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Year: 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 0: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes

30 September 1984
In this Pilot episode we are introduced to Jessica Fletcher, a recent widow, who lives in Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is an English teacher who becomes a mystery book author thanks to her nephew, Grady Fletcher. Grady submits his Aunts manuscript to a publishing company who loves it and publishes it immediately. It is a best-seller and Jessica goes to New York City to promote her new book. While there Jessica gets involved in a murder while at her publishers home for a costume party. When her nephew becomes a suspect of the murder, Jessica must find the real killer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Eddie Barth ... Bernie
Jessica Browne ... Kitty Donovan

Bert Convy ... Peter Brill

Herb Edelman ... George

Anne Francis ... Louise McCallum (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Tricia O'Neil ... Ashley Vickers

Dennis Patrick ... Dexter Baxendale
Raymond St. Jacques ... Doctor

Ned Beatty ... Chief Roy Gunderson
Arthur Hill ... Preston Giles

Brian Keith ... Caleb McCallum
Rosanna Huffman ... Eleanor Thompson

Paddi Edwards ... Lois Hoey

Ellen Crawford ... Muriel
David Byrd ... Davis

Richard Erdman ... Eggman
Danny Wells ... Talk Show Host
John Hancock ... Daniel
Jay Fenichel ... Cellini
Stanley Brock ... Marvin
Hap Lawrence ... Young Deputy
Kat Sawyer-Young ... Feminist Interviewer
Joseph V. Perry ... Heavy Set Crude Man (as Joseph Perry)
Howard Mann ... New Holvang Cabbie
Freddye Chapman ... Jane
Russell Curry ... Black Youth
Johnny Venocur ... 2nd White Tough

Andy Garcia ... 1st White Tough

Anne Ramsey ... Bag Lady
Jimmy Joyce ... Tom
Ken Olfson ... TV Book Critic
Paula Victor ... Agnes Peabody
Billie Hayes ... Peter Pan
Cathey Paine ... Young Woman
Beau Starr ... Policeman On Boat
Larry McCormick ... TV Reporter

Danny Chambers ... Cab Driver (as Dan Chambers)
Sallee Young ... Performer

Donald Elson ... Bookstore Owner
Daniel Zippi ... Mailman

Season 1, Episode 1: Deadly Lady

7 October 1984
A mysterious man who briefly stops by Jessica's house turns up dead -- supposedly swept overboard during a hurricane before Jessica even met him.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Claude Akins ... Capt. Ethan Cragg

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Doran Clark ... Nancy Earl

Howard Duff ... Ralph / Stephen Earl
Marilyn Hassett ... Maggie Earl

Richard Hatch ... Terry Jones

Anne Lockhart ... Grace Earl Lamont

Dack Rambo ... Brian Shelby
Cassie Yates ... Lisa Earl Shelby

Tom Bower ... Jonathan Bailey
Carol Swarbrick ... Emma
John Petlock ... Nils Andersen
Robert Beecher ... Elias Cobb

Season 1, Episode 2: Birds of a Feather

14 October 1984
Jessica visits her niece Victoria ''Vicky'' Brandon in San Francisco, who tells her that her fiancé, New York would be-actor Howard Griffin, isn't working in life insurance as he pretended. The ladies go to Mr. Drake's night-club which Vicky found out he's somehow connected to, see he's performing there as drag-queen, and worse: during star Michael Dupont's act Howard runs out in panic after finding Drake's shot corps. Vicky believes in Howard's innocence unconditionally, even accepts his weird job, so Jessica is determined to help initially unappreciative SFPD Detective Lt. Floyd Novack find the real killer. The club proves a viper's nest full of motives both in showbiz, including promising performer Freddy York, who would miss out on a dream contract because held him to a lousy contract and later gets wounded in an intentional 'accident' on stage, and the Drake family's (adulterous) love life. It all hangs on the tiny details only Jessica notices and makes sense of..

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Bart Braverman ... Bill Patterson

Jeff Conaway ... Howard Griffin

Genie Francis ... Victoria Brandon

Richard Gautier ... Mike Dupont (as Dick Gautier)

Harry Guardino ... Lt. Floyd Novack

Gabe Kaplan ... Freddy York

Martin Landau ... Al Drake

Carol Lawrence ... Candice Drake

Barbara Rhoades ... Barbara Stevenson
Robin Bach ... Maitre d'

John O'Leary ... Minister
William Phipps ... Charlie (as William Edward Phipps)

Brian Avery ... M.C.
Gary Pagett ... Security Guard
Herndon Jackson ... Waiter #2
Tony Ballen ... Waiter
Nick Savage ... Leather Guy

Season 1, Episode 3: Hooray for Homicide

28 October 1984
When Jessica hears on TV that director-producer Jerry Lydecker is turning the movie after her respectable mystery book The Corps Danced At Midnight into cheap slash junk with sex and gore, she flies to Hollywood to protest, but studio boss Marty Strindberg, who sends her a junior lawyer, and Lydecker have a contract clause she signed waving her rights to object. When Jessica intends to apologize to Lydecker, she finds him killed on he set, and becomes the only obvious suspect. Fortunately LAPD Detective Mack Brody, an amateur mystery writer himself, has enough faith in Jessica to encourage her snooping and believe she saw evidence which disappeared during the minute she talked to the security guard. Lydecker's ruthless behavior and romantic affair with the unexperienced female co-star provide several possible motives...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Claude Akins ... Capt. Ethan Cragg

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Eve Crystal

John Astin ... Ross Hayley

Samantha Eggar ... Marta Quintessa

James MacArthur ... Allan Gebhart (as James Mac Arthur)

Virginia Mayo ... Elinor

Ron Palillo ... Norman Lester, Esq.
José Pérez ... Lt. Mike Hernandez (as Jose Perez)

John Saxon ... Jerry Lydecker
Morgan Stevens ... Scott Bennett

Lyle Waggoner ... Marty Strindberg
Marianne McAndrew ... Sunny Finch
Wayne Powers ... First Assistant Director
Erik Holland ... Detective Mack Brody
Hank Rolike ... Paddy

Paul Ryan ... Ted Lafferty
Barbara Lynn Block ... TV Newswoman (as Barbara Block)

Michael Milhoan ... Security Guard

R.J. Adams ... TV Newsman #2
Jack Scalici ... TV Newsman #1
Lisa Hope Ross ... Tour Guide

Season 1, Episode 4: It's a Dog's Life

4 November 1984
While Jessica attends a hunting party, someone tampers in the stables with the normally quiet horse of the rich host, Denton Langley, which suddenly goes wild and causes him to have a fatal fall, yet the drug test Jessica suggests is negative. The will on videotape gives his shocked relatives and estate staff peanuts, $15,000,000 goes to Denton's pet hound Teddy, who is shortly after found drugged after biting old local Isaiah Potts. Family lawyer Marcus Boswell, who is constantly called by his broker, is challenged by the human heirs' lawyer on account of the dog's mental competence. Then Trish Langley is found killed by the security gate, the button which operates it from security guard Barnes's closed room has Teddy's paw print on it, he must have been trained to do do. Jessica works out precisely what ties in, how, and what doesn't..

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Cathryn Damon ... Morgana Cramer

Dean Jones ... Marcus Boswell
Lenore Kasdorf ... Trish Langley

Jared Martin ... Spencer Langley
Roger Miller ... Sheriff

Dan O'Herlihy ... Denton Langley

Lynn Redgrave ... Abby Benton Freestone

Forrest Tucker ... Tom Cassidy

Gregory Walcott ... Isaiah Potts

Cherie Currie ... Echo Cramer

Byron Cherry ... Deputy Will Roxie

James Hampton ... Vet
Sandy Ward ... Barnes
Robert Cornthwaite ... Coroner

Donna Anderson ... Miss Sampson (as Donna Anderson Marshall)
Greg Norberg ... Gary
Bernard McDonald ... Master of the Hunt
Brian Mozur ... Anthony

Season 1, Episode 5: Lovers and Other Killers

18 November 1984
An intruder kills rich old lady Allison Brevard while burglarizing her townhouse. When Jessica goes to a college to give a mystery writing guest lecture, she takes a secretary for the first time, not an older woman as she expected but bright, charming, extremely efficient student David Tolliver. Just when they celebrated ending the work in a restaurant, the police gets David for questioning about Allison's murder, just because he was seen meeting her and accepted gifts and dinners. Jessica grants David the benefit of the doubt and follows up on a call to meet about an alibi for David with young married Lila Schroeder Kowalski, only to see her collapse murdered. David now has an alibi and admits he saw Lila, secretly because of her hunky but violently jealous husband Jack Kowalski, who claims David wasn't the threat to his marriage. Jessica tells dean Edmund Gerard's secretary Amelia she's not interested romantically in her host, who makes a surprising confession after Jessica is attacked in college after asking flirtatious professor Prof. Todd Lowery suspicious questions during her next lecture. Now she sets a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Grant Goodeve ... Jack Kowalski

Peter Graves ... Dr. Edmund Gerard

Greg Morris ... Lt. Andrews

Lois Nettleton ... Amelia

Andrew Prine ... Prof. Todd Lowery

Andrew Stevens ... David Tolliver
Lory Walsh ... Lila Schroeder

David Goldfarb ... David (uncredited)
Dean Rubin ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: Hit, Run and Homicide

25 November 1984
Jessica isn't looking forward to tell Cabot Cove that her historical research for Founder's Day proves the captain was actually a pirate and fought on the British side, against Washington's troops. Businessman Charles Woodley lands in hospital after the surging of a car without driver which seemed to be pursuing local Ethan Cragg. Local inventor Daniel O'Brien, who devised a remote control system for cars before he was fired, denies having agreed to a meeting with his former employer Woodley, shortly after the car under remote control strikes again, killing Woodley's 50% Boston business partner, Dean Merrill. Daniel's heir, Tony Holiday, is back in town to present his bride, Leslie Andler Sheriff Amos Tupper happily 'allows' Jessica to 'observe for her next book', in fact doing the sleuthing with and without Amos, who arrests Daniel just for being most likely to have controlled the killer car....

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Claude Akins ... Capt. Ethan Cragg

Edward Albert ... Tony Holiday

June Allyson ... Katie Simmons

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Patti D'Arbanville ... Leslie Andler

Van Johnson ... Daniel O'Brien

Stuart Whitman ... Charles Woodley

Bruce Gray ... Dean Merrill
Lois Foraker ... Eliza Bates

Paddi Edwards ... Lois
Dee Croxton ... Cora McIntyre
Douglas Stevenson ... Gas Attendant
Harry Stephens ... Doctor
G.R. Smith ... Deputy
Roger Price ... Local #1

Ed Morgan ... Local #2
David Ashrow ... Umpire
Steven Ameche ... Musician (uncredited)

Crystal Jenious ... Mrs. Miley (uncredited)
Michael Rogers ... Policeman (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 7: We're Off to Kill the Wizard

9 December 1984
When Jessica visits her Kansas relatives, police detective Lieutenant Bert Donovan's family, she is invited by theme park magnate Horatio Baldwin and firmly turns down his project for another one based on horror elements from her mystery books. Shortly after Horatio is found dead in his self-locked office, apparently suicide, but actually got a fatal blow on the head before the shot. After Erica Baldwin becomes a rich widow for the fourth time, she hires Jessica to prove it was murder so the life-insurance can be cleared. Horatio's secretary makes a false confession. Almost everybody had some reason to hate Horatio, who was quite dirty in business in various ways. Jessica soon finds out how the killer got in and out while stealing Horatio's secret files and more, while the murder makes another victim, then she sets a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Christine Belford ... Erica Baldwin

James Coco ... Horatio Baldwin

Kim Darby ... Laurie Bascomb

George DiCenzo ... Michael Gardner
Gene Evans ... Nils Highlander

Richard Sanders ... Arnold Megrim

John Schuck ... Capt. Davis
James Stephens ... Police Det. Lt. Bert Donovan
Kristoffer Tabori ... Phillip Carlson
Anne Kerry ... Carol Donovan
Eric Server ... Ned O'Brien

Joaquin Phoenix ... Billy Donovan (as Leaf Phoenix)

Summer Phoenix ... Cindy Donovan

Henry G. Sanders ... Skycap
Vince Howard ... Second Guard (as Vincent Howard)
Ivan Saric ... Security Guard
Laura Leyva ... Clerk

Season 1, Episode 8: Death Takes a Curtain Call

16 December 1984
Invited by Leo Peterson, a former dancer who defected long ago, Jessica attends a Boston performance of the famous Soviet Russian Rostoff ballet. She guesses something is up when Leo gets a program from the bottom of the pile with a code; after the performance they are joined in his car by defecting star dancers Alexander and Natalia Masurov but hear on the radio that KGB security agent Serge Berensky has been found dagger-murdered in their dressing room, so Jessica gives them short-term sanctuary at her home while she snoops. KGB Major Anatole Karzof declares to be a fan of her books and joins her, defending he thesis the defectors did it, while FBI Agents O'Farrell and Dewey Johnson conduct the official investigation. She discovers there is more...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Claude Akins ... Captain Ethan Cragg

Kerry Armstrong ... Irina Katsa

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Dane Clark ... FBI Agent O'Farrell

William Conrad ... Major Anatole Karzof
George De La Pena ... Alexander Masurov (as George De La Peña)
Hurd Hatfield ... Leo Peterson
James Carroll Jordan ... Skip Fleming
Vicki Kriegler ... Natalia Masurov
Paul Rudd ... Palmer Eddington
Jessica Nelson ... Velma Rodecker

Patrick Thomas ... Dewey Johnson (as Courtney Burr)

Anthony De Longis ... Serge Berensky (as Anthony DeLongis)

Adam Gregor ... Nagy
Steve Arvin ... TV Reporter
Read Morgan ... Sergeant Kevin Hogan

Season 1, Episode 9: Death Casts a Spell

30 December 1984
English hypnotist Cagliastro is fired by casino-hotel-owner Joe Kellijian, because he does his glamorous wife Regina. Jessica saves her editor's assistant Joan Germaine's bacon covering for making a date for her with Cagliostro as inspiration for another mystery book. They overhear the master dare local press journalists Bud Michaels and rookie Andy Townsend to be hypnotized before a revealing interviewer so they won't remember a word unless he's a charlatan as they claim, Joan gets them invited too but they're late; when the door is opened after a scary bang, Cagliostro lies dead, the six journalists (Bud sent Andy in his place) are hypnotized motionless. Fortunately for the startled police detective Lt. Bergkamp, Jessica is as resourceful and inspired as ever after Dr. Yambert proves hypnosis works even on her, but nobody seems to have both motive and opportunity...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Diana Canova ... Joan Germaine

José Ferrer ... Cagliostro (as Jose Ferrer)

Murray Hamilton ... Bud Michaels

Robert Hogan ... Lt. Bergkamp

Conrad Janis ... Dr. Yambert
Elaine Joyce ... Sheri Diamond

Brian Kerwin ... Andy Townsend

Robert Loggia ... Joe Kellijian
Mayf Nutter ... Zack Bernard

Michelle Phillips ... Regina Kellijian

Elvia Allman ... Elderly Lady

Rance Howard ... Fillmore

Ritchie Montgomery ... Busboy
Alex Rebar ... Hypnotist

Dianne Travis ... Helsema (as Dianne Turley Travis)
Marylou Kenworthy ... Liz (as Mary Lou Kenworthy)
Lee Duncan ... Policeman #1
Kathy Karges ... Hypnotized Person #6 (as Kathy Stangel)
Gay Hagen ... Hypnotized Person #4
Joy Ellison ... Hypnotized Person #5
Bob Tzudiker ... Clerk
Hartley Silver ... Hypnotized Person #2

Bill Shick ... Hypnotized Person #3
Robert Balderson ... Hypnotized Person #1

Season 1, Episode 10: Capitol Offense

6 January 1985
US Congressman Wendell Joyner gets a fatal heart-attack at 's party, arranged by Congressman Dan Keppner and dodgy lobbyist Harry Parmel, actually at a party for a potential successor, officially in his bed. The governor of Maine demands Jessica to fill in as federal legislator for a few weeks till the party can officially select a new Congressman. She keeps on Joyner's staff for her short tenure, notably helpful driver-press agent Joe Blinn and administrative assistant Diana Simms. Detective Lieutenant Avery Mendelsohn tails Jessica and explains he suspects Joyner to be murdered after finding out his corpse was moved. She decides to help him sleuthing on and around Capitol Hill, including dirty lobbying, after suspiciously well-housed nobody Martha Craig is found murdered and recovering alcoholic Keppner was drugged and robbed on the street, believing he was framed clumsily and discovering if it all ties in to a legislature vote on a cannery in Maine...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Edie Adams ... Kaye Sheppard
Herschel Bernardi ... Det. Lt. Avery Mendelsohn

