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
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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
Sir, the guilty rarely volunteertheir motive or undercut their alibi.