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Murder, She Wrote: Season One


  1. "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"
  2. "Deadly Lady"
  3. "Birds of a Feather"
  4. "Hooray for Homicide"
  5. "It's a Dog's Life"
  6. "Lovers and Other Killers"
  7. "Hit, Run and Homicide"
  8. "We're Off to Kill the Wizard"
  9. "Death Takes a Curtain Call"
  10. "Death Casts a Spell"
  11. "Capitol Offense"
  12. "Broadway Malady"
  13. "Murder to a Jazz Beat"
  14. "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"
  15. "Paint Me a Murder"
  16. "Tough Guys Don't Die"
  17. "Sudden Death"
  18. "Footnote to Murder"
  19. "Murder Takes the Bus"
  20. "Armed Response"
  21. "Murder at the Oasis"
  22. "Funeral at Fifty-Mile"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two
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[]

Murder at the Oasis
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Production Number: 59222
Aired: 7 April, 1985
Written By: Robert Van Scoyck
Directed By: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Created By: Richard Levinson
William Link
Peter S. Fischer
Executive Producer: Peter S. Fischer
Producer Robert F. O'Neill
Associate Producer Mike Stevens


An unpopular show-business personality discovers that elaborate security systems are no guarantee of safety.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
At the end, Jessica says, "ballistics will prove that the bullet came from your gun". It's impossible to do a ballistic test on a bullet fired from a gun using a "silencer", that's partly why they're illegal here in the United States.

Victim: Johnny Shannon

Killers: Sgt. Barnes and Milo Valentine.

Cause of death: Gunshot

Motive: To retrieve an incriminating video that implicated Valentine in election fixing.


Regular Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Milo Valentine

Milo Valentine is the unseen main antagonist of Murder at the Oasis. He is a mob boss who Johnny Shannon knows. Johnny Shannon tried to blackmail Milo Valentine by getting him to admit to fixing an election on tape. Valentine hired Sgt.Barnes to kill him. Valentine is arrested off-screen following the episode.

Sgt. Barnes

Sgt. Barnes is a police officer who doubles as a hit man. He is the secondary antagonist of the episode. He accepts a job from Milo Valentine to kill Johnny Shannon. He then tries to pin the crime on Vic LaRosa. Barnes is caught and arrested for the murder. He will probably turn state evidence.

Terry Shannon

Terry Shannon is a supporting character in Murder at the Oasis. She is the daughter of Johnny and Peggy Shannon, and the sister of Mickey Shannon. Terry is a very beautiful young woman. She has a poor relationship with her parents and brother. She is also quite mean towards her boyfriend, Vic LaRosa. She is not evil, but isn't very kind either.

Mickey Shannon

DVD Release[]

This episode was released with the other 21 episodes of the first season of Murder, She Wrote in a variety of formats.

Title Release Date Region
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete First Season March 29, 2005 Region 1 (North America)
Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 August 29, 2005 Region 2 (Europe)
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete 1st Season May 2, 2007 Region 4 (Australasia)

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