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"The Incorrigible Dr. Ogden" is the seventh episode of the fifteenth season of Murdoch Mysteries and the two hundred twenty-second episode of the series (not including the three stand-alone holiday specials). It first aired on November 1, 2021.

Summary

To solve an inmate's death, Murdoch sends Ogden undercover at a woman's reformatory.

Character Revelations

  • For the first time, Jack and Watts share a well lit kiss, yet their relationship reaches an impasse...
  • A kidnapping case brings Milo Strange into Watts’ life...

Continuity

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1909 – Edward VII (Albert Edward;1841-1910) is King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas.
  • Under the Female Refuges Act, the province of Ontario from 1896-1964, arrested and jailed, without trial or appeal, females from 16 to 35 whom magistrates suspected of undesirable social behaviour (including interracial relationships, general promiscuity or having a child out of wedlock) – while males were deemed "incorrigible" only for theft.
  • Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women opened in 1872, promising a "homelike" atmosphere for its inmates. By the 1960s allegations of torture, beatings, experimental drugs, and medical procedures, all in the name of reform met with investigations and legal proceeding and was closed in 1969.
  • La Plaza began as a vaudeville theatre in 1916, like many movie theatres of its time. The La Plaza remained a highly popular theatre on the vaudeville circuit throughout the 1930s. It was located at 735 Queen Street East, on the south side of the street, a short distance east of Broadview Avenue, near Lewis Street.
  • Eva Tanguay, “The Queen of Vaudeville”, was born 1878 in Marbleton, Quebec, by 1901 she had made it to Broadway. Her outrageous exploits on and off the stage made her a media star. She was the first singer to tour nationally on her (or his) own. At her height, she achieved enormous celebrity in America, a model for female stars from Mae West and Sophie Tucker to Madonna and Lady Gaga.
  • Long Tack Sam (1884 – 1961) was a Chinese-born American magician, acrobat, and vaudeville performer.

Trivia

  • This is the second time ‘Dr. Ogden’ is in an episode title (ep.718) but the first time it refers to Julia Ogden.
  • Related title Incorrigible is the autobiographical book (and a film project) about the 18 years old Velma Demerson (1920 – 2019), a young white woman engaged to the love of her life and ready to start a family with him when she was arrested for falling in love with a Chinese man and who later sues the government.

Notable Quotes

Milo Strange to Watts: "Mockery's a defense deployed when a person is confronted by nonconformity. I'm sure you're familiar with the experience. Nice jacket."

Errors

  • The plans for the La Plaza Theatre were submitted to the City of Toronto in February 1915, as a venue for live theatre and silent movies, six years after the year this episode takes place.

Cast

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
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Jesse Lavercombe as Jack Walker

Guest Cast

David Andrew Reid as Milo Strange
Murry Peeters as Queenie Dowson
August Winter as Edna Emerson
Sabrina Grdevich as Dr. Almira Cotton
Hilary McCormack as Nurse Adelina DiMartino
Sarah Dood as Matron Helga Klotz
Craig Eldridge as Warden Josiah Burke
Eric Trask as Burl Schlage
Maggie May as Winifred Sanders
Colton Clause as Leon Redbird
Rhoslynne Bugay as Milliner
Veronica Denson as Veronica Bowden

Non-Credited Cast

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