Murdoch Mysteries (2008–…): Season 15, Episode 18 - Patriot Games - full transcript

Murdoch investigates when a Japanese spy is found dead in a Korean family's cellar

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Season 15 Episode 18

Episode Title: "Patriot Games"
Aired on: February 28, 2022.

Here you are, sir.

Good luck with the repair.

Thank you.

(Distant coughing)

(Distant groans)

(Crabtree): Good to see
you again, Mr. Park.

And you, Mrs. Yoo.

Uh, Vincent, Rachel.

What a lovely home
you have here.

I'm only sorry that
I've been invited

under such strange

Thank you, constable.

You say you heard a low moaning
sound coming up from the vent?


It's over here.

It could have been an intruder.

Ah! Uh.


Anybody down there?

If there was somebody, they
seem to have quietened down now.

Perhaps they ran off.

This smells delicious.
What is it?

Constable, about the noise?

Right. Um.

Does the vent lead
down to the store?

No. To the basement.

The air duct must end
down here somewhere.

Root cellar.

(All gasp)

Speaking Korean...

I think the moans you heard were
this man's last few breaths.

Sir, the young Miss Rachel Park

Telephoned the station
about eight pm

after the family heard
strange moaning sounds

Coming from the vent.

(Murdoch): I recognize
Mr. Park from church.

He and his wife,
Mrs. Yoo.

Good evening.
Detective William Murdoch.

We attend the same church, sir.


May god receive
the dead man's soul.

Of course.

Do any of you know
who this man is?

Not at all, detective.
We have never seen him before.

And you have no idea how he
came to be in your basement?



What have you,
Mrs. Hart?

Nothing to identify the man.

And no signs of physical
trauma to the body.

It may be poison.

Potato poisoning.


Sir, one time one
of my aunt's, um...

“friends,” let's say,

Well, his wife was very upset
with him, I won't get into why,

But, sir, he hid from her
in the basement of the rectory

among scads of potatoes,
very nearly died.

From the potatoes?

Yeah, sir, I'm telling you
the improperly stored potato,

Nothing short of a menace.

I eagerly await your
report, Mrs. Hart.

(Crowd cheers)

Mr. Caraway,
that was marvelous.

The musicians, the athleticism
of the dancers. Margaret?

Oh, it was absolutely wonderful.

Wait until you see
the entire performance.

Ah, here they are.

Mr. And Mrs. Brackenreid,
this is miss klavdia Federov

And Mr. Dmitri Popov.



Mr. Brackenreid is a police
inspector here in Toronto.

Pleasure to meet you.

You, too.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.


Like what you see?

Uh, sorry. What, Thomas?

You've had an eyeful.

- So did you.
- She smiled at me.

- Ha!
- What?

You think she likes you?

Well, there was
a bit of a sparkle.

You really think an old coot
like you has a chance with her?

As much as you think you've
got a chance with him.

I tell you what.

If she'll have you,
be my guest.

Bloody hell, Margaret.

And I with him.



Pigs would sooner fly.

Actually, I've seen that happen.

Well-dressed. It's not
likely he was a vagrant.

Some interesting
stitching here, sir.

It's quite the pattern.

Little stabs.

Beg your pardon?

The embroidering.

It's sashiko.

My friend collects
exotic textiles.

So, he may be Japanese?

Gentlemen, I've ascertained
the cause of death.

Ah, potatoes?

Arsenic, I'm afraid.

But there was something else.

The livor mortis shows there
was pooling in the right arm

and the right side of the torso.

Meaning he was lying down.

But we found him sitting up.

(Hart): He'd already been dead
for a couple hours by then.

It's likely he was poisoned
four hours before that,

Based on the amount
of arsenic he ingested.

I'd say he was poisoned at two
o'clock and died at six.

So someone moved the body.

And the family lied
about how quickly

They telephoned
the police.

Oh, and constable? I looked
into your potato theory.

It seems they cause
solanine poisoning.

Apparently, it can
indeed be lethal.

So, it was a factor?


Where were you at two pm
yesterday, Mr. Park?

Working at my hardware
store, detective, sir.

My whole family was.

But you were all home at six pm
when the man died.

(Deep breath)

When did you begin
to hear moaning sounds

Coming from
the basement?