Linda Kelsey ... Diana Simms

Stephen Macht ... Congressman Dan Keppner

Nicholas Pryor ... Harry Parmel

Mitch Ryan ... Ray Dixon (as Mitchell Ryan)

Gary Sandy ... Joe Blinn

Mark Shera ... Thor Danziger

Frank Aletter ... Wendell Joyner

Colby Chester ... Harold DeWitt
David Hooks ... Chairman
Jensen Collier ... Clerk
Jade McCall ... Driver's Partner

Lyle Howry ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Gwen Humble ... Martha Craig (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 11: Broadway Malady

13 January 1985
Grady Fletcher invites aunt Jessica to be his guest at a Broadway show he's doing the bookkeeping for and meet both his girl-friend and has-been movie star Rita Bristol, whose prima donna-attitude and drinking endanger the show that was to be her come-back and the launch of daughter Patti Bristol. They all dine with others including son Barry Bristol, director Marc Faber and banker Si Parrish, the principal investor. On the way home, Pati is shot in the spine by street mugger Manny Farkus, who gets a fatal bullet from Barry. To reluctant Barry's surprise, the show isn't canceled but LA star Lonnie Valerian takes recovering Pati's part. NYPD Detective Sergeant Moreno didn't feel like investigating further, but Jessica does dig into past and present of the Bristol family, the show people, the mugger who she recognizes as unemployed actor Morley Farmer and some New York street witnesses.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Milton Berle ... Lew Feldman

Vivian Blaine ... Rita Bristol
Elaine Giftos ... Lonnie Valerian

Gregg Henry ... Barry Bristol
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Lorna Luft ... Patti Bristol

Robert Morse ... Marc Faber

Patrick O'Neal ... Si Parrish

Gregory Sierra ... NYPD Det. Sgt. Moreno

Barbara Whinnery ... Gretchen Pashko

Sharee Gregory ... Kate Metcalf
Ed Bakey ... Monsignor Kelly
Roberto Roman ... Taki
Johnny Seven ... Man
Irma García ... Veronica (as Irma Garcia)

Edson Stroll ... Dr. Peter Weber
Victoria Harned ... Newscaster
Joe Nesnow ... Doorman
Dante D'Andre ... Captain
Bob Gorman ... Jimmy Finley

Bert Hinchman ... Carlin Nash

Season 1, Episode 12: Murder to a Jazz Beat

3 February 1985
Jessica is invited to New Orleans by TV station WDX, but arrives two days early by mistake, so her host Jonathan Hawley has 48 hours to show her the 'Cajun paradise' (French quarter). Jessica soon notices the jazz show circuit can be nastily competitive; then clarinetist Ben Coleman dies from an apparent heart-attack during a recording, as she presumed actually curare-poisoning, but why and how exactly? NOPD Detective Lt. Simeon Kershaw gets help from Jessica investigating Ben's private, artistic and business context, even smuggling...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Olivia Cole ... Callie Coleman

Bradford Dillman ... Det. Lt. Simeon Kershaw
George Kirby ... Eubie Sherwin

Cameron Mitchell ... Dr. Aaron Kramer

Garrett Morris ... Lafayette Duquesne

Ed Nelson ... Carl Turnball

Clive Revill ... Jonathan Hawley

Stan Shaw ... Eddie Walters
Bobby Sherman ... Jimmy Firth

Glynn Turman ... Ben Coleman
David Whitfield ... Hec Tattersal

Michael Canavan ... Doctor Alan Collyer
Elaine Hobson ... Lisa
Robert Clarke ... Actor
Jackie Joseph ... Actress
Mario Machado ... TV Announcer
Wally K. Berns ... Proprietor

Bruce Marchiano ... Assistant Director

Season 1, Episode 13: My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean

10 February 1985
When Jessica's recently widowed niece takes a cruise to get away from it all, a would-be murderer follows her.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Paul Carafotes ... Ramon, Ship's Steward
Jason Evers ... Dr. Marshall McGill

Rosemary Forsyth ... Dr. Andrea Jeffreys Reed

Lynda Day George ... Diane Shelley

Vicki Lawrence ... Phoebe Carroll

Belinda Montgomery ... Pamela Crane

Leslie Nielsen ... Captain Daniels

Andrew Parks ... Russell Tompkins

Lawrence Pressman ... George Reed

Jo Anne Worley ... Carla Raymond (as JoAnne Worley)
Don Dubbins ... Dr. Charmichael
Byron Webster ... Maitre d'
Michael G. Hawkins ... Dr. Ross
Don Matheson ... Oklahoma Cowboy
Kay Freeman ... Nurse
Mark Pilon ... 2nd Ship's Officer
George Marshall Ruge ... Ship's Officer

Lyle Howry ... Lieutenant

Season 1, Episode 14: Paint Me a Murder

17 February 1985
Famous painter Diego Santana celebrates his sixtieth birthday on his Mediterranean island retreat with his second wife, ex, son Miguel, daughter, protégé and a few friends. He is nearly killed by a massive flower pot thrown down by a left-handed shadow, and asks Jessica, who arrives the next morning by helicopter with gallery keeper Sir John Landry, to investigate in secret, helped by first batch guest police inspector Henry Kyle, but Diego is soon killed on a walk with his own crossbow, the weapon son Miguel excels at, who took another guest, art collector in financial trouble Willard Kaufmann, to the mainland after a heart attack. Then arson destroys Diego's latest paintings, who were tripled in value by his death...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Fernando Allende ... Miguel Santana

Capucine ... Belle Chaney

Judy Geeson ... Elaine McComber

Robert Goulet ... Willard Kaufmann

Stewart Granger ... Sir John Landry
Steven Keats ... Stefan Conrad

Ron Moody ... Insp. Henry Kyle

Cristina Raines ... Margo Santana

Cesar Romero ... Diego Santana
Pepe Hern ... Antonio

Alma Beltran ... Rosa

Season 1, Episode 15: Tough Guys Don't Die

24 February 1985
While highly respected P.I. Archie Miles, who even teaches at the police academy, is working on the old Danbury scalpel murder case, involving judge Lambert, for Jessica's research, he is shot in his office. His rather shady, clumsier partner Harry McGraw contacts Jessica as Archie was working on only two other cases, about allegedly adulterous contractor Ernie Santini and editor Priscilla Daniels of Femininity Magazine, who suddenly backs down on her political ambitions. Detective Lieutenant Starkey confides into Jessica the police wouldn't mourn Harry getting rid of Archie's killer, anyhow, she snoops herself, then teams up with Harry...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Barbara Babcock ... Priscilla Daniels
John Furey ... Larry King

Nancy Lee Grahn ... Erin Carey (as Nancy Grahn)

John McMartin ... Gavin Daniels

Jerry Orbach ... Harry McGraw
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Ray Kravitz

Alex Rocco ... Ernie Santini

Fritz Weaver ... Judge Lambert

Paul Winfield ... Det. Lt. Starkey
Floyd Levine ... Archie Miles
Margery Nelson ... Alma Leonard
Rosanna Huffman ... Connie Miles

Conrad Bachmann ... Office Manager

Tina Lifford ... Leora Cargill
Jana Brown ... Receptionist (as Janna Brown)
Steven Ameche ... Musician (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 16: Sudden Death

3 March 1985
Jessica inherits from uncle Cyrus a holding company, the only asset being the crucial 4% in the Leopards professional American football team which two groups control at 48% each, and executive lawyer Brad Lockwood fails to make her sign proxy powers for it before she checks it out herself. She meets player Zak Farrell, his wife Kathy and adopted mute daughter Jill. Businessman Phil Kreuger is dead-eager to buy Jessica out for one share-holders group and move the franchise to a bigger city, coach Pat Patillo bids against him for the other group which wants to keep the team home. After a party with nearly everyone, Krueger is found drowned in the club's stadium, Zak arrested as he was seen storming in and out around the time of the murder, Jessica rather then police Lt. Clyde Pitts finds out -at peril- who else had motive and opportunity till she can set a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Beck ... Web McCord
Warren Berlinger ... Coach Pat Patillo

Dick Butkus ... Tank Mason

David Doyle ... Brad Lockwood

Bruce Jenner ... Zak Farrell

Gary Lockwood ... Harris Talmadge
James McEachin ... Grover Dillon

Allan Miller ... Phil Kreuger

Jan Smithers ... Kathy Farrell

Tim Thomerson ... Lt. Clyde Pitts
Elizabeth Savage ... Mavis Kreuger
Arnold F. Turner ... Security Guard (as Arnold Turner)
Marcianne Warman ... Jill Farrell
Albert Lord ... Baxter
Ralph Clift ... Clerk (as Ralph M. Clift)
David Lewman ... Bradford Lockwood (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Mourner at Funeral (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 17: Footnote to Murder

10 March 1985
Jessica sets out to clear the name of a friend who is a prime suspect in a murder case.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Vincent Baggetta ... Frank Lapinski

Talia Balsam ... Debbie Delancey

Morgan Brittany ... Tiffany Harrow
Constance Forslund ... Lucinda Lark

Pat Harrington Jr. ... A.D.A. Mel Comstock (as Pat Harrington)

Kenneth Mars ... Hemsley Post

Ron Masak ... Lt. Meyer

Diana Muldaur ... Alexis Post

Robert Reed ... Adrian Winslow

Paul Sand ... Horace Lynchfield
John C. Becher ... Optometrist
John Brandon ... Ernie
Mark Harrison ... Assistant D.A.
William McDonald ... Bailiff
Michael Kearns ... Reporter
Nancy Marlow ... Lady

Biff Yeager ... Cop
Lana Schwab ... Clerk

Season 1, Episode 18: Murder Takes the Bus

17 March 1985
On the bus to a convention in Boston, Jessica, Amos Tupper and a slew of passengers are forced to take refuge from a fierce storm at a remote diner where one of the passengers is discovered murdered in his seat, stabbed.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Linda Blair ... Jane Pascal

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Michael Constantine ... Ben Gibbons

Terence Knox ... Steve Pascal

Larry Linville ... Prof. Kent Radford

Rue McClanahan ... Miriam Radford

Albert Salmi ... Joe Downing

Don Stroud ... Carey Drayson

Mills Watson ... Ralph Leary

David Wayne ... Cyrus Leffingwell
John Davis Chandler ... Gilbert Stoner (as John Chandler)
Charles Bazaldua ... Man

Season 1, Episode 19: Armed Response

31 March 1985
While in the hospital with a fractured leg, Jessica investigates the murder of a doctor.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Eddie Bracken ... Barney Ogden

Victoria Carroll ... Melanie Barker
Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Garver

James Gammon ... Billy Don Baker
Sam Groom ... Dr. Wes Kenyon

Bo Hopkins ... Lt. Ray Jenkins

Martin Kove ... Dr. Ellison

Kay Lenz ... Nurse Jennie Wells

Kevin McCarthy ... Milton Porter

Susan Oliver ... Nurse Marge Horton
Martha Raye ... Sadie Winthrope
Lucille Meredith ... Mrs. Brindle
Paul Tuerpe ... First Guard
Fred D. Scott ... Harlan
Gerald York ... Second Guard

Lavelle Roby ... Nurse
Denise Cheshire ... Candy Striper

Season 1, Episode 20: Murder at the Oasis

7 April 1985
An unpopular comic's life is threatened, but guess who turns up dead?

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Ed Ames ... Johnny Shannon

Joey Bishop ... Buster Bailey

Joseph Bottoms ... Mickey Shannon
Joseph Cali ... Vic LaRosa

Ken Howard ... Det. Sgt. Barnes

Piper Laurie ... Peggy Shannon

Jack O'Halloran ... Lou Ross

Linda Purl ... Terry Shannon
David Bowman ... Chico Miller

John Miranda ... Gus

Mark Costello ... CHP Officer
Fred Ponzlov ... Waiter (as Fredrick Ponzlov)
Michael Griswold ... Guard

Season 1, Episode 21: Funeral at Fifty-Mile

21 April 1985
Jessica has to unravel the secrets and threats at the funeral of a friend in Wyoming.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Noah Beery Jr. ... Doc Wallace (as Noah Beery)

Kathleen Beller ... Mary Carver

J.D. Cannon ... Bill Carmody (as J. D. Cannon)

Clu Gulager ... Carl Mestin

Donald Moffat ... Tim Carver
Jeff Osterhage ... Art Merrick (as Jeffrey Osterhage)

Cliff Potts ... Sheriff Ed Potts

Stella Stevens ... Sally Mestin

William Windom ... Attorney Sam Breen
Brooke Alderson ... Alice
Edith Diaz ... Emma

Efrain Figueroa ... Hay-Soos
Archie Lang ... Minister

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Widow, Weep for Me

29 September 1985
Jessica's friend has been murdered, so Jessica masquerades as a wealthy widow at a luxurious tropical hotel in an effort to trap the murderer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Len Cariou ... Michael Hagarty

Cyd Charisse ... Myrna Montclair LeRoy

Mel Ferrer ... Eric Brahm

Howard Hesseman ... Sheldon Greenberg

John Phillip Law ... Sven Torvald

Anne Lockhart ... Veronica Harrold
Raymond St. Jacques ... Chief Inspector Claude Rensselaer

Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Alva Crane

Jerry Boyd ... Doorman
Emmett Dennis III ... Sergeant D'arcy (as Emmett Dennis)
Geoff Heise ... Barnes
Edward B. Randolph ... Croupier (as Ed Randolph)
Ekta Sohini ... Desk Clerk (as Ektara)
Reggie Savard ... Antoinette Farnsworth
Claude Cole ... Bellman
Tony Webster ... Steward
Marilyn Conn ... Secretary

Season 2, Episode 2: Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly

6 October 1985
A cheap tycoon with many enemies is found dead on the construction site of his high-rise hotel.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Astin ... Harry Pierce

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Chuck Connors ... FBI Agt. Fred Keller
John Ericson ... Henderson Wheatley

Meg Foster ... Del Scott

Michael Sarrazin ... David Marsh

David Sheiner ... Arthur Griswold (as David S. Sheiner)

Ken Swofford ... Leo Kowalski

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Deborah White ... Matty Marsh
Robin Bach ... Ellsworth Buffum

Robert Jayne ... Eric Marsh (as Bobby Jacoby)

Ed Morgan ... Austin Bailey
Roger Price ... Eli Harris
Barbara Ann Grimes ... Sarah Harris
Jody Carter ... Olive Newton
Sandra Hawthorne ... Mavis Gillam

Season 2, Episode 3: Murder in the Afternoon

13 October 1985
Jessica's niece, an actress in a daytime drama, becomes a suspect when the head writer for the show is murdered.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

William Atherton ... Larry Holleran
Paul Burke ... Herbert Upton

Nicholas Hammond ... Todd Worthy

Terry Kiser ... Gordon LaMonica

Alice Krige ... Nita Cochran

Robert Lipton ... Martin Grattop

Lloyd Nolan ... Julian Tenley
Tricia O'Neil ... Bibi Hartman

Mackenzie Phillips ... Carol Needom

Lurene Tuttle ... Agnes Cochran

Robert Walden ... Lt. Antonelli

Jessica Walter ... Joyce Holleran

George Murdock ... Officer Kaplan

John Miranda ... Prop Man (as John M. Miranda)
Elven Havard ... Guard

Season 2, Episode 4: School for Scandal

25 October 1985
Jessica arrives at Crenshaw to hold the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree at the local college. The preceding faculty party is animated by host Dr. Jocelyn Laird's daughter Daphne Clover, who jumps into the pool naked and her beefy, drunk New York lover Nick Fulton who knocks down Professor Ron Mercer and a vase with one punch, still shirtless. Next morning Jessica finds Nick's corps under a construction site as if he fell to his death, but that must be staged as he has no dust on his shoes. Local Police Chief E. Griffin, who knows Jessica from criminology studies, arrests Daphne after an anonymous phone call leads to finding a typed blackmail note from Nick and a bloody candle stick in her room, but Jessica convinces him it may well be all planted. She checks on other party-goers' links with Nick and each-other, leading to two contradictory confessions, neither of which she believes...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Polly Bergen ... Dr. Jocelyn Laird
Darleen Carr ... Trish Mercer
Jack Kehoe ... Police Chief E. Griffin

