"Belly Speaker" is an episode of Murdoch Mysteries starring Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, and Thomas Craig. When a drunken, philandering wastrel is found dead in his room, having had varnish forced down in his throat, his estranged disturbed ventriloquist son is found in a wardrobe.

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... Detective William Murdoch
... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
... Constable George Crabtree
... Arthur Conan Doyle
... Harcourt / Mycroft Grimesby
Stephen Jackson ... Stanley Paulk
... Emmy Paulk
... Roderick Grimesby
... Puppeteer
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Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Rod Grimsby, who was forced to drink varnish. What they also find at the crime scene is the man's son Harcourt Grimsby, a ventriloquist who does most of his talking through his puppet, Mycroft. The dead man was having an affair with his neighbor's wife so they have an obvious suspect, but Murdoch thinks the solution is far more complex. He is joined in his investigation by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who has returned to Toronto with the intent of writing a new novel based on Murdoch's techniques. He also has another, far more personal reason for returning. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 March 2008 (Canada)  »

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Trivia

The episode name "Belly Speaker" is a literal translation of the word "ventriloquist", which comes from the Latin words "ventrum" (stomach) and "loquor" (I speak). See more »

Goofs

The inspector uses the expression "mad as a box of frogs." This expression was first used in the second half of a the twentieth century, and the events depicted here take place in 1895. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: [Referring to Mycroft, the ventriloquist's dummy] Will someone please put a termite up that puppet's applecart?
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