I don't recall.

Shortly before we
telephoned you.

That leaves a gap of about
two hours, Mrs. Yoo.


We also know that
the body was moved.

I don't know anything about that.

How would you explain it?

Perhaps there was
a second intruder.

I find that unlikely.

I can think of no
other explanation.

I can.
You're lying.

My family is innocent, sir.

Finding a dead man in
the house was horrid enough.

We did not touch him.
I swear to you.

The lads have dusted
for fingermarks, sir.

Nothing but the family's
and the dead man's.

So, it's unlikely he was
killed by a second intruder.

Take a look at this, George.

This entire area here
has bits of Clay in it,

Unlike anywhere

It's been recently dug up.

It's roughly
the size of a grave.

Do you think somebody tried
to Bury the body?

It's possible.

It's possible they started

Most certainly hit Clay,

And it would have
been nearly impossible

To dig deep enough.

But if they were trying
to get rid of the body,

Why give up
and call us?

I mean, they could have
dismembered it,

Or mulched it or...

Perhaps they didn't have
the stomach for that, George.

Or one of them panicked.

Which one of them
telephoned the police?

I told you the truth.

Miss Park,

We know that
the body was moved.

And that someone in your

tried to Bury the body,

But you then telephoned
the police.

If you don't cooperate, your
whole family could go to jail

For obstructing
a murder investigation.


Yes, it's true.

What happened?

We just found him
there, I swear.

But we were afraid.

We would not be seen
favourably in the community

If we reported
a dead body.

We are immigrants from Korea.

Please understand, sir.

So, you tried to Bury the body.

The ground was too hard.

So, we decided to call the
police and we feigned surprise

When the constable found him.

And you maintain that you have
no idea who this man was?


I swear on the Bible
the man was dead

When we found him.

My family committed no murder.

I see. Ah, so,
you believe, then,

That they've been
stolen from you?

Miss Federov.
What brings you here?

Inspector! I was actually
looking for you,

But this constable here kept
offering to help me instead.

It's just a robbery sir.

Miss Federov, I'd be more
than happy to help.


Higgins, kettle.


Oh, come this way.

I was about to release the body,

But I noticed something
strange about his mouth.

It turns out he had
an ill-fitting false tooth.


I extracted it
and found a hidden reservoir


Good gracious.

Why would anybody want to keep
cyanide in their tooth?

Biting down on it
in a particular fashion

Would allow him to
break it open and, essentially,

kill himself at
a moment's notice.

I've heard of such
a thing being used

In the world
of secret agents.

Sir, you think perhaps
he's a spy?

As much as it pains me
to admit it,

I think we need
to call someone.

Terence Meyers.

You called?

You say he was found dead

in the home of a Korean family?

That's right.

Korea has been
a protectorate of Japan

ever since the Japanese won
the Russo-Japanese war in 1905.

Korea doesn't care much
for being occupied.

So the Japanese are, what?

Sending people to kill Korean
families all over the world?

Maybe this family has secrets.

The dead man had a lethal dose
of cyanide hidden in a tooth.


So, he is an agent.

But, at the very most,
this is a matter

for east Asian

And Canada would have
no interest here.

So, good luck, gentlemen.

You're just going to leave?

I have more important
things to worry about.

Like Project Iguana.

What's Project Iguana?

Murdoch, I do have
cases that take place

outside of this
station house, you know.

If this man is truly a spy,

then surely you know
someone who could help us.

If he needed help,

he likely went here.

Mention my name.

And, if you must, Bangkok.

I last saw the jewels
in my dressing room.

I'm sure they were stolen when
I went onstage for rehearsal.

Miss Federov, you certainly
don't need jewels to shine,

talented as you are.


But I promise you this,
I will find them for you.

Thank you, inspector.

You're very special.

What is this about?

Terence Meyers gave
us your name.

That name means nothing to me.

We're looking for
information on this man.

We believe him to be
a Japanese secret agent.

I don't know what
you're talking about.



But tell Meyers
this settles my debt.

I don't know anything about
this man,

All I do
is help people.

I helped arrange his passage
and met him when he arrived,

But I haven't seen
him for days.

What task was he to carry out
while here in Toronto?

I believe he was sent
to kill someone.

The necklace is gold
with many blue jewels.

