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"Shell We Trepak?"

Author: WeatherViolet from United States
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 Azbuka alphabet.

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 For."

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 Miller.

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