Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4, Episode 4

Downstairs, Upstairs (28 Jun. 2011)

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Dark secrets surface at the Jenkins household when Murdoch questions the family and servants of murdered patriarch Percival Jenkins.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
James Heward
Nicholas Jenkins
Clara Thorn
Patricia Collins ...
Mrs. Jenkins Sr.
Lynne Cormack ...
Nora Jenkins
Thomas Gibson ...
Victor Jenkins
Brigitte Robinson ...
Velma Allen
Melanie Leishman ...
Nancy Booth
Benjamin Blais ...
Billy Slater


When Percival Jenkins, the master of a wealthy household, is found face down in his morning porridge, Murdoch is plunged into the complex and stratified world of the upstairs rich and downstairs poor. He comes to realize that any one of the household's many occupants had reason to murder the malevolent and lecherous old man: his hard-hearted wife, either of his two sons - the lazy, resentful elder and the dutiful, aggrieved younger (Craig Olejnik), the younger son's snubbed fiancée, or any of the downstairs staff - the butler (Simon Williams), the footmen, the matron, or any of the various put-upon maids. Meanwhile, Murdoch is surprised and delighted when Dr. Ogden shows up from Buffalo - she's a friend of the Jenkins' family. But, when Dr. Francis catches Dr. Ogden working in his morgue, Francis quits - much to the chagrin of Inspector Brackenreid. With Francis out of the picture, Murdoch suggests that Ogden stay in Toronto. But will she accept? Brackenreid puts aside his anger, ... Written by Shaftesbury Films

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When Murdoch builds a two story diorama of the Jenkins mansion with chess pieces to simulate the suspects, Crabtree remarks that it would make a great board game, an obvious reference to the as yet uninvented game of "Clue." The game was originally invented to wile away the time in the bomb shelters in England during the Battle of Britain. Anthony E. Pratt, applied for a patent for the game, which was originally called "Murder." When the game was sold to Waddingtons, the name was changed to "Cluedo" ("Clue" in the U.S.A.) and was released in 1949, fifty years after Crabtree's inspiration. Pratt's original playing rules called for ten players, the same amount of suspects that Murdoch has represented by chess pieces. See more »


The Jell-o used by Dr. Ogden is green, presumably lime. The original Jell-o flavors dating to the late 1890s are raspberry, orange, lemon, and strawberry and did not include lime. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: [to Brackenredid] Sir, the guilty rarely volunteertheir motive or undercut their alibi.
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Rich man gets killed, Dr Ogden helps investigation
2 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rich man gets killed and Murdoch and Crabtree investigate. Dr Odgen shows up not long after. Her family are friends with the murdered man and and she happens to be in town. Dr Ogden is engaged to be married to Dr Darcy Garland, a doctor that works at the children's hospital in Buffalo and she wants to introduce him to her family that is why they are in Toronto.

Dr Garland it seems to want to make Dr Ogden happy and is agreeable and almost suggestive of her helping the investigation. Murdoch is still in love with her. In regard to the murdered man it is said he forced himself on the maids and they have been dismissed from their jobs because he made them pregnant.

There are lots of maids and hired help for the house. The mother and wife of the murdered man seem to ignore his bad behavior with women and come to his defense.

Dr Ogden is helping Murdoch in the morgue and Dr Francis the current coroner comes in and is very angry. It seems Dr Francis took this job to be in the town his wife came from to make her happy. He ends up quitting and Inspector Brackenreid is very angry. He has a fit and makes all kinds of faces and is yelling, the scene is very humorous. I find Brackenreid and Crabtree personalities add a lot of humor to this series especially Crabtree's analysis to what happens in certain murder cases with his big eyes wide open like he is having a Sherlock Holmes moment he announces his deductions.

Surprise ending in deed. Dr Ogden is going to stay in Toronto at the insistence of her potential husband.

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