June Lockhart ... Beryl Hayward

Roddy McDowall ... Dr. Alger Kenyon, PHD
Mary Kate McGeehan ... Daphne Clover
Morgan Stevens ... Nick Fulton

James Sutorius ... Professor Ron Mercer

John Vernon ... Henry Hayward
Gary Bisig ... Will Small
John C. Becher ... Station Master
Dean Dittman ... Faculty Male
Grace Simmons ... Faculty Wife
Ron Asher ... Student #1
Kerry Noonan ... Student #2

James Marshall ... Student #3 (as Jim Greenblatt)

Season 2, Episode 5: Sing a Song of Murder

27 October 1985
Jessica's redheaded British cousin Emma McGill has her fly over to London to attend her 'funeral' as requested by last will, but actually it's a staged car accident so they can sleuth who is behind three incidents Emma considers but can't prove to be murder attempts, in her view for ownership of her old-fashioned Mayhew music hall, which is in financial trouble but valuable if sold -would be-buyers even awaited Jessica at the airport-, half of the profits would go to her late co-founder's wimpy son Archie Weems and his greedy spouse Violet. Jessica turns to a Scotland Yard friend but as he is on holiday confides in his colleague Inspector Roger Crimmins, who plays along so the suspects can be examined. While they approach Emma's London apartment, Mayhem dresser Bridget O'Hara leaves it and is fatally struck by a fast car, possibly because she was dressed like Emma in a coat promised to her; Emma admits she left a reassuring message to her old friend, has-been Shakespearian actor Oliver Trumbull, father of Mayhew actress Kitty, who is arrested for lying about hearing the answering machine message, but...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher / Emma McGill

Sarah Douglas ... Violet Weems

Olivia Hussey ... Kitty Trumbull
Barrie Ingham ... Insp. Roger Crimmins

Glynis Johns ... Bridget O'Hara

Patrick Macnee ... Oliver Trumbull
Gregory Paul Martin ... Danny Briggs (as Greg Martyn)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Ernest Fielding

Kenneth Danziger ... Archie Weems
Gillian Eaton ... Landlady
Terrence Scammell ... Director (as Terence Scammell)
Richard Davies ... First Tough (as Richard L. Davies)
Neil Hunt ... Second Tough
John Straightley ... Sergeant
David Grant Hayward ... Policeman
Ron Southart ... Plainclothesman

Season 2, Episode 6: Reflections of the Mind

3 November 1985
Scott Lodge thinks his wife Francesca is going crazy and trying to kill him. But when a phone call from her supposedly dead first husband precedes the fatal incident, Jessica must unravel fact from hysteria to find a killer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Ann Blyth ... Francesca Lodge

Wings Hauser ... Carl
Steven Keats ... Dr. Victor March

Martin Milner ... Sheriff Bodine

Ben Murphy ... Scott Lodge

Stacey Nelkin ... Cheryl Lodge

Esther Rolle ... Margaret
Janet DeMay ... Brooke Devon
Franny Parrish ... Nurse (as Frannie Parrish)

Season 2, Episode 7: A Lady in the Lake

10 November 1985
Jessica's fellow guests at a remote inn include an obsessive birdwatcher, an enthusiastic nature lover who likes to streak through the woods, a rich jerk and his shy wife, and a devoted fisherman whose wife doesn't sit home waiting for him. When Jessica sees one guest push another into the lake, she's determined to understand what happened and why.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Astin ... Harry Pierce
Susan Blanchard ... Carolyn Hester Crane

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

William Christopher ... Burton Hollis
Charles Frank ... Kyle Jordan
Laurence Luckinbill ... Howard Crane

Lee Meriwether ... Grace Overholtz

Lee Purcell ... Joanna Benson
Charles Taylor ... Jack Turney

Lauren Tewes ... Betty Jordan

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Johnny Crawford ... Noah Paisley

Season 2, Episode 8: Dead Heat

24 November 1985
Under instructions from big boss Tony, local mobster boss Vince Shackman leans heavily on race horse trainer Mike Gann to settle his gambling debts by fixing a race, which takes quite a lot, including making a Panamese illegal jockey be replaced 'sick' by greenhorn Tracy Macgill, a niece of Jessica, who made a stop-over on the way to San Francisco to see her debut. When Tracey is arrested for the tranquilizer gun murder of Jack Bowen, Jessica fears the police won't solve the case and takes crash courses in betting and running a stable while investigating everybody involved, including unethical betting by the track security chief...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Priscilla Barnes ... Vicky Gallegos
Ramon Bieri ... Pat Phillips

Jack Carter ... Cliff Carpenter
Lonny Chapman ... Jack Bowen

Carole Cook ... Christine Carpenter

Norman Fell ... Vince Shackman
Linda Grovenor ... Jockey Tracy McGill

Clu Gulager ... Mike Gann

Bert Rosario ... Carlos Gallegos

Roy Thinnes ... Lt. Ted Misko

Derrel Maury ... Cookie Milford

Tom Dreesen ... Ernie
Alex Rebar ... Guzmann

Robert Ellenstein ... Mr. P
Freddye Chapman ... Nurse
Don Matheson ... Chief Steward
Stu Gilliam ... Cabbie
Tony Ballen ... Bookie #1
Richard Paradise ... Bookie #2
Joe Faust ... Security Guard

Season 2, Episode 9: Jessica Behind Bars

1 December 1985
During Jessica's lecture in a woman's prison with an all-female staff, the doctor is found, killed by a morphine injection, with convict Mary's fingerprints on, but this is proven not to be the murder weapon. Next there is a revolt, which takes Jessica hostage but is ill-prepared: even the demands are a matter for debate. Jessica is now asked to investigate, and while she digs into malpractices apparently involving warden Gates, who has political ambition, and conflicts involving staff as well as prisoners, another staff member is killed. Jessica discovers things are not as they appear.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Margaret Avery ... Dixie

Adrienne Barbeau ... Kathryn
Barbara Baxley ... Deputy Warden Amanda Debs

Yvonne De Carlo ... Miss Springer (as Yvonne DeCarlo)

Linda Kelsey ... Mary Stamm
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Irene Matthews

Vera Miles ... Warden Elizabeth Gates

Susan Oliver ... Louise

Eve Plumb ... Tug

Mary Woronov ... Brady

Susan Peretz ... Bertha

Donna Ponterotto ... Jamie

Diana Bellamy ... Head Guard
Gay Hagen ... First Guard
Faith Minton ... Second Guard
Jan Stratton ... Gate Guard

Darlene Conley ... Mims
Aimée Eccles ... Susie (as Aimee Eccles)
Kristall Eklund ... Prisoner

Linda L. Rand ... Reception Guard

Season 2, Episode 10: Sticks and Stones

15 December 1985
Amos eagerly retires, handing over his sheriff's star to real estate agent Harry Pierce, but then Beverly Gareth is found electrocuted in her bath. She was the heir to land of vital importance to Friedrich Hoffman's environmentally horrible 400 condos Cabot Cove coast development project. The town is flooded by gossip letters badmouthing -at least part are lies- Beverly, only one of which was sent by Elvira Tree, who is next found hung. Jessica, her guest New York travel reporter Michael Digby and Amos discover both women were murdered, how, by whom and why; meanwhile the new sheriff Pierce arrests repairman Larry Burns, who allegedly didn't fix Beverly's fatally ragged electric cord after an accusation from Adam Frobisher, then him and Hoffman, but Jessica does her own sleuthing...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Astin ... Harry Pierce

Paul Benedict ... Friedrich Hoffman

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Joseph Campanella ... George Knapp
John David Carson ... Larry Burns

Marsha Hunt ... Elvira Tree

Evelyn Keyes ... Edna
Denny Miller ... Nils Anderson

Betsy Palmer ... Lila Norris

Parker Stevenson ... Michael Digby

Christopher Stone ... Adam Frobisher

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Howard Witt ... Bart Nelson
Philip Brown ... Deputy
Ceil Cabot ... Woman
Ken Sansom ... Man
Bob Tzudiker ... Agent
Garnett Smith ... Mel
Kristy Syverson ... Beverly Garrett
Danny McCoy Jr. ... Waiter

Season 2, Episode 11: Murder Digs Deep

29 December 1985
Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Cecile Callan ... Karen Parks
George Grizzard ... Dr. Aubrey Benton
David Groh ... Dr. Stan Garfield

Randolph Mantooth ... Raymond Two Crows / DeMarco
Stephen Shortridge ... Steve Gamble

Connie Stevens ... Cynthia Armstrong

Robert Vaughn ... Gideon Armstrong

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Robert Dryer ... Guard #1
Curtis Credel ... (voice) (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 12: Murder by Appointment Only

5 January 1986
Jessica's nephew Grady is applying for a job with the Lila Lee Cosmetics empire. Lila's brother and partner Norman tries to soothe wounded feelings as Lila Lee tyrannizes their employees. Jessica is delighted to see former student Elizabeth Gordon, Norman's intended fiancée. When she's murdered, Jessica finds the killer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Jayne Meadows ... Lila Lee Amberson (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
Christine Belford ... Fiona Keeler

Robert Culp ... Norman Amberson

Robert Desiderio ... Roger Adiano
Ann Dusenberry ... Elizabeth Gordon

Herb Edelman ... Lieutenant Varick (as Herbert Edelman)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Leigh McCloskey ... Todd Amberson

Millie Perkins ... Glenda Vandevere
Robert Stoneman ... Photographer
Fred Ponzlov ... Mr. Hillsdale (as Frederick Ponzlov)

Cathy McAuley ... Second Actress (as Catherine McAuley)
Catherine Battistone ... First Actress

Season 2, Episode 13: Trial by Error

12 January 1986
After Mark Lee Reynolds's wife Stephanie has a car accident which at best leaves her cripple for life while he is wounded at the left shoulder, criminal John Detweiler who sees him picking up a woman in a bar where he tries to drink some courage calls her jealous husband, goon Cliff Anderson, who knows his Becky is serially unfaithful. Jessica is foreperson of the jury which must decide if Mark committed murder or only killed in self-defense. She makes everyone go over the crucial witness and expert testimonies during the trial and slowly makes them shift focus from prejudices to evidence and logical deduction concerning premeditation, motive and material facts, pondering both theories, till she comes up with a crucial twist.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
David Ackroyd ... Prosecutor Tom Casselli

Tony Bill ... Mark Lee Reynolds
Virginia Capers ... Margo Webster
Macdonald Carey ... Defense Atty. Oscar Ramsey
Doran Clark ... Becky Anderson

Jon Cypher ... Defense Atty. Max Flynn
Gene Evans ... Otto Fry

Tom Ewell ... Josh Corbin

Gary Frank ... Lee Callahan

Arlene Golonka ... Sally Conover

Alan Hale Jr. ... Fenton Harris (as Alan Hale)
Lenore Kasdorf ... Ally Collins

Vicki Lawrence ... Jackie MacKay

Allan Miller ... Frank Lord

Brock Peters ... Thornton Bentley

Richard Sanders ... Gerald Richards

Gregory Walcott ... Willie Patchecki
Norman Burton ... Drew Narramore

James Hampton ... Jerry Blevins
Walter Mathews ... Judge Philo Walker
John Davis Chandler ... John Detweiler (as John Chandler)
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Dr. Maurice Webster (as Warren Kemmerling)

Michael Swan ... Cliff Anderson
Robert Casper ... Arthur Jasper
Javier Grajeda ... Paramedic
Diane Lander ... Stephanie Reynolds

R.J. Adams ... Victor Assmussen (as R. J. Adams)

Season 2, Episode 14: Keep the Home Fries Burning

19 January 1986
Bo Dixon is getting desperate as all his diner customers, even sheriff Tupper and his former waitress Cornelia, desert to the Joshua Peabody Inn on the Interstate. When he checks out the competition during breakfast and sees the owner Floyd Nelson row with the pseudo-French chef Alan Dupree, who wanted out of his three year contract by getting fired, there is a mild case of food poisoning and a fatal one: businessman Harrison Fraser III's wife Wilhelmina's best friend Betty Fiddler. While Dr. Seth Hazlitt calls in haughty health inspector Margo Perry and concludes on atropine, Jessica looks into the possibility of murder. The only missing item is a jar of old Mrs. Margo Perry's strawberry preserves, which Amos is allergic to. Jessica unmasks Dupree as a fake cordon bleu and Harrison as Betty Fiddler's adulterous lover, but also doubts the intended victim and ties up more minute observations...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Sharon Acker ... Wilhelmina Fraser

Norman Alden ... Mercer Hawthorne

Orson Bean ... Ebeneezer McEnery

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Gary Crosby ... Ted Stully

Anne Francis ... Margo Perry (as Anne Lloyd Francis)

William Lucking ... Bo Dixon

John McCook ... Harrison Fraser III

Donna Pescow ... Cornelia
Henry Polic II ... Alan Dupree

Marcia Rodd ... Betty Fiddler

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Alan Young ... Floyd Nelson
Rosanna Huffman ... Helen Stully
John Donovan ... Margo's Assistant (as John Paul Donovan)
Patricia Wilson ... Cashier
Leonard O. Turner ... Mr. O'Connor
Dion Williams ... Jimmy O'Connor
Michael McCabe ... Orderly

Dale Raoul ... Nurse

Alexander Folk ... Cook
Roger Price ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
Hartley Silver ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 15: Powder Keg

9 February 1986
When her friend Professor Ames Caulfield takes Jessica along to recover in the country after a literary conference, his car breaks down in southern Roper County, they'll have to stay a few days in the inn of Cassie Latham Burns, to his amazement a former student of his, whose charming adolescent son Matthew performs Country in Frank Kelso's saloon. Ames witnesses how the kid is publicly humiliated by slutty waitress Linda Bonner's brother Ed and his goons, including service station employees Andy Crane and Billy Willetts, all storm out furious and shouting threats. After Ed is found dead with stab wounds behind the rectory, his dad farmer Bonner uses his considerable clout to weigh on Sheriff Claudell Cox, who assures Jessica Matt is safest in jail, while after pulling a knife on Kelso the lynching-minded rabble assembles outside till Bonner breaks them up; the sheriff admits taking the bloody knife all the way to his home across town where it was found without dumping it in the river makes no sense. Jessica also guesses Cassie's and another secret.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Pat Corley ... Frank Kelso

Mariclare Costello ... Cassie Latham Burns

Cindy Fisher ... Linda Bonner

Brian Lane Green ... Matthew Burns (as Brian L. Green)

Jackie Earle Haley ... Billy Willetts

Dorian Harewood ... Sheriff Claudell Cox

John Dennis Johnston ... Peter Fargo
Bill McKinney ... Charlie Demsey
Jeff Osterhage ... Ed Bonner (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Craig Stevens ... Prof. Ames Caulfield

Stuart Whitman ... Mr. Bonner

Larry Wilcox ... Andy Crane
W.K. Stratton ... Deputy Morgan (as W. K. Stratton)
John Alvin ... Dr. Frazier
Debra Dusay ... Desk Clerk
Dave Adams ... Barfly
Hartley Silver ... Man

Muriel Minot ... Woman
Helen Kelly ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 16: Murder in the Electric Cathedral

16 February 1986
In Oklahoma, Electrical Cathedral TV preacher Willie John Fargo gets Jessica's philanthropist friend Carrie McKittrick to leave his church most of her family's oil fortune by last will. After a heart-attack provoked by her stepson Harvey McKittrick and his son Sam McKittrick's opposition to the will, Carrie dies in the Cathedral's hospital, from cyanide poisoning. Now the heirs produce a deathbed will leaving everything to the family again, which Jessica proves to be posthumously 'signed' by Sam holding her hand. Examining the trails of the fatal syringe in the hospital and the money in the virtual church, Jessica finds Fargo is a diabetic refusing to disclose his alibi; his prints are on the syringe, but...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jack Bannon ... Dr. Mark Brady

Barbi Benton ... Nurse Sue Beth

Frank Bonner ... Earl Fargo

Steve Forrest ... Rev. Willie John Fargo

Judy Geeson ... Sister Ruth Fargo

Richard Herd ... Harvey McKittrick

Art Hindle ... Sam McKittrick

Mildred Natwick ... Carrie McKittrick

Dick Van Patten ... District Atty. Fred Whittaker
Jeannie Wilson ... Alice McKittrick
Jill Hill ... Tammy Lee
Donald Craig ... Director
Owen Bush ... Driver
Belinda Beatty ... Ethel (as Belinha Beatty)
Don Brodie ... Neighbor (as Don L. Brodie)
Huck Liggett ... Intern
Pat Van Patten ... Head Nurse
David Bowman ... Edgar
Bob Lee ... Ad-Lib Man
Toni Lamond ... Ad-Lib Woman
Arthur Tovey ... Mourner at Carrie's Wake (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 17: One Good Bid Deserves a Murder

