|Production Number: 63702|
|Aired: December 18th, 1988|
|Written By: Peter S. Fischer|
|Directed By: Vincent McEveety|
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|Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link|
|Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer|
|Producer: Robert Van Scoyk|
Jessica is summoned to California where a recently recovered Air Force plane could pin a decades-old murder on her dead husband, Frank.
The vintage "Dixie Damsel", one of the few "Air Fortresses" still in mechanical order for flight, was flown into Burbank from where the airplane is berthed in Idaho State.
Second episode where Jessica solves a years old murder with no additional recent murder; the first is The Days Dwindle Down.
First appearance of Lee Goddard, who will only appear in this, and the subsequent episode.
Lee Goddard was played by Dale Robertson but his name did not appear in the credits of either episode due to a disagreement regarding MSW policy of alphabetical listing of guests. Robertson stated he'd rather not have any credit.
Only time we see Jessica's deceased husband Frank, albeit in black & white newsreel footage.
Victim: Sgt. Peter Gagliano
Killer: Nicholas Rossi/Vito Ciccarelli
Cause of death: 45. caliber gunshot
Motive: None revealed, though likely Ciccarelli thought he'd expose their smuggling operation.
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
Dale Robertson as Lee Goddard
Michael Ansara as Nicholas Rossi
Jane Greer as Bonnie Phelps
Clifton James as Ray Dressler
Martin Milner as Clint Phelps
Richard Roundtree as Major Kevin Cooper
Robin Strasser as Sylvia Gagliano
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Gen. Marcus Havermeyer