Preview: Murdoch Mysteries digs into William’s painful past

It’s hard to believe that, with almost 12 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries under our belts, there are still things to learn about Detective William Murdoch. And yet, that’s exactly what happens in Monday’s upcoming episode.

Here’s what the CBC has revealed as the main storyline for “Six of the Best,” written by Lori Spring and directed by Sherren Lee.

Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care of the same Jesuit priest who taught him.

And here are more details I picked up on while watching a screener.

Classic Murdoch Mysteries
I don’t know how to explain it, but the opening moments of “Six of the Best” felt like Season 2 of the show. Maybe it’s the cinematography, the fact it’s written by Lori Spring or the intense sorrow of the moment—I’m not sure—but I got that vibe. Let me know if you do too. By the way, Yannick Bisson’s performance is truly wonderful. It’s not often that we see William display true anger and rage and we get both from Mr. Bisson on Monday night.

Violet Hart is back
It’s good to see her at the crime scene, aiding Murdoch and Watts in their quest for the truth. So far, we haven’t gotten any hint as to what Violet was plotting for the morgue at the end of Season 11. Perhaps some light will be shed this week? As for other actors dropping by, look for David Ferry, Craig Lauzon and Mike Taylor in supporting roles. It’s Ferry’s character who has the connection to William; they were both at the Nova Scotia Jesuit School for Boys. William isn’t the only one who recalls his past; Watts remembers his own childhood while aiding in the investigation.

Julia is frustrated
The good news that she and William have landed a publishing deal to write a comprehensive police handbook has been tempered somewhat by the thing writers fear most.

Ruth has a job
After accepting a position at the hospital, I had my fingers crossed we’d see Ruth on the ward. We do. And it’s amazing. Congratulations, once again, to costume designer Joanna Syrokomla for doing a spectacular job creating the clothes for these folks. Ruth in her uniform is a sight to behold.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC and streams on CBC Gem.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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