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{{Infobox character
|image = Mrs._brackenreid_20th_century.jpg
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|image = Mrs._brackenreid_20th_century.jpg
|actor = [[Arwen Humphreys]]
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|actor = [[Arwen Humphreys]]
|seen = {{Ep|102}}<br>{{Ep|201}} <br> {{ep|210}} <br> {{Ep|304}}<br>{{Ep|413}}<br>{{Ep|505}}<br>{{Ep|506}} <br> {{ep|509}} <br> {{ep|513}} <br> {{ep|601}} <br> {{ep|606}}<br>{{Ep|716}}<br>{{Ep|801}}<br>{{Ep|804}}<br>{{Ep|817}}<br>{{Ep|902}}<br>{{Ep|906}}<br>[[A Merry Murdoch Christmas]]<br>{{Ep|912}}<br>{{Ep|917}}
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|seen = '''''[[The Glass Ceiling]]'''''<br>'''''[[Mild Mild West]]'''''<br>'''''[[Murdoch.com]]'''''<br> '''''[[Rich Boy, Poor Boy]]'''''<br>'''''[[Murdoch in Wonderland]]'''''<br>'''''[[Murdoch at the Opera]]'''''<br>'''''[[Who Killed the Electric Carriage?]]'''''<br>'''''[[Invention Convention]]'''''<br>'''''[[Twentieth Century Murdoch]]'''''<br>'''''[[Murdoch Air]]'''''<br>'''''[[Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom]]'''''<br>'''''[[Kung Fu Crabtree]]'''''<br>'''''[[On the Waterfront Part 1]]'''''<br>'''''[[Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!]]'''''<br>'''''[[Election Day]]'''''<br>'''''[[Marked Twain]]'''''<br>'''''[[The Local Option]]'''''<br>'''''[[A Merry Murdoch Christmas]]'''''<br>'''''[[Unlucky In Love]]'''''<br>'''''[[From Buffalo With Love]]'''''<br>'''''[[Excitable Chap]]'''''<br>'''''[[From Murdoch to Eternity]]'''''<br>'''''[[Master Lovecraft]]'''''<br>'''''[[Hell to Pay]]'''''<br>'''''[[Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas]]'''''<br>'''''[[The Canadian Patient]]'''''<br>'''''[[Brackenreid Boudoir]]'''''<br>'''''[[F.L.A.S.H.!]]'''''<br>'''''[[Crabtree à la Carte]]'''''<br>'''''[[Home for the Holidays]]'''''<br>'''''[[Sir. Sir? Sir!!!]]'''''<br>'''''[[Secrets and Lies]]'''''<br>
|mention = {{Ep|205}}<br>{{Ep|807}}<br>{{Epl1018}}
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|mention = '''''[[The Green Muse]]'''''<br>'''''[[What Lies Buried]]'''''<br>'''''[[Hell to Pay]]'''''<br>'''''[[Up From Ashes]]'''''<br>'''''[[The Accident]]'''''<br>'''''[[The Great White Moose]]'''''<br>'''''[[Pirates of the Great Lakes]]'''''
|gender = Female
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|gender = Female
|status = Living
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|status = Living
|relationships = [[Thomas Brackenreid]], husband<br>[[John Brackenreid]], son<br>[[Bobby Brackenreid]], son<br> Sister, named Lillian possibly (mentioned in 606)<br>[[Charlie Brackenreid]], nephew
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|relationships = [[Thomas Brackenreid]], husband<br>[[John Brackenreid]], son<br>[[Bobby Brackenreid]], son<br> Lizzy, sister<br>[[Charlie Brackenreid]], nephew}}{{DEFAULTSORT:Brackenreid M}}'''Margaret Brackenreid '''is one of the original reoccurring characters in [[Murdoch Mysteries (overview)|Murdoch Mysteries]] (2008) portrayed by Canadian actress [[Arwen Humphreys]].
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'''Margaret Brackenreid '''is one of the original reoccurring characters in [[Murdoch Mysteries]] (2008) portrayed by Canadian actress [[Arwen Humphreys]].
 
   
 
She is affectionately called "'''Mrs. B'''" by her MM fans who raised a campaign asking for more Mrs. B appearances. Luckily for all, MM producers and writers listened and delivered!
 
