|Aired:||March 12th, 1989|
|Written By:||Chris Manheim|
|Directed By:||Anthony Pullen Shaw|
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|Created By:||Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link|
|Executive Producers:||Peter S. Fischer & Anthony Magro|
|Producer||Robert Van Scoyk|
Jessica returns to her college town when a sorority sister, Emily Dyers (Dinah Shore), calls to tell her that one of their much-loved professors, Leon Walker (E.G. Marshall), has been arrested for the murder of a truly aggressive student, by name of Rhonda Sykes (Kate Vernon). Walker has confessed to the killing and her old classmate - and now District Attorney Paul Robbins (Ralph Waite) - feels he has no choice but to proceed. Jessica soon realizes that Walker's story just doesn't add up and that he is obviously protecting someone. When someone else confesses to the crime, Jessica realizes why Walker was prepared to take the blame but even that doesn't quite provide the solution to the crime.
The title is a parody of the Latin "alma mater" or translated "nourishing mother" which was traditionally used in ancient Rome to describe anyone of several mother goddesses (i.e. Ceres or Cybele). During the Medieval era, the Christian religion used it as a term for the Virgin Mary, the mother of baby Jesus. Today alumni use the term to describe the college or university they graduated from or the song or hymn associated with that school.
A.D.A. Paul Robbins would have known about the wine glasses once the police had found the glasses, I kind of doubt that Leon had put the glasses away before the police got there, because he was rinsing the glasses to get rid of the prints & knocked over the lamp & put the letter opener in Rhonda's hand before the the cops came in, if Leon had put the glasses away, he would have wiped his prints off the door handle before he knocked over the lamp & putting the letter opener in Rhonda's hand & was that shown. With Rhonda's head wound, she would have called for an ambulance not the D.A., plus, all Paul Robbins & Margaret had seen was the accident, all they did was see it happen. Yes, Margaret was in no position to drive, but I can't see how Paul would have been sober enough to drive to cause the accident. Think about it.
Victim: Rhonda Sykes
Killer: D.A. Paul Robbins
Cause of death: Bludgeoned with a candlestick
Motive: She was blackmailing him over his part in a vehicular homicide.
- Ralph Waite - DA Paul Robbins
- Dinah Shore - Emily Dyers
- E.G. Marshall - Leon Walker
- Janice Rule - Margaret Stone
- Jason Beghe - Steve Chambers
- Dana Sparks - Karen Chambers
- Felicia Lansbury - Sara Haines
- Kate Vernon - Rhonda Sykes
Alma Murder At the Internet Movie Database