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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: September 23rd, 1990
Written By: Robert E. Swanson
Directed By: Anthony Pullen Shaw
Created By: Peter S. Fischer
Richard Levinson &
William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer

Anthony Magro
Robert F. O'Neill
Robert E. Swanson
Robert Van Scoyk


Jessica tries to exonerate a temporary employee accused of her husband's murder.


This was Janet Margolin's final acting role before her death on December 17, 1993 at the age of 50.

Victim: Ralph Maddox

Killer: Rita Garrison

Cause of death: Stabbed with scissors

Motive: Realized Ralph didn't care for her and she was just one of several women he'd had affairs with.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger

Will Nye as Deputy Floyd

Joe Dorsey as Ben Devlin

Guest Stars[]

Lise Cutter as Melissa Maddox

Geoffrey Lewis as Hank Crenshaw

Janet Margolin as Rita Garrison

David McCallum as Drew Garrison

David Oliver as Jeff Ogden

Mary Ann Pascal as Trudy Ludwig

Cliff Potts as Ralph Maddox


Bette Rae as Earnest Grandmother

Robina Suwol as Female Patron

David Chrisman as Young Intellectual

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