Murdock comes across a made-to-scale diorama of a cul-de-sac Toronto street replete with miniature residents and discovers evidence that at murder took place there.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Liisa Repo-Martell ...
Lydia Howland
Mrs. Galbraith
Bert Howland
Mr. Galbraith
Jonathan Wilson ...
Felix Roach
Mrs. Caruso
Mr. Caruso (as Matthew Deslippe)
Brian Sweetapple ...
Mr. Draper
Megan Dunlop ...
Mrs. Gordon


While attending an agricultural show, Detective Murdoch is amazed at the quality and detail of a miniature street scene that is on display. It includes several houses and several miniature residents. It also includes a man standing in a second floor room pointing a rifle. Murdoch quickly concludes that he is looking at the recreation of a murder scene. He quickly finds the Toronto neighborhood depicted in the model and learns that it was created by Lydia Howland, an idiot-savant who does not speak but has a photographic memory. He is certain that she witnessed a murder and now has to figure how to get at her memories and determine which of the people depicted in the miniature is the real-life killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 July 2011 (Canada)  »

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16:9 HD
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This episode takes place in 1898. See more »


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Very unusual and creative
3 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murdoch attends some event and sees a miniaturized neighborhood on display built out of wood that is very precise and detailed. He studies it and sees in a building a person on the second floor by a window with a rifle in their hand. There are little people also created in this model that live in the neighborhood standing and watching something. They have no faces painted on them to identify who they are. He starts to think that a murder took place and seeks to find an answer.

He has the miniaturized collection brought to the police station and finds out that a woman named Lydia has mental problems and has not spoken for 25 years created this amazing creation is such detail.

In the miniature neighborhood there is a garden and a little box buried in the ground and Murdoch and Crabtree open it up and find a image of a cat in the little casket like box. A neighbor did bury his cat in his garden. It is said Lydia made everything exactly as she saw on the day she started the creation.

Murdoch and Crabtree discuss the people that lived in this area. I don't understand how the creator made Murdoch think a crime was committed because a person had a rifle in their hand but at any rate Murdoch believes one was committed. It is kind of silly the way him and Crabtree compare notes to see who might have been at the window.

One of the most surprising things to me in this episode and some others is that Murdoch came up with some solution he invented that is used today that when sprayed on an area can detect a blood stain and is seen like bluish light.

The end is interesting how a crime was committed and why.

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