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Kung Fu Crabtree 

With Murdoch away, Constable Crabtree finds himself investigating the apparent death by poisoning of a visiting Chinese official who was in Toronto seeking men who had participated in the ... See full summary »


Michael McGowan


Paul Aitken, Bob Carney (developer) (as R.B. Carney) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Georgina Reilly ... Dr. Emily Grace
Lachlan Murdoch ... Constable Henry Higgins
Kristian Bruun ... Constable Slugger Jackson
Brian Kaulback ... Constable Hodge
Arwen Humphreys ... Margaret Brackenreid
Giacomo Gianniotti ... Leslie Garland
Allen Keng ... Wu Chang
Russell Yuen ... Sun Yang
Daniel Park ... Yu Da
Tsu-Ching Yu ... Wu Ling (as Tsu-Ching Yu)
Robert Lee Robert Lee ... Chow Wei


With Murdoch away, Constable Crabtree finds himself investigating the apparent death by poisoning of a visiting Chinese official who was in Toronto seeking men who had participated in the Boxer Rebellion. Their immediate suspect is Wu Chang but as Crabtree gets to know the young man, he is increasingly convinced of his innocence. It turns out it's not Boxers they're after. Murdoch and Julia Ogden meanwhile are trying to find their nemesis, James Gillies. Things take a strange twist when the Cobourg police inform them they may have found Gillies' remains. Ballistics settles the issue but one question remains: who wrote the threatening letters. Murdoch settles that mystery as well. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


When George Crabtree (Johnny Harris) enters the darkened room where Yu Da (Daniel Park) is sitting he says "Toronto Police." Then he approaches the front of Yu Da and says "I'm George Crabtree, with the Toronto Constabulary." The first an obvious error as they did not refer to themselves as Toronto Police, although there are instances of them, including Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) saying it in season 1 episodes. See more »


[first lines]
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: I thought we were supposed to bring our wives.
Margaret Brackenreid: Well, I certainly didn't want to come. I hear they eat duck's feet, and eyeballs.
Constable George Crabtree: Mrs. Brackenreid, I've actually eaten Chinese food *twice*. It's very good.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: I thought we were supposed to bring our wives.
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Chinese invite police to dinner
9 May 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

The Toronto police are invited to this special dinner. The leader Chow Wei get wants help to find men that are supposed to be "Boxers" from China that are bad men. Chow Wei is poisoned by eating something with shrimp which he was allergic to.

The police have to question every one in the kitchen and check the food. They all knew Chow Wei was allergic to shrimp. He had a "taster" who did not check his dinner before hand.

This episode was funny and exciting. There is a lot of Kung Fu fighting. There are swords and instruments use that these kinds of fighters use. The jumping, flipping, kicking and acrobatics used in this episode are amazing.

Officer Crabtree arrest a Chinese man named Wu Chang that is a "Boxer" and thought to be the killer of Chow Wei because the man worked in the restaurant at the time. Crabtree puts hand cuffs on Wu Chang to take him in and when leaving 3 men dressed in black outfits with their faces covered attack them. With Crabtree attach to Wu Chang wrist the Kung Fu fight is on and the 3 men are beat by Wu Chang and crawl away as losers. It is so funny to see these actions.

Later Crabtree hides Wu Chang from the police because he believes he is innocent. Crabtree gets some advice about fighting and uses it later in another fight with the 3 men in black. It seem the man that wants Wu Chang arrested is one of the 3 men who calls "Boxers" evil but they are not Boxers they are Chinese reformers targeted by Boxer thugs.

Brackenreid wife attended the dinner with her husband and likes the Chinese food. She gets groceries to cook for her him. She also buys some Ginseng that is suggested to her to enhances her husbands something. Later after eating at the station I guess the Ginseng works and they stay in the station an hour longer.

Dr Ogden finally tell Murdoch that she is getting threatening letters. They meet at a hotel to plan how they will solve this problem.The seek out the man they thought was sending them and find to their surprise it was someone else.

Even though I like Brackenreid I think he gets to insulting and angry at times with people and he reminds me of Judge Judy when she is angry and calls defendants or plaintiffs stupid.

I have to say I really enjoyed this episode with all the acrobatics of the Kung Fu jumping and running. These actors were very talented.

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24 March 2014 (Canada) See more »

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DTS (DTS 2.0)



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16 : 9
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