23 February 1986
Celebrity Richard Bennett gets Jessica to bid for him in San Francisco on suicided fellow star friend Evangeline's diary to destroy it. Before the auction she witnesses security guard Albert Cromwell reporting to auctioneer William Readford a failed offer of $5,000 to steal it for Evangeline's therapist Dr. Sylvia Dunn. At the auction, Richard's corpse is found in an armoire. SFPD Lt. Casey nearly arrests Jessica, speculating his check was made out in her name, but still doesn't do after Readford is found murdered too just when Jessica comes return to him the diary she found in the secret compartment of a chess set she privately bought from him. Dodgy P.I. Harland 'Harry' McGraw takes it on himself to 'offer for sale' a photocopy of the diary. Meanwhile Jessica follows up on people mentioned in the diary, finds out who had it auctioned and...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Karen Black ... Dr. Sylvia Dunn
Ray Girardin ... Lt. Casey

Nancy Lee Grahn ... Sheila Saxon (as Nancy Grahn)
Robert Gray ... Albert Cromwell
Hurd Hatfield ... William Readford

Edward Mulhare ... Richard Bennett

Jerry Orbach ... Harland 'Harry' McGraw

Cotter Smith ... Robert Rhine

Vic Tayback ... Sal Domino

Rebecca Street ... Deborah Chase

David Ankrum ... Young Doctor
Sterling Swanson ... Desk Sergeant Hogan
Allysia Sneed ... Desk Clerk
Howard Huston ... Uniformed Cop
Jean Vander Pyl ... Fan
Marvin Newman ... Auctioneer

Lyle Howry ... Cop

Season 2, Episode 18: If a Body Meet a Body

9 March 1986
Cabot Cove financial adviser Henry Burning is scheduled to be cremated suspiciously quickly after dying on vacation in Fransdale with his wife and sole beneficiary Connie Vernon, who claims it was a heart-attack but is accused during the church service of killing him by his mistress Phyllis Walters; when the closed casket gets knocked over, it contains another man's corpse. Amos wants to solve this case himself, while Jessica has a manuscript deadline, and gets on great with the widow. Phyllis implores Jessica to find her lover's killer, claiming Henry was ready to leave Connie for her, and tells undertaker Silas Pike she's not romantically interested in him. Clients start asking their investment back from Henry's partner Ned Olson, who fails to find new takers and disapproves of his daughter Christy's relationship with idealist student Stew Bennett. Then Phyllis finds Henry's corpse in her place, but he dies two days after his 'funeral', Connie claims John Doe is a hitchhiker who happened to die from a heart-attack so they staged Henry's death to collect his life insurance. Olson announces the Pheasant Ridge investment fund's $1,000,000 capital was entirely withdrawn by Henry and is missing. Jessica looks very inspired when Stew reports his van stolen, things speed up and she sets a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Robert Donner ... Silas Pike

Anne Jeffreys ... Agnes Shipley

Audrey Landers ... Phyllis Walters
Lori Lethin ... Christy Olson

Monte Markham ... Ned Olson

Rex Smith ... Stew Bennett

Carrie Snodgress ... Connie Vernon
Richard Stahl ... Rev. Matthews

Robert Sterling ... Ben Shipley

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Joe Maross ... Henry Vernon

Scott Palmer ... Deputy
Ellaraino ... Townsperson #1 (as Ella Raino Edwards)
Sonia Kara ... Townsperson #2
Timothy Jecko ... Townsperson #3

Season 2, Episode 19: Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday

30 March 1986
Jessica is unhappy her nephew accountant Grady Fletcher's new employer is the publisher Christopher Bundy, who just purchased the magazine Literary Lines which is to run one of her stories and transformed it from classy content to 'centerfold' thrash. When they visit him in the villa where he lives with his sister Rachel and her son Tony and daughter Vanessa from different marriages, Bundy convinces her to stay the night and meet with his lawyers and assures her the security cameras record only images, no sound, and not in bedrooms. Jessica convinces the magazine's broke original publisher Chester Harrison, kept on as figurehead, to put on a fight for its respectability. Then Bundy is shot dead inside, in a camera-dead angle. Detective Lt. Greco just suspects Chester, Jessica and Grady at first the butler but he's really undercover after Bundy's criminal family, then dig deeper. The sister inherits the empire and proves a shark herself, with Vanessa as right-hand. Then Jessica sees trough the killer's alibi.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Bert Convy ... Christopher Bundy

Robert Costanzo ... Det. Lt. Greco
Bobby Di Cicco ... Antonio D'Argento (as Bobby DiCicco)

Robert Hooks ... Everett Charles Jensen
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Carol Lawrence ... Rachel D'Argento
Katherine Moffat ... Millicent Moore

Michelle Nicastro ... Vanessa D'argento (as Michele Nicastro)

Alex Rocco ... Bert Yardley

Robert Stack ... Chester Harrison
Eric Server ... Pete Morgan
Charles Sweigart ... Uniformed Officer
Josh Gordon ... Announcer

Season 2, Episode 20: Menace, Anyone?

6 April 1986
Jessica is the guest of honour opening the children's fund benefit exhibition tournament in Elliot Robinson's Green River Racquet tennis club, where her young friend Carol McDermott has a managing position. Brian East, Carol's charming fiancé who dumped haughty fellow tennis player Cissy Barnes for her, is killed by a dynamite explosion in the car he borrowed from Carol. Investigating detective lieutenant Tad Travis is a fan of Jessica, but is killed by knife when he visits Carol at home; she claims the killer is her beloved sister Barbara, an alcoholic who was buried three years ago after a plane-crash, however her grave is untended and Carol was in a psychiatric institution at the time, which Travis had already discovered. Then Barbara turns up alive, admitting she switched identity with a dead passenger. Jessica snoops among the tennis people...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Dennis Cole ... Mitch Mercer

Bryan Cranston ... Brian East
Karlene Crockett ... Barbara McDermott

Linda Hamilton ... Carol McDermott

Van Johnson ... Elliot Robinson

Kelli Maroney ... Cissy Barnes

Doug McKeon ... Donny Harrigan
Barry Primus ... Det. Sgt. Len Berger

Betsy Russell ... Doris Robinson

David Spielberg ... Det. Lt. Tad Travis
Kerry Sherman ... Rosie
Harold Ayer ... Sexton
Laurence Haddon ... Judge

Gus Corrado ... Paramedic
Rod Porter ... Reporter #2
Helen Baron ... Reporter #1

Rick Jason ... Patrolman (as Richard Jacobson)

Season 2, Episode 21: The Perfect Foil

13 April 1986
Jessica goes to New Orleans during the Mardi Gras festival to check on cousin-in-law Calhoun 'Cal' Fletcher as promised to old aunt Mildred. As her hotel was only booked from the next night, she goes straight to Cal's place, but the only man in the Cyrano de Bergerac costume she was told he wears ignores her and storms with drawn sword into a room besides the party hall from where a fight is heard, which leaves a real corpse, Johnny Blaze, with Cal written in blood besides him. NOPD Lt. Edmund Cavette concludes from her eye for murder scene details who Jessica is and explains the Lafitte mansion which Cal inherited is no home but a gambling place. Cavette arrests at his humbler home Cal, who claims he didn't even know what happened there, Cavette knows he was indebted to Blaze, now Cal admits he recently accused Blaze of cheating. Fellow gambler attorney Mitch Payne promises bail tomorrow and considers pleading self-defense; he got Blaze off a murder over cards he probably committed- on Cavette's own son Eric. Jessica untangles more sordid intrigues concerning such matters as Congressman Brad Gardner's IOU's which his rich wife Rosaline tried to buy back, Cal's fiancée Kitty Manette's infidelity, before trapping the killer at a reconstruction...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Barbara Babcock ... Rosaline Gardner

Peter Bonerz ... Calhoun 'Cal' Fletcher

Cesare Danova ... Lt. Edmund Cavette

George DiCenzo ... Johnny Blaze (as George Di Cenzo)

Robert Forster ... Gilbert Gaston

David Hedison ... Mitch Payne

Lisa Langlois ... Kitty Manette
Penny Singleton ... Aunt Mildred

Granville Van Dusen ... Congressman Brad Gardner
Morgan Jones ... Sergeant Baxter
Joe Ross ... Desk Clerk
Hank Rolike ... Taxi Driver
Sherry McFarland ... Receptionist

Raf Mauro ... Napolean (as Rafael Mauro)
Wendy Oates ... Madame Dracula

Guerin Barry ... Sir Walter Raleigh
Richard Brose ... Headsman

Season 2, Episode 22: If the Frame Fits

18 May 1986
Just when Jessica visits her Cedar Heighs senior friend Lloyd Marcus, who insists to show her a manuscript 'from a friend' to read and comment on, the mysterious local art thief strikes again, right there on houseman Forbes's day off, as he does every few months without any witnesses. Next day they find his daughter Julia is robbed in her home, but also killed. Jessica, rather then police chief Cooper, who retired from the NYPD, investigates, examining the crime scenes, neighbors, friends, other art owners...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Deborah Adair ... Ellen Davis

Christopher Allport ... Donald Granger

John de Lancie ... Binky Holborn

Cliff Gorman ... Police Chief Cooper

Gordon Jump ... Frank Tilley

Norman Lloyd ... Lloyd Marcus

Audrey Meadows ... Mildred Tilley
Andra Millian ... Sabrina Marcus

Aubrey Morris ... Forbes

Anne Schedeen ... Julia Granger
Michael Morgan ... Young Man

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1

28 September 1986
Favorite aunt Jessica arrives three days before the society wedding of Carol Bannister, who is convinced the silver leprechaun she receives among the wedding gifts is from her grandfather, Jessica's late husband Frank's brother Neil Fletcher, who is presumed dead. When the antiques salesman sort of recognizes his picture as the out of town buyer, Jessica guesses right he may be among Edgar Carmody's family circus which was in town then, and goes snooping there. She in on Neil's rail, as he works there as roustabout under the name Carl Schulman, as Edgar knows. Neil/Carl ran but is arrested after unpopular Hank Sutter, who harassed fellow artist Katie McCallum and bullied her teenage son Charlie, is found dead near, however not trampled by elephants, as none has a blood-stained foot, but beaten to death, like with Charlie's beloved baseball bat which Hank took from the boy. Neil explains why he staged his own death to escape his loveless marriage. Jessica is determined to prove her brother-in-law's innocence, investigating the other circus people, despite the almighty mayor Powers, who overrules the cripple, weak sheriff Lynn Childs, but then Neil confesses and indicates where the murder weapon is...

Season 3, Episode 2: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2

5 October 1986
Only when Jessica tells Neil, who inflicted himself a nasty wound, that Charlie's bat was taken away by bully Hank before his murder, he admits he only took the blame to protect the kid before running after finding the bloody bat behind the corpse. Roustabout Brad Kaneally swears his hands are always roughed up, from work. Then there is another staged near-accident and Harry Kingman is found strangled in an inn while Neil is still in jail on the mayor's orders, sheriff Lynn Childs decides to brave him and help Jessica, who makes Brad tell her that he is a former boxer and alcoholic on the run after a fatal fist fight in a bar and protected the McCallums against Hank, leaving him unconscious on the murder night, only the killer hit below the neck. Next Jessica finds Maylene Sutter knocked down and is drugged while her cart is torched where Jessica was lured by a note, but they are found in time. She now accuses and enforces a confession from...

Season 3, Episode 3: Unfinished Business

12 October 1986
When lieutenant detective Barney Kale is offered a trip around the world at his third and final retirement, he announces to delay it till Spring to finish full-time what he considers his only unsolved murder case, his friend Lowel Dixon's drowning ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development scandal. Local motel proprietor Jake Sanford informs everyone who was into it, including Seth Hazlit. Worying doc may get in trouble, Jessica and Amos go looking, and find ex-con Gary Roberts shot in Kale's cabin, the cop claims his accident at the lake dock was doctored. They stay to help sheriff McCoy and Kale investigate the new and old murders, if linked to each-other -which she proves unlikely- and of course the other guests, including Gary's young widow Maggie Roberts whom he promised a fortune after this trip, Seth's period friend Cynthia Tate and her present friend Dr. Terence Mayhew. Finding Gary's killed cell-mate's phone-number makes Jessica wonder...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Terence Mayhew

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

J.D. Cannon ... Sheriff McCoy (as J. D. Cannon)
Don DeFore ... Jake Sanford

Pat Hingle ... Ret. Lt. Det. Barney Kale

Hayley Mills ... Cynthia Tate

Erin Moran ... Maggie Roberts

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Erich Anderson ... Gary Roberts (as E. Erich Anderson)
Phillip Clark ... Deputy
William Mims ... Mayor

James Bartz ... Deputy #2

Connie Sawyer ... Housekeeper
Armand Cerami ... Searcher

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 4: One White Rose for Death

19 October 1986
Another convoluted Michael Hagarty story, this one featuring hidden pasts, a secret society, and a murdered Embassy employee found clutching a white rose.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Jenny Agutter ... Margo Claymore

Michael Anderson Jr. ... Dr. Lynch
Tony Bonner ... First Secretary Henry Claymore

Eric Braeden ... Col. Gerhardt Brunner

Len Cariou ... Michael Hagarty

Bernard Fox ... Andrew Wyckham

John Glover ... Franz Mueller

Maria Mayenzet ... Greta Mueller
Warwick Sims ... Jack Kendall
Julian Barnes ... British Sergeant

Season 3, Episode 5: Corned Beef and Carnage

2 November 1986
Visiting her niece Victoria Brandon Griffin, Jessica finds her crumbled by her job in advertising to give husband Howard financial comfort to pursue his acting career, while he feels guilty for being a kept man. However Vicky gets arrested after finding her mean boss, Larry Kinkaid, skull smashed with an award her fingerprints are on, just after she resigned refusing to court a married client. Jessica forces NYPD lieutenant Spoletti to look further, notably the security guard's list of building visitors, including an obvious alias she traces to Christine Clifford, the man-eater from an agency which competed with Kinkaid for the Corned Beef Castle account, and the delivery of a sandwich. Furthermore she looks into the agency's office politics, notably Larry's older brother and heir Myron Kinkaid and senior account manager Aubrey Thornton, whose position was most precarious...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Susan Anton ... Christine Clifford
Warren Berlinger ... Jim Ingram

Jeff Conaway ... Howard Griffin

Genie Francis ... Victoria Brandon Griffin
Peter Haskell ... Leland Biddle

Richard Kline ... Larry Kinkaid

Bill Macy ... Myron Kinkaid

James Sloyan ... Lt. Spoletti

David Ogden Stiers ... Aubrey Thornton

Ken Swofford ... Grover Barth

Marcia Wallace ... Polly Barth
Phil Rubenstein ... Deli Clerk

Russ Fega ... Delivery Man
David Starwalt ... Officer
Marleta Giles ... Receptionist (as Marleta Marrow)

Season 3, Episode 6: Dead Man's Gold

9 November 1986
Retired Navy Dr. Wylie Graham takes a yacht in Cabot Cove near his friend Seth while working in the nearest hospital. Ladiesman David Everett, a former flame of Jessica, is in town to have an 18th century treasure ship found by four young people who entered a tontine: the survivors inherit any deceased member's share. Just after they locate the ship, diver Bill Ainsley had a nearly fatal accident, probably equipment sabotage. Next Alexandra Bell, drunk from the celebratory champagne at Jessica's, is run over after twen partner Coby Russell dropped her off with money for a cab and a phone call; he's arrested, Jessica snoops on- 'Alex' actually died from a blow on the head before the hit. David is a plausible suspect for both acts, and deep in debt with loan-shark Ross Barber and his goon Gregory Small. When Ross Barber bails out, fearing for his safety, Jessica realizes he was the silent investor too and puts up a $10,000 loan. Then a key inspires her a chilling alternative scenario.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Grant Goodeve ... Larry Gaynes

Robert Hogan ... Dr. Wylie Graham
Wendy Kilbourne ... Susan Ainsley

John Laughlin ... Bill Ainsley
Sean McClory ... Ross Barber

Julia Montgomery ... Alexandra Bell

Leslie Nielsen ... David Everett

J. Eddie Peck ... Coby Russell

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Ian Ruskin ... Gregory Small

