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Murder, She Wrote: Season One
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two


  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: February 23rd, 1986
Written By: J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley
Directed By: Seymour Robbie
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Jessica finds herself in a tough spot when one of the auctioneers of a diary is murdered and she has to rely on Harry McGraw to help her out.


The title is from the old proverb: "One good turn deserves another."

Hurd Hatfield also starred in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) with Angela Lansbury. Lansbury played Sybil Vane.

Jean Vander Pyl, the voice of Wilma Flintstone, has a cameo appearance in the opening scene, playing a fan requesting an autograph.

Harry's name is revealed to be 'Harlan A. McGraw'.

Jessica ( Angela Lansbury ) and William Readford ( Hurd Hatfield ) can be seen gazing at a full-length portrait of Evangeline much like the full-length oil portrait of Hurd Hatfield in the famed Oscar Wilde movie The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) in which Hatfield and Lansbury both starred together.

A take on the life and death of Marilyn Monroe, with the character Evangeline being in place of Monroe.

Victim(s): Richard Bennett & William Readford & Evangeline

Killer: Albert Cromwell

Cause of death: Unrevealed; stabbing; Unrevealed

Motive: To prevent Evangeline's diary from being leaked, as he was in love in her and didn't want her reputation further ruined. When Evangeline got invovled in scandels she when into drugs and he killed her to end her suffering.


When Jessica is in her hotel room talking to Dr. Dunn, the boom mic can be seen in the mirror behind Dr. Dunn.

Once, when Jessica approaches the hotel desk, she asks for Room 812. Another time, she identifies her room as 810.

With the chess board was where the journal was put, & with Al being bribed to steal the journal, you tell me as to how he knew where it was put in order for him to try to steal it ?


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Jerry Orbach as Detective Harry McGraw

Guest Stars[]

Karen Black as Dr. Sylvia Dunn

Ray Girardin as Lt. Nathanial Casey

Nancy Grahn as Sheila Saxon

Robert Gray as Albert Cromwell / Al

Hurd Hatfield as William Readford

Edward Mulhare as Richard Bennett

Cotter Smith as Robert Rhine

Vic Tayback as Sal Domino

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

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