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Season 2
Episode 9
Air date March 31, 2009
Written by Paul Aitken
Directed by Eleanore Lindo
Guest Stars Martha Burns as Mrs. Burgess
Sarah Allen as Enid Jones
Dixie Seatle as Mrs. Kitchen
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Dakota Goyo as Alwyn Jones
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"Convalescence​" is the ninth episode of the second season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the twenty-second episode of the series. It first aired on March 31, 2009.


After chasing a suspect, Detective Murdoch has a serious fall and finds himself bedridden with several broken bones and a nasty gash on his arm. He's cared for by a concerned Dr. Julia Ogden who has him on his way to recovery but leaves when an equally concerned Enid Jones arrives. After Murdoch's landlady goes away suddenly to care for her sick sister, the bedridden Murdoch is left with a replacement landlady and begins hearing strange noises in the house but can't quite locate them or who might be making the noise. When he becomes feverish and his condition deteriorates, Enid seeks out Julia's help. In the end, the night vision goggles he's been building prove to be quite useful. While Murdoch is recuperating, Constable Crabtree takes over as acting detective and continues to investigate the murder. He manages to locate the murder site easily but finds that the only witness may be a talking parrot.

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch has been working on Night Vision Goggles which comes in handy.
  • Higgins reveals that he speaks French because his mother is from the Gaspé in Québec, which proves to be handy in the investigation.
  • Brackenreid does not really like the French that much.


  • William and Julia begin to move closer again, as she treats his wound and its infection.
  • William dreams about Julia and reveals to her his heart's desire, although later Enid and Alwyn appear too.
  • Although Brackenreid assumes there are no French restaurants in Toronto, Crabtree and Higgins discover three La Bonne Nuit at 29 Wilton Street, Chez Pierre at 99 Albert, and a third Le Petit whose address is not disclosed as Brackenreid interrupts Higgins.

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1896 – 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 parrot can imitate both French and English and gets agitated around men with British accents.

Notable Quote

Julia to William: "Love is like gravity, William, you have to let yourself fall."


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
Dakota Goyo as Alwyn Jones
Sarah Allen as Enid Jones

Guest Starring

Martha Burns as Mrs. Burgess
Dixie Seatle as Mrs. Kitchen
Peter Cockett as Hugo Brighouse
Brian Frank as Joel Harris
Anthony Benken as Travis Struthers
Julia Lemieux as Parrot (voice)


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