"Shell We Trepak?"
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4 January 2010
Efrain Figueroa, as Lieutenant Perez; Steve Adell, as Officer Long; and
Lazarus Jackson, as Security Guard, portray the Miami law enforcement
authorities in this episode, which begins in Saint Petersburg, Russia,
with an altercation between Constantine Persky (Peter J. Lucas) and a
masked figure regarding a crate containing a valuable artifact.
One year later, that artifact, a golden-netted turquoise Fabergé egg,
which had been designed for Russia's last Czarina, is displayed upon a
white pedestal in the center of an indoor fountain in the private
collection of Miami trader James Harris (Andrew Robinson), who
disapproves of his young daughter, Valerie Harris' (Sara Melson)
fiancé, Ben Peterson (Paul Scherrer).
Many inside the Harris' social circle admire the Fabergé egg for one
reason or another, some claiming rightful ownership, including Leo
Stone (Cyril O'Reilly), Marcie Stone Devon (Kaitlin Hopkins), Victor
Roscoe (Allan Miller), Charles Devon (James Stephens) and Connors
(Christopher Thomas), who may represent a second party.
Sergei Nemiroff (David Ogden Stiers), a private detective from Saint
Petersburg, Russia, arrives at a Miami book fair, at which guest
speaker Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) greets guests near an
exhibit of Russian literature bearing a banner printed in Cyrillic or
Sergei, in need of a pass card for admission, "borrows" another's by
slipping it from the legitimate attendee's lapel, causing a bit of
commotion for volunteers Valerie Harris and Ben Peterson to iron over,
as Sergei subsequently seems to abduct Jessica into a waiting
automobile, which is trailed by a heavy, in this, one of two "MSW"
episodes set in the State of Florida.
He explains that his government has sentenced an innocent suspect to
capital punishment, which will be enforced within a matter of days,
unless he can prove his comrade's innocence over the murder of this
valuable Fabergé jewelry creation, which someone has slain to obtain.
Jessica agrees to cooperate, as she has an "in" with the current
owner's daughter, who's on the "outs" with her father, for forbidding
her to marry her fiancé, whom Jessica considers quite decent. This may
also provide another opportunity for Jessica to salvage young love.
But at a reception at the Harris residence, a body is discovered in the
fountain, and the Egg has disappeared, but a bronze identification tag
is found in the pool, bearing the initials "BP."
So, now Jessica has two murders to solve as quickly as possible because
Miami authorities have incorrectly arrested young Ben Peterson, who
claims that he never saw the tag before even though it bears his
initials, and, after all, he hasn't in his possession "An Egg to Die
This episode marks the first acting credit for Peter J. Lucas. This
also represents the second of two "MSW" appearances each for Efrain
Figueroa and Andrew Robinson, the second of three for David Ogden
Stiers, the third of three for Cyril O'Reilly, the fourth of four for
James Stephens, and the fourth of five "MSW" guest roles for Allan
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