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  1. "A Fashionable Way to Die"
  2. "When Thieves Fall Out"
  3. "Witness for the Defense"
  4. "Old Habits Die Hard"
  5. "The Way to Dusty Death"
  6. "It Runs in the Family"
  7. "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"
  8. "Steal Me a Story"
  9. "Trouble in Eden"
  10. "Indian Giver"
  11. "Doom With a View"
  12. "Who Threw the Barbitals
    in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?
  13. "Harbinger of Death"
  14. "Curse of the Daanav"
  15. "Mourning Among the Wisterias"
  16. "Murder Through the Looking Glass"
  17. "A Very Good Year for Murder"
  18. "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"
  19. "Just Another Fish Story"
  20. "Showdown in Saskatchewan"
  21. "Deadpan"
  22. "The Body Politic"
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: May 8th, 1988
Written By: Donald Ross
Directed By: Anthony (Pullen) Shaw
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert Van Skoyk


Jessica is visiting her old friend Kathleen Lane, who is running for a senate seat. A rumor circulates that she is romantically involved with her speech writer, Bud Johnson and after he disappears, Jessica is chosen as new speechwriter. When Bud appears to have committed suicide, a skeptical Jessica suspects it's murder and delves into the dirty business of politics to find out who seeks to damage Kathleen's campaign.


The late Eddie Albert is probably best known as Oliver Wendell Douglas from the series Green Acres (1964).

Daphne Maxwell-Reid, who plays Nan, will later be known as the second actress to play Vivian Banks on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).

Shirley Jones is best known for her time on The Partridge Family.

Victim: Bud Johnson

Killer: Jackson Lane

Cause of death: Thrown off balcony after being hit by hammer (rigged to look like suicide).

Motive: Wanted his wife Kathleen's senate campaign to end, as it was bringing too much media attention to his questionable finances and hoped Bud's "suicide" would do so.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Eddie Albert as Jackson Lane

Peter Fox as Bud Johnson

Robert Fuller as Arthur Drelinger

George Grizzard as Edmund Hall

Shirley Jones as Kathleen Lane

Harrison Page as Lt. Dennis Gowens

Daphne Maxwell Reid as Nan Wynn

James Sloyan as C.W. Butterfield


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