She is affectionately called "'''Mrs. B'''" by her MM fans who raised a campaign asking for more Mrs. B appearances. Luckily for all, MM producers and writers listened and delivered!
   
"'''''Margaret Brackenreid''' is the ideal counterpart to her classic Victorian husband. Equally a product of the times, Margaret may not buy into the votes for women, but she has learned from the women who went before her how to manage a husband without him knowing''." – [[Investigating Murdoch Mysteries]]
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"'''''Margaret Brackenreid''' is the ideal counterpart to her classic Victorian husband. Equally a product of the times, Margaret may not buy into the votes for women, but she has learned from the women who went before her how to manage a husband without him knowing''." – ''[[Investigating Murdoch Mysteries]]''
   
==Biography==
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==Biography==
'''Margaret Brackenreid''' is married to Inspector [[Thomas Brackenreid]] and together they have two young boys. Margaret is a very passionate woman, who is always very determined in everything she does.
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'''Margaret Brackenreid''' is married to Inspector [[Thomas Brackenreid]] and together they have two young boys. Margaret is a very passionate woman, who is always very determined in everything she does.
   
 
Constable Brackenreid was only on the force two weeks when he arrested '''Margaret'''. She had gotten into a tiff over the lunch special at Maisy’s,“…such a tart tongue, full of sass, even then.” (ep [[What Lies Buried|807]])
 
Constable Brackenreid was only on the force two weeks when he arrested '''Margaret'''. She had gotten into a tiff over the lunch special at Maisy’s,“…such a tart tongue, full of sass, even then.” (ep [[What Lies Buried|807]])
   
[[Thomas Brackenreid]] had just come out of the army when Margaret's father asked him to join the family's plumbing business. '''Margaret''' thought he'd have been a good plumber, but his heart was set on the police force. Married to a policeman, she knew what she was getting into, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys (ep [[Rich Boy, Poor Boy|304]]).
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[[Thomas Brackenreid]] had just come out of the army when Margaret's father asked him to join the family's plumbing business. '''Margaret''' thought he'd have been a good plumber, but his heart was set on the police force. Married to a policeman, she knew what she was getting into, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys (ep [[Rich Boy, Poor Boy|304]]).
   
'''Margaret''' disapproves of Thomas' drinking habits and is in a [[The Temperance League|Temperance League]]. In [[Season 5 Episodes and Guides|Season 5]], she joins a gambling club for ladies which Thomas frowns upon until she wins the jackpot.
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'''Margaret''' disapproves of Thomas' drinking habits and is in a [[The Temperance League|Temperance League]]. In [[Season 5 Episodes and Guides|Season 5]], she joins a gambling club for ladies which Thomas frowns upon until she wins the jackpot.
   
 
'''Margaret''' does not like the opera but instead enjoys classical music on their gramophone. She is a good cook, bakes her own bread, and is noted for her excellent plum pudding at Christmas by Murdoch.
 
'''Margaret''' does not like the opera but instead enjoys classical music on their gramophone. She is a good cook, bakes her own bread, and is noted for her excellent plum pudding at Christmas by Murdoch.
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According to [[Arwen Humphreys]], '''Margaret''' is very aware of what [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] does when he's away.
 
According to [[Arwen Humphreys]], '''Margaret''' is very aware of what [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] does when he's away.
   
==Appearances and Mentions==
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== Season 1 - 5 ==
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===='''''[[The Glass Ceiling]]'''''====
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* '''Margaret''' is shown escorting her two sons from a room in the family residence containing some gruesome evidence.
   
==={{Ep|102}}===
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==== '''''[[Mild Mild West]]''''' ====
* Margaret is shown escorting her two sons from a room in the family residence containing some gruesome evidence.
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* '''Mrs. Brackenreid''' has joined [[The Temperance League]] in an effort to get the Inspector to stop drinking. This will be the issue of contention between the Brackenreids for episodes to come.
=== {{Ep|201}} ===
 
* Mrs. Brackenreid has joined [[The Temperance League]] in an effort to get the Inspector to stop drinking. This will be the issue of contention between the Brackenreids for episodes to come.
 
