"Shadows Are Falling" is the seventeenth episode of the eleventh season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred sixty-seventh of the series. It first aired on March 12, 2018.


Murdoch and Ogden must put aside dealing with a personal matter when Nate Desmond is charged with murder. The man collaring Nate is the newly promoted Horace McWorthy of Station House No. 1. Detective Watts does digging in his old stomping grounds. Meanwhile, parts of the investigation are painful for William and Julia.

Character Revelations


  • Murdoch catches Crabtree and the Inspector window shopping for a surprise gift.
  • As a boy, Crabtree always wanted a spinning-top and Brackenreid promises "to get one for your own kid when the time comes."
  • Returning to work at the morgue, with polite professionalism, Dr. Ogden firmly reminds Miss Hart who is the coroner still, "Well, thank you. If I need your help, I will ask for it," and proceeds with the postmortem of the victim Charles Lewis.
  • With Nate accused of murder, Rebecca James returns to Toronto.
  • The issue of abortion first arose in Shades of Grey which also ended with Julia and Murdoch separating.

Historical References

  • Miscarriage FAQs: As many as 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lifetime.  Among women who know they are pregnant, it is estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage [*], possibly even higher in 1900s. 
  • Today, abortion in Canada is legal at all stages of pregnancy and governed by the Canada Heath Act. Prior to 1969, all abortion was illegal in Canada and for William Murdoch it is a crime in the eyes of the Law he serves and the God he worships.


  • MM Writer Mary Pedersen, who also wrote The Accident, likes being called "the writer of doom", so much so she has asked the Writers' Room to call her that from now on.
  • Showrunner Peter Mitchell explains, "I wanted to do a story of consequence for both the characters and the actors. They are so at ease with their characters that people sometimes forget the fact these two can really act. I wanted to give them a story that both the actors and the characters could sink their teeth into. Plus, it’s a story that is true for a lot of couples. And I hope the fans can accept that."
  • Hélène Joy posted on her Facebook page about miscarriage during the airing of the episode: "...it is something that is often not spoken about and continues to be a taboo subject. In other words it is common and nothing to be ashamed of. In spite of this, as well of their grief, many parents feel guilt, shame and hopelessness. Coping with a miscarriage is a heartbreaking experience, no matter how early in pregnancy. The Mayo Clinic says "miscarriage is usually a one-time occurrence. Most women who miscarry go on to have healthy pregnancies after." In other words there is always hope for the future for all people endeavouring to have a child including Julia."


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
Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate Desmond
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Sophie Goulet as Marilyn Clark
Erin Agostino as Nina Bloom

Guest Cast

Sean Bell as Horace McWorthy
Vanessa Smythe as Isabel Lewis
Tyler Blake Smith as Eugene Luff
David Leyshon as Dr. Harris
John Beale as Mr. Sanders
Helen Taylor as June
Carrie Schiffler as Nurse
Albert Chung as Proprietor

Non-Credited Cast

Trevor William Hayes as Charlie Lewis
Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb


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