Murdoch Mysteries (2008–…): Season 5, Episode 3 - Evil Eye of Egypt - full transcript

When Detective Murdoch investigates a series of deaths linked to an exhibition of Egyptian antiquities, Constable Crabtree is convinced a mummy's curse is to blame.

"To Alexandra."

Hope you enjoy it.

That's quite a display
you have here, George.

Ah, thank you, sir,

I hope to sell out Egypt fever, as it were.

I had 50 extra copies printed
especially for this event.

That's quite an investment, Constable.

Well, I'm rather confident, sir.

I don't suppose you had a chance

lo peruse the copy I left on your desk.

Yes, I did, George.

You have quite a flair for the dramatic.

Oh, excellent, sir.

I was afraid it wasn't
going to be your cup of tea.

"My Which?"

Cup of tea, sir.

It's an expression

based on the assumption, I suppose,

that a cup of tea is something one likes,

so something one doesn't like isn't,

if that...

Don't be fooled by these thieves

hiding behind the veil of science.

Mr. Sharif, you again!

Get out of here.


Come on, now.

You'll only make it worse.

You can keep me out,

but you can never keep out
the curses of my ancestors.

- Come on, please.
- I apologize, gentlemen.

He's been following us
ever since we left Cairo.

Ah, our patroness beckons.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

Sir, that was Desmond Rutherford.

He's the leader of the expedition

that found the Tomb of
the Unknown Princess.

I had no idea you were
so well informed, George.

Oh. Yes, sir, while I was writing my book,

I read a great deal about
this very expedition.

See that sickly gentleman right there?

That's Phillip Uxbridge.

He was the first man into the tomb.


Oh, and that's Dr. Alger Greenwood.


He's an author...

like myself.

Quite an event, wouldn't
you say, Detective?

Indeed it is, Doctor.

It's not every day we have
a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus

opened before our very eyes.

You can thank the ladies

of the Toronto Historical Society for that.

. Oh.

The Toronto Historical Society?

I bet! They would enjoy a good book.

I should go join the
ladies, If you'll excuse me.

Yes, of course.

It's a rollicking tale

but, I warn you, not
for the faint of heart.

Are you experienced with adventure novels?

It's very beautiful.

My favorite-a royal couple,

in love, it seems.

New Kingdom, is it not'?


You have a good eye, Mister...

Murdoch, William Murdoch.

Dr. Iris Bajjali.

A doctor?

Yes, of archeology.

. Oh.

Attention, please.

Please excuse me, Mr. Murdoch.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you so much for coming.

And thank you to our patroness,

Mrs. Xavier McAllister.

Because of her largesse,

the fine city of Toronto
will have the distinction

of welcoming the Unknown Princess

to our modern age

and on the brink of a new century.

Dr. Iris Bajjali,

may I prevail upon you to continue?

Thank you.

While we do not know her identity,

we are quite certain

that the occupant of this sarcophagus

is of royal lineage.

And now. Without further
ado, Professor Alger Greenwood

will do us the honor of
welcoming the royal lady

back to our earthly realm.

Perhaps our princess is a little shy.





He's dead.

I can't believe it.

I can.

Sir, do you suppose that the snake,

having been buried with the princess,

was actually under some sort of spell?

A spell, George?

Yes, sir, not unlike Sleeping Beauty.


Sir, the snake was put to sleep

as a protector of the princess.

When Mr. Greenwood opened the coffin,

the snake reanimated and attacked.

George, let's find the
snake first, shall we?

Take Henry with you.

And, gentlemen, use the utmost caution.

Yes, sir.


Sir, if the two of us went,

wouldn't we just alarm
the thing even further?

Oh, Henry, come along.

You know, Henry,

my Aunt Primrose once caught a snake

with her bare hands.

An Egyptian snake?

No, of course not, Don't be ridiculous.

What would an Egyptian snake
be doing in Peterborough?

What do you think you're doing?

Don't touch that.

Detective Murdoch, Toronto Constabulary.

I hardly think this is
a matter for the police.

Sir, who had access to this sarcophagus?

Oh, everyone, unfortunately.

The security in this hall is appalling.

And who knew that
Greenwood would be the one

to open the sarcophagus?

It was certainly no secret.


See to the detective. I'll deal with this.

Gentlemen, I assure you, the
workplace is perfectly safe.

No, no.

Gentlemen, I... No, no.

Mr. Uxbridge, why are your workers leaving?

