Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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The Glass Ceiling 

A vicious criminal, known for his deadly use of a stiletto may have escaped from jail to revenge himself on those public servants that helped convict him.


Shawn Thompson (as Shawn Alex Thompson)


Maureen Jennings (characters from novels), Jean Greig | 3 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
Rick Roberts ... Dr. Gilbert Birkins
Sarah Orenstein ... Clara Pollack
Allan Royal ... Chief Stockton
Lachlan Murdoch ... Constable Henry Higgins
James Kirchner James Kirchner ... Cabbie
Arwen Humphreys ... Mrs. Brackenreid
Daniel Fleming Daniel Fleming ... Brackenreid's child
John Fleming John Fleming ... Brackenreid's child
Dianne Latchford Dianne Latchford ... Mrs. Gibson (as Diane Latchford)
Patrick Stevenson Patrick Stevenson ... Delmer Ward


Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of well-known Toronto lawyer Percy Pollack. The body is delivered in a trunk to Toronto Police Station No. 4 with an ominous note addressed to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid, who believes he may be the next victim. While the Inspector uses the more traditional police techniques, Murdoch takes a more scientific approach in solving the crime particularly in determining the time of death, which proves crucial to solving the murder. Meanwhile, Murdoch catches the eye of the Chief Constable who suggests to him that he may be the ideal candidate for the vacant Inspector position at Station No. 3. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

31 January 2008 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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During his interview with the Chief Constable for the post of Inspector at Station House No. 3, it is learned that Murdoch was born in Nova Scotia, his father was a fisherman with whom he has lost touch, and his mother passed away when he was young. Murdoch worked in a lumber camp "up north" after coming from Montreal, and stayed two winters before meeting a lumberman there who had been a constable. Liking "the sounds of it", Murdoch applied and became a policeman ten years ago. He was a constable for five years before becoming acting detective at Station House No. 4, and then promoted to full detective three years ago; he has headed up 36 murder investigations in that time and achieved convictions in all but two. Murdoch was engaged to a Liza Milner who passed away over a year ago; he is a Roman Catholic who can only attend mass once or twice a week but he tries to go for confession as often as possible. See more »


Inspector Brackenreid uses the term "brown-nose", which didn't originate until the 1930s. See more »


[first lines]
MC at Police Chiefs' Dinner: Gentlemen, it is my distinct honour to introduce our keynote speaker, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid.
Inspector Brackenreid: Gentlemen, those of us at Police Station Number 4 of the Toronto Constabulary had never been confronted by such a puzzling crime. The victim was found in a windowless room that was locked from the inside. But that was not the most baffling part. The victim had been electrocuted; yet the room had no electricity. All that was out of the ordinary was a shattered jar, a chain, a wooden ...
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Three Little Maids From School Are We
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
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Very violent some what educational about inventions
27 January 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

A man turns up dead and naked in a trunk sent to the police department. The trunk was sent to Murdoch's boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid. The man had been to see a friend who was creating motorized bicycles. They called the invention "mechanized bikes". This was before motorized cars. The man was supposed to get on a train I believe to Montreal but never boarded. Murdoch gets around on a bike and so do most of the actors and he looks like he is athletic slim body and skinny legs.

The dead man is examined by Dr Ogden who is the coroner in the these early episodes but later series Dr Grace does the job in the morgue of examining the dead people. It is interesting in how they come up with deductions of when and how a person died without all the science we have now. They show too much of dead body wounds, not like other series with dead people in morgues.

Anyway Inspector Thomas Brackenreid also gets a similar trunk at home with a dead body. Both men were killed in a similar way and the 2 dead men and Inspector Thomas Brackenreid had something to do with a case years earlier and the man threatened to get them all.

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid has a man brought in that might have some answers. He beats up the man in the cell more than once. I could not watch the violence after that. He did this in front of other police and Brackenreid thought he was entitled to beat the guy up, scream at him and get answers about the murders.

I don't know how it ended.

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