A lawyer named Percy Pollack is killed. Then a judge is killed.
William Murdoch learns from Thomas Brackenreid that Brackenreid, the lawyer, and the judge were all involved in the conviction of a killer. The killer supposedly later died in a fire, but Julia Ogden determines that the body autopsied could not have been that of the murderer.
Murdoch learns from the lawyer's widow that her late husband was investing in a project being developed by Gilbert Birkins, a doctor who once shared his practice with the doctor who conducted the suspicious autopsy.
Through it all, Murdoch is offered a chance to interview for a position as the inspector of Station House No. 3. He loses the position when Chief Constable Stockton learns that Murdoch is Roman Catholic and reminds Brackenreid that "Toronto is a Protestant city."
- Murdoch grew up in Nova Scotia.
- Murdoch once worked in the logging industry and lived in Montreal for two years.
- Murdoch has been with the police force for 10 years; 5 as a constable before serving as acting detective for 2 years. He became full detective 3 years before this episode.
- Murdoch is Roman Catholic.
- Murdoch's father had been a fisherman in Nova Scotia and his mother died when he was "only a lad."
- The name of Murdoch's deceased fiancée is revealed to have been Liza Milner.
- First appearance of Margaret Brackenreid and sons, though the children are credited only as "Brackenreid Child."
- First appearance of Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins.
- William and Julia's relationship starts its slow-burn when Dr. Ogden finds out Murdoch may leave for another post.
- This episode takes place in Toronto 1895 – Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 1819 - 1901) is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Empress of India.
- Invention of the mechanized-bicycle, the future motorcycle.
- Allusion to the development of Corn Flakes and Kellogg is mentioned.
- George comes up with the term "tracing".
- George shares with Murdoch that he once had an idea for meat in a can.
- "Three Little Maids From School Are We" from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan is playing on Dr. Julia Ogden's Edison phonograph in the City Morgue.
- Director of Photography David Perrault, CSC, uses a 360 degree continuous shot in the Station House when Brackenreid and Murdoch discuss the case.
- This episode was originally intended to be the pilot episode.
- An uncredited professional contortionist was hired to be the naked body, Percival Pollack, stuffed inside the trunk.
- While the man photographed as Walter Ayott is uncredited, he is prop master, Craig Grant, who has appeared in the background of a few episodes, including Invention Convention and Hell to Pay.
- "Me Ol' Mucker" Count: 2
- George to Murdoch: "You know, I had an idea once to put meat in a can. Think about it. You could send it halfway across the world if you wanted to."
- At the beginning of the episode, a Leyden Jar is referred to as a "capacitor". That term did not come into general use until the latter part of the 20th century. In the late 19th century. the device would have been referred to as a "condenser".
- One of the Medal Ribbons worn by Chief Stockton is the General Service Medal issued from 1964 to 2000. This was a UK Medal that was also issued to Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand armed forces.
- Detective Murdoch walks into Dr. Ogden's office as she is listening to a Gilbert & Sullivan melody on her Edison Diamond Disc phonograph. The show at this time is set in 1894 or 1895; Edison did not create his flat-disc phonograph until 1914. Prior to that, Edison's musical output came from cylinders.
- When Inspector Thomas Brackenreid is cut by a scalpel at the end, he is sliced in the gut and clearly shown holding his hand to his vest (below his pocket watch chain) where a bloody incision opens from his abdomen and through the vest. When Brackenreid returns to the station from the hospital he is inexplicably wearing a sling on his arm, and there is no evidence that the wound was to his abdomen - but rather it's implying that his arm was injured. Especially since he tells Murdoch he's in need of "a good right hand... or left-hand man to keep me out of trouble."
- Inspector Brackenreid uses the term "brown-nose", which didn't originate until the 1930s.
- Station House Four
- Station House Three
- Birkins Farms
- Mechanized Bicycle
- Union Station
- City Morgue
- "Three Little Maids From School Are We"
- Lawson's Butchery
- Nova Scotia
- Harry Murdoch
- Elizabeth Milner
- Don Jail
- Self-Pouring Teapot
- Corn Shards
- University of Toronto
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