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Detective Llewelyn Watts of Station House No. 1 is introduced in Season 10, portrayed by Daniel Maslany.

Preferring the streets and outdoors instead of blackboards, stating, "the truth is in the air and we must breathe it in". Detective Watts is quite unlike Detective Murdoch. He is a little hard to get a handle on with regard to what he’s going to say next— a bit of a loose cannon with little in regards to social graces. Well-read, he has an existential philosopher's curiosity about human nature and an objective analytical logic in the mould of Sherlock Holmes, but processes his thoughts aloud as they come to him– unfiltered.

He dines on street food and especially likes German soft pretzels.

Early Life

Born to a Jewish mother (ep.1115), Llewelyn Watts lost both his parents before his twelfth birthday and was raised by his older sister and only sibling. When he was twelve, his sixteen-year-old sister disappeared (ep.1012) but their landlady looked after him (ep.1015). The landlady’s twin sons Daniel and Hubert Marks became, in every way, his brothers (ep.1207) and he their protector.

Llewelyn Watts’ quietly searches for his missing sister from his time as a young constable to becoming a detective for the Toronto Constabulary through to his working with the team at Station House No. 4 in Season 10.

Season 10

Concocting A Killer

  • In a chat with Crabtree, Det. Watts deduces, "Are you the same man today you were yesterday? Your hair is not the same. You cut and discarded it. Same with your fingernails. Over time, our entire body falls away and is reconstituted. How, then, can you be the same? In truth, the continuity of personhood may be nothing more than a delusion. In fact, it makes me question our whole profession..."
  • In the morgue with Dr. Ogden, he observes aloud, "The detective was wrong. You're not pretty. Look at you... Classic, Romanesque bone structure, excellent physiognomic symmetry... You're not pretty, you're beautiful." Julia replies, "Well, I suppose I'm flattered." He asks, "Why? It's merely an objective assessment."

A Murdog Mystery

  • Watts has been asked to vacate Station House No. 1 due to personality conflicts and freely admits it is his own. Happily, he has heard that there is an opening for a detective at Station House No. 4 as Murdoch is now Acting Inspector until Brackenreid returns.
  • Det. Watts enlists Constable Jackson in the investigation of missing women, whereupon their Detective-Constable partnership brings.

The Missing

  • While he doesn't like asking for permission, he requests for Constable Jackson again, calling him an "agreeable fellow" which is high praise coming from Watts.
  • He tells Jackson, "If I was a betting man. Well I was a betting man once....and that didn't go well."
  • Watts has a missing sister. When he was 12 years old, his older sister went missing. She was 16 years old. This is the motive behind his determination to find the missing women.

Mr. Murdoch's Neighbourhood

  • Detective Watts finds an interesting book of Greek Gods and Goddesses belonging to Muriel Bruce which may be a valuable clue to his on-going case into the missing women.

Hades Hath No Fury

  • Watts discovers that the woman killed in a mysterious explosion is Muriel Bruce and further investigation leads to a the Greenwood Estate and a surprise reunion with his long lost sister Clarissa Watts, now known as Athena.
  • Clarissa Watts abandoned her 12 year old brother because she did not want a life of servitude. Lady Greenwood was looking for a companion and when she died left her entire estate to Clarissa.
  • After a rough start in their working relationship, Freddie Pink relates, "You didn't choose your sister. In fairness, she didn't choose you." Watts tells her that she has a symmetrical face. Julia reassures Freddie that he meant as a compliment. (ep.1004)

Hell to Pay

  • Watts appears at the end of the episode after Murdoch is locked up, framed by a conspiracy for the murder of Lydia Hall. With the majority of Murdoch's allies presumed dead or incapacitated, Watts appears to offer him needed help.