We are all cursed for what we've done.


Beware Queen Maat.

Uxbridge, pull yourself together, man.

Sir, I must insist that you refrain

from distressing my employees.

And I must insist that
you shut down this exhibit.

Shutdown the exhibit?

That's impossible.

Out of respect for poor Greenwood.

Greenwood would be appalled at the idea.

In that case, the sarcophagus
will be coming with me

for further analysis.

That's absurd.

Sir, if you do not allow me
to examine evidence further,

I will have to arrest you

for impeding a police investigation.

This will not be the last you hear of this.

George, I don't want to hear
any more about this curse.

Hear me out, Higgins. I'm telling you.

I've learned a great deal
from the writing of my novel.

Yes, your novel-

I was wondering when you
were gonna bring it up.

Oh, you mock all you like.
I've sold 20 books so far.

- Well, I hope you didn't offer a money
- Back guarantee.

Have you even read it?

Of course, George.

Oh, really?

What was your favorite part'?

I liked the part with the mummy.

Yes, that was very good.

Also, the, uh-


Oh, Henry, there was no snake in my novel.

You know, if you haven'! Read it,

you could just say.

George, the snake.

And I mean very carefully, gentlemen.

This sarcophagus is
priceless and very delicate.

It has no business in a police station.

I'm sorry. But I have to determine

how the snake gained entrance.

Well, they do have an astonishing ability

to squeeze into the minutest of openings.

The princess will be safe.

Have no worry.

Although I am surprised you've concluded

that she's only a princess.

The circumstances surrounding her burial

would suggest that she's of
a higher, more powerful rank.

My thoughts exactly.

But the hieroglyphs are very clear.

They tell us everything except her name.

An interesting puzzle.

One worthy of a detective, perhaps.


We found the snake.

Where is it?

It got away, sir.

Oh, no, it didn't.

It followed you.

Malish, malish, malish.

Every Egyptian child must
learn to handle a cobra.

Would you like to...

If you could somehow
package that for transport,

it would be most appreciated.


To the police station.

Oh, surely you do not intend
on questioning the creature.

In a manner of speaking.

I haven't done a dissection since school

and never on such a specimen.

And Mr. Greenwood?

As it appears, he died
from the poisonous bite

of the Naja haje.

The Egyptian cobra, yes?

Native to northern Africa.

As far as we know, we have
yet to discover a cobra

in the Canadian wild.

But it would be possible for someone

to keep one as a pet.

It would, in fact, make an excellent pet,

as it can go for several
months without requiring food.

So the cobra could have
entered the sarcophagus in Egypt

and have survived the voyage.



It ate recently.

It appears so-

a mouse, by the looks of it.

That doesn't look like any mouse.

You might be right, Detective.

I will endeavor to identify it.

But the question still remains,

how did both of these creatures
enter a sealed sarcophagus?

I'm afraid that question
is outside my expertise.

I am late for an engagement

I bid you good evening, Detective.

Will you be needing anything else, sir?

No, George.

A special occasion, George?

Oh, this?

A bookseller has asked me to
attend an autograph session

at his establishment this evening, sir.

It seems Curse of the Pharaohs
has become a bestseller.

Well, that's very good news, George.

Congratulations, Thank you, sir.

Well, I imagine you're
busy, but if you're not,

would you like to attend?

I'd be delighted.

I am very honored to
present to you this evening

the personal servant
of the Unknown Princess.

She would have been ritually killed

in order to continue on
in service lo her mistress

for all eternity.

Hmm, what do you say to that, Mary?

If I die, will you come with me?

The servant was the guardian of the tomb.

It was the first mummy we discovered.

Do we imagine that the curse
extends to the servant mummies

as well as royalty?

No, there is no curse, Mrs. McAllister.

It is merely a folktale
designed to deter tomb robbers.


Ah, come now, ladies.

Let us begin the unwrapping

so that the glory of Egypt
can be experienced firsthand.

And now, ladies, I must depart.

Duty calls.

But I leave you in the capable hands

of Dr. Bajjali'

Mrs. McAllister,

if you would do us the
honor of unwrapping her.

Where should I begin?

Wherever you like.

I hope it won't look too hideous.

We are dependent upon
the skill of the embalmer.


Mrs. McAllister'?

Mrs. McAllister'

Give us some air, please.

Can I help'?

No, you can't.

I'm afraid she's dead.

What exactly happened?

Mrs. McAllister was unwrapping the mummy,

then collapsed.

