"Buffalo Shuffle"
Season 4
Episode 3
Air date June 21, 2011 (Canada)
Written by Philip Bedard
Larry Lalonde
Directed by Yannick Bisson
Guest Stars Tammy Isbell as Laetecia Abbot
Jonathan Watton as Darcy Garland
Ephraim Ellis as Patrick Glynn
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Previous Kommando
Next Downstairs, Upstairs

"Buffalo Shuffle" is the third episode of the fourth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the forty-second episode of the series. It first aired on March 1, 2011 (UK).


Murdoch reunites with his old flame, Dr. Julia Ogden, in Buffalo, New York, to investigate the death of a young patient. In short order, Murdoch's feelings for Julia heat up, as do suspicions surrounding one of Ogden's colleagues.

Despite a brazen and puzzling break-in at Station 4, a seemingly indifferent Murdoch asks Inspector Brackenreid for a few days off. Puzzled by the request, Brackenreid grants his beleaguered detective's request. It turns out that Murdoch wants to travel to Buffalo, New York, to help Dr. Ogden investigate the death of one of her young cancer patients - a death she suspects may have been a murder committed by one of her hospital colleagues. Ogden's suspicions are bolstered when a hospital nurse is found dead. As Murdoch and Ogden work together to determine if and how the two deaths are linked, Murdoch can't help but feel the flames of romance being rekindled.

Meanwhile, back in Toronto, Brackenreid, along with Constables Crabtree and Higgins, investigates the seemingly pointless break-in and discovers that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

Character Revelations


Historical Reference

  • 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.


  • Yannick Bisson's daughter, Mikaela, appears in this episode as the girl Darcy pushes in the wheelchair
  • This episode uses photography as a method of criminal detection, while Crabtree also learns how to manipulate photos, possibly causing their redundancy.


Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Kevin Bundy as Dr. Martin Falwell
Jonathan Watton as Dr. Darcy Garland
Ephraim Ellis as Patrick Glynn

Guest Cast

Tammy Isbell as Laetecia Abbot
Fulvio Cecere as Detective Callahan
Stewart Arnott as Dr. Lawrence Abbot
Connor Price as Ezra Fielding
Lucy Filippone as Mrs. Digiarno

Non-Credited Cast 

Mikaela Bisson as Girl in Wheelchair


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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