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"The Things We Do for Love Part 1" is the first episode of the fifteenth season of Murdoch Mysteries and the two hundred sixteenth episode of the series (not including the three stand-alone holiday specials). It first aired on September 13, 2021.


With their lives in danger, Murdoch searches for Anna Fulford and her son in Montreal.

William Murdoch arrives on La Belle Province hot on the trail of Harry and Anna and he himself is being followed.

Back in Toronto, while the Ernst sisters hold George captive, a fire leads Watts to the case of a young woman whose death is blamed on her husband by her parents.

Character Revelations

  • Prior to leaving Toronto, William Murdoch contacted Montreal PI Freddie Pink and dispatched her to find and hide Anna Fulford.
  • Flashback reveals how Effie Newsome was kidnapped...
  • After finding Anna, Freddie secured her on a train to New York where she awaits with a trustworthy friend of Freddie's for further instructions.
  • George gets married...


  • Crabtree's suspicions that Effie's secretary, Dorothy, is unhinged come to fruition.
  • Murdoch finds a Montreal police officer who is happy to help him and who shares a few traits with Crabtree and Watts – one is a love for street food: hot dog called steamies in Montreal because it is "...steamed shut inside a bun".
  • Freddie Pink finds Anna and, then, Harry but they do not altogether escape Frank Rhodes.
  • Arthur Carmichael has brought out a side of Violet Hart that evolves even further and proves to be financial fatal for him...
  • Dr. Ogden is back in surgery at Toronto Mercy Hospital...
  • Ongoing search for Bobby Brackenreid who is now responsible for two deaths placing Thomas Brackenreid under pressure to resign.

Historical References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.
  • Shintō, indigenous religious beliefs and practices of Japan, literally means “the way of kami” (generally sacred or divine power, specifically the various gods or deities), came into use in order to distinguish indigenous Japanese beliefs from Buddhism, which had been introduced into Japan in the 6th century CE. Shintō has no founder, no official sacred scriptures in the strict sense, and no fixed dogmas, but it has preserved its guiding beliefs throughout the ages.
  • In 1909 all football in Canada was amateur and governed by the Canadian Rugby Union. The Grey Cup was contemplated as an award for the amateur senior hockey championship of Canada. However, Sir H. Montagu Allan offered a trophy, the Allan Cup, for hockey competition. This made the trophy donated by His Excellency Earl Grey, the Governor General of Canada, an award for the amateur rugby football championship of Canada.
  • Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) is a pioneer and father of neurosurgery. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, there were countless discoveries in the field of neuroscience.


  • Kingston, a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada, and a favorite filming location, is disguised as Montreal, specifically around City Hall and savvy reviewers spotted the storefront and awning of Tara Natural Foods. In addition, Hochelaga Inn, at 24 Sydenham Street, served as a location for a separate investigation with Detective Watts and Ms. Hart.
  • Not since Season 5 has the Japanese-Canadian (the majority residing in Western Canada) been represented in this series, yet apropos now for it was in the same episodes (ep.507/508) that featured Anna Fulford in which tatooist Mr. Sato appears.
  • Anna Fulford has yet to reappear and is only mentioned thus far.

Notable Quotes

Mrs. Carmichael to Watts: "I know what lying looks like, Detective."
Georges to Murdoch: "Um, I was momentarily lost in paradise."
Freddie to William: "I figured you'd be bright enough to get all three of us out of this."


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
James Graham as Arthur Carmichael
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Sarah Swire as Dorothy Ernst/Amelia
Brendan Wall as Inspector Decker
Etienne Kellici as Harry
Alex Paxton-Beesley as Winnifred “Freddie” Pink
Brendan Murray as Frank Rhodes
James McGowan as Dr. Forbes

Guest Cast

Peter Shinkoda as Hakuri Nakamura
Zoe Doyle as Yua Nakamura
Andrew Park as Keiji Nakamura
Morgan David Jones as Jack Larkin
Susanna Fournier as Eliza Day
Austin Strugnell as Ball
Nicolas Van Burek as Farrow
Steven John Dixon as Constable
Joel Edmiston as Prison Guard
Alex Harrouch as Georges
Nola Augustson as Beatrice
Stephen Sparks as Barrister
Terry Belleville as Jones
Alison Lawrence as Angry Neighbour
Marquise Taylor as Neighbour
Lindsay Merrithew as Montreal Cop
Amélie Albert-LeBlanc as Flower Shop Owner

Non-Credited Cast


Murdoch Mysteries Season 15
The Things We Do for Love Part 1The Things We Do for Love Part 2ManhuntBlood on the TracksLove or MoneyI Know What You Did Last AutumnThe Incorrigible Dr. OgdenMurdoch Knows BestThe Lady VanishesDrawn in BloodThe Night Before ChristmasThere's Something About MaryMurdoch on the CouchThe Witches of East YorkRawhide RalphIt's a Wonderful GameBloodlinesPatriot GamesBrother Can You Spare a CrimePendrick's Planetary ParlourDevil MusicSweet AmeliaPay the PiperClose Encounters

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