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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[]

Sudden Death
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Production Number: 59217
Aired: 3 March, 1985
Written By: Robert E. Swanson
Directed By: Edward M. Abroms
Created By: Richard Levinson
William Link
Peter S. Fischer
Executive Producer: Peter S. Fischer
Producer Robert F. O'Neill
Associate Producer Mike Stevens


Jessica suddenly must learn all about football when she inherits an interest in a professional team.


The book the man at the front desk is reading is one of Jessica's.

Takes place in New Mexico, evidenced by the 505 area code on the retirement van at the beginning of the episode and the New Mexico license plate on the hearse.

Both David Doyle and Warren Berlinger worked together on Charlie's Angels (1976).

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
When Jessica is telling the murderer how she caught him, she explains that she planted a false clue, hoping he'd take the bait. She had him searching for a brass button which supposedly came off his blazer. Jessica says, "This really wasn't an original idea. When I was in Los Angeles, a button actually did trip up a killer." She's referring to the crime in "Hooray for Homicide" season 1, episode 4.

Victim: Phil Kreuger

Killer: Web McCord

Cause of death: Drowning.

Motive: He wanted to own the team, but Phil refused to sell his shares.


When Jessica is interpreting her discussion with Zach's daughter, she incorrectly uses the word 'love' when the word that is signed is 'like'.

When Jessica turns off the water for her bath she finds a button she's missing on the bottom of the tub. She reaches her left arm into the water to pick it up. Someone is at the door and when Jessica goes to answer it, she dries her right arm with a towel, not her left.


Regular Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

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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