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  1. "A Fashionable Way to Die"
  2. "When Thieves Fall Out"
  3. "Witness for the Defense"
  4. "Old Habits Die Hard"
  5. "The Way to Dusty Death"
  6. "It Runs in the Family"
  7. "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"
  8. "Steal Me a Story"
  9. "Trouble in Eden"
  10. "Indian Giver"
  11. "Doom With a View"
  12. "Who Threw the Barbitals
    in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?
  13. "Harbinger of Death"
  14. "Curse of the Daanav"
  15. "Mourning Among the Wisterias"
  16. "Murder Through the Looking Glass"
  17. "A Very Good Year for Murder"
  18. "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"
  19. "Just Another Fish Story"
  20. "Showdown in Saskatchewan"
  21. "Deadpan"
  22. "The Body Politic"
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: January 24th, 1988
Written By: R. Barker Price
Directed By: Anthony (Pullen) Shaw
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Jessica visits her niece Carrie Palmer's husband Leonard Palmer, who actually forgot his own anniversary date, being an obsessively comets-devoted astronomy researcher at the Astro-Physics Institute where director Russell Armstrong and high-profile, high-maintenance careerist scientist Dr. Thor Lindquist who insists they attend the reception they hold to land a Defense contract Leonard disapproves of. That night Leonard is seen rushing out without signing out or closing up his computer-programmed telescope, which is manually pointed at a 30 mile-away vacation house owned by Armstrong, focused at the corpse of Drake Eaton. The house was lent to Leonard's daughter, Carrie Palmer, who admits she had an affair with Drake. Jessica agrees to ghostwrite a book for investigating police sergeant Kettler to get access to all the data, while Leonard is fired to avoid image damage. Conflicting statements from Leonard and Carrie make them the obvious suspects, yet Jessica suddenly concentrates on the programming of the telescope.


Jessica's niece Carrie and her husband, Leonard Palmer, are introduced.

This is the second time Karen Grassle, of Little House on the Prairie (1974) fame, has been cast. She appeared as Christine Stoneham in Murder, She Wrote: Murder in a Minor Key (1987).

This is the second time Dean Jones has been cast. He appeared as Marcus Boswell in Murder, She Wrote: It's a Dog's Life (1984).

This is the second time Marcia Rodd has been cast. She last appeared as the victim in Murder, She Wrote: Keep the Home Fries Burning (1986) .

This is the third time George DiCenzo has been cast. He also appeared as victims in Murder, She Wrote: We're Off to Kill the Wizard (1984) and Murder, She Wrote: The Perfect Foil (1986)

Victim: Drake Eaton

Killer: Madeline DeHaven

Cause of death: Gunshot

Motive: They were romantically involved and he was going to dump her for Carrie Palmer.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Dean Jones as Leonard Palmer

Kate McNeil as Carrie Palmer

Marcia Rodd as Madeline DeHaven

Jeffrey Tambor as Russell Armstrong

Kirk Thornton as Forensic Man

George DiCenzo as Sgt. Kettler

Steven Ford as Drake Eaton

Robin Gammell as Dr. Thor Lundquist

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

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