She died instantly.

Any idea why?

I would suggest a heart attack,

brought on, possibly, by over-excitement.

- I'll take the post
- Mortem results

as soon as you have them, please.

Detective, I'm surprised to see you here.

We investigate all suspicious deaths.


Two mummies, two deaths-

it does raise an eyebrow.

May I ask why you're here?

Mrs. McAllister was a great
friend of the expedition.

Her contributions were substantial.

This mummy was meant
to be a thank-you gift.

Seems somewhat macabre.

She was adamant

on having an unwrapping party in her salon.

They used to be all the rage in London.

So we were to oblige her.

On whose authority'?

Mr. Rutherford's, of course.

But Mr. Rutherford isn't in attendance.

No, but he was.

He left just before the incident.

Really'? Do you know why?

Something related to
the exhibit, I imagine.

And Mr. Uxbridge?

Phillip only just arrived

to transport the mummy back to the exhibit.

What have you, George?

Sir, sales remain brisk.

All these women are ardent fans.

Also, none of them saw
anything out of the ordinary.

It would seem, sir, that
she just dropped dead.

Right, then.

I'll need you to transport the mummy

back to the station house.

Is that really necessary'?

She is extremely fragile.

I'm afraid so.

Well, then at least allow Mr. Uxbridge

to help you with the transport.

He knows how to handle her properly.

Iris, we can't let this continue.

We have to send it all back-

Queen Maat, the curse.

Phillip, please, not now.

The constable needs your help.

Mr. Uxbridge, are you all right?

You look quite unwell.

It's the curse.

The curse of the pharaohs?

No, the curse of Queen Maat.

It's real.

Ifs happening to me.

Ifs a very old story.

Queen Maat knew she was
so disliked by her people

that she created a curse

lo protect her passage to the underworld.

Yes, I believe I've heard this story.

If I'm not mistaken, a
series of fatal calamities

is to befall anyone who
has defiled her tomb.

I was the second man in the tomb.

The second stage is happening to me.

Well, I thought you were the first man in.

It was Burrows.

Mr. Uxbridge, I'll fetch Dr. Grace.

No doctor can save me.

The only way to break the curse

was to return the mummy to her tomb.

It is said that the curse of Queen Maat

protects all the royal women of Egypt.

Maat is the goddess of law
and justice, is she not?

Quite so.

How fitting that you know of her.

Queen Maat, however, as
a human ruler of Egypt,

never actually existed,

so obviously the curse
doesn't exist either.



No, nothing at all.

It's a Greater Egyptian Gerbil,

not to be confused with
the Lesser Egyptian Gerbil.

I take it the species is
not native to North America.

North Africa,

which means it's likely the gerbil

found its way into the sarcophagus

with the snake in Egypt,

perhaps quite innocently,

by means of a small hole, for example.

Well, if so, I've yet to find it.

Have you finished with Mrs. McAllister?

It's quite as I suspected.

She died of a heart attack.

No poisons or other triggers?

Nothing at all. Her death
was perfectly natural.

Are you quite sure, Doctor,
that there was no foul play'?


Unless, of course, this
mummy was cursed after all.

I'd like you to revisit your conclusion.

Detective, I can assure you,

I completed the assessment
fully and to the letter.

I have no doubt in your ability.

Dr. Ogden's recommendation

is quite sufficient in that regard.

However, I must insist that
you re-examine Mrs. McAllister'

And what am I looking for'?

Whatever it is you missed the first time.


Looks like a bloody museum in here.

So what have you discovered?

I've been unable to determine

how the snake got in the sarcophagus,

and my tests on the second
mummy haven't yielded any cause

for Mrs. McAllister's heart attack.

So nothing at all.

Well, I'm convinced
there's an explanation, sir.

I just have to find it.

I always knew I had it in me.

- Well done.
- Congratulations.

Good news, George?

Indeed, sir.

Ii seems this curse has
whetted the public's appetite

for a good Egyptian yarn.

My books going into a
second printing as we speak.

Ah, Inspector, would
you like a signed copy,

one for the missus, perhaps?

It's proving to be most
popular with the ladies.

What I'd like for you
to remember, Crabtree,

is that while you're in this station,

you're a policeman,


Is that a yes?

That's a “ get back to work

"before I take that uniform off you

and stick it on that bloody mummy!"

Sirs, I wanted to speak to you
about the legend of Queen Meat.

Oh, here we go.

