"A Murdog Mystery"
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Season 10
Episode 1011
Air date January 16, 2017
Written by Lori Spring
Directed by Don McCutcheon
Guest Stars Alan Doyle as Historian
Recurring Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
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"A Murdog Mystery " is the eleventh episode of the tenth season of Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred forty-third of the series. It first aired on January 16, 2017.


While investigating the death of a championship show dog, Murdoch discovers a hidden affection for canine companions.

As Inspector Brackenreid is bound for Panama with James Pendrick, Murdoch is appointed Acting Inspector until Brackenreid's return, telling the constables to stay with calling him ‘Detective’. Accordingly, he plans some organizational changes until Detective Watts, who was asked to vacate Station House No. 1, has happily applied for the now open detective space at Station House No. 4, but before Murdoch can respond, Higgins interrupts, "Excuse me, sir, there's been a murder." At the scene of the crime, Murdoch states, "this is not a murder. This is...canicide."

Investigating the death of a championship show dog, Horace, whose owner is the sister-in-law of the mayor, Murdoch develops a partnership with a crime fighting canine named Pistachio who takes the lead. It is the hair of a dog that helps Murdoch solve the case.

Meanwhile Detective Watts and Constable Jackson begin to search for several young women who have gone missing in the past four years.

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch is appointed Acting Inspector due to Brackenreid's absence, but keeps his own office.
  • Julia has always wanted a dog and can whistle, while William utters the famous last words of every dog owner, "Under no circumstances is that dog to be allowed in that bedroom."
  • Pistachio is a female labrador retriever who responds to the verbal command "Leap".


Historical References

  • The Historian foretells Newfoundland joining the Confederation to Crabtree and Higgins and notifies them that Canada is turning 150.
  • The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City was first held on May 8, 1877, making it the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind only the Kentucky Derby, which was first held in 1875.
  • The second time the CN Tower "appears"; the first was in Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom.
  • What Are Little Boys Made Of? is a popular nursery rhyme dating from the early 19th century with the stanza "Sugar and spice / And everything nice [or "all things nice"]", with numerous popular culture usage to this date.




Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Kristian Bruun as Constable Jackson
Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Siobhan Murphy as Ruth Newsome

Guest Cast

Alan Doyle as Historian
Joy Tanner as Edith Frizzel
Rick Miller as Beaumont Stoddard
James Kall as Michael Dubois
Darryl Hinds as Sebastien Melrose
Justin Colette as Buck Christopher
Mark Burgess as Priest
Colin Price as Mr. Harding
Rob Baker as Announcer
Nug Nahrgang as Bartender

Uncredited Cast


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