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1301 Troublemakers
Season 13
Episode 1
Air date September 16, 2019
Written by Peter Mitchell
Directed by Harvey Crossland
Guest Stars Claire Goose as Dr. Talbot
Previous Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2
Next Bad Pennies

"Troublemakers" is the first episode of the thirteenth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred eighty-seventh of the series. It first aired September 16, 2019.


Murdoch investigates an explosion at a suffrage rally attended by Dr. Talbot and Julia, after a young man dies.

After questioning all the attendees, Murdoch learns that nobody at the exhibition hall saw the young man and the backstage was not a restricted area; The young man could have wandered in at any time. Thus, no one knows whether he wandered in with bomb in hand, if he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, nor his identity.

According to the Inspector, the world's bloody changing — unions, suffragettes — no one knows how to keep up with it. In the meantime, Brackenreid is taking advise from their minister to earn Margaret’s trust again.

Given the severity of the victim’s wounds, Miss Hart concludes that he was carrying the bomb. During her post-mortem, traces of mercury and the trigger mechanism are found — it was an Orsini bomb and hands the Detective her research material. Still very little is known about the dead man and it cannot absolutely be confirmed whether he is the bomber or an innocent victim — until Murdoch asks the coroner for the victim’s belongings.

Among the victim’s personal belongings, Miss Hart has discovered a lapel pin in the inside pocket of his jacket — an odd place to keep it, notes Murdoch. The Detective returns for the second time to Miss Clara Brett Martin, who is recovering from her surgery at Toronto Mercy Hospital, to find out how she had made contact with Dr. Talbot for the speaking engagement; This leads him to the critical information to solve the identity of the dead man and why he was backstage on that fateful day.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ogden has accompanied Dr. Talbot on the long ride to the medical conference at Kingston. Unbeknownst to them, they are being followed by the known troublemaker Walter McReardy.

Character Revelations

  • George Crabtree and Effie Newsome have consummated their relationship.
  • George has finished his new book and asks the Detective to read it before submitting it to the publisher.
  • The Brackenreids are making progress in mending their marriage by practicing honesty and trust. But Thomas still has one big secret: his daughter Nomi Johnston who trusts that he has told his family.
  • Ruth thinks voting is "a load of fiddle-faddle" according to Henry.


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1907 – 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.
  • The Orsini bomb commonly used by anarchists in the latter half of the nineteenth-century in Europe often as a hand grenade; a terrorist improvised explosive device built by and named after Felice Orsini which was used as a hand grenade on 14 January 1858 in an unsuccessful attack on Napoleon the Third.
  • Emily Pankhurst (1858 - 1928) founded the Women's Franchise League and, in1903, the more militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) whose members were the first to be christened 'suffragettes'. (Also see: DWEA)
  • Women’s suffrage in Canada occurred at different times in different jurisdictions and at different times to different demographics of women. Women’s right to vote began in the three prairie provinces; In 1916, suffrage was given to women in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The federal government granted limited war-time suffrage to some women in 1917, and followed with full suffrage in 1918.
  • "Toffee man" is a fan or supporter of Everton Football Club (Liverpool), formed in 1878 so that members of the congregation of St Domingo Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Everton could play sport year round.
  • RMS Mauretania  was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett, built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line; she was launched on the afternoon of 20 September 1906.


  • Guest cast member Claire Goose portrayed Jane Kennedy, a coroner based in a fictional South Devon coastal town in the The Coroner (2015).

Notable Quote

George to Effie: "I mean there are very few people accused of crimes that didn't commit them, in my experience."


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

Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Trish Fagan as Clara Brett Martin
Anna Hardwick as Verna Jones

Guest Cast

Claire Goose as Dr. Talbot
Brandon McGibbson as Walter McReardy
Janaya Stephens as Agnes Cunningham
Linette Doheart as Mrs. Keening
Tadhg McMahon as Foreman
Aaron Chartrand as Ramsey Taylor
Charles Boyland as #1 Bar Man
Daniel Chichagove as #2 Bar Man
Philip Graeme as Chairman
Geoff Scovell as Man in Crowd


Murdoch Mysteries Season 13
Troublemakers Bad PenniesForever YoungProdigal Father
Murdoch and the Cursed Caves The Philately Fatality Toronto the BadThe Final CurtainThe Killing Dose
Parker in the RyeStaring Blindly into the FutureFox HuntKill Thy NeighbourRigid Silence
The Trial of Terrence MeyersIn the Company of WomenThings Left BehindThe Future is Unwritten

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