Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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The Annoying Red Planet 

Murdoch investigate the hanging of a farmer found in a freshly plowed field with no footprints around it. Crabtree suspects extraterrestrial involvement.


(as Shawn Alex Thompson)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Jake MacIsaac
Kirk MacIsaac
Julia Lefebvre ...
Adrienne Gaston
Henri Gaston
Ian Downie ...
Joan Heney ...
Farmer's Wife
Professor Skrzhinsky


Murdoch and Crabtree investigate the strange murder of Henri Gaston, who is found lying in the upper limbs of a very tall tree. There were no footprints leading up to tree so they have no theories as to how he may have gotten there. Gaston was an avid astronomer with a particular fascination about Mars and Constable Crabtree begins to think that Martians may be responsible. Murdoch however suspects a more human perpetrator, especially when he learns that Gaston was refusing to sell his land to a developer. What they eventually stumble upon is something that is completely alien to their experience. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 April 2008 (Canada)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At the end of the episode Murdoch, Ogden, Crabtree, and Brackenreid discuss where secret government research facilities should be located. Crabtree suggests a desert area. Ogden suggests California. Murdoch suggests New Mexico. Brackenreid suggests Wales. Area 51 in Nevada is very near both California and New Mexico, while the science fiction series Torchwood (2006) is set in Cardiff, Wales. See more »


During the examination of the dead cow, Constable Crabtree's large maple leaf badge is correctly placed on his hat. Seconds later, he bends to talk to Doctor Ogden, and the badge is crooked. As he straightens following the dialogue, the badge is correctly oriented. See more »


[first lines]
Farmer's Wife: Elmer! Stop! I don't want you getting too close.
Farmer: What's gonna happen?
Farmer's Wife: I don't know. It just fills me with dread. Can you see what it is?
Farmer: Looks like Henri, from down in the valley.
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References The Angry Red Planet (1959) See more »


Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
Written by Harry Dacre
Heard on gramophone record
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Best Episode Ever
3 January 2012 | by (Metairie, LA) – See all my reviews

This episode -- which contains crop circles and other mysteries and has Constable Crabtree convinced Earth is being invaded by Mars -- is the best Murdoch episode of the first four seasons. In fact, I began purchasing the series on DVD after seeing a photo of a crop circle in one of the advertisements. Some parts of the show are a little slow, e.g., Murdoch's interview of the dead man's sister, but this is more than offset by Murdoch and Constable Crabtree's adventure in the cornfield, Crabtree's first time on a horse and his attempts to convince Murdoch, Brackenreid and others that the area is being stalked by Martians.

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