   
=== {{Ep|210}} ===
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==== '''''[[Murdoch.com]]''''' ====
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=== {{Ep|304}} ===
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==== '''''[[Rich Boy, Poor Boy]]''''' ====
* In this episode, where their son [[Bobby Brackenreid|Bobby]] is kidnapped, Margaret under extreme worry and stressed, even angry with Thomas out of frustration and grief, revealing her most vulnerable side.Married to a policeman, Margaret knew what she was getting, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry, she tells [[Julia Ogden|Dr. Ogden]]. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys but never thought it would be one of them who would be in danger.
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* In this episode, where their son [[Bobby Brackenreid|Bobby]] is kidnapped, '''Margaret''' is under extreme worry and stressed. She is angry with Thomas out of frustration and grief, revealing her most vulnerable side.
=== {{Ep|413}} ===
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* Married to a policeman, '''Margaret''' knew what she was getting, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry, she tells [[Julia Ogden|Dr. Ogden]]. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys but never thought it would be one of them who would be in danger.
* Margaret attends [[Julia Ogden]]'s wedding to [[Darcy Garland]], along with [[Station House Four|Station House No.4]].
 
=== {{Ep|505}} ===
 
=== {{Ep|506}} ===
 
=== {{Ep|509}} ===
 
* Margaret appears when Brackenreid develops a toothache and tries to get him to see a dentist, which eventually he does go see.
 
   
=== {{Ep|513}} ===
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==== '''''[[Murdoch in Wonderland]]''''' ====
=== {{Ep|601}} ===
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* '''Margaret''' attends [[Julia Ogden]]'s wedding to [[Darcy Garland]], along with [[Station House Four|Station House No.4]].
=== {{Ep|606}} ===
 
   
=== {{Ep|716}} ===
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==== '''''[[Murdoch at the Opera]]''''' ====
* Margaret accompanies [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] to a Chinese dinner, where a dignitary is poisoned. She is inspired by the new cuisine and starts shopping at the Chinese market, buying ginseng, and cooking Chinese dinners for Thomas which has some surprising after-effects.
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==== '''''[[Who Killed the Electric Carriage?]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[Invention Convention]]''''' ====
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* '''Margaret''' appears when Brackenreid develops a toothache and tries to get him to see a dentist, which eventually he does go see.
   
=== {{Ep|801}} ===
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==== '''''[[Twentieth Century Murdoch]]''''' ====
* Margaret is concerned about Thomas not recovering from his grievous injury (ep [[The Death of Dr. Ogden|718]]) and three months in hospital, "He's not the same man, [[William Murdoch|Detective]], he just sits there like a lump. He won't retire, he won't return to work. He won't do anything. It's as if the beating took the life out of him."
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*
   
=== {{Ep|804}} ===
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== Season 6 - 10 ==
* Margaret is involved in the planning of [[William-Julia Relationship|William and Julia]]'s wedding and is an enthusiastic and fastidious planner that makes sure nothing goes wrong (which, of course, it does.)
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==== '''''[[Murdoch Air]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom]]''''' ====
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*'''Margaret''' has a sister, Lizzy, who lives near [[Niagara Falls]].
   
=== {{Ep|817}} ===
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==== '''''[[Kung Fu Crabtree]]''''' ====
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* '''Margaret''' accompanies [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] to a Chinese dinner, where a dignitary is poisoned. She is inspired by the new cuisine and starts shopping at the Chinese market, buying ginseng, and cooking Chinese dinners for Thomas which has some surprising after-effects.
   
=== {{Ep|902}} ===
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==== '''''[[On the Waterfront Part 1]]''''' ====
* Margaret tries to get Thomas to join the Empire Club.
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* '''Margaret''' is concerned about Thomas not recovering from his grievous injury (ep [[The Death of Dr. Ogden|718]]) and three months in hospital. ''"He's not the same man, [[William Murdoch|Detective]], he just sits there like a lump. He won't retire, he won't return to work. He won't do anything. It's as if the beating took the life out of him."''
   
=== [[The Local Option|'''''The Local Option''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!]]''''' ====
* Margaret invites radical anti-alcohol activist [[Carrie Nation]] to stay at the Brackenreid's home, which means hiding the Inspector's scotch. Thomas protests, saying if [[Toronto]] goes dry he will move back to England.
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* '''Margaret''' is involved in the planning of [[William-Julia Relationship|William and Julia]]'s wedding and is an enthusiastic and fastidious planner who makes sure nothing goes wrong. (Which, of course, it does.)
   