Season 3, Episode 7: Deadline for Murder

16 November 1986
Respactable old-fashioned reporter Haskell Drake lands in hospital with a fit after his attack for sensationalist copy-doctoring at tycoon Lamar Bennett, who recently bought the Boston Daily Sentinel from equally conservative Walter Revere, gets him fired on the spot. Jessica tries to reason with Bennett on her old friend Drake's behalf but is told to come back at a celebratory drink in a hotel, where she witnesses Bennet getting a fatal brain hemorrhage while announcing Walter is fired too, which Jessica realizes can be induced by a combination of alcohol and pills, not necessarily taken simultaneously, while Bennet was on sinusitis medication, as she explained to grumpy BPD lieutenant A. Caruso, who concurs from the autopsy it was methaltionide and rather sees her as a suspect because of a rather defamatory recent article on her. When Jessica accepts to 'do some legwork' for an article Haskel plans on Lamar's sordid career she finds the Revere family, which hopes in vain to buy back control of the newspaper, touchy about that subject. Haskel discovers Lamar probably has an illegitimate child, possibly Walter's son Perry's fiancée and newspaper colleague Kay Garrett. Jessica thinks that trough plus an anomaly in Lamar's death's reporting.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Katherine Cannon ... Eleanor Revere
Gretchen Corbett ... Lt. A. Caruso

Harry Guardino ... Haskell Drake

Tim O'Connor ... Walter Revere

Ken Olin ... Perry Revere

Peter Mark Richman ... Lamar Bennett

Eugene Roche ... Billy Simms

William Smith ... Clyde Thorson

Glynn Turman ... Stan Lassiter

Sydney Walsh ... Kay Garrett
Tom Henschel ... Dr. Framer
Morgan Jones ... Sergeant Tierney

Mary Wickliffe ... Nurse Phillips
Lisa Nelson ... Policewoman
Dorothy Meyer ... Nurse O'Hanlon
Matt Roe ... Guard
Erwin Fuller ... Harry

Barbara Allyne Bennet ... Secretary

Season 3, Episode 8: Magnum on Ice

23 November 1986
In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing him. Magnum claims the thug had fired several shots at him, including one just before Magnum returned fire. But the police can't find the gunman's weapon, and furthermore he was shot in the back. An overzealous police captain calls it murder one (huh?) and throws Magnum into the cooler pending trial. Jessica searches the crime scene and finds a shell casing which doesn't match Magnum's gun, fitting Magnum's theory. A horrified Higgins realizes that a gun similar to Magnum's -- and with a silencer, at that -- stolen from Robin Masters' collection could well be the murder weapon. The police captain won't give up, and puts out a fugitive warrant on Magnum when a second murder occurs in the same fashion as the first.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ramon Bieri ... Capt. Frank Browning

Stephanie Faracy ... Amy Salyer
Dorothy Loudon ... Pamela Bates

Jared Martin ... Arthur Houston

John McMartin ... Jason Bryan

Andrew Prine ... Victor Salyer

Jessica Walter ... Joan Fulton

Tom Selleck ... Thomas Magnum

John Hillerman ... Jonathan Higgins
Kwan Hi Lim ... Lieutenant Tanaka
Rhonda Aldrich ... Maid
Keahi Farden ... Bellboy
Harry Endo ... Desk Clerk
Byron Ono ... House Boy #1
Winston Char ... House Boy #2
Pe'a ... Officer (as Turner Pe'a)

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 9: Obituary for a Dead Anchor

7 December 1986
When an obnoxious out-of-town TV personality is murdered, it's up to Jessica to figure out the killer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Abby Dalton ... Judith Keats

Chad Everett ... Kevin Keats

Robert Hogan ... Dr. Wylie Graham

Robert Lipton ... Richard Abbott
Kathleen Lloyd ... Paula Roman

Richard Paul ... Mayor Sam Booth

Robert Pine ... Doug Helman
Rex Robbins ... George Fish
Mark Stevens ... Nick Brody
Erik Stern ... Gerald Foster
Frank Annese ... Ronald Ross
Patti Karr ... Clara Polsby

Paul Ryan ... Commentator

Season 3, Episode 10: Stage Struck

14 December 1986
Jessica visits a rural revival of a play she was in with her late husband Frank and present stars Julian Lord and Maggie Tarrow. On opening night, something scares Maggie out of performing, and her understudy Barbara Bennington is killed by cyanide poisoning of her red wine on stage. Local chief of police Merton P. Drock, who plays the butler, never solved a real murder, but trusts Jessica will provide him with the 'script', yet keeps on making precipitous conclusions and accusations as the links appear with the breaking off of the productions 30 years ago, when Maggie took a year off by ruse, as now appears to give birth in secret, plausibly to fake reporter T.J. Holt. Julian prevents a second cyanide killing which would murder Maggie. Who knew and resented what exactly?

Season 3, Episode 11: Night of the Headless Horseman

4 January 1987
Only after arrival at Wenton, Vermont Jessica learns she was asked by her orphaned literary protégé Dorian Beecher, who succeeded as boys boarding school poetry teacher to the car accident-drowned daughter of local dentist Penn 'Doc' Walker, to play Dorian's 'mother' to impress his employer, Wenton Academy's pedigree-obsessed owner Edwin Dupont, whose daughter Sarah he loves, rivaled only by the studly riding instructor Nate Findley, an obnoxious womanizer who even did headmistress Charlotte Newcastle. Walking home after an embarrassing saber fight in a pub with Nate, Dorian is run down by the disguised headless horseman he always assumes to be Nate, on his black stallion Gunshot. Sheriff Rankin jails liar Dorian after Nate's decapitated corpse is found nearby, clumsily redressed as the horseman. Jessica sifts two plots from secrets and motives, involving an anonymous school funds embezzlement note, the secret society of mischievous schoolboys Todd Carrier, Robert and Brendan and a past crime...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Thom Bray ... Dorian Beecher
Karlene Crockett ... Sarah Dupont

Judy Landers ... Bobbie

Hope Lange ... Charlotte Newcastle

Doug McClure ... Sheriff Sam Rankin
Charles Siebert ... Dentist Penn 'Doc' Walker
Guy Stockwell ... Dorn Van Stotter

Fritz Weaver ... Edwin Dupont

Barry Williams ... Nate Findley
Brandon Douglas ... Todd Carrier
Donald Thompson ... Robert
Adam Ferris ... Brendan
Sanford Clark ... 1st Man
Gary Pagett ... Deputy

Tom Ohmer ... Uniformed Policeman
John England ... 3rd Man
Forry Smith ... 2nd Man
Brad Zerbst ... 4th Man

Season 3, Episode 12: The Corpse Flew First Class

18 January 1987
While on a flight to London, a wealthy woman's chauffeur dies suddenly, and when the priceless necklace he was carrying turns up missing, it becomes a case of murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Mary Jo Catlett ... Mrs. Metcalf

Robin Dearden ... Kay Davis

Pat Harrington Jr. ... Gunnar Globle (as Pat Harrington)

David Hemmings ... Errol Pogson

Kate Mulgrew ... Sonny Greer

Gene Nelson ... Louis Metcalf

Andrew Parks ... Fred Jenkins
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Cliff Strayhorn
Chris Robinson ... Capt. Whetsel

James Shigeta ... John Sukahara

Robert Walker Jr. ... Otto Hardwick (as Robert Walker)
Mark Venturini ... Leon Bigard

Charles Hoyes ... Carney
Lia Sargent ... Elizabeth Welch
Vince Howard ... Blanton
Charles Davis ... Mr. Stegmeyer
Don Maharry ... Mr. Miley

Crystal Jenious ... Mrs. Miley
Ron Barker ... British Chief
Ian Howard ... Security Man
Ron Southart ... Bobby
Jim Malinda ... Photographer
John Straightley ... Customs Man
Gerald York ... Man On The Phone

Season 3, Episode 13: Crossed Up

1 February 1987
Grady nurses Jessica who must stay in bed with her bad back for weeks, bored to death. During a hurricane she overhears a crossed-up call from a raspy male voice about selling a Cabot Cove estate and killing an old male relative. Seth, Grady and Amos think she imagines the hired gun, but indeed that night widowed lumber millionaire Jedediah Rogers is found shot in his lavish estate where he lived alone with his sons Adam, Gordon and Morgan, who wanted him to leave the business and have no alibis, and orphaned granddaughter Leslie Cameron who was about to be made the sole heir instead. While Amos believes it's a mere burglary, Jessica joins the investigation by remote control Grady. Soon after once fired employee Abel Gorcey dies in a suspicious accident, a potential hired gun, and more danger lurks...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Colleen Camp ... Dody Rogers

Tony Dow ... Gordon Rogers

Stephanie Dunnam ... Leslie Cameron
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
James Carroll Jordan ... Adam Rogers

Gisele MacKenzie ... Mona
Sandy McPeak ... Morgan Rogers

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Henry Brandon ... Abel Gorcey
James McIntire ... Deputy Wells
Yolanda Nava ... TV Announcer

Season 3, Episode 14: Murder in a Minor Key

8 February 1987
College music student Michael 'Mike' Prentice discovers that his professor Tyler Stoneham published a song based on a theme part of one of his assignments as his own composition, under the alias Alden Gilbert, but can't prove the plagiarist theft. The professor's wife Christine Stoneham also suspects him of adultery with a student. Professor Harry Papasian, Stoneham's assistant, is furious not to be mentioned as co-author on their new music dictionary. Stoneham is found stabbed to death in the archives where Mike was looking for the original partitions, enough for an arrest. His friend, law student Chad Singer, starts sleuthing, helped by fellow music student who helps trace more musical malversations to Broadway. Christine actually has a secret affair herself with Vice Chancellor Simon. Musical producer Max Hellinger promises Papazian $5,000 to help find some Gilbert songs, Chad finds out. After the lyrics writer is traced, Chad stages an elaborate reconstruction to trick the killer...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Rene Auberjonois ... Prof. Harry Papasian

Shaun Cassidy ... Chad Singer
Paul Clemens ... Michael 'Mike' Prentice

Herb Edelman ... Max Hellinger

Karen Grassle ... Christine Stoneham
George Grizzard ... Prof. Tyler Stoneham

Tom Hallick ... Vice Chancellor Simon
Jennifer Holmes ... Reagan Miller

Scott Jacoby ... Danny Young

Dinah Manoff ... Jenny Coopersmith
Alex Henteloff ... Raymond Parnell
Brenda Thompson ... Pianist (as Brenda Thomson)
Paris Vaughan ... Pauline
William Hubbard Knight ... Lt. Perkins
Hope Haves ... Young Woman

Alexander Folk ... Hargrove
Stephen Swofford ... Templeton

Season 3, Episode 15: The Bottom Line Is Murder

15 February 1987
Jessica visits Denver for a TV book review program at KBLR, where her friend Dr. Jayne's husband Steve Honig produces arrogant Kenneth Chambers's program The Bottom Line, which exposes faulty products, or when he has his way picks his victim and even doctors the story unethically, while grossly abusing all staff. Janitor Bert Tanaka finds Chambers shot twice in his office chair shortly after he unjustly fired production assistant Ryan Monroe. DPD Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, who was Chambers's unofficial police consultant, lets Jessica 'observe'. The murder weapon is found in Steve's car. Jessica considers motives from ambition among station staff, as many get a better job and Kenneth was considering to leave everyone behind for a bigger one, and toy producer Joe Rinaldi, against whom Kenneth prepared a show, the tapes of which seem missing but are found in his safe with cash and other 'evidence' he used to extort Rinaldi and others potential show targets, but is puzzled by Chambers's chair facing the broken TV set and the cleaning, leading her to guess a major twist and set a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Adrienne Barbeau ... Lynette Bryant

Judith Chapman ... Dr. Jayne Honig

Barry Corbin ... Lt. Lou Flannigan
Pat Klous ... Clare Henley

Robert F. Lyons ... Steve Honig
Rod McCary ... Kenneth Chambers

Joe Santos ... Joe Rinaldi
Morgan Stevens ... Robert Warren

George Takei ... Bert Tanaka

Brian Matthews ... Ryan Monroe

Paul Tompkins ... Reporter
William Ian Gamble ... Security Guard
Mark Phelan ... Uniformed Cop

Season 3, Episode 16: Death Takes a Dive

22 February 1987
Jessica visits her old friend Harry McGraw (Orbach) in New York who has become wrangled in the high stakes game of boxing.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Amos ... Doc Penrose

Ernest Borgnine ... Cosmo Ponzini

LeVar Burton ... Reporter Dave Robinson

Bradford Dillman ... Dennis McConnell
Ray Girardin ... Lt. Casey
Caren Kaye ... Lois Ames

Michael McGrady ... Sean Shaleen
Lynne Moody ... Pam Collins

Jerry Orbach ... Harry McGraw

Harold Sylvester ... Blaster Boyle

Adam West ... Wade Talmadge
Bill Capizzi ... Doorman
Richard Balin ... Commentator

Marcia Moran ... Waitress
Richard Bravo ... Sanchez

Season 3, Episode 17: Simon Says, Color Me Dead

1 March 1987
Irene Rutledge can't afford a bike for her son Tommy, and Jessica lets him earn her husband's old bike by working in her garden. Artist Simon Thane says he has been working on a special canvas all summer, but hasn't let anyone see it. When Simon is found dead and the mysterious painting has disappeared, Amos arrests Irene for murder. But Jessica is convinced that Irene is innocent.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Diane Baker ... Eleanor Thane

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Foster Brooks ... Simon Thane
Ann Dusenberry ... Carol Selby

Leonard Frey ... Felix Casslaw

Tess Harper ... Irene Rutledge
Steve Inwood ... Cash Logan

Dick Sargent ... George Selby

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Chris Hebert ... Tommy Rutledge
Phillip Clark ... Deputy Collins

Daryl Wood ... Martha Sommers (as Daryl Lynn Wood)

Season 3, Episode 18: No Laughing Murder

15 March 1987
Mack Howard and Murray Gruen were a celebrated comical duo but party in anger. Murray's daughter Corey brings their friend Jessica along to his own Hiawatha lodge for her and Mack's son Kip Howard's engagement dinner. Murray however makes a scene, claiming Mack stole a fortune in royalties on videos of the duo, denied by Mack and his agent who claims there is no profit. Then Murray is stabbed in the back and suggests he only saw a color, that of Mack's robe. Later Murray's agent Phil Rinker is found hanging in the store-room, suicide according to a note apparently in his hand-writing. The sheriff being sick, his only deputy, local youngster Wylie B. Ledbetter, now proud Acting Police Chief, is delighted as a mystery fan to have Jessica coach his forensics and interviews, but startled when she proves by measurements it must have been a murder, staged as suicide. Jessica next concludes from a peephole the stabbing was a separate mischief, then proves it by setting a trap for Phil's killer...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

George Clooney ... Kip Howard

Pat Crowley ... Edie Howard

George Furth ... Farley Pressman

Buddy Hackett ... Murray Gruen

Arte Johnson ... Phil Rinker

David Knell ... Acting Police Chief Wylie Ledbetter

Steve Lawrence ... Mack Howard

Sheree North ... Norma Lewis
Beth Windsor ... Corrie Gruen
Pat Delaney ... Ms. Kline
Alice Nunn ... Henrietta
Richardson Morse ... Dr. Worth
Daniel Chodos ... Al

Paul Ganus ... P. A.
Ron Cey ... Member of the House Band (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 19: No Accounting for Murder

22 March 1987
Jessica is visiting her nephew Grady who has a job working as an accountant at an investment firm. He likes the work and is very busy and working long hours, even if there is supposedly a ghost in the building. He returns to the office late one evening and finds his boss, Ralph Whitman, dead. To top it off, there's also an IRS auditor sniffing around looking into one of the firm's investment funds, Neptune Ventures. Grady becomes the prime suspect in the case but Jessica works with police Lt. Timothy Hanratty. She soon learns that Whitman's wife visited him at the office on the evening he died. Then there's the supposed ghost in the building which is more than just people's overactive imagination. Jessica sorts it all out.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Dorothy Lamour ... Mrs. Ellis

Geoffrey Lewis ... Lester Grinshaw

Barney Martin ... NYPD Lt. Timothy Hanratty

Ron Masak ... Marty Giles

Patty McCormack ... Lana Whitman (as Patricia McCormack)
Tom McFadden ... Harry Caldwell (as Thom McFadden)

James Noble ... Paul Carlisle

Michael Tolan ... Ralph Whitman

Kate Vernon ... Connie Norton
Paul Comi ... Phantom
Peggy Doyle ... Edna
Charles Walker ... Sergeant
Michael J. London ... Seller

Season 3, Episode 20: The Cemetery Vote

5 April 1987
Jessica visits C., an Idaho town, to comfort Linda says her husband, mayor Jim Stevens, just died in a car accident, or did he? His hot-headed pa Harry Stevens is dead-set to prove his death was the work of the corrupt sheriff Orville Yates and his hard-handed deputy Wayne Beeler, who are in cahoots with Kate Gunnerson's illegal gambling. Shortly after they go trough Jim's effects Harry storms out after seeing a ciphered reference, but is killed and left by the road, plundered even to his boots. State police captain Ernest Lenko confirms his raids and corruption investigations always failed because legal procedure forces him to inform the sheriff's office. Jessica thinks trough everything, especially relating to Jim's effects, and after being run off the road while accepting a ride from councilman David Carroll, probably intentionally not killed, just badly bruised, Yates's respectable opponent in the spring mayoral election, sets a trap...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Ellen Bry ... Linda Stevens
Joseph Campanella ... George McDaniels

Bruce Davison ... David Carroll

Ed Lauter ... Sheriff Orville Yates
John McLiam ... Harry Stevens

Mitch Ryan ... Captain Ernest Lenko (as Mitchell Ryan)

Charlene Tilton ... Cindy March

Marie Windsor ... Kate Gunnerson

Jeff Yagher ... Deputy Wayne Beeler
Dick Balduzzi ... Gil Stokes
Katherine De Hetre ... Rita (as Katherine DeHetre)
Zale Kessler ... Coroner
Neal Penso ... 1st Paramedic

Season 3, Episode 21: The Days Dwindle Down

19 April 1987
When Jessica is pampered in the luxury suite of a hotel, she's approached shyly by restaurant employee Georgia Wilson, whose husband, accountant Sam, was recently released after 30 years jail, assuring he was framed for the shooting of his boss Richard Jarvis, who actually offered Sam his last $10,000 for help when his firm went bust, to make his suicide look like armed robbery so the insurance would pay the Jarvis family a fortune, only someone else really killed him. Their son Rob Wilson became a cop hoping to help his father, now puts all his experience at her disposal. While she, Rob and the now retired police Lt. Webb re-examine the forensics as well as the means, opportunities and motives of surviving members of both families, someone in the know shoots at Jessica with a matching bullet, but must have missed willingly. At least she puzzles the pieces of both shootings together and traps the perpetrators, but...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Richard Beymer ... Sydney Jarvis, Jr.

