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  1. "Trials & Tribulations"
  2. "Deadly Misunderstanding"
  3. "See You in Court, Baby"
  4. "Hannigan's Wake"
  5. "The Family Jewels"
  6. "A Body to Die For"
  7. "The Return of Preston Giles"
  8. "The Great Twain Robbery"
  9. "Ballad for a Blue Lady"
  10. "Murder in F Sharp"
  11. "Family Doctor"
  12. "Suspicion of Murder"
  13. "Moving Violation"
  14. "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?"
  15. "The Taxman Cometh"
  16. "From the Horse's Mouth"
  17. "The Prodigal Father"
  18. "Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy"
  19. "Thursday's Child"
  20. "Murder, Plain & Simple"
  21. "Tainted Lady"
  22. "The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eight
Murder, She Wrote: Season Nine
Murder, She Wrote: Season Ten
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eleven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Twelve
Murder, She Wrote: TV Movies
The Law & Harry McGraw

Production Information[]

Production Number:
Aired: November 11th, 1990
Written By: Donald Ross
Directed By: Anthony Pullen Shaw
Created By: Peter S. Fischer
Richard Levinson
William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer Anthony Magro
Robert F. O'Neill
Robert E. Swanson
Robert Van Scoyk


The owner of a new, hot fitness club in Cabot Cove has secrets that lead to murder.


One of the few mysteries set in Cabot Cove without Dr. Seth Hazlitt, because William Windom was starring in the short-lived series Parenthood (1990). Ben Devlin took his place as a close male friend of Jessica.

As of 2011, this is the last screen appearance of actor James Olson.

Victim: Fred Keppard (was meant to be Wayne Bennett)

Killer: Clarence La Rue

Cause of death: Gunshot

Motive: Combination of drunkenness and anger over thinking his wife Nancy was having an affair with Wayne.


When Jessica, Nancy, and Ben Devlin are riding their bicycles, they pass a sign for Navarro something-or-other that's partially blocked by a tree. Navarro would be found in Mendocino, California, the filming location, not in Maine, the setting.

In the reveal by the killer, it shows the killer firing a gun directly at the camera on the ground level. In reality, the killer would have fired up as the victim was on an upper level.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Julie Adams as Eve Simpson

Ron Masak as Sheriff Morton Metzger

Will Nye as Deputy Floyd

Joe Dorsey as Ben Devlin

Guest Stars[]

Jason Beghe as Wayne Bennett

Alix Elias as Mrs. Veronica Hardin

Ruta Lee as Renee Finster

Ernie Lively as Joe Hardin

Patricia MacPherson as Betty Bennett

Hugh O'Brian as Fred Keppard

James Olson as Clarence La Rue

Sally Struthers as Nancy La Rue


Michele Bernath as Woman

Paul Lueken as Paramedic

Katharine Durish as Receptionist

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