"The Knockdown"
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Season 1
Episode 3
Air date February 3, 2008
Written by Alexandra Zarowny
Directed by Shawn Thompson
Guest Stars Phillip Jarrett as Ozzie Beers
Frank Moore as Jeb Cutler
Recurring Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Higgins
Previous The Glass Ceiling
Next Elementary, My Dear Murdoch

"​The Knockdown​" is the third episode of the first season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the third episode of the series. It first aired on February 3, 2008.


A professional boxer from out of town defeats the local champion when he was supposed to lose. Hours later, he lies dead in his hotel room and his wife stands over him in a blood soaked dress with a gun in her hand.

The wife is the obvious suspect, but a local businessman, Jeb Cutler, has lost a lot of money on the fight. Cutler tells William Murdoch that he and the fighter's manager, Ozzie Beers, had agreed to the manager "selling" the fighter. The fighter refused to go along with the deal and the manager wanted to move to California with the boxer's wife.

The manager confesses to having shot the fighter but claims self defense. The evidence, however, supports premeditation.

Character Revelations

  • George Crabtree mentions his grandmother, and that he bought oranges ("quite juicy") as a gift for her 76th birthday.  Crabtree now wonders if he should have done more.
  • Murdoch admits,"Personally, I have somewhat an obsession for the truth." 


  • Julia explain’s Darwin’s sexual selection to the Detective as their own attraction for another simmers just below the surface.

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1895 – the Victorian Era (1837-1901) when Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, rules the British Empire.
  • The fireworks on the night of the murder commemorate Queen Victoria's 76th birthday, placing this episode in the days around May 24, 1895 (Queen Victoria was born May 24 1819).
  • Darwin’s findings in relation to sexual selection were published in his book The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex in 1871.


  • In his first interview with Cutler, the boxing promoter, it is learned that Det. Murdoch makes around C$400 a year, "give or take".4
  • Hourly wage for the clerk at the Prince Albert Hotel is C $0.18 an hour.
  • "Me Ol' Mucker" Count: 1



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

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins

Guest Cast

Phillip Jarrett as Ozzie Beers
Frank Moore as Jeb Cutler
Andrew Hinkson as Amos Robinson
Mariah Inger as Fannie Robinson
Mike Turner as Bob Sullivan
MJ Colburn as Margaret Cutler
Scott Anderson as Desk Clerk
Daniel Matmor as Newsman Louis

Ep203 Knockdown

Uncredited Cast



Murdoch Mysteries Season 1
"Power" • "The Glass Ceiling" • "The Knockdown" • "Elementary, My Dear Murdoch" • "'Til Death Do Us Part" • "Let Loose the Dogs" • "Body Double" • "Still Waters" • "Belly Speaker" • "Child's Play" • "Bad Medicine" • "The Prince and the Rebel" • "The Annoying Red Planet"
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