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"Murdoch in Toyland" is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the sixty-first episode of the series. It first aired on May 8, 2012 (UK).


Detective Murdoch investigates the apparent kidnapping of a child, Veronica Bowden, where a talking doll is left in her bed. When he winds up the toy, it mentions Murdoch by name and asks if he wants to play. Murdoch traces the doll to a blonde woman living in a hotel where he surprisingly finds Veronica safe and sound. She has a doll for him that has yet another message for the detective. Dr. Julia Ogden drops in at the station unexpectedly and suggests that someone Murdoch may have previously arrested is now out for revenge.

Character Revelations


Historical References



  • On Blackboard, it is revealed that Eunice McGinty was hanged, but she was killed by Brigitte Klein.
  • Robertson screws on the hinges of the police wagon door taking Gillies away. These were not yet invented in 1899, having been manufactured for the first time in 1908.
  • Murdoch, Brackenreid, and Crabtree dig up Julia's coffin as she has been buried alive and is rapidly running out of air. When they get the lid off the coffin in the nick of time, it is obvious that the earth on the left side of the coffin has been excavated. They would have no reason to dig the sides out as all they wanted to do is get off the lid in order to give Julia the air she needs to survive. In addition, the excavated space is too narrow for a shovel to fit.
  • On the list that is written up on Murdoch's chalkboard, James Gillies is labeled as 'Jailed' as opposed to 'Hanged'; This is not an error as Gillies' execution is yet to be at this time.


 Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Paul Amos as Dr. Roberts
John Tench as Alexander Graham Bell
Michael Seater as James Gillies

Guest Cast

Sarah Manninen as Verna Bowden
Kevin MacDonald as Dean Bowden
Veronica Denson as Veronica Bowden
Morgan Kelly as Wade Carson
Katherine Barrell as Marley Rosevear
Sarah Podemski as Mrs. Shoucair


Murdoch Mysteries Season 5
"Murdoch of the Klondike" • "Back and to the Left" • "Evil Eye of Egypt" • "War on Terror" • "Murdoch at the Opera" • "Who Killed the Electric Carriage?" • "Stroll on the Wild Side (Part 1)" • "Stroll on the Wild Side (Part 2)" • "Invention Convention" • "Staircase to Heaven" • "Murdoch in Toyland" • "Murdoch Night in Canada" • "Twentieth Century Murdoch"
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