"Rich Boy, Poor Boy"
Season 3
Episode 4
Air date April 4, 2010 (Canada)
Written by Carol Hay
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Recurring Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Previous Victor, Victorian
Next Me, Myself and Murdoch

"Rich Boy, Poor Boy" is the fourth episode of the third season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the thirtieth episode of the series. It first aired on March 9, 2010 (UK).


Det. Murdoch is on the case when Insp. Brackenreid's young son, Bobby is kidnapped. He had been playing with a friend, Robert Stanton, in the park when he was snatched. It was all cleverly staged as someone snatched a purse and ran off, distracting Bobby's mother for a few moments. The case takes a sharp turn when Henry Stanton, a rich brewery owner, gets a ransom demand, and it soon becomes obvious that the kidnappers have taken the wrong boy. Their worry is that once the kidnappers learn who Bobby really is, they may simply choose to dispose of him. The events lead Insp. Brackenreid to reflect on the amount of time he's spent with the boy and his own effectiveness as a father.

Character Revelations

  • 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, Margaret knew what she was getting into, no point in complaining about the long hours– and the worry, she tells Dr. Ogden. But still... she does worry after they had the two boys.


Historical References

  • Bobby Brackenreid's kidnapping is an allusion to Charles "Little Lindy" Lindbergh Jr who was abducted from the bedroom of the Lindbergh Family Home in East Amwell, New Jersey on the night of the 1st March 1932. Like the ransom note in the episode, the ransom note found at Lindbergh Family Home had similar German Syntax.



  • The characters Molly Morgan and Pete Morgan in the episode, played by Michelle Monteith and Dylan Roberts respectively, are listed in the closing credits as Molly Richards and Pete Richards.


Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Gage Munroe as Bobby Brackenreid

Guest Cast

Michelle Monteith as Evie Dewar/Molly Richards
George Masswohl as Henry Stanton
Kristina Nicoll as Mrs. Stanton
John Fleming as Robert Stanton
Kate Hewlett as Lucy Worthing
Brendan Gall as Jeb Carson
A. Frank Ruffo as Old Ned
Dylan Roberts as Pete Richards
Timm Zemanek as Otto Schroeder
Greg Thomas as Jack


Murdoch Mysteries Season 3
"The Murdoch Identity" • "The Great Wall" • "Victor, Victorian" • "Rich Boy, Poor Boy" • "Me, Myself and Murdoch" • "This One Goes to Eleven" • "Blood and Circuses" • "Future Imperfect" • "Love and Human Remains" • "The Curse of Beaton Manor" • "Hangman" • "In the Altogether" • "The Tesla Effect"
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