Preview: Murdoch Mysteries, “Murdoch Knows Best”

Murdoch Mysteries fans know there are certain things that will happen in a season. An appearance by Terrence Meyers is one of them.

Played by Peter Keleghan, any scenes with Meyers crackle with an energy that I love. So, I was excited to preview Monday’s new instalment, “Murdoch Knows Best,” written by Simon McNabb and directed by Don McCutcheon. And, I have to say, this may be one of the best Meyers-themed episodes ever.

Here’s the CBC’s official synopsis:

After a man’s murder, Murdoch and Brackenreid discover spy Terrence Meyers’ civilian life.

And here are some observations from me after watching the episode in advance.

Terrence Meyers… family man?
You absolutely never know when Meyers is telling the truth. Spies lie. So, is the CBC’s synopsis that we truly go into his civilian life fact or fiction? I had a lot of fun finding out, and think you will too.

Guest stars aplenty
Aside from Peter Keleghan, look for Leah Pinsent (Keleghan’s real-life wife) as Meyers’ spouse. Also, Cynthia Preston, Jim Annan and Nicholas Fry all drop by. Though the episode is titled “Father Knows Best,” a nod to the classic American sitcom and the surnames on that show, I caught a surname attached to another classic series, and the episode’s director; and there is a very clever nod to a certain board game many of us have enjoyed.

Meanwhile, back at the Station House…
Watts and Crabtree are approached by a youth basketball team who are concerned because their coach has gone missing. A bloody hat is their only clue. Speaking of Watts, David Andrew Reid, introduced last week as Mr. Strange briefly returns on Monday.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of Shaftesbury.