Michelle Ricco penned this week’s enjoyable episode of Murdoch Mysteries (wait til you see her interview with us on Smithee.TV!).
It takes one of the subjects I`ve always been fascinated, cryptozoology, specifically, lake monsters. There have long been rumors of monsters inhabiting not only Canadian lakes, but lakes around the world, the most famous of which being Loch Ness, from which the episode takes its name. I`ve always fancied the idea that if could be a descendant of the plesiosaur, or even some species never suspected, though a large eel, or even seals are perhaps more likely… Not to mention a big fish.
As a heat wave hits Toronto, Dr. Grace (Georgina Reilly) is overrun by people dropping like flies from the heat, and her already crowded morgue is going to get a little more packed, as a body arrives from the beach, with a series of strange bite marks. This gets the mind racing, especially since Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), while imbibing a little at the beach, sees something rather unusual in the lake.
Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) even has his imagination firing by the possibility of something previously unknown living in the lake, and he and Dr. Ogden (Helene Joy) kick into a rather joyous research mode, as he they investigate what this creature could possibly be.
Serving as an unsual counterpoint to this investigation is Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris), usually the first to front an always enjoyable and ridiculous theory, Crabtree finds it hard to believe that something so nefarious as a monster could exist in fresh water. That is hilarious. He then moves on to run down the other leads while, Murdoch, Ogden, and Brackenreid are all rather intrigued by the possibility of a monster.
Crabtree investigates the Miss Purity contest that is being held on the beach, while sampling Baltimore snowballs, and returning to the morgue`s cold room to chat with Emily Grace.
This one was a joy, and while disappointed in the end that there wasn`t an actual monster out there in the lake, not even an ambiguous hint of one by episode`s finale, this one was a lot of fun.
Brackenreid required the constables to be in full uniform, including helmets, despite the sweltering heat, Murdoch never seems to sweat or have a hair out-of-place, and Dr. Ogden delights in a scandalous moment as she removes her bathing suit stockings before plunging into the water.
The other thing I did like was the nice play-up of the romance between Murdoch and Ogden, it was a lot of fun to see them taking so much pleasure in one another`s company at the beach.
Still, having said that, I take more joy from Crabtree and Grace`s relationship, though that look she gives the bloke towards the episode`s end after the creation of the frisbrim, troubled me. I don`t believe Grace is fickle enough to toy with George`s emotion no matter how appealing a bloke may appear to be.
What about you? Do you prefer the Ogden-Murdoch relationship, or the Crabtree-Grace one? Also… what are your thoughts on lake monsters?
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays on CBC.