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  1. "Widow, Weep for Me"
  2. "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"
  3. "Murder in the Afternoon"
  4. "School for Scandal"
  5. "Sing a Song of Murder"
  6. "Reflections of the Mind"
  7. "A Lady in the Lake"
  8. "Dead Heat"
  9. "Jessica Behind Bars"
  10. "Sticks and Stones"
  11. "Murder Digs Deep"
  12. "Murder by Appointment Only"
  13. "Trial by Error"
  14. "Keep the Home Fries Burning"
  15. "Powder Keg"
  16. "Murder in the Electric Cathedral"
  17. "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder"
  18. "If a Body Meet a Body"
  19. "Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday"
  20. "Menace, Anyone?"
  21. "The Perfect Foil"
  22. "If the Frame Fits"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Three
Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
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 19, 1986
Written By: Philip Gerson
Directed By: Peter Crane
Created By: Peter S. Fischer and Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers:
Producer Robert F. O'Neill


Poisoned strawberry preserves served at the Joshua Peabody Inn result in murder.


The exteriors of Bo Dixon's diner was used for The Rockford Files (1974).

Mr. Dupree, the chef, sarcastically refers to Jessica as 'the Julia Child of Cabot Cove' when Jessica comments on how the food could have poisoned the dead woman. Julia Child was a famous American cook and television personality, known especially for her French cooking, who passed away in 2004.

The title comes from the patriotic British song from World War I, "Keep the Home-Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home)" written by Ivor Novello.

The politician threatens that Mr. Hawthorne is getting "dangerously close to libel" for accusing the politician of being "crooked", Libel is a charge for false written statements. If anything, Hawthorne would be guilty of slander, but as he correctly points out, only if his statements are false.

Alan Young & Henry Polic II would go on to have careers as voice actors in their later years, with the former probably best known as Scrooge McDuck on DuckTales.

Victim: Betty Fiddler

Killer: Wilhelmina Fraser

Cause of death: Poisoning via tainted preserves.

Motive: To spite her husband, Harrison Fraser III, because of his affair with Betty.


Although Cornelia is supposed to be a longtime resident of Cabot Cove and seems to be familiar with Dr. Hazlitt, she mispronounces his last name.

Is it just me that the themed diner that Amos dines at in this episode is the same building that was made over to look like the Dukes of Hazzard's Boar's Nest.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper

William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Guest Stars[]

Sharon Acker as Wilhelmina Fraser

Norman Alden as Mercer Hawthorne

Orson Bean as Ebeneezer McEnery

Gary Crosby as Ted Stully (the tourist)

Rosanna Huffman as Helen Stully (the tourist)

Anne Lloyd Francis as Margo Perry

William Lucking as Bo Dixon

John McCook as Harrison Fraser III

Donna Pescow as Cornelia Montique

Henry Polic II as Chef Alan Dupree

Marcia Rodd as Betty Fiddler

Alan Young as Floyd Nelson

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