It glistens like the sea.

You have quite the collection.

I'd say this fits
the description, miss Federov.

Oh! Inspector!
Thank you!

It was right there.

Did you really think
it was stolen?

Why, inspector,
what are you implying?

I simply overlooked them
in my clumsiness.

You're hardly clumsy,
Miss Federov.

Few are as graceful as you.

You know, inspector, I could
teach you a step or two.

Partner ballet is
called pas-de-deux.

The danseur provides
support for the Ballerina

and helps
maintain poise.

Here, grab my waist

As I start my pirouette.

Uh, I have to go, Miss Federov.

Inspector, wait.

I'm planning an intimate
gathering in my hotel

after my performance

And I'd be delighted
if you could join.


I'm not sure.
I would have to ask Margaret.

Ah, well, it's
very intimate party

and I'm afraid there may not
be any room for anyone else.

Thank you.

So, which of them do
you think did it?

None of them.

Well, then what
are we doing here?

We're making sure.

But, Higgins, I can't imagine
a family like the Parks

Have anything to hide.

Sooner we arrest
one of them

The sooner we can
go home to bed.

Higgins, I'm telling you,
they're just a nice,

Hard-working family.

There's no way they had
anything to do with this.

Wait, look.

Oh, for Pete's sake.

You stay here in case one
of the others comes out.

Sir, so there's a switchblade.

Uh, various travel documents.

Recent steamship passage.

And then there's several visas
under several different names.

Parks must have taken all of
this off of the body before

Trying to Bury it.

A book.

Looks like a novel.

Odd thing for a spy
to be carrying.

And then, sir, there's this.

Some sort of palm print.

That's unusual,

Part of the ring
finger is missing.

What do you make of it, sir?

That would be a question
for agent Meyers.

Take a look at this.

The paper stock alone
is rather intriguing.

Who is this?

Detective Llewellyn watts.

Watts, Terence Meyers.


Yeah, I've seen this
palm print before.


It belongs to an jung-geun,

Activist leader of
the Korean resistance army.

An army?

Group of Koreans active
in vladivostok, Russia.

Their cause is freedom
from the Japanese.

And these Koreans are in Russia?

Well, they would be
persecuted by the Japanese

In their own


According to the Japanese,
an had eleven comrades.

This, apparently,
is a list of those men.

Why is part of his
finger missing?

According to the Japanese,
an cut off a piece of his finger

and used his own blood
to write his manifesto.

He signs all of his
documents with this...

Palm print.

And, then, less than a month
ago, an assassinated

former Japanese prime minister
ito hirobumi

on a train platform
in Manchuria.

An was captured by the Russians
and handed over to the Japanese.

What happened to his
comrades I do not know.

Could Mr. Park, here in Toronto,

be one of
the eleven comrades?

I don't see why not.

These are likely all
aliases, anyway.

Ah, wait are we suggesting
that the Japanese sent a spy

to kill Mr. Park

Because he helped
orchestrate an assassination?

Unexpected flash of insight,
constable crabtree.

We believe one of the names on
this list is an alias of yours.

You are one of the eleven men

Who planned and executed
the assassination

Of former
prime minister ito.

Isn't that right?

You knew the Japanese would
seek out these eleven men.

You hoped you would be safe
because you were only involved

In the planning from afar,
but they found you.

The Japanese man in your cellar
was there to kill you,

But you poisoned him
before he could.

You then left him to die in
your basement,

Tried to Bury him,

But your daughter panicked
and telephoned the police.

And you hid
the dead man's belongings

so they wouldn't be found
in your possession.

Have you nothing to
say for yourself?

Do with me what you must.

Do you have any plans
for this evening?

- No.
- Are you sure?

'Course I'm sure.

What's that supposed to mean?

I'm only curious.

You were a little late coming
home for dinner last night.

I got caught up at work.

Well, I hope the same
doesn't happen tonight.

I'm sure it won't.

Oh, but having said that, bloody
Meyers turned up yesterday,

So you never know
what's in store.

Best not wait for me
for dinner just in case.

Toodle, pip.


Sir, do you really think
Mr. Park is capable of murder?

Well, if the murder was an act
of self-preservation, then yes.

But, sir, I'm at their
store nearly every week.

