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[edit | edit source]

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Aired: December 15th, 1985
Teleplay by: Linda Shank & Mark Giles

Story by: Linda Shank, Mark Giles & Jackson Gillis

Directed By: Seymour Robbie
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, William Levinson & Richard Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill

Summary[edit | edit source]

After a woman is electrocuted to death in her bathtub Cabot Cove is flooded with pen point letters that turn neighbors against each other.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

This was John Astin's final appearance as Harry Pierce.

The title is from the childhood rhyme that is meant to repel name callers: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

Storyline lifted from "Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)"

Identity of the murderer is a shocker. (if you don't want to know, don't read below).

Victim(s): Beverly Gareth & Elvira Tree

Killer: Harry Pierce

Cause of death: Electrocution; hanging.

Motive: Blackmail due to arson committed in the past to help condo development; to discredit her letter revealing the purpose of said arson.

Goofs[edit | edit source]

Sheriff Tupper receives an anonymous letter and when he reads it, the letter is a single sheet of paper, no lines, with smooth edges. When he reads the same letter he received in the sheriff's office, the letter is a lined piece of paper with hole punches and a frayed edge.

When Amos and Harry are investigating the electrical outlet in the bathroom, the camera pans too far, revealing the edge of the set wall in the lower-right corner of the screen.

When Jessica and Amos are in Beverly's basement and they hear Adam coming to the basement, Jessica turns off the light bulb and then grabs it to unscrew it and take it with her to hide behind the boxes. The light had been on for several minutes so the bulb would have been too hot for her to handle bare-handed immediately upon turning the light off.

Starring[edit | edit source]

Regular Cast[edit | edit source]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[edit | edit source]

John Astin as Sheriff Harry Pierce

Tom Bosley as Ex-Sheriff Amos Tupper

William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Guest Stars[edit | edit source]

Paul Benedict as Friedrich Hoffman

Joseph Campanella as George Knapp

John David Carson as Larry Burns

Marsha Hunt as Elvira Tree

Evelyn Keyes as Edna Kensington

Denny Miller as Nils Anderson

Betsy Palmer as Lila Norris

Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby

Christopher Stone as Adam Frobisher

Co-Starring[edit | edit source]

Howard Witt as Bart Nelson

Phillip Brown as Deputy

Ceil Cabot as Woman

Ken Sansom as Man

Bob Tzudiker as Agent

Garnett Smith as Postman Mel

Kristy Syverson as Beverly Gareth

Danny McCoy, Jr. as Waiter

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