Season 11

Up From Ashes

  • As it turns out, Watts offer to help is a genuine offer. He attends the funeral of Jackson with Murdoch, having allowed him to attend. He then proceeds to get on Penelope Marsh's good side, acting as if he is there to follow her orders, when he is truly trying to find out what is really going on. He also tries to convince Marsh that Williams and Graham are the bad guys.
  • He runs into Julia in the street, who is in disguise, and takes her to the tavern where George and Brackenreid are waiting. Watts then tells the others how he stuck to the shadows when he heard things were going badly for Murdoch, and recounts how he ran into the church after the shooting occurred. He found Jackson dead, but Henry and George were alive. Ordering Henry and Jackson to be taken to the hospital, he pretends that George is dead so that he can go undercover, and takes him to Miss James, who saves his life.
  • He teams up with Marsh, who turns out to be on their side, to get the fingermarks of Williams and Graham, but when they can't get Williams' fingermarks, they take him to the Windsor House Hotel room that the Murdoch's live in.
  • In the closing scene, Watts listens in as Brackenreid makes a tribute to Jackson, and Watts mentions that 'he was a stout, earnest fellow, I liked him very much.' Watts then decides to stay on at Station House Four.

Merlot Mysteries

  • Llewelyn Watts is an oenophile and has a sommelier Jean-Michel Larouche Coutre III.
  • Watts assists Murdoch in the investigation of the murder of a wine connoisseur. As they investigate the cellar, Watts reveals himself to be a bit of a wine connoisseur, able to name the notable wines in the cellar.
  • In order for Murdoch to have a better understanding of the different varietal characteristics of wine, Watts conducts a tasting experiment for the Detective, resulting in Murdoch becoming quite drunk.
  • Investigating where the old winery used to be located, George and Watts return to the the Station House rather happily tipsy. Upon discovering that the winery was right next to the estate owned by the murder victim, Watts departs with Murdoch to determine its exact location.

The Canadian Patient (Mention)

  • Inspector Brackenreid asks, "Where's bloody Watts?" When told that he has ask for a couple of days off, the Inspector responses with, "Thinks he can wander in and out of this Station House and do as he pleases."

21 Murdoch Street

  • Detective Watts gleans that John Brackenreid is not certain whether he truly wants to be a policeman.

The Accident

Brackenreid Boudoir

  • Llewelyn Watts finds romance in the adventurous and well-travelled Miss Fiona Faust.

The Talking Dead

  • Detective Watts' life is at risk when he offers to take young Agnes Swift to the fair after her mother's is falsely arrested.

Mary Wept

Crabtree à la Carte

Murdoch Schmurdoch

  • While investigating the case with Al Jolson, Watts hears children singing as they pass a window. It stops him as he recognizes it as the one his mother sang to him. Jolson tells him that it is an old Yiddish lullaby and that his family must be Jewish. Highly unlikely, for his last name, Watts, is not a Jewish name. But names are changed all the time when folks get off the boat from the old country, Jolson insists, "And if your mother is Jewish, so are you."
  • Al Jolson tells Watts that he has found his new shtick, before applying black makeup to his face. Jolson appears in blackface in the The Jazz Singer.

Game of Kings

  • Watts points out the thing about the Travel Agency, "They not only know where you are going, but also where you are coming from"...

Shadows Are Falling

Free Falling

Season 12

Murdoch Mystery Mansion

  • Watts appreciates the design of the new Murdoch Home, suspecting that Murdoch might not he asks him directly (as is his fashion). William states that "it suits Julia's needs" – neither men know that Julia has heard them.

Murdoch Without Borders

Sir. Sir? Sir!!!

Brother's Keeper

  • Detective Watts reports a killing at his own hands, in self-defence; This is the first time he has taken a life.
  • Hubert Marks and his twin brother Daniel are the sons of the landlady who took care of twelve year old Llewelyn Watts when his sister abandoned him. Watts has always held them as his brothers and himself as their protector.