Do you mean to tell me that
while selling me an adze,

This man was plotting some
international assassination?

An adze?

Well, yes, I was helping
Mrs. Pratt in her garden.

I don't believe this
belonged to the dead man.

But Mr. Park was hiding it
along with these other items

That we know he removed
from the dead man.

But this book is not Japanese.

These characters
are mostly Chinese,

Uh, but some
I can't identify.

I suspect they may be Korean.

As I've been reading, Koreans
write most official documents

Using Chinese characters.

Their own alphabet has only
started to become in use

Amongst academic
classes and the like.

So this book is Korean?

It seems that way.

Do you have any idea
what it says?

The title is
Freedom from bondage.

I believe it is about
Korean independence.

Well, then perhaps
it belongs to Mr. Park,

A sort of guidebook
to the movement.


Look at this.

Looks like dozens of boxes.

Micro photography.

It's many, many documents
all on a single frame.

Could we use your
projector to read it?


But we're going to
need a bigger lens.

The Park family is here.

I'll take care of them.

Constable. Please,
we'd like to visit our father.

I don't think I can allow
that at the moment.

Where is he?

He's being held
in the cells for now.

When will he be let out?

I don't know, Vincent.

He's the suspect of this
murder investigation.

He may be charged.

Look, we believe that
he was involved

in some sort of Korean
independence movement.

It can't be true.

We would have known.

My father is
a simple shop owner.

He is a man of god.

I believe they're
all in Chinese.

Given that it was
hidden inside the book,

It likely belongs
to Mr. Park.

This one looks to be a schedule.
My guess is for a train.

How can you tell?

Well, these are times
and this one's circled.

A particular train?

But why would a train
schedule be top secret?

Maybe it was about
who was on the train.

Go down and to the right.

This is a date.

And I've seen that
character before.

I think.

I think it means meeting.

An itinerary, then.

What was the date of
ito's assassination?

- October 26th.
- This is it.

The date and time he
was assassinated.

This group of documents
is what was used to plan it.

It was provided to
all the assassins,

The eleven comrades.

But ito is already dead.

Why is this still of value?

Perhaps simply to prove
that Mr. Park was involved?

Then why not destroy it?

Good question.

May be time to call your
surly friend with the cigar.

Ah, sir?

I found Miss Federov
wandering the station house.


Miss Federov,
please do come in.

Higgins, make yourself useful.
Go and put the kettle on.

Sir, I...

To what do
I owe the pleasure?

I come with a gift.

An apology for wasting your
time with my foolishness.

Oh, this must have
cost a fortune.

Oh, my family is very
well known in Russia.

We do not think about this.

I hope you can accept this gift?

I accept.

I must go now.

My performance begins soon.

I hope to see you tonight.

Think I need
a stiff drink of tea.

So none of you have
seen this book before?


Well, your father was
hiding it from us,

and it was in your

So, either you've
seen it before,

Or he was hiding it
from you, as well.

This is a famous book in Korea.

It tells a story about
Korean independence.

It is seen with disapproval
in our country.

What do you mean by disapproval?

Would it have been popular
amongst the eleven comrades?


The men who assassinated ito.

This is ridiculous.

Would the author of this
book have been persecuted?

Is this why your family
moved to Toronto?

Even if this was true,

she had nothing to do
with the assassination!


It is true.

I am the author of this book.

Then your husband had
nothing to do with this?

He's the reason
we fled to Canada.

But you wrote the book.

You're the one being persecuted.

Our whole family was persecuted.

I often wrote
about independence.

I had gained a reputation.

I wanted to stay, to fight.

He wanted to leave
and I have to say,

We are much more
at ease here.

So, the man in the basement.

He was seeking you.


But I did not kill him.

We found him there,
like we told you.

It must have been an accident.

Well, it was no accident,
Mrs. Yoo.

The man was poisoned.

You are one of the eleven
comrades, aren't you?

No. I swear,
we are hiding nothing from you.

What's going on?

The film, someone's taken it.

Was it stolen?


The thief has failed
in at least one respect.

Of course, I've made a copy.

Uh, sir, Rachel and Vincent
Park are still here.

They're hoping to have
a visit with the father.

And, with their mother
now, I suppose.

It had to have been one of them.

