"An Unfortunate Turn of Events"
Unfortunate events title
Web-Series The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs
Episode 9 of 13
Written by Patrick Tarr
Directed by Cal Coons
Previous "Of Impossible Escapes and Joyful Reunions"
Next "The Key to Salvation"

An Unfortunate Turn of Events is the ninth episode of Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs.


After the explosion, George wonders if Sekhmet is some omnipotent being, as he was able to predict their every move. However, the sect's henchmen are on hand to retrieve him, and George is captured and knocked unconscious.

Suddenly, Crabtree awakens tied to a chair in a dark room. A man wearing a lion mask greets him in a French accent. The detective questions his identity, and quickly the man responds: "The Wrath of Pharaohs, The Eye of Ra..."

After a throaty growl, he reveals himself as Sekhmet, the true mastermind behind everything.

George feels strange, and Sekhmet boasts of how he feels his sting in his veins. Sekhmet plans to frame Crabtree for the death of Queen Victoria and her advisors. Defiantly, the detective tells the man his friends would prevent this, but Sekhmet replies his friends are "mincemeat for fish and gulls!"

Explaining they won't meet again after this, Sekhmet mockingly hopes that he is welcomed into the gates of his Heaven, as he is unwelcome on earth...because Crabtree will be found dead, supposedly by his own hand, with the evidence all around him.

Sekhmet vanishes into shadows, and George resigns himself to his fate. His friends were gone, the queen would soon be dead, and he lost all hope.

Sanura appears and speaks to George, talking quietly. He wonders if she came to gloat, but she answers that she's there to apologize. Crabtree asks what she's sorry for: killing his friends, or destroying everything he holds dear in the world.

The woman vehemently claims she isn't a killer, but loyal to the cause. Sanura only wishes that he didn't have to die. Crabtree seizes this opportunity to try and convince her to free him.

As she begins to undo the ropes, a hand slams down...Sekhmet's returned! He slaps her, telling Sanura that he knew her weak heart wasn't up to the task. As Sanura begs, George hurriedly unties his other hand. Sekhmet yells at the woman, asking if she wishes to die with this English filth and Crabtree catches the man's attention. With a heavy blow, he knocks Sekhmet's mask off. Sanura rushes to George's side.

When Sekhmet shows his face as an ordinary man, George calls him another lowlife criminal. However Sanura is shocked, and exclaims, "Father?!"

In response, Sekhmet pulls out a dagger with a dangerous glint in his eye.

George narrates how surprised both of them are, as Sanura believed her father to be long dead. Crabtree ponders how long hatred and lunacy had grown inside this man, to form a plot so diabolical he doubted his ability to stop him alone.


  • Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, and Thomas Craig do not appear in this episode.
  • Sekhmet's identity is disclosed as Sanura's father.


Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Carinne Leduc as Sanura Lenoir
Christian Laurin as Sekhmet


Murdoch Mysteries The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs
"The Vanished Corpse" • "The Clue of the Hieroglyphs" • "The Long Arm of Villainy" • "Lost Companions and New Friends" • "Attack of the Scarabs" • "The Enigma of the Skull" • "An Unwelcome Surprise" • "Of Impossible Escapes and Joyful Reunions" • "An Unfortunate Turn of Events" • "The Key to Salvation"• "Her Majesty's Last Hope"• "Last Stand for the Empire"• "Humble Heroes and New Adventures"
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