I came upon the legend
while researching my book.

Bloody hell, Crabtree.

We've had werewolves, voodoo,
vampires, and now mummies.

It's all bollocks.

I beg to differ, sir.

Mummies have been cursing
people since as early as 1699,

when a Frenchman, Louis Penicher,

reported that a ship
transporting two mummies

was plagued by extraordinarily stormy seas

until the mummies were thrown overboard.

French bloody sissies.

Sir, Dr. Bajjali mentioned
the curse to me as well.

Perhaps it will yield us a clue.

This is my thinking, sir.

Now, Uxbridge claims that he was present

at the beginning of the curse.

In fact, he himself
believes to be afflicted.

Obviously a reliable source.

Go on, George.

Well, sir. Uxbridge
whispered something in my ear

about Burrows, and then he left.


It turns out there was a Luther Burrows

attached to the expedition.

Where is he now?

He's dead, sir. He died of a fever.

And it turns out Phillip Uxbridge

was not the first man into the tomb.

It was Burrows, and he
died shortly thereafter.

Let me guess.

That was a part of the curse?

Sirs, I've taken the
liberty of writing down

the stages of the curse on this chalkboard.

As you can see, we've already
got some corroboration.

The first three stages of the curse

have already been fulfilled.

Death by brain fire"-

a fever, that was Burrows?

The first man into the tomb.

"Suffering that never ends."

Uxbridge believes that to be himself, sir,

and clearly he's suffering

from some sort of strange illness.

"Bite of an asp."

Are you sure you didn't
just make this up, Crabtree?

No, sir.

Now, the fourth stage is
somewhat harder to explain:

"“The cessation of the soul."

Seems an odd one to me.

- And the fifth?
- Stranger, again, sir.

"€?The revenge of Anubis."

- Who?
- Anubis, sir.

A god of the underworld.

It's said he guides souls on their journey.

Yes, sir, he had the head of a jackal.

Of course he did.

Excuse me, sirs.

We've found the owner of the snake,

one Fouad Sharif.

Leave our ancestors at peace.

Gentlemen, I am completely within my rights

to protest peacefully.

Mr. Sharif, what can
you tell me about snakes,

specifically an Egyptian cobra?

The sacred asp is a symbol of the pharaohs,

to be feared and worshipped
as one and the same.


You boarded a steamer in Liverpool

with one such snake in your
possession, did you not?

It was a gift from my grandfather

to help remind me of my duty.

Strange, then, that when
you made land in Halifax,

the stewards account of the luggage

made no mention of this basket.

Yes, it went missing.

You didn't report it?

It seemed unwise to cause a panic.

You're aware that you
were on the same sailing

transporting the Rutherford expedition.

Of course.

How am I to object to the
desecration of my culture

if I cannot confront
the vandals themselves?

Perhaps you're also aware of how your cobra

managed to enter their sealed sarcophagus.

I am not.

Do you know of the curse of Queen Maat'?

You westerners are all so simpleminded.

The curse is on you

for refusing to acknowledge
that to defile our dead

is an abomination against all humanity.

Detective, I'm glad you're here.

You are a disgrace to our homeland.

I could say the same about you.

Lay a hand on this woman,

and I will have you behind bars.

Please, leave him be.

I provoked him. I should have known better.

Would you have a moment to talk?

Yes, of course.

George, I want a 24-hour
watch on Mr. Sharif.

I want to know his every move.

Yes, sir.

And now with this visit to North America,

I can say I have set foot
on all five continents.

Incredible adventures, Dr. Bajjali.

Please, call me Iris.


This has been a welcome
respite from the exhibit.

Oh, why is that'?

It is quickly becoming a sideshow.

Desmond Rutherford is
so focused on the money

this exhibit is bringing in,

he has decided not to
bother returning to Egypt.

Is that so?

It look me years

to get on an expeditionary team over there.

Because you're a woman.


I suppose, I shouldn't complain.

At least I'm not lying dead
like poor Mrs. McAllister.

Have you any news of what killed her'?

A heart attack, it would seem.

Oh, how very tragic.

In ancient Egypt, the heart
was thought to house the soul.

As in, "the cessation of the soul"?

From the curse of Queen Maat.

Yes, I suppose a heart attack would fit.

Do you believe in the curse?

Do you not find contradictions
between your religious beliefs

and scientific truths?

That doesn't quite answer my question.

I am a woman of science.