I've finished translating
this document.


It's a fascinating manifesto,
inspirational, really.

These people are very
passionate about their country.

We have other matters, watts.
Is there anything pertinent?

As we can see,
an jung-geun cut off the tip

Of his fourth

But the manifesto explains

All eleven comrades
did the same.

Meaning neither Mr. Park
nor Mrs. Yoo

Is one of
the eleven comrades.

Meaning what?

That this isn't about
the assassination after all?

Or it's someone else.

Mr. Park. I must ask you
to remove your gloves.


Take off your gloves,
Mr. Park.

I am a member of
the Korean righteous army.

You joined them
from here in Canada.

My family has been
here for some time.

I arrived later.

I was in Vladivostok when
an jung-geun drew up the pact.

I left when talk
of assassination started.

So you wanted no part of it?

I agree with their aims.

I am my mother's son.

But I do not agree with murder.

The Japanese sent
a man to kill you,

But you killed him instead.

I had no idea I had been found
until we discovered his body.

You moved his body
in order to Bury him.

You were trying to cover it up.

My father took control.

He did not know the truth.

He only knew it would
look bad for our family.

He thought the police
would not believe us.

Well, we might have if you'd
called us straight away.

You're saying that
your father had no idea

about your
involvement with an?


Only my mother knew.

He thought the man was here
for her, so he got rid

of everything that
might reveal this.

The film?

Why keep it at all?

I mean, if you had no part
in the assassination,

Why keep the plans?

I thought it might be valuable.

I could trade this evidence for
my life if I were to be found.

That's why you stole
it back from us?

What are you talking about?

I did no such thing.

You called.


- (Murdoch): Ah!
- What is it?

Mr. Meyers, a lot has transpired
since I called for your help.

I fear I may no longer need it.

So, what, you wasted my time?

Time spent with good people
is never time wasted.

Since you're here,
this is why I called you.

This film was hidden inside of
a book

That was amongst the Park
family's personal effects.

The son, Vincent,

has admitted
to being one of the eleven comrades.

Let me just.


Let this young man go.

And destroy all records
of his arrest.


Need I say it, Murdoch?

National security.


You will not arrest us again?

All I know for sure
is that you're free to go now.

I'm so sorry about all of this.

Thank you, constable.

You have been very kind to us.

You're very welcome,
Mrs. Yoo.


We invite you to our home.

We will serve the jjigae you
noticed on our dinner table.

Do you accept?

Yes, of course.

What time should I come?

Come now.


I've hardly eaten
anything all day.

You must be starving.

I've released the Parks and I
will burn all of the documents.

So, what's this about?

The contents of these
documents are clear,

It's a plan
to assassinate Ito.

But it's not what they say.

It's where it came from.

This number indicates
the provenance.

I've seen it before.

This is a film stock used

by the Russian

Meaning what?

Meaning our
single biggest hope

Is that we
eliminate any evidence

of this Japanese agent's murder
and return to our normal lives.

Are you saying the Russians were
involved in this assassination?

This at least proves

they were involved
directly in its planning.

At the risk of exposing
my ignorance,

So what?

Tensions have been high

Ever since the end
of the Russo-Japanese war.

If this were to get out, that
war would surely be reignited.

But, this time, Russia
wouldn't be fighting alone.

Murdoch, do you recall
the triple entente

You helped salvage here
in Toronto some years ago?

The alliance between Russia,
britain and France.

Mm-hm. And, by extension,
the entire British empire,

Including Canada.

The release of this document
could drag Canada into a war?

Oh, not just Canada.

Alliances upon alliances would
drag dozens of countries

from around the world
into the greatest war

This world
has ever known.

A first truly world war.

Are you telling us the fate of
the world

Is hanging in the balance
of our investigation?

It wouldn't be the first time.

Who killed the Japanese
agent, then?

That clearly doesn't matter.

What does matter is that

None of this ever happened.

I cannot stay silent
a moment longer.

- When have you ever stayed...
- I saw you with her!

- Who?
- Oh, don't play dumb with me.

- The Ballerina.
- Margaret!

And then you lied about it!

I did no such thing.

You pretended that
it didn't happen.

Nothing did happen.

She came into the station house
because she'd lost some jewelry.

I helped her find it.
That's all.