=== [[A Merry Murdoch Christmas|'''''A Merry Murdoch Christmas''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Election Day]]''''' ====
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*
   
=== [[Unlucky In Love|'''''Unlucky In Love''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Marked Twain]]''''' ====
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* '''Margaret''' tries to get Thomas to join the Empire Club.
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==== '''''[[The Local Option]]''''' ====
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* '''Margaret''' invites radical anti-alcohol activist [[Carrie Nation]] to stay at the Brackenreid's home, which means hiding the Inspector's scotch. Thomas protests, saying if [[Toronto]] goes dry he will move back to England.
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==== '''''[[A Merry Murdoch Christmas]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[Unlucky In Love]]''''' ====
 
* '''Margaret''' launches a wedding planning business, ensuring that everything is in perfect working order for the wedding.
 
* '''Margaret''' launches a wedding planning business, ensuring that everything is in perfect working order for the wedding.
   
=== [[From Buffalo With Love|'''''From Buffalo With Love''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[From Buffalo With Love]]''''' ====
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*
   
=== [[Excitable Chap|'''''Excitable Chap''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Excitable Chap]]''''' ====
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=== [[From Murdoch to Eternity|'''''From Murdoch to Eternity''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[From Murdoch to Eternity]]''''' ====
 
* The younger version of [[Thomas Brackenreid]] surprises '''Margaret''' but he has to pass her test before she accepts that it is truly him: "''Where were you when [[John Brackenreid|John]] was born''?"
 
* The younger version of [[Thomas Brackenreid]] surprises '''Margaret''' but he has to pass her test before she accepts that it is truly him: "''Where were you when [[John Brackenreid|John]] was born''?"
* [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] was trapped in the [[Station House Four|Station House]] under three feet of snow. But when he heard the news, he dug his way out with a latrine bucket. He was by her side before the midwife handed John back to Margaret.
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* [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] was trapped in the [[Station House Four|Station House]] under three feet of snow. But when he heard the news, he dug his way out with a latrine bucket. He was by her side before the midwife handed John back to '''Margaret'''.
   
=== '''''[[Master Lovecraft]]''''' ===
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==== '''''[[Master Lovecraft]]''''' ====
 
* '''Mrs. B''' is the inspiration for [[H.P. Lovecraft|H.P. Lovecraft's]] most famous work and drawing– ''Cthulhu'', but "'''''Margaret''' can never know of this''," exclaims the [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] as he burns the drawing.
 
* '''Mrs. B''' is the inspiration for [[H.P. Lovecraft|H.P. Lovecraft's]] most famous work and drawing– ''Cthulhu'', but "'''''Margaret''' can never know of this''," exclaims the [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] as he burns the drawing.
   
=== [[Hell to Pay|'''''Hell to Pay''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Hell to Pay]]''''' ====
 
* The [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] mentions '''Margaret''' wanting to have [[William-Julia Relationship|Murdoch and the good Doctor]] over for dinner.
 
* The [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] mentions '''Margaret''' wanting to have [[William-Julia Relationship|Murdoch and the good Doctor]] over for dinner.
 
* Like [[Rebecca James|Miss James]], '''Margaret''' is not caught up in the web of conspiracy to take control of Toronto.
 
* Like [[Rebecca James|Miss James]], '''Margaret''' is not caught up in the web of conspiracy to take control of Toronto.
   
