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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: January 6th, 1991
Written By: Robert Van Scoyk
Directed By: Walter Grauman
Created By: Peter S. Fischer

and Richard Levinson

& William Link

Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producers: Anthony Magro

Robert F. O'Neill

Robert E. Swanson

Robert Van Scoyk


A quiet dinner out for Seth and Jessica ends abruptly when he is forced to care for injured Mafia kingpin Carmine Abruzzi. When the latter dies, his son holds Seth responsible and has he and Jessica kidnapped, although the Cabot Cove sleuth ultimately demonstrates it was Carmine's wife the real culprit.


This was the first appearance in season 7 for William Windom (Dr Seth Hazlitt). Despite several episodes taking place in Cabot Cove, and Seth generally being Jessica Fletcher's primary Cabot Cove companion, he had not appeared until the halfway point of the season. The reason for Windom's absence was due to his work on the production of the NBC drama Parenthood (1990), where he played grandfather Frank Buckman.

Not the only time the last name Abruzzi used in the series. Season 9, episode 1, Caesar Romero guest stars as Marcello Abruzzi.

Linda Larkin, who has a bit role as a waitress, would later be known as the voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and it's spin-offs.

William Utay, who plays one of the FBI agents at the beginning, was best known for his recurring role as eccentric bum Phil Sanders on Night Court (1984).

Victim(s): Carmine Abruzzi & Joey Carr

Killer: Rosa Abruzzi

Cause of death: Heart attack due to injection of Digitoxin; gunshot.

Motive: Didn't want to move to Italy and miss her family growing up; angry that he botched the hit on Carmine.


When Lt Marino plays the tape recording of Seth's account of his kidnap for the FBI agents, the wording in the recording is not the same as what Seth is heard saying to Lt Marino earlier.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Guest Stars[]

Tige Andrews as Carmine Abruzzi

Cynthia Bain as Denise Abruzzi

David Ciminello as Salvatore Abruzzi

Joseph Cortese as Lt. Jerry Marino

Robert Costanzo as Freddie

Diane Franklin as Phyllis Gant

Rose Gregorio as Rosa Abruzzi

Vincent Irizarry as Michael Abruzzi

Monte Markham as Andrew Gant

Amy Yasbeck as Connie Canzinaro


William Utay as Agent Misch

Newell Alexander as Agent Zweiback

Howard George as Desk Sergeant

Linda Larkin as Waitress

Randall James Jeffries as Bellhop

Michael Blue as Policeman #1

Jay Hill as Policeman #2

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