|Aired:||USA November 18th, 1990|
Netherlands May 11th, 1992
Germany September 22nd, 1993
|Written By:||Tom Sawyer|
|Directed By:||Walter Grauman|
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|Created By:||Peter S. Fischer|
|Executive Producers:||Peter S. Fischer|
Robert F. O'Neill
Robert E. Swanson
Robert Van Scoyk
Years after Jessica Fletcher's first case, Preston Giles is released from prison and is placed on parole. Within the first twenty-four hours of his release, a murder arises and all fingers point to Preston. Jessica has to find out who the real murderer before her first murderer and former love is tried for a murder he may or may not have committed.
The character Preston Giles appeared in the original pilot, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes.
The final screen appearance of Arthur Hill.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points:
This particular story is unusual for this series, as Jessica does not actually solve the mystery like she usually does. Preston Giles is clever enough to tape record the murderer's confession of the murder of the crooked accountant. Preston's own murder is then subsequently recorded.
Millie (played by Lois Chiles) is at odds with Linette, her husband's mistress. In the movie Death on the Nile (1978), Chiles co-starred with Angela Lansbury and played a murder victim named Linette. Here, Chiles' character is the murderer.
Victim(s): Martin Bergman & Preston Giles
Killer: Millie Stanford
Cause of death: Gunshot
Motive: Blackmail with documents showing her husband, Kendall, was involved in some questionable dealings; refusal to hand over said documents after obtaining copies from Bergman.
MIllie needed Giles alive, so he can get his revenge to send Kendall to prison, so killing Giles was futile because it allowed Kendall to get off scot-free, by allowing Giles to stay alive, Millie would have had the papers & have Giles to testify to put Kendall away. So she needed Giles alive, unless, to prevent her husband from going to prison for his crimes, is why she killed Giles. But if she had known her husband was cheating on her with Linette, she needed those papers to put him away for cheating on her, so yet again, was there a need to kill Giles ?
Arthur Hill as Preston Giles
Lois Chiles as Millie Stafford
George Coe as Martin Bergman
Arlene Golonka as Gloria Winslow
Michael McKean - best known for his role in the 1985 movie "CLUE!" as Mr. Green - as Ross McKay
Todd Susman as Sergeant Spencer Slocum
Brynn Thayer as Linette McKay
Gordon Thomson as Kendall Stafford
Regina Leeds as Dorothy Torrez
Kriss Turner as Secretary
Steven Connor as Mr. Chester Phelps
Michael Fairman as Cabby