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  1. "Trials & Tribulations"
  2. "Deadly Misunderstanding"
  3. "See You in Court, Baby"
  4. "Hannigan's Wake"
  5. "The Family Jewels"
  6. "A Body to Die For"
  7. "The Return of Preston Giles"
  8. "The Great Twain Robbery"
  9. "Ballad for a Blue Lady"
  10. "Murder in F Sharp"
  11. "Family Doctor"
  12. "Suspicion of Murder"
  13. "Moving Violation"
  14. "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?"
  15. "The Taxman Cometh"
  16. "From the Horse's Mouth"
  17. "The Prodigal Father"
  18. "Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy"
  19. "Thursday's Child"
  20. "Murder, Plain & Simple"
  21. "Tainted Lady"
  22. "The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"
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The Law & Harry McGraw

Production Information[]

Production Number:
Aired: January 20th, 1991
Written By: Peter S. Fischer
Directed By: Vincent McEveety
Created By: Peter S. Fischer

and Richard Levinson

& William Link

Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producers: Anthony Magro

Robert F. O'Neill

Robert E. Swanson

Robert Van Scoyk


Dennis Stanton must prove his innocence when he is accused of murdering a old flame's estranged husband.


Thirteenth of 15 "bookend" episodes in which Jessica only appears at the beginning to introduce them; the others are Murder in a Minor Key (Episode), The Grand Old Lady, Jack & Bill, Class Act, Goodbye Charlie, Murder - According to Maggie, O'Malley's Luck, Always a Thief, The Sicilian Encounter, See You in Court, Baby, The Great Twain Robbery, & Murder in F Sharp. Also, the sixth of these episodes to feature a recurring character instead of a new one and the fifth with Dennis Stanton; the others are Always a Thief, The Sicilian Encounter (with Michael Haggerty), See You in Court, Baby, The Great Twain Robbery, & Murder in F Sharp.

This is the first "bookend episode" since The Sicilian Encounter where Jessica talks to the audience directly.

Victim: Ben Hellinger

Killer: Christina Hellinger

Cause of death: Stabbed with ice pick.

Motive: Done in heat of the moment during an unknown argument, likely about leaving him for Ryan Donovan.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Keith Michell as Dennis Stanton

James Sloyan as Robert Butler

Ken Swofford as Lt. Perry Catalano

Hallie Todd as Rhoda Markowitz

Guest Stars[]

Susan Blakely as Christine Hellinger

Sam Bottoms as Joe Hellinger

Dennis Cole as Ryan Donovan

Robin Strand as Danny Hellinger


Adam Silbar as Clerk

Paul Keith as Cashier

Ed Beechner as Policeman

Lenny Citrano as Doorman

Robert Donavan as First Man

Judy Kerr as Housekeeper

Dennis O'Sullivan as Policeman #1

John Arndt as Policeman #2

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