Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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As a visit to Toronto for a speaking engagement by Mark Twain leads to controversy, Murdoch and the team from Station House 4 are tasked with protecting him.


T.W. Peacocke (as TW Peacocke)


Maureen Jennings (characters), Peter Mitchell | 6 more credits »

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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
William Shatner ... Mark Twain
Ian D. Clark ... Clarence Eldridge
Sara Mitich ... Lillian Moss
Arwen Humphreys ... Margaret Brackenreid
Lorne Kennedy Lorne Kennedy ... Wendel Wilson
Ross Mason Ross Mason ... Richard Fanshaw
Brian Hamman ... Owens
Matthew Donovan Matthew Donovan ... Branaugh
Kevin McGarry ... Benson


When anti-Imperialist Mark Twain is invited to speak at the Empire Club the members are anything but welcoming. In fact, someone takes a shot at him. Murdoch investigates but Inspector Brackenreid - whose application for membership in the empire Club - is under pressure to get Twain to leave town as soon as possible. When Dr. Ogden learn from Twain that his wife is dying and that he is flat broke, she invites him to stay and give paid lectures to her women's group. Murdoch meanwhile investigates Club members and anyone who may have invested in the many failed schemes Twain had proposed to them. The issue is far simpler than Murdoch could have imagined. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

12 October 2015 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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This episode takes place in 1903. See more »


[first lines]
Clarence Eldridge: I bagged that one in darkest Africa.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Handsome beast. Ferocious, I'd wager.
Margaret Brackenreid: Africa? I thought tigers were native to India.
Clarence Eldridge: You could be right, my dear. Africa, India, it's terribly hard to tell them apart.
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Educational but not the best mystery
15 October 2015 | by mike-thomas-4See all my reviews

It was great to see William Shatner in this episode, playing a man who was far from popular with the gentry of Victorian era Toronto. It was good to learn some facts about Mark Twain that I didn't know, but overall this was not as successful as some of the 'Murdoch meets an historically significant figure' episodes. Perhaps the writers were not sure what to do with the character, but the mystery was a bit simple for Murdoch to solve.

On the plus side, there were some good interactions, particularly those involving George Crabtree. While not back to his all time best, it was good to see him sparing with Henry and he had a great moment with Mark Twain.

Grace is shockingly underused so far this season. I hope this will change in the near future.

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