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Season 4
Episode 1
Air date August 17, 2011 (Canada)
Written by Paul Aitken (story)
Graham Clegg (story)
Paul Aitken (teleplay)
Graham Clegg (teleplay)
Philip Bedard (teleplay)
Larry Lalonde (teleplay)
Directed by Gail Harvey
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"Bloodlust" is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the fiftieth episode of the series. It first aired on April 26 2011 (UK).


Detective Murdoch investigates the death of a young female student attending the residential boarding school, The Tepes School for Girls. Amy Goldham was found drowned in a fountain on the school grounds, covered with scratches and with a possible boot mark on the back of her nightgown. Upon searching her dormitory room, Amy’s diary is found, revealing she has an admirer.

Dr. Ogden confirms that the young victim’s blood contains alcohol and opiates and that she had lost 3 pints of blood. In addition, there appears to be bite marks on her neck. Toronto or Transylvania? Constable Crabtree suggests that it is a vampire, a vile creature, a corpse which rises from the grave and drinks the blood of the living. This is in the new novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula, which claims that the vampire has a peculiar power over women. He is convinced they have a vampire on the loose. Murdoch looks for a more conventional explanation.

Tepes student Arlene visits Murdoch at the Station House to tell him that her fellow student Laura is also seeing the man. Murdoch discovers Laura and another girl have punctures on their throats and speak of meeting the vampire in the Tepes family mausoleum. Perhaps it isn’t a vampire but someone pretending to be one? However that doesn’t stop the pestering press reporter Paddy Glynn of the Gazette from running with the vampire story.

Meanwhile with all the talk of bloodlust and uninhibited romance, Murdoch and Dr. Ogden have difficulty maintaining their purely professional working partnership.

Despite the incredulity of Inspector Brackenreid, George concocts a theory concerning the Tepes family and his theory about Vlad Ţepeş. After a second girl is attacked and the schoolgirl romance is scattered, a more ominous threat lurks at the school. Murdoch suspects the Tepes family history is a clue and a notorious Dr. Harwick is the key to solving the case.  

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch is proud of a rhyming couplet he wrote in praise of the family dog. It was a very well-behaved dog.
  • George mentions his Aunt Dahlia in the same sentences as somebody who saw a sasquatch (BigFoot).


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1898 – Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 1819 - 1901) is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Empress of India.
  • The school in the story is The Tepes School for Girls. Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler) is often erroneously thought to be Bram Stoker's inspiration for the character of Dracula.
  • Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant to actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
  • Samuel Armstrong Lane was the first man to treat haemophilia with blood transfusions in the 1840s. 


  • Boulden House at Trinity College School (Port Hope, Ontario) stands in for the Tepes School for Girls. 


  • The Everyman edition of "Dracula" shown multiple times is a modern edition. The original Dracula cover had an embossed cover.
  • In the views of the church, there is a post-Vatican II altar-table and not the traditional altar as used up to 1969.


Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Jonathan Watton as Dr. Darcy Garland
Ephraim Ellis as Patrick "Paddy" Glynn

Guest Cast

Leah Pinsent as Mrs. Irvin
Holly Deveaux as Arlene Dennet
Scott Wentworth as Dr. Lucas Harwick
Kyle Mac as Daniel Irvin
Brittany Bristow as Laura MacFarlane
Vivien Endicott Douglas as Olivia Cornell
Sarah Gray as Amy Goldham
Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Dorothy Cornell


Murdoch Mysteries Season 4
"All Tattered and Torn" • "Kommando" • "Buffalo Shuffle" • "Downstairs, Upstairs" • "Monsieur Murdoch" • "Dead End Street" • "Confederate Treasure" • "Dial M for Murdoch" • "The Black Hand" • "Voices" • "Bloodlust" • "The Kissing Bandit" • "Murdoch in Wonderland"
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