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The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold 

After the assassination of U.S. President William McKinley in Buffalo, Ottawa-based spy Terrance Meyers shows in Toronto. The Canadian government is concerned that some of the assassin's ... See full summary »


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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
Peter Keleghan ... Terrence Meyers
Giacomo Gianniotti ... Leslie Garland
Matthew Bennett ... Allen Clegg
Lisa Norton ... Emma Goldman
Melanie Leishman ... Sarah Harrison
Christian Bako ... Anton Woycek
Brent Crawford ... President William McKinley
Sam Rosenthal Sam Rosenthal ... Suspect Man
Jen Goodhue ... Suspect Woman (as Jennifer Goodhue)


After the assassination of U.S. President William McKinley in Buffalo, Ottawa-based spy Terrance Meyers shows in Toronto. The Canadian government is concerned that some of the assassin's co-conspirators may try to make their way to Canada to avoid U.S. authorities. Rumors have it that Emma Goldman is back in Toronto and the police begin rounding up anyone who might be considered the least bit subversive. Among them is Anton Wocek who is later found dead in a warehouse with Meyers standing by him with the gun in his hand. That's enough for the supremely arrogant American spy Allen Clegg who believes Meyers is part of the conspiracy. Murdoch sets out to prove Meyers' innocence and find out exactly what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

10 March 2014 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


At the end of the episode, thanks are given "to the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who inspired this episode." See more »


[first lines]
Girl: I love your flower, Mr. President.
President William McKinley: This? Why, this is my lucky flower! But you know what?
[takes flower from buttonhole and hands it to her]
President William McKinley: Now it's your lucky flower.
Girl: Thank you, Mr. President.
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References The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965) See more »

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If you can follow this story, you must be a spy
20 November 2016 | by miles-33108See all my reviews

President McKinley is shot in Buffalo, NY, by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. While the President fights for his life, other anarchists and sympathisers flee across the Canadian border, fearing arrest and worse. One of these is Emma Goldman, who has already crossed Murdoch's path. Another face from Murdoch's past, Terence Meyers, the Canadian Government agent, also re-emerges from the shadows, demanding that Detective Murdoch take all known anarchists into custody for questioning, and helpfully provides a list of names. Soon the cells of Police Station 4 are groaning from the crush of anarchists, who are themselves groaning about their treatment.

Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree is proudly showing off his new purchase of a fountain pen to Constable Higgins, who doesn't appreciate it, given that Crabtree owes him two dollars. Higgins believes that Crabtree should settle his debts before treating himself so lavishly, and decides to teach Crabtree a lesson by hiding the pen.

Into all this walks who else but Allen Clegg, who states he is there on behalf of the US Government, and demands complete cooperation. Soon a note arrives from the Canadian Prime Minister, requesting the Toronto Police render all assistance to Mr Clegg.

From then on, the Constables bicker, the agents plot and the anarchists suffer other things besides imprisonment without charge and Inspector Brackenreid's remedy of cracking a few skulls.

How will it all unfold from there? Will George Crabtree ever see his beloved fountain pen again? This episode's plot is a classic example of the convolution to be found in a James Bond movie, or indeed in the book by John le Carré which inspired the title of the episode.

Despite what the review by ctyankee1 says, there is nothing in this story that resembles a fake story plot to make Christians look bad, no gay kissing, indeed no gay anything, and certainly no particular sympathy for anarchism. Still, this reviewer does acknowedge only watching the episodes of Murdoch Mysteries in order to complain about blatant biases and things that interest her. It is just such a pity that she even comments on such things when they are /not/ featured in the episode.

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