Drowning in Money

Annabella Cinderella

Six of the Best

Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1

Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2

Season 13

The Philately Fatality

  • Detective Watts returns to the Station House to assist Detective Murdoch and Inspector Brackenreid with a case involving a stamp enthusiast and a men-only party.
  • When various men are brought to light as being homosexual, Watts' views conflict with Brackenreid's as the case progresses. Where Brackenreid threatens arrest, Watts attempts to speak one-on-one with the suspects as he understands that no one wants to lose their jobs, nor their reputation.
  • Jack Walker helps Watts locate Mr. Paxton's secret stamp collection in exchange for an hour to run an errand visiting his mother. When the Inspector learns of this, he criticizes Watts for being so foolish as "he's being held on suspicion of murder! He could be on a train halfway across the country by now." Watts firmly assures Brackenreid that Jack Walker, though he could have run, has done what was promised and returned to the cells.
  • When the investigation comes to a close, Detective Watts calls on a now-released Mr. Walker to thank him for his cooperation. Hesitating in the doorway, Walker asks if there was anything more Watts wanted to tell him. Watts asks, "do you mind if I call you Jack?"

The Final Curtain

The Killing Dose

  • Watts has spent the night over at Jack's residence.
  • Stepping into the hallway, Watts spots George just leaving Effie Newsome's room. He tries to make a discreet get-away but George catches him, saying he didn't know Watts lived in the building. Watts truthfully tells him that he, in fact, doesn't. George assumes Watts has been visiting a lady friend like himself, "We're in the same boat," no need to hide.
  • Watts helps George track down a possible thief in their building. When evidence arises pointing to Jack Walker's butcher shop, they engage in a 'wink and nod' questioning which helps resolve the case but leaves a puzzlement.
  • Watts has asked George to meet with him to explain that he's been having "money troubles" which is why he was staying over at Jack Walker's. Unconvinced, George replies, "Well, Detective, you should know that your – 'money troubles' – are safe with me."
  • A bit taken aback, Watts is silent for a moment before thanking his fellow copper and friend.

Things Left Behind

  • Watts is leaving a pub in the company of Jack Walker, and while the two attempt to make use of the shadows, their moment is short-lived when Watts discovers a body. He instructs Jack to leave and calls Detective Murdoch to the scene.
  • Constable Higgins arrives and informs them of a robbery of a wealthy estate. Watts goes to investigate the disappearance of a MacAuley painting. A few minutes later, a man identifying himself as Detective Edwards walks in. He explains that he's new to Station House One and still does not have a solved case under his belt, and wishes to work together with Watts. The next day, the two discover evidence that leads to the possible conclusion of the thief being a woman.
  • After interviewing Aldous Germaine, Germaine comments as he leaves, "it was nice seeing you the other evening, Detective." This may suggest that Watts and Jack have attended men-only parties since being together.
  • A day later, Watts is confronted by Detective Edwards, who informs him that Jack had been picked previously on charges of suspected homosexual activity. "I will take that under advisement," says Watts. As Detective Edwards walks away, Watts gives him a rather annoyed look before following suit.

The Future is Unwritten

  • Upon finding Philipe MacAuley alive, Detectives Watts and Edwards question both the painter and Stella Davenport. They explain how the paintings had been put on loan, not actually bought, in hopes that people would see them and want to buy them. Watts surmises that the real thieves are the collectors - not MacAuley and Davenport. "I like the way you think," Detective Edwards agrees.
  • The two detectives go to retrieve MacAuley's paintings from collector Derek Ferdinand, who objects, stating he'd bought them. However, when Watts asks to see a bill of proof, Ferdinand proudly states the agreement was done by handshake. Watts and Edwards then proceed to take the paintings off the walls anyway.
  • Jake and Llewelyn are enjoying each other's company at a bar when Edwards walks in. While neither man sees him, Edwards does see them. He leaves without saying a word.
  • To celebrate Edwards' first case closed, Watts produces a bottle of wine, but Edwards doesn't want it. He instead smahses the bottle against the floor, stating he doesn't like Watts' "kind", and hints that Jack had been arrested by Station House One. Watts moves to strike the man but backs down.
  • Watts goes to free Jack, but the butcher refuses to let Watts damage his career. "You're a policeman, Llewellyn. Don't throw that away."
  • Later, Watts storms into Inspector Brackereid's office and explains the situation. Brackenreid can't do anything: his hands are tied in this matter. Jack Walker is "guilty" of what he was charged with. "Then charge me," Watts demands. "I am as indecent as Jack Walker." He shouldn't have told the Inspector that, but he did. "Jack Walker should not be persecuted for being a human being - nor should I." Before he leaves, Watts asks the inspector what his next action will be.
  • As it happens, Brackenreid ends up releasing Jack. Though Watts doesn't thank the Inspector personally, he does leave a bottle of wine on his desk.

