Murdoch enlists some revealing detective work while investigating a murder at a nudist community.

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After two boys find a human skeleton in the the Don Valley woods, Detective Murdoch finds himself investigating the nearby residents of a naturist colony run by Helmut Lindemann and his wife Irene. From what they've been able to retrieve Dr. Grace determines that the skeleton is that of a male, approximately 40 years old, who was shot through the heart. Murdoch wants to find the bullet and uses his induction balancing machine - a metal detector - for the task. When they find a prosthetic arm near the river, Dr. Grace is reasonably certain it belonged to the victim. Dr, Rico, a prosthetics maker identifies it as belonging to an American gentleman, Zacharia Marsh. They learn that Marsh was a famous Pinkerton man who years ago took down the infamous Rooster gang. They decide to send Crabtree under cover, so to speak, at the nudist colony to see what he can learn. At the station meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid is doing all he can to avoid Jean Hamilton, the protector of Toronto's morals,... Written by garykmcd

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Helmut Lindemann: [to Detective Murdoch] I will not expose our members to your tyranny.
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Going under cover without any cover
10 December 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

Two boys curious about a nearby nudist colony find human remains in the Don Valley woods. Murdoch visits the colony, where he meets its leader, Helmut Lindeman, who knows nothing of the human remains, and bought the land in order to live in a collective with other naturists, wanting nothing more than to be left in peace.

Meanwhile, Dr Ogden has news for Murdoch. It seems that her husband Darcy is willing to divorce her, but needs evidence to bring to the court. She will check with her lawyer exactly what is required.

In the morgue, Dr Grace has reconstructed the skeleton and tells Murdoch that it was a man in his 40s who was shot through the heart. Murdoch decides to use the metal detector he created to search for the bullet, but instead discovers a prosthetic arm that seems to have belonged to the victim. Murdoch traces the prosthetic back to its maker, whose records reveal it was made for an American named Zachariah Marsh, a Pinkerton agent famed for catching and killing the notorious Rooster gang whose trademark was to deprive those they robbed of their boots, to stop them giving chase.

Dr Ogden tells Murdoch that she has found out that the legal requirements are rather complex, and says she will handle it all, so as not to burden him.

George is sent under no cover to the colony to gather information, which sometimes proves difficult as one of the house rules is that people are not obliged to talk about their past lives. He has an unexpected encounter with Dr Ogden, who has gone there for a day's painting.

Investigations reveal that Agent Marsh had a newspaper report of a robbery in Toronto where the robber took the victim's boots away, so Murdoch concludes that Marsh was in Toronto on the trail of a surviving Rooster gang member.

So, is there a Rooster in the colony? If so, who is it? Will Dr Ogden and Constable Crabtree ever be able to look each other in the eye again?

This is a very comic episode, dancing around questions of morality and etiquette, filmed with very carefully chosen camera angles, and needless to say, Murdoch is never out of uniform...


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