"Hell to Pay"
1018 Hell to Pay Murdoch
Season 10
Episode 1018
Air date March 20, 2017
Written by Peter Mitchell
Directed by Peter Mitchell
Guest Stars Robin Dunne
John Wildman
Previous Hot Wheels of Thunder
Next TBA

"Hell to Pay" is the eighteenth episode of Season Ten and the landmark one hundred fiftieth of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It first aired on March 20, 2017.


When a burlesque dancer asks Murdoch for help, the Station House No. 4 team find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy and unforeseen danger.

In the highly dramatic, action-filled season finale, William Murdoch is on the run.

While Murdoch didn't kill anyone, it is what the evidence says – framed for murder and caught in a conspiracy – he doesn't think anyone in the Constabulary can help him with a target on his back.

But he’s not the only one in danger, an adversary from Thomas Brackenreid's past returns and things get deadly serious. Everyone is drawn into the conspiracy and all their lives are in peril.

Character Revelations


Historical References

  • Great Fire of 1904 (see ep.1002)
  • Beginning in 1904, the Board of Control was directly elected by the city's electorate. The Board of Control of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was a part of its municipal government until it was abolished in 1969.


  • Filmed at The Mount Community Centre, Peterborough, Ontario.
  • A classic film noir inspired plot about one man against a corrupt system out to get him, unfortunately the man happens to be Detective Murdoch. "That's the truth of it, isn't it? They'd rather see him dead than alive," Julia asks George and the Inspector.
  • Features several guest stars in pivotal roles: Sanctuary's Robin Dunne and John Wildman, who Mitchell first met when they were both working on The Campbells. Dunne and Wildman play bigwigs in city hall who have plans for Toronto’s future.
  • In ten seasons, Constable Higgins is the only character who hasn't been jailed (so far).
  • The good news before this season finale aired Murdoch Mysteries will return for Season 11. The bad news after the season finale, not sure everyone in the cast will be back...
  • Peter Mitchell's interview in the aftermath: "I don’t think we can end a season like that and have everything be tickety-boo. The show, in essence, has five cliffhangers: three constables, one Julia and a Brackenreid. And we don’t see any of them past the three-quarter mark of the show. And, why is Watts offering to be so helpful at the very end of the episode? Is he a good guy? I don’t know. Why didn’t he help Murdoch earlier? Why is he showing up now?"



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

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Kristian Bruun as Constable Jackson
Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Richard Clarkin as Chief Constable Davis
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid (mentioned)
Katy Breier as Lydia Hall
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom
Bea Santos as Louise Cherry

Guest Cast

Robin Dunne as Franklin Williams
John Wildman as Robert Graham
Sara Farb as Emily Dobbs
Calvin Desautels as Edward Dobbs
Chris White as Officer
Brett Reason as Constable
Terrance Balazo as Vendor

Uncredited Cast


Murdoch Mysteries Season 10
Great Balls of Fire, Part 1Great Balls of Fire, Part 2A Study in PinkConcocting A KillerJagged Little PillBend It Like BrackenreidPainted LadiesWeekend at Murdoch'sExcitable ChapThe Devil InsideA Murdog MysteryThe MissingMr. Murdoch's NeighbourhoodFrom Murdoch to EternityHades Hath No FuryMaster LovecraftHot Wheels of ThunderHell to Pay
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