Detective Murdoch is called out to a remote house when one of the guests, Jacob Oliver, is murdered. There he finds Dr. Grace who was also a guest in the house. It's quickly apparent to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Russell Chisholm
Fanny Glover
Jacob Oliver
Ken MacDougall ...
Inspector Graves
Lillian MacDonald
Old Man (as John E. Nelles)
Randall The Razor
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy) (credit only)


Detective Murdoch is called out to a remote house when one of the guests, Jacob Oliver, is murdered. There he finds Dr. Grace who was also a guest in the house. It's quickly apparent to Murdoch that something is wrong and he finally learns the truth: everyone there was playing cards to see who would have the privilege to die. Dr. Grace and her friends have been seeking to glimpse the afterlife by inducing death and then bringing the person back to life. There is no doubt one of the card players was killed however - he has a piece of metal in his throat. Back at the station, Inspector Brackenreid and Constable Crabtree are guarding Ned Watts, a man who has agreed to give evidence against the notorious killer known as Randolph the Razor. It's not going to be a quiet evening. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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This episode takes place in 1899. See more »


The knife described as Doc Holliday's around 33:33 is an Opinel, which didn't exist in any form until 3 years after Doc Holliday died, and that particular model with the Virobloc locking collar didn't exist until 1955. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: Are you quite all right, Doctor?
Dr. Emily Grace: I was sitting at a table with my friends playing cards, and one of them died in front of me. Of course, I'm all right.
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It was a dark and stormy night...
11 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

... And all sorts of mischief are happening.

At a country lodge on Wards Island, a card game is in progress. There is a dispute between the players. The electricity goes out, so one of the players leaves the room to fetch an oil lamp. By the time she returns, and there is light, one if the disputing players is dead with a throat wound, and there is an open window blowing in the gale.

Back at Police Station 4, Crabtree and Brackenreid are the only two officers present, as everyone else is attending to various emergencies around the city. Two officers arrive from Station 2, accompanying a criminal who is to testify the next day in a case against a well- known but rarely seen arch-criminal known as the Razor, due to the sharpness of his intellect. Their Station house is flooded, so they ask Brackenreid to babysit the witness. what could possibly go wrong?

Murdoch arrives on the island to discover that Dr Grace is among the card players. They have been playing Faro, a game of chance, but even though there had been accusations of cheating around the table, everyone is adamant that they were not illegally playing for money. Murdoch senses Dr Grace is hiding something, but what?

A man arrives at Police Station 4, demanding shelter from the storm. Is he the Razor? Crabtree and Brackenreid mockinglyj discuss Murdoch's appearance and methods over increasingly generous glasses of Scotch, but Crabtree defends him, pointing to his valuable advice not to ignore the small details...

It turns out that the card game on the island was a kind of lottery for the chance to enjoy a near-death experience, and this same group of players meets regularly to gamble. Murdoch is shocked that Dr Grace is involved, as she is a person of science.

Having set up the stories, each unfolds in both predictable and unpredictable ways. There is a good deal of suspense, Murdoch's life is put in extreme danger, but as he is the hero of the series, I'm not spoiling it by saying that he is rescued.

The next day, the cells at Station 4 contain more than one villain from the night's incidents.

A very good episode, claustrophobic in its way, and with the barest minimum of characters.

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