Season 14

Murdoch and the Tramp

  • Watts is present at the Victoria Day Carnival when Henry gives the good news that Ruth is pregnant.
  • A few moments later the group encounters Obie Strathford, who comments about Julia's outfit, "if styles keep advancing I hope I live five years longer." Murdoch is confused as to why this is funny to which Watts explains, "I believe the joke lies in the incongruence of the lasciviousness." The light-hearted moment is spoiled when a body falls through the overhead tarp.
  • Watts enters Brackenreid's office while Nomi is leaving, having noticed something curious, but he stops talking when he sees the Inspector's expression. He inquires if something is wrong to which Brackenreid denies. "You can confide in me," Watts assures him. Brackenreid explains the situation and his difficulty with lying and hiding things. He asks how Watts does it - he feels bloody awful lying. "Precisely," says Watts.
  • Back at the carnival, Watts informs Murdoch that he's talked to a man who says he witnessed a man with a knife near the stage. He is then distracted by shouting somewhere nearby and decides to go investigate. George goes with him. The disturbance turns out to be a father beating his son - or so they think. Upon separating them, the boy begins to get angry and explains it's all an act.
  • Beneath the stage on Vaudeville night, Watts and George are assisting Mr. Laurel on finding his suitcase when they discover a large case of sharp objects directly beneath the trap door of the stage. The door is barely held shut by a single nail - an obvious trap. George pops through the trap door to warn Charlie Chaplin and the show is called off. Later at the station house, Chaplin boasts about receiving a letter from a young lady after a romantic encounter. "How do you know it's from a young lady?" Watts asks. "It could be from an old lady. Or a young man." Murdoch somewhat agrees that it could be a trap and devises a plan, which involves Watts following Obie Strathford, their top suspect, while remaining in constant wireless contact via a large device strapped to his back. Watts is rather apprehensive. "I'm supposed to wear this?"
  • The truth is discovered some time later - Obie Strathford is the target, not the perpetrator. Watts is instructed to detain Ed Ward without drawing suspicion. Watts initiates the comedic chase scene near the end when he looks at Ed Ward and exclaims, "oh! You're under arrest!"

Rough and Tumble

  • Watts assists Murdoch, and the reluctant Brackenreid, in uncovering the truth surrounding a murder which Bobby is the alleged perpetrator of.

Code M for Murdoch

  • While Murdoch attempts to track down James Pendrick, Watts deals with a case involving a body found in the Don river. A photo of the dead man is hung up in the Station House and he is recognized by Julia, who says his name is Doctor Quinlan.
  • Quinlan was beaten with the use of a weapon, not fists. Watts suggest perhaps a cricket bat. He, Julia, and Violet Hart are curious as to why Quinlan did not defend himself. Hart says she'll know more when she sees his brain. Watts, eyeing the saw in her hand, makes a rapid departure.
  • Back at the Station House, Watts questions Professor John Gatlin, a colleague of Quinlan's. Gatlin has no knowledge of anyone who would want to harm Quinlan - "he was highly regarded in his field". Quinlan believed he was close to discovering a medical breakthrough, though he wouldn't tell anyone, and his partner had insisted on secrecy. Watts asks the name of this partner. "A man by the name of Pendrick," Gatlin says. Perhaps Watts and Murdoch's cases are connected?
  • After discovering what happened to Quinlan, the question becomes, what killed him? Violet Hart unveils Quinlan's brain (much to Watts and Murdoch's disgust) and explains she found a severe inflammation in his brain. Julia identifies it as rabies. Murdoch wonders if this is what happened to Pendrick's dog, which had been put down three months ago. "Perhaps the passing of his pup prompted Pendrick pursue a... cure," Watts says.

