"Let Us Ask the Maiden"
Let Us Ask the Maiden
Season 2
Episode 11
Air date May 13, 2009
Written by Jason Sherman
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Guest Stars Albert Schultz as Isaac Begelman
Kristopher Turner as Sam Fineman
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Higgins
Sarah Allen as Enid Jones
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"Let Us Ask the Maiden​" is the eleventh episode of the second season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the twenty-fourth episode of the series. It first aired on May 13, 2009.


Detective Murdoch investigates the death of a young man, Nathan Siebold, who died just after prayers at his synagogue. Dr. Ogden concludes that he died of blood poisoning as a result of a consistent and lengthy exposure to arsenic.

Nathan worked for Isaac Begelman and there was obviously an attachment between him and Begelman's daughter Devra. She however had another suitor in the form of Dr. Simon Goldberg.

As Murdoch delves into the case, he comes to believe that Devra was forcibly being kept away from Nathan against her will and that she too is suffering from arsenic poisoning. When Sam Fineman, Nathan's best friend, is severely beaten by Isaac's goons for forming a union, the case begins to make sense and sends Murdoch down a different line of inquiry.

Character Revelations

  • William realizes he still loves Julia and has difficulty in communicating that to Enid.


Historical References

  • The Ward was an area of Toronto bound by College Street, Queen Street, Yonge Street, and University Avenue that saw a large influx of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe in the 1890s. Over the twentieth century, the Jewish community eventually moved out west while an incoming wave of Italian immigrants moved in. Eventually, they established themselves and moved away to what is now known as Little Italy. The Ward was then occupied primarily by Chinese immigrants, and the Ward was home to the first Chinatown. Over time, more land was purchased by developers and the Ward was demolished, the land being used to build condominiums in what is now known as Toronto's Discovery District.
  • The title of this episode is from Genesis 24:1-67 when Abraham’s servant Eliezer proposes to take Rebecca back to Canaan to marry Isaac, but he is told by Rebecca’s family (Abraham’s cousins, who were not into his new religion): ‘Let us ask the maiden.’ This tradition prevents forced and arranged marriages.

Literary Quotes and References

  • The Book of Zohar
  • Song of Solomon


Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Higgins
Sarah Allen as Enid Jones

Guest Cast

Albert Schultz as Isaac Begelman
Kristopher Turner as Sam Fineman
Sam Malkin as Rabbi Dinitz
Bethany Jillard as Devra Begleman
Jonathan Walker as Simon Goldberg
Michael Bodnar as Jerzy Piezlowski
Derek Moran as Nathan Siebold

Uncredited Cast


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