|Aired: February 1st, 1987|
|Written By: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle|
|Directed By: David Hemmings|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert F. O'Neill|
The phone wires get crossed up during a big hurricane, and Jessica can't prove to anybody that the plot for a murder that she accidentally overheard is real or not.
The plot is a reference to Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). About a bedridden woman who accidentally over hears on the phone a murder being plotted.
For Henry Brandon, who plays the victim, Abel Gorcey, this was the last TV part in his nearly half a century long career.
Jessica does not leave her bed for the entire episode.
The lightning bolt shown during the storm is the same one shown during the opening credits of Gilligan's Island, but flipped.
Victim(s): Abel Gorcey & Jed Rogers
Killer: Dody Rogers
Cause of death: Presumably pushed off of stairs; gunshot.
Motive: To keep him from blackmailing her about being hired to murder Jed; to prevent him from changing his will which would cut out Gordon Rogers, and by extension, herself.
During a rainstorm, Jessica is speaking on the telephone to Letitia, the town operator. She is wearing her glasses in a close-up. Mid-sentence, it cuts to a long shot, and her glasses are suddenly on her lap.
When Jessica was listening to the murder plot on the phone at the time the windows blew inward, & the telescope fell, the wind would never blow in, rustling Jessica's papers, because nothing from inside would cause the vacuum to suck the wind in & also because of the fact, that with the force of the wind that knocked the telescope over, it would have broken the telescope & it didn't , did it ?
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper
Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher
William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Colleen Camp as Dody Rogers
Tony Dow as Gordon Rogers
Stephanie Dunnam as Leslie Cameron
James Carroll Jordan as Adam Rogers
Gisele MacKenzie as Mona
Sandy McPeak as Morgan Rogers
Henry Brandon as Abel Gorcey