Shock Value

  • Jack tells Llewelyn the detective that he's planning a surprise, and while Watts doesn't like surprises, Jack asks him for his indulgence.
  • Later, Watts spots George oiling up a bicycle and remarks that "a modern police station would have automobiles by now."
  • George expresses the difficulties he's having on a recent case of the kidnap of a child, for there's only one witness and he is disinclined to trust her. Watts tosses him a pretzel and offers to assist. While the two are around town, Watts spots Jack talking to another man and hesitates, then quickly brushes it off when George inquires.

The Ministry of Virtue

  • Watts encounters a man banging on an alleyway door screaming "I paid in full!" He asks what the trouble is, opens his coat to reveal where his badge should be, then realizes it's in his pocket. The man explains he's waiting for a delivery. Watts inquires on the type of delivery, but before the man can respond a woman walks up and introduces herself as Constance Weatherly who serves the Virtue's Ministry. Thinking all is well in hand, Watts starts to leave, then becomes suspicious again when Weatherly asks if Axel Crawford is "ready to collect [his] bride?" Then another woman opens the door and tells Weatherly, "Maddie's locked herself in the lavatory." Weatherly asks Watts help.
  • They approach the locked door where a woman named Madeline Tompkins has locked herself in. Watts inquires on the nature of this place, then knocks on the door himself. Weatherly procures a set of keys and opens it to a dastardly sight - Miss Tompkins lying in a bathtub, bloodied, and dead.
  • Murdoch is brought in to conduct the investigation. While he is questioning Miss Weatherly, Watts calls from the upstairs window that he's found something. He reveals a pendant bearing initials which are not the victim's, then leads Murdoch outside to where there are shoe marks underneath Tompkins' window.
  • Later, Watts is helping a distraught Jack Walker deal with offensive vandalism done to the butcher shop. As Jack leaves per Watts' request, the detective asks a group of men if they saw anything. The men deny seeing something, but sarcastically quip that what happened was a shame. Watts arrests them. Jack is not pleased to hear this, wanting things to just blow over, and breaks things off between them.
  • Watts asks Brackenreid for the vandal charges to be dropped. The inspector is confused. "I thought Jack Walker was your friend." Indeed, he is, but this friend wishes to avoid public trial. The charges are dropped, Watts goes to see Jack, only to find him currently celebrating an engagement party with a young woman. The woman invites him in but he declines. "I would never intrude on your joy." Jack closes the door in Watts' face.
  • Again in Brackenreid's office, Watts skulks around with a drink in his hand, agonizing over Jack Walker's engagement to Clara Cartwright. He becomes obsessed about warning the bride to be about who Jack is. Brackenreid advises him not to do anything stupid.
  • From a distance, Watts watches Clara and Jack.

