation that delves into the underbelly of Edwardian cycling competition and hematology. Murdoch suspects Fenton was killed by large doses of a mysterious stimulant. His manager, Chippy Blackburn, was seen giving him a potion and he may be fixing races. This was not the first time one of Blackburn's wheelmen has died on the course this makes three.  However, Dr. Grace is having considerable difficulty finding the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, Julia prepares to sell Darcy’s house but to her surprise finds that his younger brother Leslie Garland is living there. It also raises a little jealousy in Murdoch, which turns highly amusing in the end.

A puncture mark, initially masked by the bruising from the fall is found. Dr. Grace retested and finds evidence of methyl morphine, an opiate, commonly known as codeine. Perhaps Mr. Blackburn builds his athletes up to appear unbeatable and then gives them codeine to prevent them from winning. George sets out to find out what he can from the bookmakers while Murdoch questions suspects, again.

With Dr. Ogden's guidance, Dr. Grace performs her first brain sectioning with enthusiasm and discovers a miliary aneurysm. Fenton suffered a cerebral aneurysm resulting in a brain hemorrhage, but it still doesn’t explain the injection mark in his right arm. Eventually, she discovers thrombosis in both of his legs, the result of blood agglutination, an injection of blood killed Mr. Fenton.

Julia reminds William that they do know someone who's very knowledgeable in hematology: Lucas Harwick who is in prison for performing illegal/experimental blood transfusions to treat hemophilia.

Using Harwick’s advance research, Dr.Grace explains the complicated blood types with a chart to the Detective and the Inspector.  Brackenreid orders the Constabulary to “round up the lot of 'em, find out who's got the bad kind of blood.” Emily does further testing and comes upon a fourth, yet undiscovered blood type that not even Dr. Harwick or Dr. Landsteiner are aware of: it contains properties of both A and B blood.

With this ‘missing element’ discovered providing the proof needed, Murdoch gets to test his bicycle sprockets in the climax with a cycling chase to apprehend the culprit.

Character Revelations Edit

  • Murdoch invents a system of rods allowing him to change gears without dismounting his bicycle.
  • Dr. Grace names the new blood phenotype AB (its name today), only to begrudgingly change it to "type D" at Murdoch's suggestion.

Continuity Edit

Historical References Edit

  • Pathologist and immunologist Karl Landsteiner studied under Emil Fischer, discovered the different human blood types in 1901, and introduced a system for typing the first three blood groups.
  • Blood transfusions used to increase an individual's oxygen-carrying red blood cells, and in turn, improve athletic performance is called Blood Doping today, and is prohibited.
  • Marshall Taylor was the first African-American cyclist to achieve the level of world champion. He won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination.

Trivia Edit

Errors Edit

  • At the beginning of the episode, Joe Fenton's bruise masking the injection is on the right arm. But at the end of the episode, it changes to the left arm.

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
Georgina Reilly as Emily Grace

Recurring Cast Edit

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Charles Vandervaart as Bobby Brackenreid
Scott Wentworth as Dr. Lucas Harwick

Guest CastEdit

Sean Cullen as Chippy Blackburn
Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie Garland
Dewshane Williams as Marshall Taylor
Julian Robino as Able Archie Milner
David Christo as Warren Padgett (recasted)
Rebecca Liddiard as Lisette Barnes
Mike Bradley as Real Estate Agent
Joe Kippax as Jumpin' Joe Fenton

Uncredited CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

Gallery Edit


Murdoch Mysteries Season 7
"Murdoch Ahoy" • "Tour de Murdoch" • "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch" • "Return of Sherlock Holmes" • "Murdoch of the Living Dead" • "Murdochophobia" • "Loch Ness Murdoch" • "Republic of Murdoch" • "A Midnight Train to Kingston" • "Murdoch in Ragtime" • "Journey to the Centre of Toronto" • "Unfinished Business" • "The Murdoch Sting"•"Friday the 13th, 1901"•"The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold"•"Kung Fu Crabtree"•"Blast of Silence"•"The Death of Dr. Ogden"
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10

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