This is not just about Murdoch Mysteries; I have experienced the same myself.
When she was due to marry Darcy, she wrote a message to Murdoch that said that if he turned up at the church, she would marry him. If he didnt, she would marry Darcy.
That is called hedging your bets.
After my divorce from Samantha, my girlfriend Mel moved in (sort of) and was with me for about a year. When she collected Verity, we would always have a chat outside my Brockham home before she went off.
The conversations started to become more and more intense and one day, she suggested that we get back together again. I thought about it for a while and decided that it was a good idea, so that I would be under the same roof as Verity.
Those who know me well, know that I can never cheat on another and so, before I committed myself to Samantha, I broke it off with Mel; she was furious. I then texted Samantha to say that it was done. She was still with “him”, so she had nothing to lose.
As days wore on, I started to question my actions and, on the way home from work, I decided that I had made the wrong mistake. I decided that although I loved my Verity, nothing had changed and the arguments would start up again and I would relive the old times.
I know exactly where I was. I was driving down the hill to the Givons Grove roundabout, which had a Texaco on it, just on the edge of Leatherhead.
When I got home, I rang Samantha and told her that it was off; what came down the phone is not worth repeating. The next time that I collected Verity from her house, there was an engagement ring on her finger. I asked her come? She said because I had said no.
Samantha had not risked anything, nothing at all, whilst I risked everything. I tried for the next two years to get Mel back but she refused. A woman scorned.
I had done the right thing by breaking with Mel before any sort of commitment to Samantha was made, that is my way but she just sat there, as though watching two knights fighting over her; she was always going to have a suitor, no matter what happened.
She just hedged her bets