Murdoch Escape Room

  • A call comes in to the station house, seemingly from Murdoch, asking after Detective Watts, but Watts is out investigating a corpse found in a sewer. Brackenreid goes in his place.
  • At the station house, Watts is sorting through the evidence - including Miss Cherry's notebook. Higgins arrives and tells the Detective he spoke with Frank Hoover, the man who wrote the note. It was addressed to Phineas Smith, a witness in the Osbourne robbery case, and Detective Murdoch's alibi in the case surrounding Raymond Huckabee's death.
  • Watts interviews Frank Hoover, who says he gave the IOU to Smith the last time he ever saw him, at the Queen's hotel. Apparently, he was getting paid to stay out of his house for a time. Who payed him? Hoover doesn't know; Smith was having dinner with someone - a woman - and he never got the chance to speak with him. Watts holds up Goldie Huckabee's photo. "That's her," says Hoover.
  • Watts, Higgins, and Miss Cherry dig around the case files on Raymond Huckabee's murder. Watts asks if Mrs. Huckabee has been located yet, but she hasn't. They discover that Raymond Huckabee was constantly in debt from gambling and his wife was concerned, going so far as to hire a P.I.. "Number one reason not to get married." She tells Watts to consider her a confirmed bachelorette. "Consider me your counterpart," Watts returns.
  • Miss Cherry seems surprised to discover that Watts is a bachelor. "You just haven't been in love," she decides. Watts tells her she's wrong about that, and Louise asks the name of his apparently former lover - assuming female. "Jack...lyn," Watts says.
  • The two then discover a rough sketch of the device that killed Raymond Huckabee among Goldie's personal papers. Then Higgins comes in with a case of knives they found hidden in her attic. There is one missing, a direct match to the knife found on the corpse in the sewer. Miss Cherry also discovers a stash of love letters from Ralph Fellows.
  • Fellows is brought in for Watts to interview. He maintains his insistence that Detective Murdoch killed Raymond Huckabee. He also reveals that he was aware of Station House Four's plan to trap him, then Fellows asks where Murdoch is. "Why am I talking to a second-rate Detective?" Watts asks if he killed Raymond Huckabee. Fellows denies this, and when asked why he confessed, says it was to "stop you and the corrupt machinery of the law from railroading the only woman I loved." Fellows attempts to taunt Watts, to little effect.
  • Watts and Cherry track down the crown attorney once more, but without Goldie Huckabee to interview their argument holds little weight. Unfortunately, Goldie cannot be located. "So," Watts rambles to Miss Cherry as they walk down the road, "have we just saved an innocent man from the noose, or allowed a killer to walk free?" With the new evidence against Goldie it allows for reasonable doubt in the conviction of Ralph Fellows. Miss Cherry wonders if this was the plan all along. Although, none of this would have happened if Louise hadn't stumbled upon the skeleton in the alleyway, which leads them to believe their cases are connected. They discover that Miss Cherry's tip on her "unrelated" case had come from Goldie Huckabee. The two toss ideas back and forth, before wondering where Detective Murdoch has gone to.
  • Watts, Higgins, and Miss Cherry examine a note on the blackboard. Watts discovers it to be a code, an invitation to meet at 36 Tate Street, which is Kirkham's old electroplating factory, slated for demolition. The pieces begin to fall into place.
  • Watts gets there in time to rescue everyone from being dissolved in acid, quipping, "would now be a good time to ask for a raise?"
  • After the case is closed, Louise and Watts are walking down the street together discussing the case. "I acted with integrity at every point," Miss Cherry comments. Watts agrees, to which Miss Cherry says it's not a common opinion. "Oh, I don't have common opinions," Watts says. Louise then goes in to kiss him, but Watts backs up awkwardly. He apologizes, explaining he's not ready. Louise assumes that he's still in love with "her", to which Watts appears to agree.

The Dominion of New South Mimico

  • Both Watts and Murdoch are summoned by Roderick H. Roderick to the newly formed "nation" of New South Mimico to investigate a murder.
  • While Murdoch argues the legitimacy of New South Mimico, Watts quips that borders aren't real: "They're arbitrary divisors of people, but insomuch as we acknowledge them, we may as well acknowledge Mr. Newsome's." Thus ends the discussion and bringing attention back to the murder the detectives were originally summoned for. Later, Watts calls the "nation" a "manifestation of a lunatics untethered vanity".

