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  1. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 1)"
  2. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 2)"
  3. "Unfinished Business"
  4. "One White Rose for Death"
  5. "Corned Beef & Carnage"
  6. "Dead Man's Gold"
  7. "Deadline for Murder"
  8. "Magnum on Ice (Part 2)"
  9. "Obituary for a Dead Anchor"
  10. "Stage Struck"
  11. "Night of the Headless Horseman"
  12. "The Corpse Flew First Class"
  13. "Crossed Up"
  14. "Murder in a Minor Key"
  15. "The Bottom Line Is Murder"
  16. "Death Takes a Dive"
  17. "Simon Says, Color Me Dead"
  18. "No Laughing Murder"
  19. "No Accounting for Murder"
  20. "The Cemetery Vote"
  21. "The Days Dwindle Down"
  22. "Murder, She Spoke"
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: April 19th, 1987
Written By: Philip Gerson
Directed By: Michael (J) Lynch
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Richard Beymer as Sydney Jarvis

June Havoc as Thelma Vantay

Art Hindle as Rod Wilson

Jeffrey Lynn as Sam Wilson

Harry Morgan as Retired Lieutenant Richard Webb

Martha Scott as Georgia Wilson

Susan Strasburg as Dorothy Hearn Davis

Gloria Stuart as Edna Jarvis


Jessica is approached by an elderly waitress, begging for her to investigate a thirty-year-old murder.

DVD Release[]


This episode is a follow-up to the 1949 film Strange Bargain. The flashback scenes are taken from that film, the episode continues its plot and Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott and Harry Morgan all reprise their roles from the original movie.

This is the second episode where the murder is an accident, and the first in which it was not done in self-defense (both of which were Footnote to Murder). It's also the first episode to have Jessica investigate an older murder without a recent one also taking place.

Debbie Zipp, Michael Horton's real life wife, has a small guest role in this episode; she will later play Grady Fletcher's girlfriend and eventual wife.

The late Gloria Stuart, who plays Edna Jarvis, is probably best known as the older version of Rose from James Cameron's Titanic (1997).

Victim: Malcolm Jarvis

Killer: Edna Jarvis (sort of).

Cause of death: Gunshot.

Motive: None, death was an accident due to struggling with a gun as he tried to kill himself.

The entrance of the estate in this episode, does not match up the entrance of the estate in the episode Family Jewels with Brenda Vaccaro.

See Also[]

External Links[]

Strange Bargain (IMDB)