Showrunner Peter Mitchell co-wrote tonight’s episode with Paul Aitken and it saw a bit of a crossover between two of Canada’s most successful mystery programs, and saw the naming of Newfoundland (not New FOUND land) rum as Screech, the creation of scrabble, and gave George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) a chance to shine as the boys head to his home town. We also get to meet some of George’s much talked about aunts, in a delightful scene. And in an addendum to the scene when Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) puts together where the aunts live.
Allan Hawco plays the ancestor Jacob Doyle to his character Jake Doyle from The Republic of Doyle. There are nice nods to his future self including his GTO…
There is some wonderful locations, a treasure map, some highly enjoyable fisticuffs and a joyous sense of fun, as only the east coast and the Murdoch Mysteries can provide.
The episode is one priceless scene after another, watching the bemused expressions cross Murdoch’s face as he watches George settle back into the east coast mentality, as he drinks, laughs and makes merry, against the gorgeous back drop of the beautiful Newfoundland.
Meanwhile back in Toronto, Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) is a little troubled by the possibility that his son may be a little less manly than he would like. He drags Ogden (Helene Joy) into help, and his son goes out of his way to prove he can be as tough as his father would like him to be. Until Brackenreid realizes that he simply loves his son, and should be whomever he wants to be.
It’s a smart fun episode.
It all starts when a body shows up dead in a hotel room, and it seems Jacob Doyle is in town, and the prime suspect, but before Murdoch and Crabtree can lay hands on him he makes for the colony of Newfoundland, and our heroes set off in pursuit. Using a childhood story from George’s youth, the two find themselves embroiled in a treasure hunt as they hunt down the killer and pieces of the missing map.
This entire season so far has been one delightful ride, and I’m so enjoying seeing that the characters are still fresh and fun, and this show continues to entertain.
I loved Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) as he attempts to figure out the board, and then his taking credit for it despite George’s help. It’s these fun little character moments that provide me the most enjoyment when watching the show.
The production value of going out to Newfoundland for this episode is all on the screen, and it looks beautiful. As much as I love seeing turn-of-the-century Toronto, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the growing city for a while and see more of the world. And of course a chance to spend time in Crabtree’s home town? How can any Murdoch fan say no?
Next week in Midnight Train to Kingston, we have the return of Micheal Seater as James Gillies!!
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays on CBC.