|Air date||February 17, 2009|
|Written by||Jean Greig|
|Directed by||Paul Fox|
|Guest Stars||Geordie Johnson as Barkeley Blake|
Matt Gordon as Rudolph Sutton
Kerry McPherson as Mary Ann McConnell
|Recurring||Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins|
|Previous||Snakes and Ladders|
Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden attend the Dinosaur Ball and put their recently acquired dancing skills to good use. At the appropriate time their host, Barclay Blake, is set to reveal his latest find from the fields of Alberta. A religious fanatic interrupts the proceedings but when the dinosaur is shown, the gigantic skeleton has a body in its jaws.
The dead man turns out to be Lukas DeWitt, a member of Blake's last expedition. Dr. Ogden believes that DeWitt was shot but using a new photographic device called radiography that takes special pictures with x-rays, they are unable to locate a bullet. As Murdoch investigates, there is no shortage of suspects, including one of Blake's rivals, Professor Rudolph Sutton.
When they find bits of concrete in DeWitt's wounds, the x-ray machine reveals something else about the artifacts Blake found.
- William Murdoch has dreams, one about the Badlands of Alberta is revealed at the end of this episode and his desire for a family. Studying the woman's walk, he smiles recognizing who she is– Julia, (watch The Annoying Red Planet train station scene).
- While William and Julia are dancing, he comments favorably about the money spent for dancing lessons in Snakes and Ladders.
- Murdoch's keen interest in dinosaurs will be whetted again in Season 7's Loch Ness Murdoch.
- 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.
- X-rays, discovered by Röntgen in 1895.
- In 1901 Röntgen receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of x-rays.
- Murdoch mentions the "bone wars " a real-life rivalry between two palaeontologists, E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh between 1877 and 1892.
- No such creature as a "Terrorsaurus" has been found, unless you count in Power Rangers universe.
- The Albertosaurus was first described in 1905, when Alberta was formed as a province. Both Alberta and Albertosaurus were mentioned in the episode even though it takes place prior to this year. If they meant to reference a "Pterosaur", the first one described from Alberta was in 1995. Interestingly enough, a show that is so involved in scientific advances put this bit of paleontology in the dark.
- The dinosaurs in the episode are mounted in the modern horizontal posture, with the tail lifted off the ground. However in the late-19th century when the episode is set, the predominant theories put the animals in an upright, tail-dragging posture.
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