Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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There is disagreement whether Toronto should continue with Edison's DC system or Nikola Tesla's AC system, differences that seemingly result in murder.


Farhad Mann


Maureen Jennings (characters), Bob Carney (as R.B. Carney) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Nikola Tesla
Tamara Hope ... Edna Garrison
Patrick Garrow ... Allen Fawkes
A.C. Peterson ... Edwin Dodd (as Alan C. Peterson)
David Huband ... Daniel Pratt
Kristin Fairlie ... Petunia
Tamsen McDonough ... Alice Howard


It's 1895 and Toronto City Council is considering changing its electricity supply from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) to take advantage of the new electric generation plant at Niagara Falls. There's a lot of money at stake and the owner of Toronto Electric and Light, Daniel Pratt, has been holding public demonstrations on the dangers of AC current by electrocuting dogs. When Miss Toronto Electric and Light, Alice Howard, is electrocuted at one of these demonstrations, Detective William Murdoch cannot help but wonder if she was murdered. Assisted by the local coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and inventor Nikola Tesla, Murdoch applies his scientific approach to policing to solve the crime. Constable George Crabtree meanwhile pursues his own theory that animal rights activists may have been behind the death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 January 2008 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)| Dolby Digital (Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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This episode takes place in June 1895. See more »


The premise is that Toronto is powered by direct current, which is safe. So even if Pratt's telephone had been wired to the "power outlet" as stated, it would have transmitted the safe DC power and not electrocuted him. See more »


[last lines]
[Murdoch flips a switch on the wireless]
Nikola Tesla: Detective Murdoch, you are the first to receive a wireless transmission from New York.
Detective William Murdoch: I came to thank you in person-
Nikola Tesla: Do not attempt to transmit in return. The power of this unit is far too weak. While I do think this is a splendid invention, I have other ideas of much greater importance that must be explored. We are men of the future, Detective Murdoch, and what a future it shall be.
Detective William Murdoch: Yes. What a future it shall be.
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Electric power and electrocution
26 January 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

A bunch of inventors are in town and wanting to introduce a new form of electricity.

A dog is placed in a metal cage and the wires connected to the cage.The dog will get electrocuted in front of the crowd to show this experiment works. In the crowd there is a woman that does not want to see animals used like this and is outspoken about it. She argues with the presenters and calls them names.

The switch for this presentation is pulled by a woman. She is electrocuted instead of the dog. Someone tampered with the wires. This is a episode of scientist that are jealous of one another so the police think one of them was targeted to die by pulling the switch.

Murdoch talks the host of this electric presentation to give the dog to the woman that does not want to see animals killed and he starts his investigation. George the policeman is infatuated with this lady and he uses the excuse to visit her and ask her if he could take the dog for a walk.

Officer George Crabtree adds a lot to this series. He is funny and smart. I probably like his role more then Murdoch.

Two people are murdered in this episode but good ending as usual.

Watched this on IMDb connected to Hulu -free - ads are very short. The link is at the bottom of each episode.

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