=== [[Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas|'''''Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas''''']] ===
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==== '''''[[Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas]]''''' ====
* '''Margaret''' is thrilled about being robbed just days before Christmas as only "''the creme de la creme of Toronto have been robbed''" by [[Jumping Jack]] and now the Brackenreids can count themselves among them! When [[Slugger Jackson|Constable Jackson]] finishes all nine pages of Mrs. Brackenreid's statement. The [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] tells him to "''Rip it up''." The Brackenreids weren't robbed. [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] hid the gifts in the attic so "''my nosey wife wouldn't ruin the surprise''". Jackson asks why didn't he "...just tell her so, sir?" The Inspector explains "... all Margaret has ever wanted to be was a part of Toronto society. Letting her think we were robbed is the best gift I could ever give her."
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* '''Margaret''' is thrilled about being robbed just days before Christmas as only "''the creme de la creme of Toronto have been robbed''" by [[Jumping Jack]]. Now the Brackenreids can count themselves among them! When [[Slugger Jackson|Constable Jackson]] finishes all nine pages of '''Mrs. Brackenreid''''s statement. The [[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector]] tells him to "r''ip it up''." The Brackenreids weren't robbed. [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] hid the gifts in the attic so "''my nosey wife wouldn't ruin the surprise''". Jackson asks why didn't he ''"...just tell her so, sir?"'' The Inspector explains ''"... all '''Margaret''' has ever wanted to be was a part of Toronto society. Letting her think we were robbed is the best gift I could ever give her."''
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== Season 11 - 13 ==
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==== '''''[[Up From Ashes]] '''''(mentioned) ====
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*[[Thomas Brackenreid|Inspector Brackenreid]] has gotten '''Margaret''' and the boys safetly out of the city as corruptions ensues around Station House 4, and Toronto itself.
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==== '''''[[The Canadian Patient]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[The Accident]]''''' (mention) ====
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==== '''''[[Brackenreid Boudoir]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[F.L.A.S.H.!]]''''' ====
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==== '''''[[Crabtree à la Carte]]''''' ====
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*'''Margaret''' competes in a cooking competition, and her highly competative side is shown. She does whatever it takes to win, including sabotaging the other contestants, but it is that very act that reveals a killer and allows [[William Murdoch|Murdoch]] and [[Thomas Brackenreid|Brackenreid ]] to catch them.
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==== '''''[[The Great White Moose]]''''' (mention) ====
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==== '''''[[Home for the Holidays]]''''' ====
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*
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==== '''''[[Sir. Sir? Sir!!!]]''''' ====
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*It's hard to tell if '''Margaret''' has also been infected by whatever is taking over Toronto.
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===='''''[[Secrets and Lies]]'''''====
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*After hearing about Thomas's [[Nomi Johnston|daughter]] with [[Sarah Johnston|another woman]],''' Margaret''' becomes overwhelmed and upset. Thomas had left her in the middle of the night without telling her the whole story; Thomas "''bloody''" lied to her. Trying to apologize he asks her what does she want from him, she tells him to leave their home.
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==== '''''[[Pirates of the Great Lakes]]''''' (mention) ====
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===='''''[[Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1]] '''''====
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*'''Margaret''' returns, and with a shocking question for [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]]...
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===='''''[[Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2]]'''''====
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===='''''[[Troublemakers]]'''''====
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===='''''[[Bad Pennies]]''''' (mention) ====
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===='''''[[The Final Curtain]]'''''====
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===='''''[[Things Left Behind]] '''''====
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*'''Margaret''''s sister Lizzy is tight on money, so much so that she may lose her house. To her surprise, [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] offers to help her out, even though they're short on money also. ''"Family is family, Margaret,''" he reassures her.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
<gallery widths="130" navigation="true">
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<gallery widths="138" navigation="true" spacing="small">
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1318 Margaret.png|[[The Future is Unwritten]]
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1108 Brackenreid Boudoir 12.png|[[Brackenreid Boudoir]]
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1108 Brackenreid Boudoir Margaret.png|[[Brackenreid Boudoir]]
 
1016 Master Lovecraft Margaret.PNG|[[Master Lovecraft]]|link=Master Lovecraft
 
1016 Master Lovecraft Margaret.PNG|[[Master Lovecraft]]|link=Master Lovecraft
 
1016 Mrs. B in the Morgue.PNG|Left alone in the [[City Morgue]]
 
1016 Mrs. B in the Morgue.PNG|Left alone in the [[City Morgue]]
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File:Glass_ceiling_05.jpg|With [[Bobby Brackenreid|Bobby]], [[John Brackenreid|Johnny]] and [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] in "[[The Glass Ceiling]]"
 
File:Glass_ceiling_05.jpg|With [[Bobby Brackenreid|Bobby]], [[John Brackenreid|Johnny]] and [[Thomas Brackenreid|Thomas]] in "[[The Glass Ceiling]]"
 
margaretandhenry.png|Margaret with [[Henry Higgins]] in "[[Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas]]"
 
margaretandhenry.png|Margaret with [[Henry Higgins]] in "[[Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas]]"
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Margaret_S11_E13.jpg|In [[Crabtree à la Carte]]
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
 
