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Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
Original Network: CBS
No. of Episodes: 22
Production Line: 633##
Originally Aired: September 20, 1987 - May 8, 1988
Production Credits
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producer: Peter S. Fischer
Theme By: John Addison
Chronology
Preceded by: Murder, She Wrote: Season Three
Followed by: Murder, She Wrote: Season Five

Summary[edit | edit source]

Jessica's trip to Paris, to view her friend's debut fashion line, is intterrupted when the business partner of her friend Eva Taylor is found murdered. Jessica is dragged further into the investigation when the evidence found by the French police indicates that Eva herself may be the murderer. Jessica's cousin makes another appearance when an old flame of hers, now the third Viscount Blackraven, dispatches his solicitor to request her presence at his country estate. The two are in the process of rekindling their relationship when the Viscount is murdered, and so Emma sets out to discover who killed him.

Jessica finds herself forced to host a dinner party when some less than friendly relatives of Amos' come to town. But Jessica finds her attempt to broker peace less than successful when someone poisons her meal, leading to the death of Amos' brother in law, leaving his sister as the prime suspect!

Jessica also finds herself called upon by an old friend who is running for the United States Senate. Jessica is more than happy to come onboard as the campaigns speech writer, however when the cnadidates campaign managers turns up dead it isn't Jessica's writing skills which are called upon. Jessica must endeavour to find the truth, as both her friends freedom and political career at stake. However things get even more complicated when the press reveal photographs which appear to show that the candidate and her campaign manager were having an affair. Not only was the candidates husband aware of these photos, but it was the opposition that leaked them to the press. Politics can be a deadly business!


Trivia[edit | edit source]

Juliet Prowse's last television acting performance.

Six of the characters have names derived from jazz musicians or critics. Valerie and Kim Bechet are named after Sidney Bechet, the mixed-race Creole clarinetist and soprano saxophonist from New Orleans who first performed in Europe in 1919 and spent the 1950's, the last decade of his life, in the country he considered his ancestral homeland, France. Inspector Hugues Panassié is named after a French jazz critic who wrote a number of books about the music, including "The Real Jazz" (1942) and "Louis Armstrong" (in French in 1969 and his own English translation in 1971). Officer Luter is named after Claude Luter, French bandleader who used Bechet as a guest artist in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Eva Taylor is named after a 1920's jazz singer who was the wife of Clarence Williams, a Black bandleader and songwriter who used her on a lot of his records. And Lu Watters was the name of a (male) jazz trumpeter who founded a New Orleans-style revival band in San Francisco in 1940.

Juliet Prowse(Valerie) and Angela Lansbury (Jessica) have both starred alongside Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse in G.I. Blues (1960) playing cabaret singer/dancer Lili and Angela Lansbury in Blue Hawaii (1961) as the mother of Chadwick (Elvis Presley)


Goofs[edit | edit source]

In scenes that take place in unmistakably Parisian exterior locations, Angela Lansbury is doubled by a different actress of similar height and weight who wears the same outfits, but whose hair is slightly darker and is cut shorter in the back. In most scenes, the actress is seen only from the rear at a distance with cars positioned in front of her, and when she arrives at the Jules Verne Restaurant, her face is obscured by another character's hat as she turns to face the camera; under normal circumstances, these would be unusual ways to block scenes that feature the star of a show.

Starring[edit | edit source]

Regular Cast[edit | edit source]

Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Picture Episode Name Episode Number Production Code Original Airdate
AFWtD.jpg A Fashionable Way to Die 67 63303 September 20, 1987
In Paris, a fashion designer with financial trouble is accused of killing a shady loan shark.
WTFO.jpg When Thieves Fall Out 68 63304 September 27, 1987
A parolee released after 20 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, vows to find out who did.
WftD.jpg Witness for the Defense 69 63311 October 4, 1987
Jessica goes to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend who is accused of killing his wife and burning his house.
OHDH.jpg Old Habits Die Hard 70 63308 October 11, 1987
A terminally ill nun seems to have committed suicide which would be an unacceptable sin.
TWtDD.jpg The Way to Dusty Death 71 63310 October 25, 1987
After the "accidental" death of a tycoon, his associates battle for position to succeed him.
IRitF.jpg It Runs in the Family 72 63313 November 1, 1987
Jessica's cousin Emma in London has a new problem when someone serves her lover poisoned herring.
IITIMBB.jpg If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly 73 63309 November 8, 1987
When Deputy Martin becomes a widower by murder, the investigation turns up some very surprising activity.
SMaS.jpg Steal Me a Story 74 63316 November 15, 1987
Jessica makes an appointment with TV producer Sid Sharkey when she learns he is trying to appropriate her latest novel for his TV show, but when Sid turns up dead, Jessica is one of the prime suspects.
TiE.jpg Trouble in Eden 75 63301 November 22, 1987
Hostility and other surprises await Jessica in a town where she's posing as her friend to investigate the rumoured murder of the friend's sister.
IG.jpg Indian Giver 76 63306 November 29, 1987
A resident of Cabot Cove threatens a Native American who claims to own the land, and later is found dead.
DWaV.jpg Doom With a View 77 63314 December 13, 1987
Grady gets into trouble, again, when he is found with the body of woman known from his college days and now had been dating a frat brother who was married.
WTtBiMFC.jpg Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder? 78 63320 January 3, 1988
When Amos' sister and her in-laws descend upon Cabot Cove, Jessica hosts a dinner party with homicidal results, leaving the finger pointing at the Sheriff's sister.
HoD.jpg Harbinger of Death 79 63302 January 24, 1988
While in Washington, Jessica visits her niece Carrie whose husband is an astronomer dedicating to discovering a comet. When a defense contractor is found murdered and the telescope pointed at the scene of the crime, Jessica must prove her nephew-in-law is innocent.
CotD.jpg Curse of the Daanau 80 63319 February 7, 1988
Seth's family is touched by an ancient curse attached to the history of a ruby.
MAtW.jpg Mourning Among the Wisterias 81 63312 February 14, 1988
Jessica is summoned to help a friend with his play and receives an offer of marriage she didn't expect. Even more surprised are the man's plotting family.
MTtLG.jpg Murder Through the Looking Glass 82 63307 February 21, 1988
While in Connecticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.
AVGYfM.jpg A Very Good Year for Murder 83 63305 February 28, 1988
The Gambini Winery is being extorted by organized crime and it's up to Jessica to uncover who is behind the murder of a mafia hit man.
BASH.jpg Benedict Arnold Slipped Here 84 63323 March 13, 1988
Someone wants the old historic house enough to kill for it and its supposed hidden treasure and Jessica is executor of the late owner's will.
JAFS.jpg Just Another Fish Story 85 63322 March 27, 1988
Jessica is delighted to return to New York City with the announcement of her nephew's impending engagement. But when a restaurant employee is found dead, the engagement is threatened.
SiS.jpg Showdown in Saskatchewan 86 63315 April 10, 1988
Jessica's niece is smitten with a rodeo rider and refuses to believe he could have committed a murder.
D.jpg Deadpan 87 63318 May 1, 1988
When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on one of her novels to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war of words between rival critics.
TBP.jpg The Body Politic 88 63317 May 8, 1988
Jessica comes to the aid of yet another dear old friend running as a senatorial candidate. When the candidate's campaign manager is murdered, Jessica must help prove her innocence.

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