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



(characters), (developed by) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Kate Greenhouse ...
Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
Morris Garbutt
Josef Karnaki
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

13 June 2010 (Canada)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs




See  »

Did You Know?


The weapon featured in this case is a heat ray, and closely resembles the weapon used by the Martians in H G Wells' The War Of The Worlds, which was first published in 1897. Martians were also featured in the series 1 finale. See more »


The flag in the office is on the staff upside down. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: [to Tesla] The good news is the weapon will be fired. The bad news is the weapon will be fired.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Old adversaries, new problems
4 December 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

A man is in a room, seemingly making feverish preparations to leave. Suddenly, electric light bulbs explode and he screams in agony. A short while later, the Constabulary arrive, and begin to investigate. Dr Ogden can find no sign of external trauma, but says that the corpse is unusually warm, and there are blisters on the man's hand. There is a commotion outside the door as Mr Nikola Tesla arrives, saying that his assistant, Morris Garbutt, had asked him to come, and that it was a matter of life and death.

At the morgue, Dr Ogden tells Murdoch the cause of death was that the man had been cooked, seemingly from the inside outwards. The two of them talk about a job Julia has been offered in Buffalo, and about how rare such opportunities are for women.

In Police Station 4, Nikola Tesla is telling Inspector Brackenreid that he received a telegram from Garbutt two days earlier saying he needed to discuss an unspecified urgent matter. Garbutt and another assistant, Josef Karnaki had left his employ six months previously. Karnaki, in particular, was brilliant and a great loss. On the way to the crime scene, Tesla says he had been experimenting with the transfer of energy carried by high frequency radio waves, which are effective in air, but easily absorbed by water, causing it to heat up and boil. Human bodies are mostly water, which is how Garbutt met his end.

At the crime scene it is possible to trace the course of the energy ray by the trail of desiccated vegetation. Murdoch and Tesla do this, tracing the ray's point of origin to an isolated building, but that building is empty. Tesla is taken aback. For an energy transfer machine powerful enough to kill to be small enough to transport easily would require advances in metallurgy and miniaturisation that are well beyond Karnaki. The only man known by Murdoch to have the requisite skills is James Pendrick, but he is in jail awaiting execution. Murdoch gains nothing from talking to him.

Terence Meyers, the Canadian Government agent, turns up in Brackenreid's office, letting it be known that he is aware of the development of a terrible new weapon, and demanding to be kept up to date.

Murdoch discusses with Tesla how the energy transfer device affects the earth's magnetic field, and proposes that an array of compasses could be used to triangulate the location of the weapon, as it builds up the charge. Doing that leads Tesla, Meyers and the Police to a building belonging to James Pendrick,but too late they realise it is a trap. Quick thinking from Murdoch saves the day, but the weapon is still out there, as is Karnaki and whoever is financing him.

So, will Murdoch and Tesla be able to find Karnaki before some foreign power buys the weapon from him? What part has James Pendrick played in the conspiracy? Does Terrence Meyers have access to sufficient funds to acquire the weapon for Canada? Will Murdoch be able to persuade Dr Ogden to stay in Toronto and settle down with him?

This episode features plenty of interesting scientific ideas. It also shows a great deal about the pressures both Julia and William feel themselves living under. Some doors may be closing, but there are also some loose ends left dangling tantalisingly. It makes for a great series finale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
New message board after IMDb disables this one marta-vdz
Why is The Devil Inside not on the episode list? Nanaimo-Bar
Detective Watts AppalachianMountainWriter
What a colossal and clumsy plot hole! lagerisunderwoodbell
The way Dr. Ogden talks AppalachianMountainWriter
New Season 2016 gsmunn64
Discuss The Tesla Effect (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: