"Excitable Chap"
Mm1009 Excitable Chap
Season 10
Episode 1009
Air date December 5, 2016
Written by Simon McNabb and Peter Mitchell
Directed by Cal Coons
Recurring Peter Stebbings as James Pendrick
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"Excitable Chap" is the ninth episode of the tenth season of Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred forty-first of the series. It first aired December 5, 2016.


Murdoch strives to apprehend a lecherous costumed criminal known as The Lurker.

Inspector Brackenreid returns after seeing some exciting things at the World's Fair in St. Louis, making him wonder if there’s more he missed.

Murdoch and Crabtree inform the Inspector that The Lurker has resurfaced. His petty theft, destruction of property and tempting of women began shorty before the Inspector left for St. Louis. Murdoch points out, like with any criminal, the severity of his crime could increase. "Put the kettle on, Crabtree."

Every evening there is a Lurker incident: After his thwarted attack of Lydia Hall who stabs him with a hat pin,  he burgles the Brackenreid's home, scaring Margaret and stealing Pendrick's swords.

When popular Gerard Waldkirch, known by all as the Sausage King, is found dead by his toppled sausage stand - the cause of death a very deep knife wound - witnesses can not give much of a description, but it was the Lurker. Crabtree reports that they saw a man cloaked in darkness who snarled like an animal –  the Lurker has moved up to murder.

Character Revelations

  • Realizing that "the world is a bloody marvelous place", Thomas Brackenreid feels his life is half over and he's barely scratched its surface. In other words, Brackenreid is having a midlife crisis.
  • Inspector Brackenreid and James Pendrick bonded at the World's Fair in St. Louis and Murdoch feels left out.
  • Before escaping Station House No. 4, The Lurker (aka James Pendrick) gives Dr. Julia Ogden a long swooping kiss, afterwards Julia calmly states, "I've had better."
  • Brackenreid has been grabbed by wanderlust. No longer content being a station house copper, Thomas  goes off on a quest with Pendrick in pursuit of Ashmi, who’s stolen the inventor’s formula for the fountain of youth.


Historical References

  • The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition was informally called the St. Louis World's Fair, an international exhibition held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, from April to December, 1904.
  • Oblique reference by Brackenreid to Ota Benga, a captured Mbuti pygmy known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and in a human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo, who did escape the Fair to wander about as a free man until he was recaptured.



  • The first recorded use of the proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" was in the 1860s in Wales, UK. The original wording of the saying was "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." The current phrasing was first used in print in 1922.


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

Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Kristian Bruun as Constable Slugger Jackson
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Peter Stebbings as James Pendrick
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom
Bea Santos as Louise Cherry
Katy Breier as Lydia Hall

Guest Cast

Glenda Braganza as Ashmi
Andrew Di Rosa as Peregrine Fawkes
Teagan Vincze as Estephanie
Katriina Isberg as Dr. Karlson

Uncredited Cast

Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb


Simon McNabb

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