June Havoc ... Thelma Vantay

Art Hindle ... Rod Wilson
Jeffrey Lynn ... Sam Wilson (also archive footage)

Harry Morgan ... Retired Lt. Richard Webb (also archive footage)

Martha Scott ... Georgia Wilson (also archive footage)

Susan Strasberg ... Dorothy Hearn Davis
Debbie Zipp ... Terry

Tom Dreesen ... Peabody
Emory Bass ... Manager

Gloria Stuart ... Edna Jarvis
Russ Marin ... Lt. Sharp
Mark Pilon ... Male Secretary
Cynthia Leighton ... Secretary
Martitia Palmer ... Nurse
Richard Gaines ... Malcolm Jarvis (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry O'Neill ... Timothy Hearne (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raymond Roe ... Sydney Jarvis, Sr. (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Sgt. Cord (archive footage) (uncredited)
Betty Underwood ... Miss Vantay (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 22: Murder, She Spoke

10 May 1987
Jessica is recording one of her murder stories on a tape for the blind in the Red River Studios at night, when director Randy Witworth allows it as a favor to producer Greg Dalton, whom he blinded in a car accident. During one of a recent series of mysterious power cuts interrupting recording sessions, Randy is fatally stabbed in the back with a steak-knife from the Dalton kitchen. Police lieutenant Faraday considers mystery writing a harmless hobby for useless women, real sleuthing man's work, Jessica's attention for a spilled bottle of expensive nail-polish just too much. Still she manages to follow and inspire the investigation, convinced Greg was framed. Randy was worrying about bootleg tapes risking to nullify his rising star Stoney Carmichael's contract, wondering if recording technicians Al Parker and/or Earl Tuchman were accomplices. His widow Margaret is hardly grieving, but already doing business with Carl Anglin, who immediately pulls the plug on the mystery tapes...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

William Atherton ... Greg Dalton

G.W. Bailey ... Lt. Faraday

Michael Callan ... Carl Anglin

Michael Cole ... Earl Tuchman
Charlie Daniels ... Stoney Carmichael
Jonna Lee ... Sally Ann Carmichael

Fredric Lehne ... Al Parker

Wendy Phillips ... Nancy Dalton

Constance Towers ... Margaret Witworth

Patrick Wayne ... Randy Witworth

Mark Neely ... Sergeant
Trish Garland ... Secretary
Austin Kelly ... Cabbie

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: A Fashionable Way to Die

20 September 1987
Jessica jaunts to Paris at the beckon of an old friend whose fashion boutique is in financial trouble. When a local loan shark is found murdered, Jessica must dig deep to ensure her friend is not fingered as the murderer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lee Bergere ... Maxim Soury
Bill Beyers ... Peter Appleyard

Danielle Brisebois ... Kim Bechet
Randi Brooks ... Lu Watters
Taina Elg ... Claudia Soury

Juliet Prowse ... Valerie Bechet

Barbara Rush ... Eva Taylor

Fritz Weaver ... Paris Inspector Panassic
Karen Hensel ... Marie
Michel Voletti ... Officer Luter (as Michael Voletti)

Bonnie Ebsen ... Yvette
Louise Dorsey ... Dede
Jean-Paul Vignon ... Emcee
Julie Silliman ... Margo
Alain Saint-Alix ... Bellman (as Alain St. Alix)

Louis Plante ... Albert (as Louis R. Plante)

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 2: When Thieves Fall Out

27 September 1987
Andrew Durbin returns to Cabot Cove, on parole after serving 20 for a murder he says he did not commit. As a college student 20 years before, he had been hitchhiking on the outskirts of the town when he got a lift from someone driving an expensive two-seater sports car. They were forced off the road by an erratic driver coming in the opposite direction and the driver of the sports car was seriously injured. Durbin went off to find help and when he returned, he found the driver dead and later learns there is $100,000 in bearer bonds missing. He's now returned seeking to find the killer and thief. As for Jessica, she finds herself in the unpleasant situation of having to investigate friends and neighbors.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

John Glover ... Andrew Durbin

Michael Lembeck ... Arnie Wakeman

Kenneth McMillan ... Coach Kevin Cauldwell
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Tara Sillman

John Bennett Perry ... Judge Perry Sillman

Dack Rambo ... Bill Hampton
Shelley Smith ... Alison Hampton
Mark Voland ... Dan Pulling
Charles Summers ... Doc Mathews

Season 4, Episode 3: Witness for the Defense

4 October 1987
Jessica obeys a Canadian court summoning to Quebec to give testimony in wealthy fledgling author friend Jim Harlan's trial concerning the death of his young wife Patricia in their country house's fire in his alleged absence. Nationally reputed Attorney Oliver Quayle refuses to acknowledge arson as murder mode; instead he fights the evidence, claiming it could be an accident, despite convincing indications she was even killed by a blow on the head before the fire. The couple was heard to fight over a nasty divorce. Jessica can't resist to do her own investigation, even questioning witnesses like the ex-con plumber, and snooping in the motel where Jim would have an alibi, staying with mistress Monica Blane, who seems to have disappeared. Instead of appreciating her help, the haughty lawyer starts discrediting her in court, referring to a allegedly stolen book plot, psychiatric history and even arrested relatives, none of which was ever convicted. Yet Jessica keeps sleuthing, unearths how Jim -who hurt his cause by silence- eloped with the ex-con showgirl and blackmail was paid by socialite, overbearing mother Judith Harlan, and gets help from Quayle's assistant Barnaby checking on the identification of the corps and dealing with P.I. Rudy Plansky, and a missing broach...

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Christopher Allport ... Jim Harlan

Richard Cox ... Clay McCloud

Stefan Gierasch ... Dr. Cornwall
Marilyn Hassett ... Patricia Harlan

Simon Jones ... Barnaby Friar
Dianne Kay ... Monica Blane

Patrick McGoohan ... Attorney Oliver Quayle

Juliet Mills ... Annette Pirage

Claire Trevor ... Judith Harlan

James Staley ... Fouchet
Charlie Brill ... Rudy
Sean G. Griffin ... Klebber
Dori Arnold ... Secretary
Ivan Bonar ... His Lordship

Season 4, Episode 4: Old Habits Die Hard

11 October 1987
Jessica visits a convent to see a former sorority sister and winds up searching for a nun's killer.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Eileen Brennan ... Marian Simpson

Cindy Fisher ... Nancy Bates

Clu Gulager ... Ray Carter

Evelyn Keyes ... Sister Emily
Mark Keyloun ... Mike Phelps

Ed Nelson ... Mayor Albert Simpson

Scott Paulin ... Dr. Marshall

Jane Powell ... Rev. Mother Claire

Robert Prosky ... Bishop Patrick Shea
Audrey Totter ... Sister Paul
Sherri Stoner ... Sarah Martino
Wendy Brainard ... Amy

Fay DeWitt ... Sister Mary-Margaret
Carol Swarbrick ... Sister Margaret-Marie
M'el Dowd ... Sister Margaret-Mary
Hunter Mackenzie Austin ... Sister Anne (as Caroline Gilshian)
Linda Harmon ... Nun (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 5: The Way to Dusty Death

25 October 1987
A tyrant's demise puts Jessica on the trail of several of his betrayed executives.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Joanna Barnes ... Lydia Barnett

Richard Beymer ... Morgan McCormack
Lynn Carlin ... Nicole

Nancy Dussault ... Kate Dutton

Jenilee Harrison ... Serena

Richard Jaeckel ... Dr. Chatsworth

Andrea Marcovicci ... Anne Hathaway
Sandy McPeak ... Spruce Osborne

Joanna Pettet ... Virginia McCormack

Lawrence Pressman ... Tom Dutton

Ray Walston ... Q. L. Frubson

Cornel Wilde ... Duncan Barnett
Jay Robinson ... Paddock
Hank Brandt ... Lt. Grayson
Flo Di Re ... Maid (as Flo DiRe)
Bob Snead ... Board Member #1
E.R. Davies ... Board Member #2 (as E. R. Davies)

Season 4, Episode 6: It Runs in the Family

1 November 1987
Jessica's British cousin, Emma MacGill (played by Angela Lansbury), is charged with an old flame's murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Emma McGill
John David Bland ... Derek Constable
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Johnny Constable

Christopher Hewett ... Humphrey Defoe

Richard Johnson ... Lord Geoffrey Constable

Jane Leeves ... Gwen Petrie

Rosemary Murphy ... Sybil Constable

Anthony Newley ... Insp. Frost

Carolyn Seymour ... Pauline Constable

John Standing ... Arthur Constable

Ian Abercrombie ... Dr. Blandings
Lester Fletcher ... Rev. Twilley
Pamela Kosh ... Mrs. Dexter-Hundley
Peter Browne ... Butler
Peter Ashton ... Burt
D.J. Sullivan ... Pru (as D. J. Sullivan)

Season 4, Episode 7: If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly

8 November 1987
A handyman who has been paying attention to more than the houses of various Cabot Cove ladies needs Jessica's help when he becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Antoinette Bower ... Mrs. Audrey Martin

Gloria DeHaven ... Phyllis Grant

Rick Lenz ... Deputy Jonathan Martin

Ruth Roman ... Loretta Speigel

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Sally Klein ... Coreen
Ray Girardin ... George Tibbits (uncredited)
Dody Goodman ... Beverly Hills (uncredited)

Kathryn Grayson ... Ideal Molloy (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 8: Steal Me a Story

15 November 1987
A bomb kills a TV producer who stole a plot from one of Jessica's books.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Vincent Baggetta ... Bert Puzo

Bradford Dillman ... Avery Stone

Fionnula Flanagan ... Freida Schmidt
Lenore Kasdorf ... Brenda Blake

Yaphet Kotto ... Lt. Bradshaw

Doug McClure ... Gary Patterson / Dr. Balliard
Kim Miyori ... Gayle Yamada

Gail Strickland ... Kate Hollander

Ken Swofford ... Sid Sharkey

Gail Youngs ... Diane Crane
Joe Horváth ... Sergeant Gates (as Joe Horvath)

Barry Pearl ... P.R. Staffer
Jeff Abbott ... Attorney

Kate Williamson ... Lady Customer

Scott Lawrence ... Assistant Director
Jay Roberts Jr. ... Second Assistant Director (as Jay Roberts)
Matt Stetson ... Male Secretary
Chris Hubbell ... Policeman
Bill Dunnam ... Heavy

Season 4, Episode 9: Trouble in Eden

22 November 1987
To look into a small-town murder, Jessica poses as the sister of the slain woman.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Macdonald Carey ... Dr. Lynch
Joan Caulfield ... Mary Rose Welch

Thom Christopher ... Rev. Willard Manchester
Tom Fitzsimmons ... Lewis Framm

Betty Garrett ... Martha Neilson
Rosanna Huffman ... Dora Manchester
Tricia O'Neil ... Lila Benson

Roy Thinnes ... Sheriff Landry

Mills Watson ... Glen Roy Sitwell

Stuart Whitman ... C.J. Dobbs
Kerry Wall ... Beth (as Kerry Brennan)
Renata Scott ... Charlotte
Rebecca Forman ... Sherry

Season 4, Episode 10: Indian Giver

29 November 1987
A Native Indian lays claim to Cabot Cove, throwing the town in chaos. When a local industrialist is found murdered, all signs point to the town's supposed new land owner.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Theodore Bikel ... Professor Harold Crenshaw
Heidi Bohay ... Donna Crenshaw

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Lonny Chapman ... Addison Langley
Jack Colvin ... Harris Atwater

Gary Lockwood ... Tom Carpenter

Richard Paul ... Mayor Sam Booth

Jennifer Salt ... Helen Langley
Charles Siebert ... Norman Edmonds

Bernard White ... George Longbow (as Bernie White)

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Otto Felix ... Deputy
Ralph Meyering Jr. ... Reporter

Terry Burns ... Television Reporter
Maggie Kedron ... 2nd Reporter
Gerald York ... Buddy #2

Season 4, Episode 11: Doom with a View

13 December 1987
Jessica and her nephew get more than they expected while staying at a posh New York hotel managed by Grady's old fraternity buddy.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Callahan ... Garrett Harper

Robert Desiderio ... Mark Havlin
Jennifer Holmes ... Sandra
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Janet Leigh ... Cornelia Montaigne Harper

Monte Markham ... Insp. Donald Matheney

Macon McCalman ... Hotel Det. Fritz Rice

Charlotte Rae ... Nettie Harper
Tony Ballen ... Workman
Juli Reding ... Mrs. Townsend (as Juli Reding Hutner)
Mary Ingersoll ... Cashier

Kenny Davis ... Husband

Judy Kerr ... Wife

Sheila Shaw ... Maid
Lynn Holt ... Aquarium Lady
Steve Tschudy ... Sommelier

Season 4, Episode 12: Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?

3 January 1988
When Amos' sister & her in-laws descend upon Cabot Cove, Jessica hosts a dinner party with homicidal results, leaving the finger pointing at the Sheriff's sister.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper

Colleen Camp ... Dep. Marigold Feeney

Henry Gibson ... Harold Banner

Geoffrey Lewis ... Kenny Oakes

Anne Meara ... Winnie Tupper Banner

Barbara Rhoades ... Flo Oakes

Donnelly Rhodes ... Ed Bellamy
Guy Stockwell ... Elmo Banner

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Dennis Bailey ... Deputy Grover
Joseph V. Perry ... Ralph

Season 4, Episode 13: Harbinger of Death

24 January 1988
Jessica visits her niece Carrie Palmer's husband Leonard Palmer, who actually forgot his own anniversary date, being an obsessively comets-devoted astronomy researcher at the Astro-Physics Institute where director Russell Armstrong and high-profile, high-maintenance careerist scientist Dr. Thor Lundquist insist they attend the reception they hold to land a Defense contract Leonard disapproves of. That night Leonard is seen rushing out without signing out or closing up his computer-programmed telescope, which is manually pointed at a 30 miles away vacation house owned by Armstrong, focused at the corps in it of Drake Eaton, the shot 'close employee' of influential arms press diva Madeline DeHaven. The house was lend to Leonard's daughter Carrie Palmer, who admits she had an affair with Drake. Jessica accepts to ghostwrite a book for investigating police sergeant Kettler to get access to all data, while Leonard is fired to avoid image damage. Conflicting statements from Leonard and Carrie make them the obvious suspects, yet Jessica suddenly concentrates on the programming of the telescope.

