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"Kill Thy Neighbour"
1313 Kill Thy Neighbour
Season 13
Episode 1313
Air date January 20, 2020
Written by Mary Pedersen and Noelle Girard
Directed by Craig David Wallace
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"Kill Thy Neighbour" is the thirteenth episode of the thirteenth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred ninety-ninth of the series (not including the three stand-alone holiday specials). It first aired January 27, 2020.


Suspicion falls on William Murdoch when his neighbor turns up dead after a series of quarrels between the two. Murdoch's cufflink is found at the crime scene. As the evidence against him mounts, the team at Station House No. 4 races to prove he is being set up.

Character Revelations

  • The Huckabees put in a second water line and the Murdoch Home pipes burst, forcing William and Julia to return to the Windsor House Hotel.
  • Lacking his usual nightly sleep, William is unusually short-tempered, distracted and arguably bit paranoid.
  • Murdoch has invented a lawnmower.
  • Julia gave William her late father's cufflinks as an anniversary gift.
  • Crabtree's publisher wants him to go on a book tour across the country, Halifax to Vancouver.


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1907 – Edward VII (Albert Edward;1841-1910) is King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas.
  • Barbital was marketed in 1904 by the Bayer company as “Veronal”. Barbital was considered to be a great improvement over the existing hypnotics of the time, tasting less bitter than bromides.


  • As Peter Mitchell revealed during Parker in the Rye: "we will get almost every character on MM behind bars this year."
  • The response to "...across the country, Halifax to Vancouver," is an allusion to Jonny Harris' TV series Still Standing (2015) with wonderful weekly stand-up at small towns across the proud and true Canadiana of Canada.
  • At the opening of this episode, Crabtree makes a reference to 'The Dome'.
  • Brackenreid makes an allusion to the signature idiom of "The Shadow", a 1930s radio pulp drama, when he says: "...what darkness lurks in the heart of a man". The actual introduction, spoken by actor Frank Readick: "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

Notable Quote

Louise Cherry to George Crabtree: "But can you comment on the fact that a disproportionate amount of people close to the Detective end up dead?"
Brackenreid to George: "There's no telling what darkness lurks in the heart of a man, Crabtree."
Crabtree to Watts and Brackenreid: "Sir, I know what lurks in the heart of William Murdoch, it is a passion for justice, a respect for science, and a desire to create ingenious automated machines that one day might save us from doing housework. He has more integrity than any man I know, and he would sooner move a house to Mars than kill a vexatious neighbour. And you know what? That's it. I refuse to hear any more on the subject."


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
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Marc Senior as Robert Parker
Bea Santos as Louise Cherry
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Colin Mochrie as Ralph Fellows
Sebastian Spence as Allen Templeton
Jonelle Gunderson as Goldie Huckabee
Paul Braunstein as Raymond Huckabee

Guest Cast

Daniel Beirne as Mr. Mansfield
Orville Cummings as Night Porter
Glen Anthony as Baker
Alex Hatz as Percival Emerson
Marvin Hinz as Shop Owner
Daniel Krolik as Reporter

Non-Credited Cast

Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb


Murdoch Mysteries Season 13
Troublemakers Bad PenniesForever YoungProdigal Father
Murdoch and the Cursed Caves The Philately Fatality Toronto the BadThe Final CurtainThe Killing Dose
Parker in the RyeStaring Blindly into the FutureFox HuntKill Thy NeighbourRigid Silence
The Trial of Terrence MeyersIn the Company of WomenThings Left BehindThe Future is Unwritten

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