Production Information[edit | edit source]
|Aired: November 29th, 1987|
|Written By: Gerald K. Siegel|
|Directed By: Walter Grauman|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, William Levinson & Richard Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert F. O'Neill|
Summary[edit | edit source]
Algonquin George Longbow disturbs a Mayor Sam Booth's speech in full warrior dress to deliver by spear his dead-earnest claim to the hereditary land-rights granted by the British to his ancestors' chief 12 generations ago in gratitude for fighting the French, a land strip including all Cabot Cove. While history professor Harold Crenshaw, George's girl-friend Donna's father, verifies the document's veracity, people panic and protest even if he turns out to be a Harvard law school graduate and only demands reasonable rent, the local businessman involved in an impending major development project is killed with an Algonquin spear, as everybody eagerly assumes by missing George, who is soon after found, roughed up and brought to Amos by local hot-head hoodlums. Jessica however believes in his intelligence-conform innocence and sets out to prove it...
Trivia[edit | edit source]
The title is an old English expression to describe a person who gives a gift and then later wants it back.
Although the actor playing Mister Longbow is not an American Indian, he is an Indian-American, as Bernard White has Sri Lankan ancestry.
This is the second episode in which the late Lonny Chapman plays a murder victim; he was also the victim in Dead Heat.
Victim: Addison Langley
Killer: Helen Langley
Cause of death: Stabbed in the chest (later stabbed with a spear by Tom Carpenter to implicate George Longbow).
Motive: Self-defense after he hit her while drunk.
Starring[edit | edit source]
Regular Cast[edit | edit source]
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]
Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper
William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Richard Paul as Mayor Sam Booth
Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Theodore Bikel as Professor Harold Crenshaw
Heidi Bohay as Donna Crenshaw
Lonny Chapman as Addison Langley
Jack Colvin as Harris Atwater
Gary Lockwood as Tom Carpenter
Jennifer Salt as Helen Langley
Charles Siebert as Norman Edmonds
Bernard White as George Longbow