The kidnapper of a young girl leaves a talking doll in her room which is diabolically designed to lead Murdoch on a quest that is designed by a manipulative, enigmatic and vindictive criminal from the detective's past.



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Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
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Detective Murdoch investigates the apparent kidnapping of a child, Veronica Bowden, where a talking doll is left in her bed. When he winds up the toy, it mentions Murdoch by name and asks if he wants to play. Murdoch traces the doll to a blond woman living in a hotel where he surprisingly finds Veronica safe and sound. She has a doll for him that has yet another message for the detective. Dr. Julia Ogden drops in at the station unexpectedly and suggests that someone Murdoch may have previously arrested is now out for revenge. She's right and now he's kidnapped Dr. Ogden. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Someone is trying to challenge Murdoch's abilities.
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is interesting but unbelievable.

Veronica a young girl is kidnapped from her bed and no one knows why. A doll with a recording is left in her bed that leaves a message for Murdoch. He finds her in a hotel by tracking down the person that bought the doll because it is a woman that bought several dolls.

Murdoch fears people will get hurt because of him and he gets nervous. He can't figure out why but in the process he exams the doll that was in Veronica's bed and also a headless doll that Veronica was told to give him in the hotel. He gets the help of Alexander Graham Bell and uses science to change the voice to find out who it is.

Brackenreid suggest Murdoch go to his medical doctor to help him remember the name of the man. This part is really another cult practice and if Murdoch knew what a Catholic would do he would not allow the doctor to hypnotize him which allows another person to gain control of your will. Murdoch remembers the person name of the voice he recognized on the recording.

Dr Ogden goes to visit him because she knows how the circumstances of this case made him feel bad.

At any rate what I find unbelievable is 1. Veronica left in a hotel and does not leave the room to contact her parents even though she is by herself with a headless doll she is to give to Murdoch 2. The recording in the talking dolls are just to far fetched. 3. A man that works in a prison takes the place of a prisoner to be killed because her has a head tumor but he is going to be a father and trades his life for money for his wife. According to the cemetery stone the year was 1899 for a recent burial.

There is more mystery and more suspense. The acting is good the characters are likable in this series but this episode was such a farce.

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