James Pendrick had finished construction on the Pendrick Building, which he himself designed. He and his wife held a gathering to display Bathsheba at Her Bath by Rembrandt, however a daring theft takes place. Murdoch along with other police were at the scene as requested by Pendrick, as well as Dr. Ogden. When the painting was retired for the evening to be put back into storage, he saw the painting put on the elevator on the 11th floor, which went directly to the first floor without stopping where Constables Crabtree and Higgins were waiting for it to arrive.
When the doors open, all they find is a dead security officer and no sign of the painting or how it might have been removed. Murdoch soon finds evidence of a false car above the elevator which leads him to the thieves, both dead, but there is no sign of the painting. They were professional thieves from Chicago and Murdoch determines that it is all part of a scheme to sell forgeries of the painting in question.
While he tracks down the forger, he's not sure he's found the mastermind behind the scheme. The detective pursues the criminal and demands the know the name of his employer. However, the forger overpowers him, but is about to speak when James Pendrick shoots the man, saving Murdoch's life and possibly silencing him. Murdoch remains suspicious that Pendrick was somehow involved in the complicated theft, as inside information was needed to perform the heist.
- William Murdoch is easily embarrassed by female nudity and Julia Ogden enjoys teasing him about it.
- Henry Higgins has vertigo and gets dizzy standing on ladders.
- This is the first appearance of the Pendricks.
- This episode takes place in Toronto and Bristol, England, 1897 – Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 1819 - 1901) is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Empress of India.
- In 1896, the tallest building in Toronto was the Temple Building.
- This episode features Bathsheba at Her Bath by Rembrandt. The actual painting was donated to The Louvre (same fate as the one in the episode) in 1869.
Salvatore Antonio as Luca Carducci
Christopher Ralph as Burt Lightman
|Murdoch Mysteries Season 3|
|"The Murdoch Identity" • "The Great Wall" • "Victor, Victorian" • "Rich Boy, Poor Boy" • "Me, Myself and Murdoch" • "This One Goes to Eleven" • "Blood and Circuses" • "Future Imperfect" • "Love and Human Remains" • "The Curse of Beaton Manor" • "Hangman" • "In the Altogether" • "The Tesla Effect"|
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