Season 4, Episode 14: Curse of the Daanav

7 February 1988
Jessica convinces Seth to visit his estranged brother. When the brother is found murdered, the pair must try to figure out if a cursed ruby from India is responsible or whether a more sinister, human element is at fault.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Jane Badler ... Carolyn Hazlitt
Douglas Barr ... Mark Hazlitt

Kabir Bedi ... Vikram Singh

Richard Bradford ... Richard Hazlitt

Larry Linville ... Lt. Steven Ames

Clive Revill ... Bert Davies

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Jane Windsor ... Alice Davies Hazlitt
Kres Mersky ... Policewoman
Michael McNab ... Police Officer
Michael Blue ... Explorer

Season 4, Episode 15: Mourning Among the Wisterias

14 February 1988
Jessica is summoned to Savannah to help a friend with his play and receives an offer of marriage she didn't expect. Even more surprised are the man's plotting family.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Rene Auberjonois ... Homicide Captain Walker Thorn
Penny Fuller ... Grace Banfield

Frank Gorshin ... Arnold Goldman

Matt McCoy ... Todd Wendle

Barry Nelson ... Eugene McClenden

Lois Nettleton ... Deidre French

Linda Purl ... Crystal Wendle

Elliott Reid ... Jonathan

Beah Richards ... Ola Mae

James Brown ... Dr. Church (as James L. Brown)

Season 4, Episode 16: Murder Through the Looking Glass

21 February 1988
While in Conneticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Cliff De Young ... Father Patrick Francis (as Cliff DeYoung)
Laurence Luckinbill ... Sgt. Cooper

Robert Reed ... Jackson

Mark Shera ... Van Buran

Dan Shor ... Pierce

Gregory Sierra ... Sanchez

Karen Valentine ... Ellen Cosgrove
Victor Mohica ... Delgado

Tom Reese ... Hitman
Lynn Philip Seibel ... Dinner Chairman (as Lynn Seibel)
Wayne Heffley ... Guard
Kirk Scott ... Adams

Brian Carpenter ... Desk Clerk

Rosemary Alexander ... Policewoman
Hugh McPhillips ... Older Priest
Elizabeth Kent ... Admirer #1
Kenneth Zavayna ... Admirer #2 (as Ken Zavayna)
Kerry Leigh Michaels ... Admirer #3

Season 4, Episode 17: A Very Good Year for Murder

28 February 1988
The Gambini family winery is the take-over target of organized crime and it's up to Jessica to uncover who is behind the murder of a mafia hit man.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Kristian Alfonso ... Michele Gambini
Ina Balin ... Stella Gambini

Bibi Besch ... Fiona Gambini
Thomas Byrd ... Paul Gambini (as Tom Roberts Byrd)
Grant Goodeve ... Ben Skyler

John Saxon ... Marco Gambini

Arlen Dean Snyder ... Pol. Chief Thaddius Kyle

Eli Wallach ... Salvatore Gambini

Billy Zane ... Tony Gambini

Robert O'Reilly ... Stephen Ridgely
John Mooney ... Doctor (as John C. Mooney)
Paul Lyell ... Guest #1
Jeff Albert ... Guest #2
Rob Zapple ... Deputy

Season 4, Episode 18: Benedict Arnold Slipped Here

13 March 1988
The death of an eccentric shut-in brings the burden of executing her will to Jessica. How does the legend that Benedict Arnold once slept in the woman's house and a possible "treasure" fit into the puzzle?

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Brian Bedford ... Alastair Andrews

Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Barbara Cason ... Emily Goshen

David Clennon ... Wilton Tibbles
Shea Farrell ... Kevin Tibbles
Lois Foraker ... Liza Adams
Katherine Moffat ... Lauren Hastings

Dick O'Neill ... Benny Tibbles

William Windom ... Seth Hazlitt

Season 4, Episode 19: Just Another Fish Story

27 March 1988
Jessica is delighted to return to New York City with the announcement of her nephew's impending engagement. But when a restaurant employee is found dead, the engagement is threatened. Norman Fell and Sonny Bono guest-star.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Sonny Bono ... Valentino Reggioce

Jack Carter ... Harry Finlay

Norman Fell ... Lt. Rupp

Richard Gautier ... Chaz Crewe (as Dick Gautier)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
James Carroll Jordan ... Doug Brooke

Valerie Landsburg ... Alice Brooke

Brenda Vaccaro ... Mimi Harcourt
Debbie Zipp ... Donna Mayberry

Richard Molinare ... Cabbie
Jack Tate ... Yuppie
Zale Kessler ... Cook

Vachik Mangassarian ... Chef
Elkanah Burns ... Medical Examiner

Clint Carmichael ... Football Player

Duane Edwards ... Waiter
Dallas Cole ... Nerissa
Layne Beamer ... Policeman

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 20: Showdown in Saskatchewan

10 April 1988
Jessica's niece is smitten with a rodeo rider and refuses to believe he could have committed a murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Rosanna DeSoto ... Consuela Schaeffer (as Rosana De Soto)
Joe Dorsey ... Doc Schaeffer

Patrick Houser ... Marty Reed

Terry Kiser ... Wally Bryce
Lance LeGault ... RCMP Inspector Roger McCabe

Paul Le Mat ... Luke Purdue / Carl Mattson (as Paul LeMat)

Kristy McNichol ... Jill Morton

Larry Wilcox ... Boone Talbot
Cassie Yates ... Carla Talbot
Devon Williams ... Mona
Thomas H. Middleton ... Warden Burns
Ed McCready ... Bartender
Ron Troncatty ... P.A. Announcer
Michael Frederic ... Medic
Eileen T'Kaye ... Secretary

Lisa Long ... Flirtatious Girl
Richard Molnar ... Intern
Gerry Okuneff ... Man

Conrad Hurtt ... Cop (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 21: Deadpan

1 May 1988
When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on one of her novels to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war of words between rival critics. Dean Stockwell and Lloyd Bochner guest star.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lloyd Bochner ... Jason Richards
Miles Chapin ... Walter Knapf

Carole Cook ... Shayne Grant
Marilyn Hassett ... Barbara Blair

Rich Little ... Barney Mapost
Christopher Norris ... Denise Quinlan

Eugene Roche ... Lt. Aloyius Jarvis

Dean Stockwell ... Eliot Easterbrook
Philip Abbott ... Ed Cullen
John DiSanti ... Danny O'Mara
Penny Santon ... Mrs. Rizzo
Don Correia ... Shayne's Assistant
R.J. Arterburn ... Sergeant (as R. J. Arterburn)
Robert Rigamonti ... Maitre D'
Barbara Beckley ... Sophisticated Lady

Marcy Goldman ... Assistant
Sue Bugden ... Wife

Michael Ashe ... Businessman

Season 4, Episode 22: The Body Politic

8 May 1988
Jessica comes to the aid of yet another dear old friend running as a senatorial candidate. When the candidate's campaign manager is murdered, Jessica must help prove her innocence.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Eddie Albert ... Jackson Lane

Peter Fox ... Bud Johnson

Robert Fuller ... Arthur Drelinger
George Grizzard ... Edmund Hall

Shirley Jones ... Kathleen Lane

Harrison Page ... Lt. Gowans

Daphne Reid ... Nan Wynn (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)

James Sloyan ... C.W. Butterfield
Marie Chambers ... Cass
Robin Bach ... Clerk
Scott Segall ... Staffer
David Okarski ... Policeman #2

Anthony S. Johnson ... Reporter 'A'
Ann Walker ... Female Reporter
Robert Lewis Cameron ... Fingerprint Man (as Robert Louis Cameron)
Neal Kaz ... Policeman # 1
William Winckler ... Campaign Aide (uncredited)

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: J.B.. as in Jailbird

23 October 1988
A chance encounter with her old British intelligence friend Michael Hagarty leaves Jessica standing over a dead Bulgarian diplomat and accused of murder. Incarcerated, she has to leave it up to Grady and Michael to prove her innocence.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ... Veronica
Sam Behrens ... Kevin Styles

Michael Callan ... Sgt. Nash

Len Cariou ... Michael Hagarty

Maxwell Caulfield ... Roger Travis

John Rhys-Davies ... Lancaster (as John Rhys Davies)

Leslie Easterbrook ... Glenda Morrison
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher

Ron O'Neal ... Sgt. Joe Santiago
Debbie Zipp ... Donna Mayberry

Joseph Ruskin ... Ivanov

John Harnagel ... Clerk

Gregory J. Barnett ... Officer (as Greg Barnett)

Season 5, Episode 2: A Little Night Work

30 October 1988
After her publisher announces his impending retirement, Jessica heads to NYC where she is simultaneously wooed by potential new publishers and a smooth-talking jewel thief.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

John Dye ... Andy Broom

Jamie Farr ... Theo Wexler

Leann Hunley ... Shannon McBride

Conrad Janis ... Miles Hatcher

Rick Jason ... Axel Weingard
Keith Michell ... Dennis Stanton

Joe Santos ... NYPD Lt. Bert Alffano
Julie Parrish ... Marta Weingard
William Cort ... Ray (as Bill Cort)
Jensen Collier ... Joanna

Gerald A. Sharp ... Uniformed Policeman
Ronda Pierson ... Reporter #1

Harry Cason ... Reporter #2
Armand Cerami ... Security Guard
Frances Bergen ... Janice Darrow (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 3: Mr. Penroy's Vacation

6 November 1988
Jessica is perplexed by the apparent murder of an elderly man points to two simple-minded, spinster sisters he was living with. First appearance of Ron Masak as the new sheriff Mort Metzger.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Norman Alden ... Bart Klapper

Candice Azzara ... Marilee Coleson

Don Calfa ... Clifford Coleson
Tim Choate ... Daryl Croft

Henry Jones ... Morris Penroy

Joan Leslie ... Lillian Appletree

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)

Richard Paul ... Mayor Sam Booth

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Teresa Wright ... Helen Appletree
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd

Al Pugliese ... Ole Korshack
Robert Moberly ... Clyde
Deborah Rose ... Bank Teller

Season 5, Episode 4: Snow White, Blood Red

13 November 1988
A massive storm results in Jessica snowed in at a ski lodge with an Olympic men's ski team and a murderer on the loose.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Sylvia McMasters

Eric Allan Kramer ... Gunnar Tilstrom

John Laughlin ... Mike Lowery

Barry Newman ... Ex-NYPD Lt. Ed McMasters

Tony O'Dell ... Larry McIver

Cyril O'Reilly ... John Dowd

Jamie Rose ... Anne Lowery

Emma Samms ... Pamela Leeds

Bo Svenson ... Karl Anderson

George Wyner ... Dr. Lewis

Kenny Davis ... Lead Performer

Craig Branham ... Skier
John Arndt ... Parker

Andrew Amador ... Weather forecaster (voice) (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 5: Coal Miner's Slaughter

20 November 1988
When a former student is arrested for murder, Jessica heads to West Virginia to bail her out. The unfriendly town hinders her investigation.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Hoyt Axton ... Sheriff Tate

Barbara Bain ... Nora Morgan

Chuck Connors ... Tyler Morgan

Cliff De Young ... Carlton Reid (as Cliff DeYoung)
Marilyn Jones ... Bridie

William R. Moses ... Reese Morgan

Megan Mullally ... Molly

Denver Pyle ... Eben Connors

Jared Rushton ... Travis Harmon

Season 5, Episode 6: Wearing of the Green

27 November 1988
In New York City researching her next book, Jessica is drawn into a mystery involving a priceless tiara, a reclusive former actress and a news reporter accused of murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Lucie Arnaz ... Det. Bess Stacey

Barbara Bosson ... Diane Raymond

Michael Constantine ... Laszlo Dolby

Erin Gray ... Andrea Dean

Patty McCormack ... Det. Kathleen Chadwick

John McMartin ... Hudson Blackthorn

David Naughton ... Ken Parrish

Jean Peters ... Siobhan O'Dea

David Sheiner ... Leo Selkirk (as David S. Sheiner)

Barry Dennen ... Sheldon Persky
Wayne Heffley ... Security Guard
David Sage ... Stavros
Thomas Bellin ... Superintendent

Harry Morgan Moses ... Policeman (as Harry Moses)

Season 5, Episode 7: The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel

18 December 1988
Jessica is summoned to California where a recently recovered Air Force plane could pin a decades-old murder on her dead husband Frank.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Michael Ansara ... Nicholas Rossi

Jane Greer ... Bonnie Phelps

Clifton James ... Ray Dressler

Martin Milner ... Lt. Clint Phelps

Richard Roundtree ... Maj. Kevin Cooper

Robin Strasser ... Sylvia Gagliano

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Gen. Marcus Havermeyer
Danny Hassel ... Lt. Gaynes
Doug Dupuy ... Polygraph Technician

Mark Costello ... Guard

Scott Richard Ehredt ... Sergeant
J. Michael Warren ... Young Officer
Colleen McDermott ... Young Woman
Gerry Okuneff ... First Man

John Newberg ... Young Frank Fletcher

Bob Minor ... 2nd Mugger (uncredited)

Dale Robertson ... Lee Goddard (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 8: Prediction: Murder

1 January 1989
Lee Goddard successfully coaxed Jessica to join him at his ranch in Arizona after the harrowing events of the previous episode, but intrigue and murder follow them there when a mysterious psychic joins them.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Melody Anderson ... Katherine Aaron

David Birney ... Franchesco

Michael Parks ... Ben Aaron

Lisa Pelikan ... Jill Goddard
Geoffrey Scott ... Lt. Turner

Michael Spound ... Del Goddard
Steve Kahan ... Roy Parks
Lena Pousette ... Greta
David Mack ... Officer

Dale Robertson ... Lee Goddard (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 9: Something Borrowed, Someone Blue

8 January 1989
Grady's wedding day arrives, and so does an unpleasant fate for the shrewish housekeeper of his prospective father-in-law's estate.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Patricia Barry ... Mrs. Belle Pentworth
Ray Buktenica ... Kyle Laughlin

Conchata Ferrell ... Harriet Lundgren
Michael Horton ... Grady Ambrose Fletcher

Rick Hurst ... Police Chief Slocum

Bill Macy ... Uncle Ben Mayberry

Howard Morris ... Uncle Ziggy

Betsy Palmer ... Valerie

Eugene Roche ... Franklin Mayberry

Gale Storm ... Maisie Mayberry
Debbie Zipp ... Donna Marie Mayberry
Barbara Townsend ... Clara
David Byrd ... Minister

David Stenstrom ... Photographer
Frank Pangborn ... Very Important Man
Parker Whitman ... Security Guard
Michael Leopard ... Ice Bucket Delivery Man
Trent Dolan ... Chairman
Mark Thomas McGee ... Florist (as Mark McGee)
Ralph Clift ... Wedding Guest (as Ralph M. Clift)
Vicki Lucachick ... Wedding Guest
Frank Arno ... Tableman

Alexander Folk ... Delivery Man

Jean St. James ... Wedding Guest (as Jean Pflieger)

Paul Marin ... Florist Delivery Man
Zachary O'Hearn ... Brat One
John Lecky ... Brat Two

Clayton Landey ... Wilfred Wynn III (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 10: Weave a Tangled Web

15 January 1989
The murder of a womanizing gambler leads to double lives being exposed in seemingly quaint and old-fashioned Cabot Cove.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Pamela Bellwood ... Vivian Proctor

George Chakiris ... Eric Bowman

Mel Ferrer ... Miles Austin

Charles Haid ... Augie Specter

Gloria Loring ... Margo Bowman

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger

James Sutorius ... Ralph Proctor

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Stanley Kamel ... Frankie The Barman
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd

Scott Curtis ... Danny Proctor
Lisa Brinegar ... Debbie Proctor

Season 5, Episode 11: The Search for Peter Kerry

5 February 1989
Jessica aids yet another dear old friend in his search for his missing grandson.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Mason Adams ... Roger Philby

Michael Beck ... Danny Schubert

Sam Bottoms ... Sgt. Joe Rice
Vanessa Brown ... Alma Goodrich

Anita Morris ... Leona Schubert

Lorna Patterson ... Edie Lorraine

William Prince ... Andrew Kerry

Marc Singer ... Rick Barton
Lane Smith ... Pol. Chief Miles Underwood
John Petlock ... Medical Examiner
Wren T. Brown ... Uniformed Policeman
James O'Connell ... Minister

Season 5, Episode 12: Smooth Operators

12 February 1989
While in New York, a missing shoe on the discovered dead body of a homeless person leads Jessica to believe the supposed accidental death was not an accident.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Dirk Benedict ... Dr. David Latimer

Nicolas Coster ... Dr. Craig Zachary
Lise Hilboldt ... Stephanie Holtz

Shirley Knight ... Grace Fenton

Barney Martin ... Lt. Timothy Hanratty

Michael McGrady ... Leon Schnable

Dennis Patrick ... Dr. Robert Markle
Peter Van Norden ... Dr. Sid Lantz
Edward Winter ... Capt. Everett Larson (as Ed Winter)
Mario Roccuzzo ... Wino

Stewart J. Zully ... Donatelli

Greg Lewis ... Phil Cashman
Rudy Challenger ... Dr. Lowell Wheatley
Orlando Bonner ... Charlie
Brenneman Carroll ... Young Guy

Season 5, Episode 13: Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble

19 February 1989
Jessica is suspicious when the appearance of the ghost of a long-dead witch burned at the stake coincides with the release of a book on the very subject.