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[[Category:Recurring Characters]]
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Latest revision as of 23:40, March 14, 2020

Margaret Brackenreid
Mrs. brackenreid 20th century
Actor Arwen Humphreys
Seen The Glass Ceiling
Mild Mild West
Murdoch.com
Rich Boy, Poor Boy
Murdoch in Wonderland
Murdoch at the Opera
Who Killed the Electric Carriage?
Invention Convention
Twentieth Century Murdoch
Murdoch Air
Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom
Kung Fu Crabtree
On the Waterfront Part 1
Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!
Election Day
Marked Twain
The Local Option
A Merry Murdoch Christmas
Unlucky In Love
From Buffalo With Love
Excitable Chap
From Murdoch to Eternity
Master Lovecraft
Hell to Pay
Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas
The Canadian Patient
Brackenreid Boudoir
F.L.A.S.H.!
Crabtree à la Carte
Home for the Holidays
Sir. Sir? Sir!!!
Secrets and Lies
Mentioned The Green Muse
What Lies Buried
Hell to Pay
Up From Ashes
The Accident
The Great White Moose
Pirates of the Great Lakes
Gender Female
Status Living
Relationships Thomas Brackenreid, husband
John Brackenreid, son
Bobby Brackenreid, son
Lizzy, sister
Charlie Brackenreid, nephew
Margaret Brackenreid is one of the original reoccurring characters in Murdoch Mysteries (2008) portrayed by Canadian actress Arwen Humphreys.

She is affectionately called "Mrs. B" by her MM fans who raised a campaign asking for more Mrs. B appearances. Luckily for all, MM producers and writers listened and delivered!

"Margaret Brackenreid is the ideal counterpart to her classic Victorian husband. Equally a product of the times, Margaret may not buy into the votes for women, but she has learned from the women who went before her how to manage a husband without him knowing." – Investigating Murdoch Mysteries

BiographyEdit

Margaret Brackenreid is married to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid and together they have two young boys. Margaret is a very passionate woman, who is always very determined in everything she does.

Constable Brackenreid was only on the force two weeks when he arrested Margaret. She had gotten into a tiff over the lunch special at Maisy’s,“…such a tart tongue, full of sass, even then.” (ep 807)

Thomas Brackenreid had just come out of the army when Margaret's father asked him to join the family's plumbing business. Margaret thought he'd have been a good plumber, but his heart was set on the police force. Married to a policeman, she knew what she was getting into, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys (ep 304).

Margaret disapproves of Thomas' drinking habits and is in a Temperance League. In Season 5, she joins a gambling club for ladies which Thomas frowns upon until she wins the jackpot.

Margaret does not like the opera but instead enjoys classical music on their gramophone. She is a good cook, bakes her own bread, and is noted for her excellent plum pudding at Christmas by Murdoch.

According to Arwen Humphreys, Margaret is very aware of what Thomas does when he's away.

Season 1 - 5 Edit

The Glass CeilingEdit

  • Margaret is shown escorting her two sons from a room in the family residence containing some gruesome evidence.

Mild Mild West Edit

  • Mrs. Brackenreid has joined The Temperance League in an effort to get the Inspector to stop drinking. This will be the issue of contention between the Brackenreids for episodes to come.

Murdoch.com Edit

Rich Boy, Poor Boy Edit

  • In this episode, where their son Bobby is kidnapped, Margaret is under extreme worry and stressed. She is angry with Thomas out of frustration and grief, revealing her most vulnerable side.
  • Married to a policeman, Margaret knew what she was getting, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry, she tells Dr. Ogden. But still... she does worries after they had the two boys but never thought it would be one of them who would be in danger.

Murdoch in Wonderland Edit

Murdoch at the Opera Edit

Who Killed the Electric Carriage? Edit

Invention Convention Edit

  • Margaret appears when Brackenreid develops a toothache and tries to get him to see a dentist, which eventually he does go see.

