Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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Glass Ceiling 

A vicious criminal, known for his deadly use of a stiletto may have escaped from jail to revenge himself on those public servants that helped convict him.


(as Shawn Alex Thompson)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Dr. Gilbert Birkins
Sarah Orenstein ...
Clara Pollack
Constable Henry Higgins
James Kirchner ...
Mrs. Brackenreid
Daniel Fleming ...
Brackenreid's child
John Fleming ...
Brackenreid's child
Dianne Latchford ...
Mrs. Gibson (as Diane Latchford)
Patrick Stevenson ...
Delmer Ward


Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of well-known Toronto lawyer Percy Pollack. The body is delivered in a trunk to Toronto Police Station No. 4 with an ominous note addressed to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid, who believes he may be the next victim. While the Inspector uses the more traditional police techniques, Murdoch takes a more scientific approach in solving the crime particularly in determining the time of death, which proves crucial to solving the murder. Meanwhile, Murdoch catches the eye of the Chief Constable who suggests to him that he may be the ideal candidate for the vacant Inspector position at Station No. 3. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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31 January 2008 (Canada)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The insects shown crawling on the corpse are not junebugs, but probably Zophobas morio. See more »


Early in the story a Leyden Jar is referred to as a "capacitor". That term did not come into general use until the latter part of the 20th Century. In the late 19th Century the device would have been referred to as a "condenser". See more »


[first lines]
MC at Police Chiefs' Dinner: Gentlemen, it is my distinct honour to introduce our keynote speaker, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid.
Inspector Brackenreid: Gentlemen, those of us at Police Station Number 4 of the Toronto Constabulary had never been confronted by such a puzzling crime. The victim was found in a windowless room that was locked from the inside. But that was not the most baffling part. The victim had been electrocuted; yet the room had no electricity. All that was out of the ordinary was a shattered jar, a chain, a wooden ...
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Three Little Maids From School Are We
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
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Very violent some what educational about inventions
27 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

A man turns up dead and naked in a trunk sent to the police department. The trunk was sent to Murdoch's boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid. The man had been to see a friend who was creating motorized bicycles. They called the invention "mechanized bikes". This was before motorized cars. The man was supposed to get on a train I believe to Montreal but never boarded. Murdoch gets around on a bike and so do most of the actors and he looks like he is athletic slim body and skinny legs.

The dead man is examined by Dr Ogden who is the coroner in the these early episodes but later series Dr Grace does the job in the morgue of examining the dead people. It is interesting in how they come up with deductions of when and how a person died without all the science we have now. They show too much of dead body wounds, not like other series with dead people in morgues.

Anyway Inspector Thomas Brackenreid also gets a similar trunk at home with a dead body. Both men were killed in a similar way and the 2 dead men and Inspector Thomas Brackenreid had something to do with a case years earlier and the man threatened to get them all.

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid has a man brought in that might have some answers. He beats up the man in the cell more than once. I could not watch the violence after that. He did this in front of other police and Brackenreid thought he was entitled to beat the guy up, scream at him and get answers about the murders.

I don't know how it ended.

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