The .38 Murdoch Special

  • Since his breakup with Jack Walker, Watts has spent his days moping around the station house contemplating on laws put in place for the sake of "morality". He then seeks out Doctor Ogden, hoping she can help "cure" him of his "deviant sexual impulses" (his homosexuality). Julia is hesitant, but Watts tells her to consider it.
  • They do end up going through with it, but Watts doesn't feel any different. Julia tells him that she believes deep down, he doesn't really want to change, which Watts denies. "I have to." He tells Julia that his heart isn't broken simply because someone doesn't love him anymore, but that someone isn't allowed to love him.
  • Back in the station house later on, Watts observes that they "work for a system that builds laws to ensure that those who fit what society wants are rewarded, while those who do not are left to suffer," alluding to his own troubles.

Everything is Broken Part 1

  • Watts is drinking at a bar and complaining to the bartender about a loud group of men in the next room when a boy walks in holding a gun, and shoots at the loudest man. Watts attempts to apprehend the boy but he scurries away. The detective questions all the men, but none of them have any idea who the boy was.

Everything is Broken Part 2

  • Watts helps identify the man young Harry Murdoch shot at as Frank Rhodes.
  • Upon meeting Violet in the morgue, he asks if she could secure a table at her husband's restaurant. Violet agrees, then states that he seems to be in good spirits. The two have a friendly conversation, relating to each other's troubles of the heart. Watts claims he has gotten over his heartbreak, and is no longer looking for love.
  • However, it appears the Jack-Llewelyn relationship is not over.

Season 15

The Things We Do for Love Part 1

  • Watts is sent to investigate the case of a young woman whose parents believe her husband murdered her. A neighbour leads Watts around back, where a couple are kneeling in front of a fire. They are saying goodbye to the soul of their daughter. The father claims that the man who killed her is inside the house - her husband Jack Larkin. However, he knows nothing about their claims.
  • Questioning the parents, Watts inquires why they believe Larkin killed their daughter Minori. The mother says that Larkin beat Minori, often, and tried to leave. He also apparently had a wife before her, whom he killed. At the scene of the burial, Violet Hart manages to swipe a part of a bone to examine later.
  • Later, Watts interviews the parents. A young man comes in, demanding to know why his parents are here if they have done nothing wrong. Watts shakes his head, saying that they did assault Larkin, but the young man defends them. Watts does eventually interview Jack Larkin, who claims that he's simply a man who's lived in tragic circumstances. Watts wants to charge him, but is overruled by Brackenreid. Legally, he cannot be held, not without solid evidence.
  • Watts and Violet are summoned to the Nakamura's estate, where Jack Larkin lies dead, but Eliza Day is still alive.

The Things We Do for Love Part 2

  • Watts and Brackenreid suspect the son Keiji might be responsible for Jack Larkin's murder. Brackenreid tells Watts to bring the Nakamura parents in, but Watts is hesitant, believing them to be suffering. "They're parents," Brackenreid counters. "They live in a world of perpetual suffering." The parents are brought in anyway, but they do not believe their son would kill another man.
  • Keiji is brought in, and is surprised to learn Jack Larkin is dead. Suspicion of him is cleared after his alibi is confirmed. Later, Watts asks Hart to ask Dr. Ogden to examine the bone fragment from the cremation and Odgen identifies it as an animal bone – possible pig's, indicating that the Nakamura daughter is still alive. The parents are brought in, and Brackenreid strategically charges them with murder, later telling Watts that he has the bare bones of a plan: If their daughter is a good person, she'll come forward to protect her parents.
  • The next day at the Station House, Minori Nakamura surrenders herself to Watts, confessing to the murder and pleads for her parents' release. Minori is arrested and Watts sympathizes, wondering what will happen to her given her cruel circumstances.

Blood on the Tracks

  • Watts is at the Station House, holding Henry's baby Jordan in his arms when Murdoch comes in. Henry brings up a new holiday called Mother's Day, which Watts appears to approve of. He then hands Jordan back to Henry and picks up his half-eaten pretzel.
  • Jack and Llewelyn are walking down the street discussing visiting Portugal. Jack offers to take them to the track instead. Watts seems wary of this. "I haven't placed a bet since 1902 when I lost every penny I had." Jack reassures him that he'll only be paying for drinks.
  • Watts and Jack finds Jordan sitting on the ground playing with Murdoch's remote control, thus reuniting the child with her frantic father Henry after she escaped the Station House.

