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hannski asked: When I was a kid my great aunt used to watch Murder She Wrote and the music scared me so much I would cry and beg to go home. What do you have to say to that?
Hannah, I say that when I visit you we should listen to the theme song on loop while watching video clips of Voldemort.
Original air date: November 4, 1984
Wikipedia synopsis: Man’s best friend gets a bad reputation when a fox hunter dies in a riding accident and the authorities try to blame the heir to his estate, his beloved pooch.
For some reason, Netflix has this episode play instead of Episode 1.4 “Hooray for Homicide”. Anyone else have that problem?
Anyway, we meet yet another member of the widespread Fletcher clan—this time a British cousin played by Lynn Redgrave. Are the people in this family just unusually mobile? Or was there a Fletcher male that was a transient and had all sorts of secret families around the globe? I need to know.
Let me just say I loved this episode. It was like Jessica Fletcher meets Wishbone. Or Angela Lansbury in “All Creatures Great and Small.” She rode a horse. She investigates why a gray mare and a hound to go on a killing spree.
Seriously, a dog murders a woman by closing an automatic gate on her head. This is the best show ever.
But, y’know, animals aren’t completely conscious or aware of their actions like a human so naturally he was not convicted (but he did get put in jail, obvious natural course of action in line with logic).
The scene where Mrs. Fletcher is in the hands of the potentially murderous son and random hillbilly with a gun reminded me of “Winter’s Bone”. This is high level stuff.
- FLETCHER FAMILY TREE. Find it. I will start a Fletcher birther movement.
- What happened to Mrs. Fletcher’s book? It was not mentioned in this episode. Perhaps the episode mix up with 1.4 “Hooray for Homicide” explains it.
Residents of Cabot Cove, Maine have had it with Angela Lansbury.
The picturesque town, of course, was the setting for the TV series “Murder, She Wrote.” Since the series’ own death in 1996, Lansbury has become a frequent vacationer and, many say, a nuisance. After spending three weeks last summer in her TV house, now a bed and breakfast, she refused to pay her bills. This is my house, she told the innkeeper. Twice she’s been cited for bicycle DUI, and once for lewd conduct with a lobster.
Dr. Seth Hasletch treated her for a jet ski related accident, another bill that went unpaid. Quote, “She wasnt just rude, she accused me of murder. She accuses everyone she doesn’t like of murder.”
“Angela feels like she made this town what it is,” says beauty parlor owner Loretta Spiegel. “Nonsense, ‘Murder, She Wrote’ made Cabot Cove look like a killing field, someone getting murdered every week. She’s done enough damage.”
-Mo Rocca’s fake story for NPR’s “Wait…Wait…Don’t Tell Me”
Original air date: 10/14/1984
Wikipedia Synopsis: Pre-wedding jitters take on a new meaning for the fiancé of Jessica’s niece when he’s accused of a cabaret owner’s murder.
The premise of this episode is Jessica Fletcher takes what should be a relaxing vacation to San Fransisco for her niece’s wedding and-you guessed it-she become entangled in a murder investigation.
Surprisingly, this episode does not take place in Cabot Cove. Perhaps I misjudged the series and it is more along the lines of “traveling murder mystery” than “continual murders in a small town that seem to alarm no one.” I am genuinely interested in seeing how the show’s writers continue to justify the aura of death around Jessica.
Mrs. Fletcher’s task at hand is to ingratiate herself within the gruff police department of San Fransisco (in which all policemen behave like they’re from the Bronx) and subsequently clear her niece’s drag queen fiance’s name for the murder of a nightclub owner. Got all that?
I spent most of this episode fixated on hair than the plot. Why does the Fletcher niece look like Malibu Barbie meets Little House on the Prairie? Why are these wigs on the drag queens so bad? All the men have Kotter-hair syndrome. Alas, the fashion of the 1980s is strong with this episode.
Also, I am three episodes deep and Jessica Fletcher seems to have relatives coming out of the woodwork: first, her nephew Grady in the pilot was responsible for getting her book published, now her niece pops up and gets married in San Fransisco. Who are these kids’ parents? Why aren’t they or Grady at the wedding? Were they killed along with the mysterious Mr. Fletcher? I need a Fletcher family tree pronto.
These questions plague me as I watch each episode, but its out of love.
- Me: I started a blog about me watching all the episodes of "Murder, She Wrote"
- Sahil: ...What?...Emily.
- Me: I AM LIVING ALONE THIS SUMMER. It is a measure I am taking to avoid becoming a cat lady.
- Sahil: ...I don't think writing a blog about every episode of Murder, She Wrote makes you any less of a stereotypical old lady. By trying to avoid becoming a cat lady, you're basically becoming one...Cause I imagine cat ladies watch that show all the time.
- Me: Nu-uh
- Sahil: Maybe you should wait until you're 55 to start acting like a 55 year old.
- Me: I added music to the blog ! :-)
- Sahil: Is it swing music from your days as a child in 40s America?
- Me: Yep
- Sahil: oh. well that makes sense then.
Original air date: 10/7/1984
Wikipedia synopsis: A mysterious man who briefly stops by Jessica’s house turns up dead, supposedly swept overboard during a hurricane before Jessica even met him.
How have I never known that Tom Bosley was on this show? Double-whammy combo with Angela Lansbury. His grumpy sheriff is the perfect foil for Mrs. Fletcher’s pep. His face just screams, “Sit on it, Fletcher.”
Basically, this episode is about why you do not let strange old hipster hobos into your house and give them your deceased husband’s pipe: you will have to solve his real murder and deal with his bratty daughters even though you were already in the middle of investigating his staged murder. Duh.
If you are familiar at all with King Lear, skip this episode as it riffs on similar themes. If you are not, go get some culture by reading the play and THEN watch “Deadly Lady”.
The premise is a CEO father wants to divide his megamillions amongst his daughters, but fakes his death to do so. The daughters are greedy and lead the father to his actual death. Mainly, they’re all harpies dressed in Jordache.
Jessica Fletcher naturally saves the day by having none other than Tom Bosley on the phone, which is hidden behind a vase of flowers, during the murderer’s confession. Then, Mrs. Fletcher actually shows the killer how she hid the phone. It’s like when the villain reveals his master plan before executing it; oooh Girl, don’t mention the sheriff until he is there in person to make the arrest!
Of course, no villain would want to escape Jessica Fletcher’s grandmotherly ways and the killer chooses to wait in comfort for her arrest rather than go on the lam. Ah, TV logic.
Questions/Predictions: What’s the deal with Mr. Fletcher? Did she solve his murder too? Will she get together with Tom Bosley (please oh please)?