When Murdoch finds himself invited to a meeting of the local eugenics society, which is committed to research on genetic engineering, a dog shows up with a severed arm.



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Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
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Dr. Dryus Alger
Tobias Allan
Estelle Malling
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Detective Murdoch receives a mysterious invitation to attend a reception and with Dr. Ogden in tow finds himself at a promotional affair hosted by James Pendrick. Murdoch doesn't support the selective breeding philosophy of eugenicists and is leery of Pendrick whom he is convinced had engineered the theft of his own art collection in an insurance scam. He is impressed with the guest of honor however, the renowned author H.G. Wells. When body parts are discovered in a nearby pond, Murdoch has a murder to investigate. The dead man turns out to be a well-known member of the Eugenics Society. Dr. Ogden sees her sister Ruby and is somewhat shocked by her dalliance with the often married Wells. Constable Crabtree meanwhile decides to investigate the disappearance of several dogs. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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This episode takes place in July 1897. See more »


The song "The Honeysukle and the Bee" is heard in this episode that takes place in the late 1890, but the song was not composed until 1901. See more »


Dr. Julia Ogden: The invitation said nothing about bringing a guest, William.
Detective William Murdoch: It said nothing about not bringing one either.
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The Honeysuckle and the Rose
(1901) (uncredired)
Written by Albert H. Fitz and William H. Penn
Heard as source music
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Eugenics, H.G.Wells-Dr Ogden's sister and more
26 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murdoch gets invited to a gathering and he brings Dr Ogden. It is not explained what the invitations is for. Several guest are rich an involved in experimentation and science. It was a talk to people that believe in "eugenics" selective breeding, sterilization and preventing the birth of races, criminals or those they feel inferior.

H. G. Wells is the invited speaker to tell of his findings and he is pushing eugenics to believers. During his talk a dog brings in an arm of a dead body. Also in this episode Officer Crabtree is taking reports of pregnant dogs being stolen from their owners.

Inspector Brackenreid does not want Crabtree wasting time tracking stolen dogs until he finds out some big wig in the city had his dog stolen. Crabtree plants a dog in a field and it is stolen by a thief. He follows the man and comes upon a barn with all dogs in cages. Another room has dog parts in bottles. Someone is experimenting on dogs. One of the eugenics scientist walks in and starts saying how experimenting on pregnant dogs is a good way to find out how big they will be, the sex and more. It sound like a Margaret Sanger future agenda who believed in eugenics and started Planned Parenthood.


Murdoch does not agree with eugenics. It is surprising he waffles on many things but not on this. In the end he goes to visit Sally Pendrick whose husband sponsored the eugenics talk. She flirted with him in this episode and another one before but he leaves telling her she can call him anytime. It seemed like he was giving in to her flirtations.

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