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"Crabtree à la Carte"
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Season 11
Episode 1113
Air date January 29, 2018
Written by Simon McNabb
Directed by Leslie Hope
Previous Mary Wept
Next The Great White Moose

"Crabtree à la Carte" is the thirteenth episode of the eleventh season and the one hundred sixty-third of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired on January 29, 2018.


Margaret Brackenreid and George Crabtree participate in a cooking competition sponsored by a canned beef company, but the insult-hurling judge is poisoned. However, things get a little more complicated when it's revealed that the judge was not the only one who ate from the poisoned tin - everyone did. Including Crabtree and Mrs. Brackenreid.

Character Revelations


  • Crabtree's Aunts reference, specifically Aunt Fern for her apple and beef balls recipe.
  • William and Julia experience some friction, uncomfortable tense moments between the first-time expectant parents.
  • George comes up with "Tasty Vittles Dinner ...ready to heat, ready to eat", shorten to 'TV Dinner'.

Historical References

  • Story line allusion to the Chicago Tylenol murder case from the 1980s, which was not the company's fault but they came out and apologize before they knew what the cause was. 
  • The Pythagorean diet, vegetarianism, practiced by Percy and Mary Shelley, along with Leonardo Da Vinci who is quoted: "My body will not be a tomb to other creatures."
  • Crabtree states that if he dies he will "...never see Egypt or any of those new provinces we have now." Two new Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan and Alberta) were added in September 1905, making nine in total as of this episode.




Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Bea Santos as Louise Cherry
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart

Guest Cast

Matt Baram as Roderick Rhodes
Daniel Kash as Randall Gordon
Eddie Glen as Mr. Madison
Alicia Dea as Kathleen Cooper
Jill Frappier as Lolo Tucker
Jerome Bourgault as Henri Prideaux
Scott Edgecombe as Dickie Douglas
Nick Bailie as Mr. King
Jeremy Crittenden as Arthur Power
Ian MacIntyre as Dr. Fenton

Uncredited Cast


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