"Stroll on the Wild Side (Part 2)" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the sixtieth episode of the series. It first aired on April 17, 2012 (UK).


For the first time, Detective Murdoch is forced to shoot a man dead for threatening the life of Anna Fulford. But when Anna doesn't recognize her assailant, it's apparent to Murdoch that the Black Hand crime syndicate is watching her with intent to kill. Struggling for a way to ensure her freedom, he's also immersed in the investigation of the young librarian's murder.

Dr. Ogden grows more frustrated in her private practice, with the wellbeing of her patients. Mothers are run ragged by continual pregnancies and caring for their children.

George asks Dr. Grace to the baseball challenge match with Station Five. Inspector Brackenreid tries to recruit Slugger Jackson and gets slugged, putting Slugger into jail. But Brackenreid learns he isn’t Station Five's ringer.

While delving into the sordid world of taverns, gambling dens and brothels, Murdoch is invited to a hotel room by a mysterious woman (Bryn McAuley) whose seduction resembles that of the dead woman. When he arrives at the hotel, he finds her murdered, in the same manner as the previous woman.

Anna is sleeping in the jail cell for her own safety. Murdoch joins her but in a separate cell. Anna tries to talk William into leaving Toronto, suggesting they run away together. William considers sleep instead. Later, she asks George what or who keeps Murdoch in Toronto.

When Dr. Ogden joins Dr. Grace handing out pamphlets on birth control, she defends a young woman from being struck down by her husband by pushing him into a passing vegetable cart. He threatens her. The incident becomes headline news and the talk of the hospital. Dr. Garland gets the position nonetheless, but Julia discovers he will not support the women’s clinic as promised and he makes clear that she is not welcomed at his boss' social events.

After Murdoch solves the elaborate game of perversion and the luring of young women, the agent for the Black Hand reappears with a warning. Murdoch devises a plan of his own (with Julia’s help), and plays baseball in knickers too.

Character Revelations


  • Introduction of Slugger Jackson.
  • Murdoch's Identikit is used to identify the assailant.
  • The Black Hand is satisfied.
  • William says good-bye to Anna Fulford and remains in Toronto, as George had predicted.

Historical References

  • Reference to Eaton's Department Store
  • Spit ball was experimented with throughout the latter half of the 19th century and remains unlikely that any one person "invented" it.


 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

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Lisa Faulkner as Anna Fulford
Jonathan Watton as Darcy Garland
Kristian Bruun as Constable Slugger Jackson
Michael A. Miranda as Falcone

Guest Cast

Eli Ham as Inspector O'Kelly
Shawn Wright as Andrew Trevor
Nick Spencer as Jake
Amos Crawley as Geoffrey Coville
Stephen Park as Leonard Carling
Cliff Saunders as Stanley Faber
Bryn McAuley as Minnie Duggan
Tori Anderson as Lucille Messing
Noah Davis as Mr. Wilson
Helen King as Mrs. Wilson
Glynis Ranney as Mrs. Blackwood
Peter Kosaka as Mr. Sato
Jenny Hall as Barmaid
Emily Oriold and Fiona Carver as Choir Women
Joey Kippax as Assassin

Non-Credited Cast

Christian Distefano as Young Boy
Pamela Mars as Prostitute
Byron Rouse as Pop Smith


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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