Everything has an explanation,

though there is a
certain allure in the idea

that the responsibility of choice

is out of our control.

Perhaps, but that isn't my cup of tea.

Your cup of tea?

What I mean to say is... Thank you, sir.

Mummy princess cursing Toronto.

Thank you, sir.

The afternoon edition, I...

I think it turned out rather well.

You mean you knew about this?

I rather think I'm aware

of when my photograph is being taken.

Do you realize the kind of attention

this is going to attract?

The overwhelming kind, I hope.

Mr. Rutherford, I remind
you that the deaths

of Mr. Greenwood and Mrs. McAllister

are still under investigation.

Mrs. McAllister'?

The woman died of a heart attack.

Hail to see what you could
possibly need to investigate.

- Leave that to me.
- Happily.

And you leave the running
of tonight's show to me.

So it's a show now?


New lighting, new decor-

Mr. Barnum will be turning
in his grave with envy,

because unlike him, I deliver.

Deliver what?

The curse, of course,

in action.

Desmond, don't be such a fool.

Iris, stay out of this.

These are the affairs of men.

You mean it takes a man to
turn a 5,000-year-old culture

into a traveling circus.




Forgive us, please.

Pity that didn't happen during the show.

He's here.

- He's here?
- Yes.

- What is going on?
- Oh, we just want an autograph.

Oh, there he is!

Higgins, what on Earth is going on here'?

What do they want?

- You.
- Me?

It seems your book and this supposed curse

have turned you into a
bit of a celebrity, George.

I don't know what to do.

I'd make a break for it if I were you.

Murdoch, I hear you had
a brush with the curse.

I'm perfectly fine, sir.

George, are you quite all right?

You look rather persecuted.

Price of fame, sir.

Sir, I've narrowed our list of suspects.

Now, this is a list of the events

relating to the curse,

and this is a list of the people

who were present during those events.

Now, Dr. Bajjali can be excluded

because she was the intended victim

of the most recent attack.

Or you were and she planned it.

I find that highly unlikely, sir.

I see you've ruled out the Egyptian.

Yes, sir.

Mr. Sharif seems as though
he had the strongest motive,

but he doesn't appear
to have had opportunity.

So Rutherford it is.

He appears to be our
strongest suspect, yes.

Right, let's bring him in.

Sir, I would prefer to
leave him to his own devices.

You want to catch him in the act.

Bit of a dangerous game, don't you think?

Yes, it is, sir,

but I don't yet have the evidence

to support his guilt.

Right, then.

Crabtree, put a man on him.

- Sir.
- Oh, and, Crabtree?

You'd better find somewhere
other than my station

for your gaggle of admirers to run riot.

Yes, sir.

Price of fame.

Oh, I imagine she's here to see you.

Dr. Bajjali?

I've asked for her expert consultation.

Look, Murdoch, I don't
like dragging up the past,

but it does bear reminding.

You aren't always the most circumspect

when an attractive and intelligent woman

is involved.

I'll keep that in mind.


Ah, ma'am.

Doctor, how good of you to come.


So you're no further along

in identifying the mummy princess.


If wasn't unusual for royalty
to be erased from history.

But even so, I've never seen anyone

quite so thoroughly expunged as this.

This is a passage from
the Book of the Dead.

The funerary text of ancient Egypt.

Indeed, although the name is misleading.

Because it's not an actual book at all

but a series of spells and incantations

meant to guide the dead to the underworld.

Your knowledge of Egypt
never ceases to amaze me.

You're absolutely certain
that the sarcophagus

had never been previously opened,

and I've failed to find an
entry point for the cobra.

If there had been an
opening, I would have seen it.

Although that is not this
coffin's only mystery.

- No?
- Here.

The gold leaf appears
to have a gypsum base,

which is characteristic
of a period much older

than the rest of the decoration suggests.


I have an idea.

What is that?

Something that may help solve your mystery.

Gypsum is calcium sulfate.

It fluoresces under ultraviolet light.

It can't be.

"Here lies the body of Queen Maat.“."

My God.

She really did exist.

And so must her curse.

How do you mean?

I didn't want to let myself believe,

but everything fits,

even our near miss...

the revenge of Anubis.

There are only two stages left.

The next is the consumption of Ra's power'

I must get back to the exhibit.

Are you sure that's wise, Doctor'?

Would you stop working on a case

because your life was threatened?

Curse, eh?

Gently, please.

Thank you.

Mr. Rutherford.

Ah, Detective. So glad you could make it.