Love or Money

I Know What You Did Last Autumn

  • Watts holds a pumpkin carving contest in the station house, but soon considers his carving attempts too poor to enter into his own contest.

'The Incorrigible Dr. Ogden'

  • Watts invites Jack to attend a performance at the Plaza Theatre with him for an evening of enchantment, but Jack nervously declines.
  • At the station house, Inspector Brackenreid introduces Watts to Milo Strange, a man who claims, "Walt Whitman has been abducted." Watts is confused, stating that Walt Whitman is dead, but Strange soon clarifies - Walt Whitman is his peacock, named after the poet. Brackenreid leaves the case in Watts' hands.
  • After the case is solved and Walt Whitman the peacock returned, Strange invites Watts to a poetry reading: an evening of enchantment.

'Murdoch Knows Best'

  • Watts and George are on the case of a missing person, Coach Keen, reported by a youth basketball team. All they could find was his hat with some blood on it. He was last seen going to buy uniforms for the team, but Watts discovers he never made it to the sporting goods store. While hypothesizing on what happened, Watts spots and becomes distracted by Milo Strange across the street.
  • As it turns out, Coach Keen took the money and used it to buy drinks instead of helping the young basketball team. Watts and George confront the would-be coach and George threatens to arrest him, but Watts hums, "he's not worth the hot meal." Later, the two of them are wondering what to do; the children are just poor street urchins who want to play a game. Watts suggests finding them a new coach - and another seven dollars for uniforms. The two of them do just that.
  • Watts runs into Strange once more, stating, "seems we can't manage to avoid one another." He offers Strange a pretzel and, to his delight, Strange accepts.

In The Future

A Frankie Drake Mysteries Cold Case

  • In 1921, Inspector Watts is called to help with a case that he worked on with former Chief Constable Brackenreid in 1905, but they were unable to solve. By teaming up with Morality Officer Mary Shaw and Private Detective Frankie Drake, they uncover the real culprit behind the robbery that was believed to have involved Frankie's father.


  • MM writer Simon McNabb: "There was a long conversation in the Writers’ Roomabout how to bring in a detective who could play off Murdoch and be his opposite without being a terrible detective,... So we thought about how to come up with someone who is totally unlike Murdoch but still very much a classically great detective and in the mould of your Sherlock Holmes’. We found a nice balance—so it was really fun to see them play off each other and I think the actors did too."
  • Daniel Maslany, who plays Detective Watts, is the younger brother of actress Tatiana Maslany who plays Alison Hendrix in Orphan Black.
  • When Greg David (TV, Eh?) asked if we can trust Watt's motives at the end of Season 10, Peter Mitchell answered, "Maybe. I never trust those Maslanys. They have many faces! [Laughs.] Daniel is fantastic; just a very pleasant young man."
  • Season 11 will reveal him to be "a gadabout detective and he comes and he goes. He is semi-permanently stationed in No. 4.", according to Peter Mitchell. Watts is in at least half of the season's episodes.
  • According to showrunner Peter Mitchell after Season 13, "And I think that the way that Daniel portrayed the character, it was with the writers easy for us to go, ‘Yeah, that wouldn’t be a surprise.’ I don’t think we plotted out a three-year arc that would uncover a secret, other than it seemed like although some of the fans had a hard time accepting that this could indeed be possible, it never seemed to us that it was a huge leap. And Dan was super pumped to do it, sort of like off to the races."


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeBea Santos as Louise CherryPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersPeter Stebbings as James PendrickMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggNigel Bennett as former Chief Constable Giles • Siobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeShailene Garnett as Nomi JohnstonStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Sean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle