When a pawnbroker and known fence admits to making payments to Station House Number 5, Murdoch and Brackenreid feel that they can finally start building a case against Chief Constable Davis. Meanwhile, Rebecca has doubts about becoming a doctor after a man dies in her care.
On her way to work, Miss James rushes to the aid of a man (named Jake) who falls off a ladder and has a piece of glass pierce his chest, but upon removing the shard Jake dies, devastating Rebecca's confidence. Not even Dr. Ogden can assuage Miss James' shaken courage and self-doubt of becoming a doctor.
Back at Station House No. 5, Murdoch and Brackenreid's main suspect, the wily Chief Constable Davis, successfully stays ahead of the two and, with the help of a mystery woman, Brackenreid is framed for racketeering and arrested. Davis offers him a deal: resign his post and take a low-paying job with the City, or go to prison. Understandably, Brackenreid takes the job in City Records to keep his police pension and his family out of the poor house. Mr. Dilton Dilbert, the head of City Records whose 'Swear Jar' is 10 cents richer within seconds after the former Inspector joins his office, gives Brackenreid an indexing task that fortuitously uncovers the deep corruption within the city. While compiling evidence from city acquisition, Dilbert is struck down and the papers taken. Murdoch and Brackenreid turn to the honorable Alderman Hubbard, formerly of Toronto Board of Control, but he can't go to the Mayor with only suspicions. Luckily, Dr. Ogden finds that there was a Hungarian admitted to the asylum after a suicide attempt, the mystery woman's name is Vidor Szabó.
They set up another sting to prove Davis, who’d been shaking down businesses in Station House No. 5’s territory since he was a lowly constable, is the one in charge of the racketeering ring. Bloody hell, indeed.
- Chief Constable Davis has been running a racketeering ring since 1889.
- Having been arrested and demoted to the City Records, Brackenreid packs up his painting and leaves his office.
- George reveals his repertoire of Italian, Swedish and Hungarian accents to help identify the “woman” involved in the money drop sting.
- Crown Attorney Alister Gordon returns in this episode, promoted to Chief Crown Attorney.
- Eddie Crawford from Toronto's Girl Problem returns.
- Caught with the trash items, Higgins bravely eats a spoiled sandwich from the garbage to mislead Chief Constable Davis off their evidence search for Murdoch.
- When she can not muster the courage to perform Jake's autopsy, George gives Rebecca a bit of encouragement, his Aunt Marigold's words of wisdom, "If you don't try, you'll never know where trying may have taken you."
- A Toronto Gazette newsboy gives Murdoch and Crabtree vital clues: the mystery woman spoke with a Hungarian accent and had scars on her wrists.
- Alderman Peyton Hubbard has long suspected two men on the Board of Control of graft, "but their support runs deep into the City Council"; this portends the corruption and crimes in Hell to Pay and continues into Season 11.
- Alderman William Peyton Hubbard makes his second appearance; the first was in Colour Blinded.
- Toronto Board of Control is the city's powerful executive body and, in its long history, has had corruption issues.
- David Hewlett of Dark Matter and Stargate Atlantis fame guests as a City Records official named Dilton Dilbert, who doesn't take kindly to swearing; he returns in Season 11.
- The City Records room was filmed on the same set as the opulent opium den in Pipe Dreamzzz'.
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Richard Clarkin as Chief Constable Davis
Neil Crone as Chief Crown Attorney Gordon
Rothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton Hubbard
Craig Brown as Eddie Crawford
|Murdoch Mysteries Season 9|
|"Nolo Contendere" • "Marked Twain" • "Double Life" • "Barenaked Ladies" • "24 Hours Til Doomsday" • "The Local Option" • "Summer of '75" • "Pipe Dreamzzz" • "Raised On Robbery" • "The Big Chill" • "A Case of The Yips" • "Unlucky In Love" • "Colour Blinded" • "Wild Child" • "House of Industry" • "Bloody Hell" • "From Buffalo With Love" • "Cometh the Archer"|
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