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  1. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 1)"
  2. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 2)"
  3. "Unfinished Business"
  4. "One White Rose for Death"
  5. "Corned Beef & Carnage"
  6. "Dead Man's Gold"
  7. "Deadline for Murder"
  8. "Magnum on Ice (Part 2)"
  9. "Obituary for a Dead Anchor"
  10. "Stage Struck"
  11. "Night of the Headless Horseman"
  12. "The Corpse Flew First Class"
  13. "Crossed Up"
  14. "Murder in a Minor Key"
  15. "The Bottom Line is Murder"
  16. "Death Takes a Dive"
  17. "Simon Says, Color Me Dead"
  18. "No Laughing Murder"
  19. "No Accounting for Murder"
  20. "The Cemetery Vote"
  21. "The Days Dwindle Down"
  22. "Murder, She Spoke"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
Murder, She Wrote: Season Five
Murder, She Wrote: Season Six
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
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: February 1st, 1987
Written By: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed By: David Hemmings
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.

David Hemmings, who directed this episode, appeared in the previous episode The Corpse Flew First Class, as "Scotland Yard" inspector Errol Pogson.

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  ?


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper

Michael Horton as Grady Fletcher

William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Guest Stars[]

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

DVD Release[]

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