Murdoch Mysteries: Season 3, Episode 13

The Tesla Effect (13 Jun. 2010)

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When Murdoch discovers that a victim has been 'cooked,' he enlists the aid of Nicholas Tesla in tracking down a weaponized early version of a microwave.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Kate Greenhouse ...
Sally Pendrick
Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
Morris Garbutt
Josef Karnaki
Bernard Behrens ...
New Pathologist
Alexander Broughton ...
Theatre Page (as Alex Broughton)


Detective Murdoch investigates the death by electrocution of Morris Garbutt, a former research associate of the famous Nikola Tesla. Tesla has been experimenting with a new form of energy that is transmitted through the air, called microwaves. The evidence points to James Pendrick, but he is in jail. Murdoch soon realizes he has been a fool, about many things, and sets his sights on the perpetrator of this and several other crimes. Dr. Ogden tells Murdoch she is seriously considering an offer to be the head of pediatric surgery at a new hospital in Buffalo. Murdoch is somewhat taken aback and is convinced there is something else that is driving her away. Written by garykmcd

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The play that Murdoch and Dr. Ogden are seen leaving is "The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde. It premiered in Great Britain in 1895. See more »


The cartridges from a revolver are magnetically attracted to Sally Pendricks' purse. Since both casing and bullets are made of non-magnetic metal, this should not happen. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: [after hearing that she will be leaving to take a job in Buffalo] Julia, I thought we had an understanding.
Dr. Julia Ogden: We do. I just don't know of what anymore.
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Heat light and microwave invention
30 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murdoch is a police detective in Toronto but has a scientific mind and usually fools around and makes his own inventions to use in his police work for solving cases and to examine clues. Many times in episodes when he explains what his goal is it is complicated to understand.

This one is a weird one. A man is alone in his room. He is surrounded by lighting type lights by his windows and doors. He dies and is found with blisters and burns on his hands. Dr Ogden finds the inside of his body is cooked.

Crabtree and Murdoch do their searching and Murdoch thinks the man that is in jail, Mr Pendrick has the mind and knowledge and knows people that are scientific enough to invent a machine that can throw off this kind of heat. Murdoch goes to Pendicks house to see if he could find blue prints of an invention.

In the mean time Dr Ogden gets offered a job at a children's pediatric hospital in another city. She loves Murdoch but does not think she can fulfill his happiness to marry and have children with him. Towards the end she tells him that she had a previous abortion. He knows this already and he does love her but then she tells him the abortion made her sterile and she does not want to ruin his chances to have a family with children.

The people involved with this new invention are led by a person that has a bad past and it will surprise you who it is.

The ending of this episode is surprising in many ways. Dr Ogden leaves on a train to go to her next job but I don't believe it is the end of her ties to Murdoch.

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