On my honour.


What's this?

She gave it to me.


For helping her.

And because.

Look, Margaret, I swear,
I turned her down.

She invited me to
her hotel room tonight

And I've turned
her down.

That hussy!

Margaret, no!

You better have
turned her down,

Thomas Charles

And you'd better be
home for dinner.

The bloody hell is this?

It's a surveillance device.

It records and transmits
auditory information.

You mean it was listening to me.


Why would anyone want
to listen to me?

Perhaps it has to
do with a case?

A case?
She's a bloody Russian Ballerina.


Do you think she's connected
to the stolen film?

An awfully big coincidence.

Uh, inspector, was your
Ballerina friend here

about two
hours ago?

That's when she
gave me the box.

Then it's her.

What's all this about, then?

That woman is a Russian spy.

She was sent here to eliminate
any trace of Russian involvement

in the assassination.

Which means there
might be a loose end.

- Vincent Park.
- Not just him.

If he knows,
his whole family knows.

That means...

She's going to kill them all.

Sir, find the Park family,
get them somewhere safe.

Agent Meyers and I will
arrest the Ballerina.

Watts, you stay here,

Gather some constables
in case we need help.

- Klavdia Federov?
- Who are you?

Klavdia Federov,
you are under arrest.

You are being detained
by the government of Canada.

I am not Klavdia Federov.

You're not?

I am Klavdia's understudy.

Well, then where is she?

She said she was ill.

Oh, no.

Oh, no!

Stay away from my husband!

I'm sorry.
I do not understand.

Come, let us talk.

I really don't think we have
anything to talk about!

(Screams and groans)

Move and you die, understand?


Wait here a moment.

Miss, what's going on?

Is everything all right?

(Pained grunts)

Stop right there!

(Grunting efforts)

Get inside!

Get inside!

You bloody used me!

Sorry, inspector.

Stay there!

What a woman.

I love you.

I love

Oh, my goodness.

(Meyers): The way I see it,
you have two choices.

Confess and I'll hand
you back to the Russians.

Stay quiet and I'll throw
you to the Japanese.

Take your choice.
Both will kill me.

The Russians?
You're one of theirs.

What I did with
this assassination,

this was not
a sanctioned action.

- You're a rogue agent?
- Indeed.

Three of us, working
with the Koreans.

We hated that Russia
surrendered to Japan.

We never forgave
and so we fight.

Then you did it all.

It was you who poisoned
the Japanese agent.

I had to kill him before
he got to the microfilm.

You're the one who stole
the film from my office.

And if you'd succeeded
in killing the Parks,

Your secret
would have been kept.

And it'll stay that way.

It behooves no one to implicate
Russia in any of this,

Including Canada.

Then what will happen to me?

Assuming you're
telling the truth,

I'll pretend that your identity
was discovered incidentally

and I'll trade you back to
the Russians without revealing

any of the real story.

Thank you, Murdoch. I think we
can consider this matter closed.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have
to get back to Projectlguana.

Ah, yes.
What is Project Iguana?

It is a painting.

Laurier ordered it for his wife.


What's in it?

Has someone made an
attempt on his life?

No, no, no, no.

It's got lost in the mail.
The man's incensed about it.

My job now to try to find it.


This is marvelous.
What is it?

This is doenjang-jjigae.

Soybean stew.

Oh, it's the best stew
I've ever come across.

You'll have to
give me the recipe.

- I'm a bit of a cook myself.
- Oh?

This is a family recipe,
so I don't think my mother

will share it with you.

But I'm glad you
like it, constable.

If you really
like it that much,

Perhaps we
should sell it.

Abeoji, I don't think people
will buy food

from a hardware store.

Why not? Customers shop,
they get hungry.

Ah! Uh, come for an adze.
Stay for the stew!

Or we open a restaurant.

A Korean restaurant?

Who will come to eat?

We're the only
Koreans in Toronto.

Ah, maybe, one day,

There will be a whole

Filled with Korean shops
and restaurants.

A whole neighbourhood.

Uh, like Chinatown,
but with Koreans!

You could call it...



I guess there could be
Korean clothing stores

and grocery stores.

And one store with all
manner of convenient items.

A convenient store!

You two are out of your minds.

(All laugh)

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