Tonight's event will be
one for the history books.

I'll need you to accompany
me to the station house.

I'm afraid I'm otherwise
occupied at the moment.

You are the prime suspect
in two suspicious deaths

and an attempted murder.

If you wish to clear your name,
I suggest you come with me.

Detective, you really are loo much.

If you had any evidence,

you would have arrested me already.

You had the means and the opportunity

to create this curse

and whip the city into near hysteria.

What's more, you are profiting
from the tragic death of others.

Detective Murdoch, lam not a murderer.

I have done nothing more
than seize an opportunity.

Uxbridge, see to the detective.

Make sure he has a good spot
to watch the proceedings.

Enjoy the show.

. Guard.

Are you quite all right, sir?

Shut it down.

I'm sorry?

The exhibit-

you said you would shut it down.

The curse...

You know who's responsible?

Queen Maat, of course.

Don't you trust your own eyes?


I just got a report
from Constable Armstrong,

who was watching Mr.' Sharif.

Armstrong, George?

Sir, he believes he heard Mr. Sharif

have a conversation that he thought

to be conspiratorial in nature

and in a foreign tongue.

Are you quite sure, George?

Armstrong hears conspiracies
around every corner.

I know, sir, He's quite convinced.

And who did he say Mr.
Sharif was speaking to?

That lady archaeologist,

Dr. Bajjali.


Queen Maat,

worshiper of justice,

earthly vessel of the laws of the gods,

stripped of her dignity,

her place in history washed
away by the sands of time,

a woman forced to face judgment...

- Sharif.
- Hated for her strength...

- It's her.
- And supreme power.

I prayed it wasn't.

I'm sorry?


she's of royal blood,

descended from the pharaohs.

She's their earthly vessel of revenge.

Ladies and gentlemen,

no longer the Unknown Princess-

I present to you

the legendary, cursed...

Queen Maat.

The body is with Dr. Grace, sir.

Very good, George.

And we apprehended Mr. Sharif.

He was at Union Station.

We're bringing him into custody now.


Once she's changed,
please escort Dr. Bajjali

to the station house.


Seems your chart was wrong.

I hadn't counted on a partnership, sir.

Maybe you should take him,
and I'll deal with the lady.

Sir, perhaps your style of questioning

would be better suited to the male suspect.


Oh, but, Murdoch, one thing.


She may be a murderer.

Remember that.

Let's not waste any more time, shall we?

I know you and the girl
were in on it together.

What girl?

In on what'?

You and Mr. Sharif are acquainted,

are you not, Dr. Bajjali?

Dr. Bajjali?

Please answer the question.

Yes, you know we are.

Perhaps I'm not making myself clear.

You and Mr. Sharif are well-acquainted.

I have no idea what you're talking about.

Oh, I think you do.

You've been wanting to
shutdown this exhibit all along.

Yes, but not like this.

I cannot explain what has been happening.

You mean how the only two Egyptians

associated with the exhibit

managed lo dodge this supposed curse?

- Because we are both Egyptians, we must be co
- Conspirators.

Is that it'?

Really, William.

It's Detective Murdoch.

Is it?

I think I'll be going.

Not until you explain why the two of you

were seen clandestinely meeting.

That's ridiculous.

Is it?

You have no proof.

You were always around the exhibit.

Of course; How could I protest against it

if I wasn't there?

You mean how could you sabotage it

if you wasn't there?



I had no access to any of the artifacts.

Not you, perhaps,

but a well-placed partner in
the expeditionary team would.

I believed Mr., Sharif to be guilty.

I sought to gain his trust
and approached him as a friend.

The two of you we're speaking Arabic,

so no one can confirm this.

Mr. Sharif can.

An unsatisfactory corroboration.

Do you really believe that I would be party

to the ruination of everything
We have worked so hard for'?

With Mr. Greenwood and Mr. Rutherford dead,

you would be able to take over the exhibit.

You would like that, wouldn't you?

Yes, but only to present
it with dignity, respect.

You had access to the sarcophagus.

You demonstrated an ability
to handle a deadly cobra.

You knew well enough to
tamper with electrical wires.

You were present at every death.

You used the curse to cover your tracks.

How dare you accuse me?

And what of the attempt on my life?

I believe that was meant for me.


You weren't part of the expedition.

How could you be part of the curse?

Detective, I-

- Dr. Grace. It is highly inappropriate

for you to interrupt me

in the middle of an interrogation.

