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Murder, She Wrote: Season One
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two


  1. "Widow, Weep for Me"
  2. "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"
  3. "Murder in the Afternoon"
  4. "School for Scandal"
  5. "Sing a Song of Murder"
  6. "Reflections of the Mind"
  7. "A Lady in the Lake"
  8. "Dead Heat"
  9. "Jessica Behind Bars"
  10. "Sticks and Stones"
  11. "Murder Digs Deep"
  12. "Murder by Appointment Only"
  13. "Trial by Error"
  14. "Keep the Home Fries Burning"
  15. "Powder Keg"
  16. "Murder in the Electric Cathedral"
  17. "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder"
  18. "If a Body Meet a Body"
  19. "Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday"
  20. "Menace, Anyone?"
  21. "The Perfect Foil"
  22. "If the Frame Fits"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Three
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: November 24th, 1985
Written By: J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley
Directed By: Peter Crane
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Jessica goes to the races to watch her niece ride the winning horse. Then the horse's owner is murdered after a dispute.


Features two former Three's Company (1976) cast members Priscilla Barnes and Norman Fell. However, the two were not on that show at the same time. By the time Barnes joined the cast as Terri Alden, Fell was no longer on the cast due to his character Stanley Roper being spun off onto his own show, The Ropers (1979).

The title refers to the results of a race where the first two contestants across the finish line are so close together that a winner cannot be determined.

The only other instance when Jessica's other brother, Martin, (Tracy's father) is mentioned.

Victim: Jack Bowen

Killer: Vicky Gallegos

Cause of death: Tranquilizer dart to the heart.

Motive: To prevent her husband, Carlos Gallegos, from being deported if he didn't race for Bowen.


As Jessica leaves the hippodrome, she enters a cab and two men enter it, too. As the car moves on, the boom is seen reflected in the cab's windows.

When Jessica leaves the cab, as she arrives at the hippodrome, the cab starts to move on and some movie crew and the camera are seen reflected in the car's windows.

Obvious stunt double when Jessica is attacked by a horse at the end.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Guest Stars[]

Priscilla Barnes as Vicky Gallegos

Ramon Bieri as Pat Phillips

Jack Carter as Cliff Carpenter

Lonny Chapman as Jack Bowen

Carole Cook as Christine Carpenter

Norman Fell as Vince Shackman

Linda Grovenor as Tracy McGill

Clu Gulager as Mike Gann

Bert Rosario as Carlos Gallegos

Roy Thinnes as Lt. Ted Misko

Derrel Maury as Cookie Milford

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

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