Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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The Murdoch Trap 

With his colleague sentenced to hang for murder, Detective Murdoch races to exonerate them and steps into a trap set by the real killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Constable Henry Higgins
Constable Slugger Jackson
Judge Matthews
Sten Eirik ...
Dr. Clark
Tess Moffatt (as Rachel Wilson)
Justin Skye Conley ...
Harold Long
Charlotte Gowdy ...
Dolly's Sister
Garfield Andrews ...


With Julia Ogden in jail awaiting execution for the murder of her husband, Murdoch, Brackenreid and Crabtree work to locate James Gillies who they are certain concocted this devious plot. Murdoch and Brackenreid have to work from home and Chief Constable Giles has suspended them both. Crabtree and Dr. Grace try to figure out why there was no gunpowder residue on the dead Darcy Garland. They manage to show how Gillies could have pulled it off but Judge Matthews remains unconvinced and refuses to issue a stay of execution unless there is direct proof of Julia's innocence. As the clock ticks down toward her execution, Murdoch revisits the murder scene and is taken prisoner by Gillies who gives him a choice: Julia can die or he can die and she will live. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

15 April 2013 (Canada)  »

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Sound Mix:

(DTS 2.0)


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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This episode takes place in 1900. See more »


James Gillies: [to Detective William Murdoch] Which is a crueler punishment: to kill a man, or to destroy the most precious thing in his life? Which hurts more?
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A Bicycle Built for Two
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A terrible episode from a great series
11 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

The episode I give 1/10 but the series I give 9/10.

The episode is so inaccurate regarding technology at the time (late 1800s). Using a black and white film with audio was almost impossible with the recording devices they had at the time.

Similarly using masks to disguise a person's identity is impossible unless you have a virtually identical bone structure. Therefore a man cannot wear a mask to look like a woman like the episode shows.

Normally the Murdoch Mysteries are fantastic but this episode feels like an American episode divorced from reality (even the pacing of the screenplay and direction).

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