I must insist you learn to knock.

Quite right, but this simply cannot wait.

I had a thought.

I'm sure we can discuss your thought

at a more suitable moment.

Of course.

But it struck me that
although we discovered

that the snake had eaten the gerbil,

we neglected to find out
what the gerbil had eaten.

- Which undoubtedly you know'?
- Indeed.

A paste made from a
herbal remedy for fevers,

Egyptian chamomile.

I trust that was worth the interruption?

Irving, please tell the inspector

that Mr. Sharif is free to go.

Thank you, Doctor. That
was very helpful indeed.

It's time to pack up the exhibit.

That's hardly your decision.

Trust me, Iris.

Phillip, you really must see a doctor.

Every time I see you,
you look worse and worse.

You're sending everything back.

The curse will be broken.

What are you talking about?

The exhibit will now move to Chicago.

You know that.

You can'! Do that.

Phillip, you have a fever.

You're not thinking straight.

If she doesn't go away,

the killing will continue.

Phillip, there is no curse.

Can't you see what's happening around you?

I refuse to believe that a children's story

is going to kill me.

That's what Burrows
said just before he died.

And then I got sick,
and I haven't got better.

The only way that we can break the curse

is to send everything back to Egypt.


I don'! Want you to be next.

The exhibit will go on as planned.

I can't let you do that.


Iris, are you all right'?

Why did you do it?

It wasn't me.

It was Queen Maat.

It was you that put the
snake in the sarcophagus.

I found the compartment.

It was you that tipped
the frieze of Anubis.

Only it wasn't meant for me, was it?

Killing a police officer
wouldn't prove the curse.

You weren't supposed to be there.

It was you that frayed
the wires to the switch.

You knew Rutherford would want
to light the stage himself.

He had to be stopped.

If you would have listened to me,

no one would have got killed.

And Mrs. McAllister?

That wasn't me.

How did you induce her heart attack, hmm?

I didn't kill her, I swear.

How did you do-




The fire wagon!

- Out of the way!
- Phillip!

Why the long face, eh?

Another case is solved.

There are no more rotting corpses

hanging around my station house.

In fact, it's a good day, young Crabtree.

So why don't you take the rest of it off

and go attend to your adoring public?

Sir, it seems my book is not
quite as popular as it once was.

Fame is a fickle mistress.

Yes, sir.


my wife has been nagging me

for that signed copy of your book.

Driving me crackers, she is.

Oh, happy to oblige, sir.

Anything for the missus.

Sir, I imagine you'll be interested

in the idea I have for my next book:


Now, what people don't
realize, sir, is, leprechauns

are actually nasty little
beasts with very sharp teeth.

And their gold, if it's even real gold,

is hidden at the end of a rainbow,

and only a handful of
people have ever even...

Detective, I-

Dr. Grace.

I've concluded my
examination of Mr. Uxbridge.

It was quite illuminating.

Oh, how so?

He died due to injuries
caused by the firetruck.

And you found that to be illuminating?

Not at all.

Rather that otherwise he seemed
to have been in perfect health.

Are you quite sure?

He looked to be on the brink of death.

I discovered that the chamomile

he was constantly eating
was laced with mandrake.

Mandrake, the poison?

Yes, but the dosage he was
exposed to wasn't fatal.

The plants were likely grown together.

Ifs not uncommon.

- Could the mandrake have caused the fever
- Like symptoms?


But it would have caused
rather vivid hallucinations.

He probably saw the curse, so to speak.


He believed in his ailment so strongly,

he willed it to manifest itself.


Truly mind over matter, as they say.

Mm, and Mrs. McAllister'?

- It really was just a heart attack

the coincidence that proves the rule.

Dr. Grace?

Good work.

Thank you.

So off to Chicago, then,
to re-stage the exhibit?

Actually. I've found it
a permanent home there,

no more circus act,

just a nice quiet museum.

And will you be making
a home there as well?

Oh, no, I'm not the homemaking type.

But ii all goes according to plan,

I will be back among pyramids very soon,

only this time in the Mexican rain forest-

Chich?n ltz?.

Mayan ruins, how wonderful.

You would like it, I think.

The thrill of discovery is the same

regardless of what it is one discovers.

Do you remember the
last stage of the curse?

Ra will send his chariot of fire.

Or his fire wagon?

Perhaps science can't
explain everything after all.

Good-bye, William.

Good-bye, Iris.

Hyup! Hyup!