Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Murdoch Mysteries turns a crazy feminist scientist plotline into a joint feminist research project on curing infertility

Are we going to revisit Murdoch’s house building this season? We’re constantly riding that line between murder mystery and domestic drama and we have a whole new domestic drama for Murdoch and Ogden this year that is more important than houses. ...................................................................................................... Hades Hath No Fury Season 10 Episode 1015 Air date February 20, 2017 Written by Michelle Ricci Directed by Leslie Hope "Hades Hath No Fury" was the fifteenth episode of tenth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred forty-seventh of the series. Reproductive manipulation? Julia is fascinated and Freddie suggests she talk with Demeter, who was attempting to fertilize the egg outside the womb; "She'd be thrilled to discuss her work with someone who understands it." Historical References Clues in the case reach back to the ancient Greek goddesses, but like modern "Amazons, the warrior women who lived without men." Detective Watts points out that "the Ancient Greeks are the founders of our modern patriarchy; Even Aristotle thought of women as little more than 'deformed men'." Nettie Stevens (1861–1912) was an early American geneticist and one of the first American women to be recognized for her contribution to science. The medical procedure whereby an egg is fertilized by sperm in a test tube or elsewhere outside the body is called in vitro fertilization (IVF); early research began at the turn of the century. Demeter, a.k.a. Marilyn Clark, is first introduced as a member of the women's sanctuary at the Greenwood Estate in Rosedale, a place free of the unwelcome influence of the male sex in Season 10 "Hades Hath No Fury". Demeter keeps to herself. She left her family because they wouldn't let her continue her studies. Liking her solitude, Demeter spends her time in the cellar, where she is attempting to fertilize an egg with two female chromosomes outside the womb, ensuring a female baby. The Canadian Patient At the Toronto Medical Exposition, having returned to her given name Marilyn Clark, she continues to promote her ideas. "Demeter" is depicted as a mad scientist, who is trying to create a female-only universe by doing IUI with 2 female chromosomes, producing only female children and eliminating men altogether after a lengthy period of time. "Demeter" is depicted as so "out of it" that she does not know that there is a dead man in a lye bath in her lab. ..................................... "The Canadian Patient" is the fourth episode of the eleventh season and the one hundred fifty-fourth of the Murdoch Mysteries series. It aired on October 16, 2017. Historical References Pathologist and immunologist Karl Landsteiner studied under Emil Fischer, discovered the different human blood types in 1901, and introduced a system for typing the first three blood groups. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, believes sickness can be cured with a prayer. In the landmark year, 1906, the University of Toronto opened its doors to permit women to study medicine, and the Ontario Medical College for Women closed, but its clinic called the dispensary remained open and continues to prosper in Toronto. In the form of leaves from the willow tree, Aspirin has been used for at least 2,400 years. In 1853, chemist Charles Frédéric Gerhardt treated sodium salicylate with acetyl chloride to produce acetylsalicylic acid for the first time. By 1897, scientists at Bayer labs began studying acetylsalicylic acid as a less-irritating replacement for salicylate medicines. In the early 1900's much research was done on hormones and how they related to fertility, (also, see ep.1010). "Demeter" is an exhibitor at the Toronto Medical Exhibition where Dr. Ogden is in charge of the Toronto Medical School booth - co-education. She has pamphlets on display which reveal her name as Marilyn Clark. The pamphlet makes claims for achieving a harmonious society through intra-uterine fertility methods - she has the answer to the masculine problem. She tells Dr. Ogden that she has lost her lab because of Murdoch. Dr. Ogden takes her pamphlet and her research notes and reads them in bed, but hides them from Murdoch. At the end of the episode, Dr. Ogden states that "progress requires risk and I think someone should be brave enough to take it on". Murdoch assumes she is talking about the organ transplant surgeon who was the main focus of the show, but Ogden excuses herself and goes to talk to Marilyn Clark. Dr. Ogden tells Marilyn Clark that they should work together on the proposal regarding hormones and reproduction, that a Chicago fertility specialist could not help her but thinks she can conceive, that she will put up the money to see if Marilyn Clark's research can cure infertility in women and that she will be the research subject.