|Aired: March 9, 1986|
|Written By: Peter S. Fischer and Richard Levinson|
|Directed By: Walter Grauman|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinsion, & William Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert F. O'Neill|
What begins as a routine murder investigation leads the police to discover that a coffin contains the wrong body.
The title is based on a line from the poem 'Comin Thro' The Rye' by Robert Burns. "Gin a body meet a body" (or "Should a body meet a body").
The is the last film project for Robert Sterling.
Joe Maross' final TV role.
The needlepoint being worked on by Connie Vernon (Carrie Snodgress) is the same one featured in Columbo: the Conspirators (1978) being worked on by Kate O'Connell (Jeanette Nolan) of the O'Connell company emblem.
Victim: Henry Vernon
Killer: Connie Vernon
Cause of death: Blunt force trauma via a pipe.
Motive: Henry decided to give up his "faking death for the insurance" scam, so Connie decided to take the money he'd stolen from the citizens, frame Phyllis Walters, who was attracted to him, and get the insurance money as well.
Behind the actors in the diner scene, a bearded extra in a blue jacket enters the restaurant twice.
When the corpse is discovered to have been taken from the doctor's office, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) goes over to a closed window and claims that the suspect(s) took the body out that way. The next shot of her by the window shows the closed window to now be open.
The guy that changed the flat tire for the Vernon couple was tall & lanky, the one that was in the casket that Phyllis had toppled was Paddock, the psychic for the McCormack couple in the episode Way to Dusty Death.
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper
William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Robert Donner as Silas Pike
Anne Jeffreys as Agnes Shipley
Audrey Landers as Phyllis Walters
Lori Lethin as Christy Olson
Monte Markham as Ned Olson
Rex Smith as Stew Bennett
Carrie Snodgress as Connie Vernon
Richard Stahl as Reverend Matthews
Robert Sterling as Ben Shipley
Joe Maross as Henry Vernon