Season 5, Episode 14: From Russia... with Blood

26 February 1989
Jessica is detained in Moscow when a spy attempts to smuggle film out of the Soviet Union in her handbag.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jack Bannon ... Chief Inspector Bernicker
Peter Donat ... Sergei Chaloff

Anthony Geary ... KGB Lt. Fyodor Alexandrov

Jeremy Kemp ... Minister Melnikov

David McCallum ... Cyril Grantham

Judy Parfitt ... Peggy Brooks

Adrian Zmed ... Bert Firman

Cristine Rose ... Miss Hayes

Michael Chieffo ... Nikolai
Oliver Darrow ... Driver
John Lykes ... Alexei

Eve Brenner ... Irina
Max Lazar ... Ivan (as Lazar)
Erik Silju ... Guard
Christina Cardan ... Female Writer
Milos Kirek ... Dukhov

Season 5, Episode 15: Alma Murder

12 March 1989
Jessica is summoned to her old alma mater when one of her college professors confesses to a murder Jessica believes he didn't really commit.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Jason Beghe ... Steve Chambers

E.G. Marshall ... Prof. Leon Walker

Janice Rule ... Margaret Stone

Dana Sparks ... Karen Chambers

Kate Vernon ... Rhonda Sykes

Ralph Waite ... D.A. Paul Robbins

Lee de Broux ... Sergeant Trask (as Lee De Broux)
Owen Bush ... Hank
Felicia Lansbury ... Sara Haines
Kerry Michaels ... Secretary
Robert Hackman ... Policeman #1
David Wilson ... Waiter

Dinah Shore ... Emily Dyers

Season 5, Episode 16: Truck Stop

2 April 1989
Jessica is detoured on her way to LA at a seedy truck stop where a series of murders makes it apparent she isn't there by accident.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Elizabeth Ashley ... Vera Gerakaris

Mike Connors ... Walter Murray
Peter Haskell ... Terence Locke
Ron Karabatsos ... Pete Gerakaris

Andrew Prine ... Roscoe

Jill Schoelen ... Flora Gerakaris

Ken Swofford ... Sheriff Tugman
Kristoffer Tabori ... Desmond
Isaac Turner ... Grange

Season 5, Episode 17: The Sins of Castle Cove

9 April 1989
A vindictive, tell-all work of fiction mirroring Cabot Cove sends the townspeople into an uproar, and when a murder occurs following the plot of the book it's up to Jessica to separate fact from fiction.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson

Luke Askew ... Noah Harwood
Frederick Coffin ... Tim Mulligan

Gloria DeHaven ... Phyllis Grant

Kathryn Grayson ... Ideal Molloy
Page Hannah ... Sybil Reed
Rosanna Huffman ... Miriam Harwood
Graham Jarvis ... Ellis Hilgate

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger

Ruth Roman ... Loretta Spiegel

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd
Sally Klein ... Corinne

Fran Ryan ... Rose

Joan Roberts ... Janet Paisley

Stuart Nisbet ... George Greer

Season 5, Episode 18: Trevor Hudson's Legacy

16 April 1989
Jessica heads to Montana to aid a young friend editing the last manuscript of the late writer Trevor Hudson, but when murder results she must weed through the lies of Hudson's scheming family to uncover the truth.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Georgia Brown ... Dorothy Westerfield

Steve Forrest ... Sheriff Hank Masters
Don Galloway ... Andrew Hudson

Robert Klein ... Barney Drake

Michael Learned ... Maria Hudson

Yvette Nipar ... Cat Hudson Drake
Robin Strand ... Robert 'Bob' Jarrett
Barrie Youngfellow ... Olivia Hudson
David Bradley ... Adam Perry
Jay Horton ... Deputy
Raymond Davis ... Doctor

Season 5, Episode 19: Double Exposure

30 April 1989
Jessica encounters a man in Boston whom she is convinced is her neighbor from years back, but when the man denies it--and his wife claims the man is dead--Jessica recruits Harry McGraw to dig to the bottom of the mystery.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Christine Belford ... Maude Paulson Winslow

Earl Boen ... Sgt. Howard Sternhagen

Jon Cypher ... Nathan Swarthmore

Robert Hogan ... FBI Agt. Guilfoyle

William Lucking ... Lt. Roy Quinlan
Karen Morrow ... Gladys

Jerry Orbach ... Harry McGraw

Andrew Stevens ... Dr. Adam Paulson
Robert Alan Browne ... Frank Coyle
Marty Davis ... Cookie
John Furlong ... John Winslow Wilson
E. Danny Murphy ... Sloane
Melanie Noble ... Receptionist
Jack Jozefson ... Taxi Driver
Louise Lewis ... Nosy Neighbor (as Louise Fitch)

Louis Herthum ... Wilber
Wendy Hoffman ... Hotel Clerk
Joshua Peevyhouse ... Tommy
Justin Darby ... Ralphie
Scotty Williams ... Boy #3
Barry O'Neill ... Boy #4

Season 5, Episode 20: Three Strikes, You're Out

7 May 1989
Jessica visits her nephew Johnny, recently recruited onto a Major League Baseball team, and then must solve the murder of a scheming news reporter.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Todd Bryant ... Johnny Eaton

Bernie Casey ... Doc Evans
Tim Dunigan ... Charley Holcomb / Freddy Masters

Vince Edwards ... Harry Dial
Shea Farrell ... Pete Briggs
Terri Garber ... Loretta Lee

Anne Lockhart ... Roz Briggs
Robert Mandan ... Irving Randolph

Reni Santoni ... Lt. Caceras

Paul Sorvino ... Al Sidell

Beau Billingslea ... Kel Murray
Rick Dean ... Mike Warlop

David Elliott ... Young Officer
Ed Hooks ... Bellman
Jake Jacobs ... Avery Burns
Roxanne Reese ... Nancy Murray
Hank Robinson ... Umpire
Harry Woolf ... Fan

Season 5, Episode 21: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1

14 May 1989
Eudora McVeigh, a rival mystery writer, arrives at Jessica's door with seemingly friendly intentions, but the discovery of a corpse and a web of deceit follows her to Cabot Cove leading Jessica to suspect the woman of ulterior and sinister motives.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Richard Anderson ... Lew Bracken

Shelley Fabares ... Liza Caspar

David Hedison ... Victor Caspar

Ken Howard ... Hank Shipton

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger

Daniel McDonald ... Bobby Shipton

Jean Simmons ... Eudora McVeigh Shipton

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Floyd

Richard Erdman ... Jonathan
William Bryant ... Gadge
Ken Gerson ... Willie
Dick Wieand ... T.V. Reporter (as Richard Wieand)

Season 5, Episode 22: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2

21 May 1989
Jessica fears the worst when Seth is poisoned, meanwhile Cabot Cove is abuzz when Eudora McVeigh is determined to fill Jessica's role in solving a local murder.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Richard Anderson ... Lew Bracken

Shelley Fabares ... Liza Caspar

David Hedison ... Victor Casper

Ken Howard ... Hank Shipton

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger

Daniel McDonald ... Bobby Shipton

Jean Simmons ... Eudora McVeigh

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Floyd
Robert Dryer ... Arnie
Edward Penn ... Doctor
Lisa Nelson ... Nurse

Michael Doven ... Joey
Scot Stewart ... Maitre 'D

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: Appointment in Athens

24 September 1989
Jessica is detoured from a scheduled book tour after encountering MI6 agent Michael Haggerty and he convinces her to pose as his wife in Greece.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Len Cariou ... Michael Hagarty

June Chadwick ... Pamela Drake

Thom Christopher ... Dimitri Popadopalous
Steve Inwood ... Sgt. Petrakas

Ian Ogilvy ... Harold Baines

Richard Todd ... Col. Alec Scofield
Peter Van Norden ... Henryk Stuyvesant
Sybil Lines ... Madge

John McCafferty ... Laddie

Braeden Marcott ... Airline Clerk (as Miguel Marcott)
Thom Keane ... Hotel Clerk
Anthony Gordon ... M. Le Bon
George Zaver ... Bellhop

Rosie Malek-Yonan ... Air Levant Clerk

Nick Dimitri ... Thug (uncredited)

Kelly C. Ryan ... Hotel Staff (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 2: Seal of the Confessional

1 October 1989
Cabot Cove's young, new priest finds himself in a sticky situation when a murderer confesses their crime and he recruits Jessica to help him uncover the truth without violating his oath of silence.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Bonnie Bartlett ... Marilyn North
Hunt Block ... Father Donald Barnes

Alan Feinstein ... George Woodward

Robert Horton ... Jack Hutchings

Lance Kerwin ... Eddie Frayne

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger
Madlyn Rhue ... Doris West

Jennifer Runyon ... Kelly Barrett

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Floyd

Jon Cedar ... Evan West
Jerry Potter ... Joe

Mimi Cozzens ... Jennie
Steve Peterson ... Investigator
Cal Evans ... Boy

Kathy Christopherson ... Girl

Season 6, Episode 3: The Grand Old Lady

8 October 1989
Jessica narrates a story from 40 years ago when another female mystery writer helped to solve a mysterious murder aboard the Queen Mary.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Paul Viscard

Dane Clark ... Henri Viscard

June Havoc ... Lady Abigail Austin

John Karlen ... Lt. Martin McGinn
Gary Kroeger ... Christy McGinn
Joan McMurtrey ... Eleanor Cantrell

Aubrey Morris ... Mr. Bellows
Henry Polic II ... Arthur Bishop
James Stephens ... U.S. Treasury Agent Lennihan

Gordon Thomson ... Daniel McGuire

Robert Vaughn ... Edwin Chancellor

Paxton Whitehead ... Captain Oliver
Wolf Muser ... Peter Daniken
Floyd Levine ... Harry Krumholtz
Donald Craig ... Nicholas Crane
Michael Douglas Scott ... 2nd Officer

Derek Partridge ... Doctor

Gregg Binkley ... Copy Boy
Terry Sheppard ... Bus Boy
Joi Staton ... Nurse
Lisa Ryan ... Woman

Season 6, Episode 4: The Error of Her Ways

15 October 1989
In Palm Springs, Jessica teams up with the local chief of police to figure out who killed a local investor and what happened to a large amount of money.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Susan Blakely ... Pauline Byrne

Katherine Cannon ... Marian Randall (as Kathy Cannon)

Paul Gleason ... Sterling Bose

Elliott Gould ... Lt. J.T. Hanna
Marilyn Jones ... Linda Dixon

Barbara Parkins ... Kay Weber

Marshall Thompson ... Ward Silloway

Louis Herthum ... Kruger
Peter MacLean ... Alden
Thomas H. Middleton ... Doctor

Elvia Allman ... Elderly Lady #1

Monty Bane ... Private Investigator
Ruth C. Engel ... Elderly Lady #2 (as Ruth Engel)
Robin Gordon ... Employee
Edmund L. Shaff ... Banker #1

Terrence Beasor ... Fontana

Season 6, Episode 5: Jack and Bill

29 October 1989
Jessica narrates the story of an ex-football player turned private eye who investigates the murder of his old teammate with the help of a savvy pooch.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Susan Anton ... Celia James

Max Baer Jr. ... Johnny Wheeler (as Max Baer)
Warren Berlinger ... Sugarman

Pat Harrington Jr. ... Lt. Lou Brickman (as Pat Harrington)

Ken Howard ... Bill Boyle
Rosanna Huffman ... Marge Brickman

Ellen Travolta ... Mona

Glynn Turman ... Earl Browder
Rose Portillo ... Maria
Whitney Rydbeck ... Hastings
Nate Esformes ... President Ruiz

Greg Lewis ... Shorty
Milt Oberman ... Vet

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Heavy #1 (as Carlos Cervantes)
Lisa Bowman ... Sportscaster (as Lisa Donaldson Bowman)

Alexander Folk ... Cricket
Jessie Scott ... Beautiful Young Thing
Dennis Madalone ... Heavy #2
Sandra Cornwall ... Beauty #1
Marji McKelvey ... Beauty #2
Viola Kates Stimpson ... Elderly Lady

Elizabeth Sung ... Lipreader
Paul Lyell ... Cop
Bob Roitblat ... Police Sergeant

Duane Whitaker ... Drunk
John Tayloe ... Actor 16mm Film
Claudio Dunkelman ... Andy
Courtney Brooke Sonne ... Brenda (as Courtney Sonne)

Season 6, Episode 6: Dead Letter

5 November 1989
Jessica's acquisition of an old bureau at a rummage sale unleashes a chain of events that leads to the death of a local volunteer fireman in a furniture store.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Susan Anspach ... Lois Fricksey
Rosemary DeCamp ... Agnes

Peter Fox ... Ron Stiller

George Furth ... Fred Owens

Max Gail ... Stanley Holmes

Jonathan Goldsmith ... Bud Fricksey

Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger

Richard Paul ... Mayor Sam Booth

Robin Riker ... Connie Kowalski (as Robin Riker-Hasley)
Al Waxman ... Carl Wilson

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Floyd
Kevin Bourland ... Everett

Richard Riehle ... Aaron
Stuart Nelson ... Jack
Steve Bean ... Young Man
Lynn Clark ... Young Girl

Season 6, Episode 7: Night of the Tarantula

12 November 1989
Voodoo black magic is the apparent cause of death of her host, leaving Jessica to figure out the truth while visiting an old friend in Jamaica.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Cheryl Arutt ... Michelle Dusant

Grand L. Bush ... George Gordon
Hurd Hatfield ... Jean-Pierre Dusant
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Calder Williams (as Ji-Tu)

James Lancaster ... Mark Waverly
Patrick Masset ... Adam Waverly

John Rhys-Davies ... Harry Waverly

Nancy Valen ... Selina Williams Waverly

Shani Wallis ... Olivia Waverly
Darrow Igus ... Sergeant Jones
Obaka Adedunyo ... Dr. Hayes
J. Christopher Sullivan ... Servant

Season 6, Episode 8: When the Fat Lady Sings

19 November 1989
Jessica is drawn into an appropriately melodramatic situation when a renowned opera singer is accused of murder in San Francisco.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Kathleen Beller ... Maria Deschier

Theodore Bikel ... Rosanno Bertolucci
Lila Kaye ... Teresa Mancini

Carol Lawrence ... Silvana Bertolucci
Keith Michell ... Dennis Stanton
Walter Olkewicz ... Howard

Jerry Stiller ... Lt. Birnbaum

Mark Herrier ... Barry Sanderson
Leo Damian ... Giorgio Russo
James Short ... Lou Faraday
Tom Tarpey ... Doctor
Tom Kendall ... Stage Manager
Tom Van Hoof ... Special Agent Dixon

David Elliott ... Paramedic (as David E. Elliott)

Chuck Hicks ... Guard (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 9: Test of Wills

26 November 1989
On a dark and stormy night on a remote island, Jessica finds herself in the middle of a wealthy family squabbling over the inheritance of a millionaire.

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Philip Abbott ... Dr. Hubbard Dabney

Gene Barry ... Henry Reynard
John Callahan ... Preston Howard
Jill Carroll ... Kimberly Carson

Keir Dullea ... Jason Reynard

Marj Dusay ... Alice Reynard Carson

Morgan Woodward ... Sheriff Brademus
Cassie Yates ... Valerie Renard
Curt Lowens ... Mr. Forest
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Forest
Jeremy Roberts ... Sergeant Stokley
H. Ray Huff ... Pilot

Season 6, Episode 10: Class Act

3 December 1989
Jessica narrates the tale of a burnt-out police detective sent to teach a university criminology class and challenges his students to solve a real homicide.