Twentieth Century Murdoch Edit

Season 6 - 10 Edit

Murdoch Air Edit

Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom Edit

Kung Fu Crabtree Edit

  • Margaret accompanies Thomas to a Chinese dinner, where a dignitary is poisoned. She is inspired by the new cuisine and starts shopping at the Chinese market, buying ginseng, and cooking Chinese dinners for Thomas which has some surprising after-effects.

On the Waterfront Part 1 Edit

  • Margaret is concerned about Thomas not recovering from his grievous injury (ep 718) and three months in hospital. "He's not the same man, Detective, he just sits there like a lump. He won't retire, he won't return to work. He won't do anything. It's as if the beating took the life out of him."

Holy Matrimony, Murdoch! Edit

  • Margaret is involved in the planning of William and Julia's wedding and is an enthusiastic and fastidious planner who makes sure nothing goes wrong. (Which, of course, it does.)

Election Day Edit

Marked Twain Edit

  • Margaret tries to get Thomas to join the Empire Club.

The Local Option Edit

  • Margaret invites radical anti-alcohol activist Carrie Nation to stay at the Brackenreid's home, which means hiding the Inspector's scotch. Thomas protests, saying if Toronto goes dry he will move back to England.

A Merry Murdoch Christmas Edit

Unlucky In Love Edit

  • Margaret launches a wedding planning business, ensuring that everything is in perfect working order for the wedding.

From Buffalo With Love Edit

Excitable Chap Edit

From Murdoch to Eternity Edit

  • The younger version of Thomas Brackenreid surprises Margaret but he has to pass her test before she accepts that it is truly him: "Where were you when John was born?"
  • Thomas was trapped in the Station House under three feet of snow. But when he heard the news, he dug his way out with a latrine bucket. He was by her side before the midwife handed John back to Margaret.

Master Lovecraft Edit

  • Mrs. B is the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft's most famous work and drawing– Cthulhu, but "Margaret can never know of this," exclaims the Inspector as he burns the drawing.

Hell to Pay Edit

Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas Edit

  • Margaret is thrilled about being robbed just days before Christmas as only "the creme de la creme of Toronto have been robbed" by Jumping Jack. Now the Brackenreids can count themselves among them! When Constable Jackson finishes all nine pages of Mrs. Brackenreid's statement. The Inspector tells him to "rip it up." The Brackenreids weren't robbed. Thomas hid the gifts in the attic so "my nosey wife wouldn't ruin the surprise". Jackson asks why didn't he "...just tell her so, sir?" The Inspector explains "... all Margaret has ever wanted to be was a part of Toronto society. Letting her think we were robbed is the best gift I could ever give her."

Season 11 - 13 Edit

Up From Ashes (mentioned) Edit

  • Inspector Brackenreid has gotten Margaret and the boys safetly out of the city as corruptions ensues around Station House 4, and Toronto itself.

The Canadian Patient Edit

The Accident (mention) Edit

Brackenreid Boudoir Edit

F.L.A.S.H.! Edit

Crabtree à la Carte Edit

  • Margaret competes in a cooking competition, and her highly competative side is shown. She does whatever it takes to win, including sabotaging the other contestants, but it is that very act that reveals a killer and allows Murdoch and Brackenreid to catch them.

The Great White Moose (mention) Edit

Home for the Holidays Edit

Sir. Sir? Sir!!! Edit

  • It's hard to tell if Margaret has also been infected by whatever is taking over Toronto.

Secrets and LiesEdit

  • After hearing about Thomas's daughter with another woman, Margaret becomes overwhelmed and upset. Thomas had left her in the middle of the night without telling her the whole story; Thomas "bloody" lied to her. Trying to apologize he asks her what does she want from him, she tells him to leave their home.

Pirates of the Great Lakes (mention) Edit

Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1 Edit

  • Margaret returns, and with a shocking question for Thomas...

Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2Edit

TroublemakersEdit

Bad Pennies (mention) Edit

The Final CurtainEdit

Things Left Behind Edit

  • Margaret's sister Lizzy is tight on money, so much so that she may lose her house. To her surprise, Thomas offers to help her out, even though they're short on money also. "Family is family, Margaret," he reassures her.

GalleryEdit


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeBea Santos as Louise CherryPeter Keleghan as Terrence Meyers • Siobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordPeter Stebbings as James PendrickErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Nigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle
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