Jessica's investigation of a novelist's kidnapping leads her into the dark world of diamond smuggling and murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Van Horn
Cliff Emmich ...
Colin Biddle
Lydia De Kooning
Philip de Kooning
Nigel Allison
Walter Burger
Monika Vidal (as Camilla Soeberg)
Richard Young ...
Nick Halsey
Andreas Renell ...
Hendrik Kuyper
Lilyan Chauvin ...
Alex Rodine ...
Herr Kronin
Cornelia Kiss ...
Panel Chairwoman


In Amsterdam for a copyrights conference, Jessica meets old friend Nigel Allison, who is promptly kidnapped. Amid a mishmash of MI-5 agents, international arms dealers, and double-crossing lovers, Jessica tries to locate and free her friend. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 October 1994 (USA)  »

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"Like the Kidnappings Which You Find in the Windmills of Some Kind"
4 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with a brutal murder in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in which the driver of an automobile plows into a telephone booth as the victim conducts a conversation with Amsterdam Police Inspector Van Horn (Theodore Bikel).

Mystery Author Nigel Allison (Joseph Maher) then meets his colleague Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), as they share spots upon the panel of the International Copyrights and Royalties Conference, which is being hosted at the hotel at which they each book suites.

Walter Burger (Albie Selznick), demonstrating an expanded version of the typical "MSW" hotel desk clerk, welcomes Jessica and Nigel to the regal establishment, and later provides a series of clues in the aftermath of a kidnapping and, of course, a second murder.

Hotel guests from South Africa, Philip De Kooning (Richard Lynch) and wife, Lydia De Kooning (Leann Hunley), keep various secrets from each other, as mystery surrounds their various dealings.

Nick Halsey (Richard Young) serves as the pilot for Philip and Lydia, and while he tells Philip that his private airplane won't be repaired for take-off for another day or two, Nick carries on with Lydia on the side, as they secretly plot to substitute her genuine jewelry for imitation and reap a tidy profit in the process.

Harry Tigner (Cliff Emmich) has dealings with Philip, which turn sour, as Harry's outstanding loan cannot be met by Philip, and so he trails the De Koonings around Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, Lydia secretly meets with Herr Kronin (Alex Rodine), who, upon inspecting the diamond necklace which she intends to sell, informs Lydia that it is paste, causing Lydia to understand that Philip has beat her to the punch.

Monika Vidal (Camilla Søeberg) introduces herself to Jessica at the International Copyrights and Royalties Conference, as a reporter from a Dutch magazine, who wishes to interview Nigel and Jessica, but Jessica asks for a postponement because Nigel hasn't shown for the Conference.

Colin Biddle (Marcus Gilbert) introduces himself to Jessica as a British agent without disclosing very much detail in front of Walter Burger at the registration desk, when Walter informs Jessica that Nigel has checked out from the hotel. Colin reports that he has spotted Nigel at the airport, but Walter later tells her that Nigel didn't retrieve his passport.

Nigel Allison has, in fact, been kidnapped, after being shot with a tranquilizer dart and transported beneath a hotel room service cart. He is now being held captive inside a windmill, from which his captor makes demands from the shadows with a voice disguiser machine.

After Jessica reports the incident to Inspector Van Horn, with Officer Muller (Erick Weiss) on hand, Colin Biddle insists that she not deal with the authorities because he represents British Intelligence.

Jessica soon learns from Inspector Van Horn what has become of Informant Hendrik Kuyper (Andreas Reinl), but when she receives a message that someone has information to share about the whereabouts of Nigel Allison, she stumbles across another body, the victim of a stabbing, for which authorities consider Jessica the prime suspect because her fingerprints are found upon the handle of the knife plus the note which she has received.

So, Jessica manages to convince the authorities that she has figured the identities of the perpetrators of the kidnapping and the double murder, as she enters the windmill of the "Amsterdam Kill."

The cast is rounded out by Nicole Eva-Maria Brandt as Chambermaid, Lilyan Chauvin as Hotel Restaurant Dispatcher, and Cornelia Kiss as Panel Chairwoman.

This episode represents the most recent acting credit to date by Andreas Reinl, and one of the most recent by Richard Young, as well as the only acting credit to date by Nicole Eva-Maria Brandt.

This also marks the second of two "MSW" appearances each for Richard Lynch and Albie Selznick, the third of three for Leann Hunley, and the fourth of four "MSW" guest roles for Theodore Bikel.

Lilyan Chauvin, acting in film and on television since 1950, and Joseph Maher, acting since 1958, have unfortunately since passed.

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