Murdoch investigates the murder of an Eaton's department store manager who was disliked by the shop girls.

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Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
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Pearl Redmund
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Mr. John Craig Eaton
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Jake Barker
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Helen Richardson
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Florence Sykes
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Jim Sykes
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Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Preston Monk, manager of the ladies-wear department at Eaton's department store. He's found dead on top of the store's elevator cage and Dr. Grace's autopsy reveals that he had been likely struck on the head. Monk had been hired from Harrod's in London and was a difficult task master as far as the young women who worked for him are concerned. One in particular, Eva Pearce, seemed to meet his exacting standards and is named acting manager after his death. A burly man with a large mustache was seen speaking to him around the time he died. Murdoch realizes he is being manipulated by one of the suspects. Written by garykmcd

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Preston Monk: Good morning, ladies. I trust you are prepared for another day serving at Eaton and Company, Canada's greatest store. Now remember, you are ladies serving ladies. Which means, Miss Richardson, no loafing behind the counter, no engaging in idle chatter. Isn't that right?
Helen Richardson: Yes, Mister Monk.
Preston Monk: Miss Richardson, the ladies of Rosedale do not want to be served by a cow chewing her cud.
[he holds out a hankerchief, and she spits out a wad of gum]
Preston Monk: And as for the rest of you, I implore you to ...
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A strong episode for this season
16 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This was quite an enjoyable episode. The show appears to have been given a slightly larger budget. The music, lighting, costumes, and sets have improved in quality, especially compared to season 1 episodes.

With this episode, we have a variety of possible suspects with various motives. One of the suspects even seems to get the upper hand over Murdoch!

The only downside is the Dr. Ogden subplot, but I've decided not to rate episodes poorly anymore just because the writers insist on continuing with this abominable plot line. I had really hoped they would get rid of Julia. I've disliked her character since the first episode, and the dislike has only grown with every season. And I'm incredibly annoyed that Murdoch continues to be attracted to her for some reason. The person you love should make you a better person, not worse. There is nothing romantic about the relationship between Murdoch and Julia, and it seems in fact to be a rather destructive relationship.

I definitely recommend this episode, but be prepared for further frustration with the Murdoch/Julia story arc.


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