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"The Night Before Christmas" is the eleventh episode of the fifteenth season of Murdoch Mysteries and the two hundred twenty-sixth episode of the series (not including the three stand-alone holiday specials). It first aired on November 29, 2021.

Summary

Murdoch and company's Christmas at an idyllic country estate of a recently deceased toymaker, where they set out to decorate and return joy to the eclectic, neglected property that has been bequeathed to Dr. Ogden for an orphanage – turns potentially deadly. Despite their best efforts at festivity, someone or something is watching them and is intent on preventing them from having a happy holiday.

Character Revelations

  • Brimming with surprises, with a big Julia surprise...
  • Julia inherits a beautiful manison – an orphanage...
  • William actually makes a funny joke for the first time...

Continuity

  • William brings his Christmas lights...
  • Mrs. B is in the kitchen, then finds herself cooking Christmas dinner...
  • Little Jordan Higgins-Newsome does not like the maid and for good reason...
  • Watts and Violet are guardians to Station House No. 4 for Christmas...
  • As always, Murdoch makes Crabtree go first, "Off you go, George."

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1908 – 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.

Trivia

  • Julia is not in the group photo because she is taking the picture.
  • The dead body appears 27 minutes into the episode.
  • According to showrunner Peter Mitchell: "The template for this episode has been kicking around for years. We finally figured it out.." Also, live tweeted, "Found this crazy house when we were shooting the last episodes Frankie Drake...House is half location, half studio. Studio built by Bob Sheer and decorated by Kent."
  • Jilliam fans get their wish this Murdoch Christmas, here's hoping the third time is the charm.
  • On January 11, 2021, showrunner Peter Mitchell explains: "Everything that could possibly happen on Murdoch has almost happened, so I’m like, well, why not just add this, and just work it into the fabric of the show? Julia is not going to stop being a proactive female lead just because she’s had a kid. It’ll allow for some additional moments of warmth and humour, and who knows jeopardy. I don’t see it being a [detriment] at all.."

Error

  • Brackenreid, when trying to place the butler's British accent, guesses "Cumbria" - although Cumbria only came into existence as a county in 1974.

Cast

Main Cast

Yannick Bisson asDetective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig asInspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Siobhan Murphy as Ruth Higgins-Newsome
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid

Guest Cast

Michelle Giroux as Gwen Luff
Eric Woolfe as Elmer Burnside
Heather Sanderson as Mary Farn
Pat Thorton as Driver
Tianna Swaminathan as Maureen
Leonardo Mallinos as Charlie
Breeze Dango as Tammy
Mike Jackson as Peter Smith
Kirstin Rae Hinton as Mom
Jayden Kirton as Paul Jr.

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