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"Murder, She Wrote" Badge of Honor (1992)

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Original Air Date:
10 May 1992 (Season 8, Episode 21)
Jessica intervenes when Seth's long-lost Army buddy is accused of murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher

Tony Becker ... Dave Sanders

Daniel Davis ... Neal Dishman

Cliff De Young ... Mason Porter

Robert Lansing ... Lawrence Jarvis

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

Gail O'Grady ... Robin Dishman

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Ben Oliver
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Dorothy Porter

William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt

Louis Herthum ... Deputy Andy Broom

Douglas Rowe ... Proprietor
Tom Nibley ... Clerk

Charles C. Stevenson Jr. ... Minister

John Tuell ... Driver (as John C. Tuell)
Arlee Reed ... Deputy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jerry Orbach ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Moessinger 
Writing credits
Peter S. Fischer (created by) and
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

David Moessinger (written by)

Produced by
Mark A. Burley .... supervising producer
Walton Dornisch .... co-producer
Al Kraus .... coordinating producer
David Moessinger .... executive producer
J. Michael Straczynski .... co-producer
Robert E. Swanson .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Jeff Sturges 
Cinematography by
Peter Salim (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ray Daniels 
Casting by
Ron Stephenson 
Production Design by
Hub Braden 
Art Direction by
Mary Dodson  (as Mary Weaver Dodson)
Set Decoration by
Fred S. Winston 
Makeup Department
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... hair stylist
Production Management
Al Kraus .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Lyon .... second assistant director
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... first assistant director
Art Department
John P. Bruce .... set designer (uncredited)
John Hathaway .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Jillson .... set designer (uncredited)
Deland 'Dee' Lyttle .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Purdy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Doug Vlaming .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles R. Beith Jr. .... sound editor
Don Sharpless .... sound mixer
Mary Albee .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lon Massey III .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Bellamy .... costume supervisor
Dallas D. Dornan .... costume supervisor (as Dallas Dornan)
Debi Orrico .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Location Management
Pete Juliano .... location manager (uncredited)
Jim McClafferty .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
John Addison .... composer: theme
George A. Martin .... music editor (as George Martin)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert 'Bob' Routhieaux .... driver: production designer (uncredited)
Other crew
Desi Scarpone .... production assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter S. Fischer  creator
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

Produced by
Kevin Corcoran .... assistant producer
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... key makeup artist
Rita Bellissimo .... hair stylist (as Rita Bellissimo Bordonaro)
Lori Benson .... makeup artist
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist
Gerald Solomon .... hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Vera Yurtchuk .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen Swofford .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis G. Friedman .... assistant director
Elena Santaballa .... dga trainee
Michael-McCloud Thompson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Tom Margozewitz .... assistant property master
Sebastian Milito .... construction coordinator
Ted Wilson .... carpenter
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Barney Cabral .... adr editor
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist
Mark Kamps .... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor (1992-1994)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (as Tony Milch)
Linda Moss .... sound editor
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor (1993-1996)
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (various episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
Special Effects by
George Zamora .... special effects coordinator
Steven Burnett .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunt performer
Terry James .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Khristian Lupo .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Beaird .... key grip
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (1987)
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Keith H. Moore .... assistant camera
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... photographer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Henderson .... head stylist
Editorial Department
Ken Latka .... film transfer colorist
Ralph A. Riccoboni .... assistant editor (1994-1996)
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Joshua Winget .... music editor (final season)
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (1994)
Fred Fein .... stand-in
Betty Green .... title designer
Carolyn Hayes .... production auditor
Beth Humphreys .... legal supervisor
Mary Kara .... technical consultant (1995-1996)
Keith McNulty .... cue cards
Rod Ripley .... assistant to producers
Art Scholl .... pilot (1985)
Susan Vercelli .... production coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

47 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video rating) (2008)

Did You Know?

One of very few episodes written and directed by the same person.See more »
Ben Oliver:[explaining his stay in the VA hospital and his later nomadic behavior] OK then, I'll give it to you in one quick swallow. You see, Corporal, when a mortar round hits close enough it not only explodes, it implodes at the very same time. This causes a vacuum, a force that sucks part of your being out through the top of your skull. For lack of a better word, let's call it your soul. But what most people don't know is souls are a hell of a lot more fragile than human flesh. Sometimes they just never seem to heal.See more »
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References Kojak: None So Blind (1990) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"Down by the Old Mill Cove, Where They Last See Loot", 23 January 2010
Author: WeatherViolet from United States

Doctor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) eagerly anticipates the arrival of his old Army buddy Ben Oliver (Gerald S. O'Loughlin), who risked his life in Korea nearly 40 years earlier, by rescuing his company from a shell blast, which resulted in Ben's lifelong disability to concentrate beyond a relatively short attention span.

Since those days, Seth has married Ruth and settled into a comfortable private medical practice in Portland, Maine, before relocating to Cabot Cove as a widower, and continuing his patient care. So, now Seth explains to Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) from a bench at the outdoor bus depot that it's his turn to help Ben, who hasn't corresponded for more than thirty years, until he announces his reunion plans.

Ben Oliver appears solemn and meek, a quiet, pensive, humble soul with no where to turn after a jewelry shoppe at which he has recently been employed has been robbed, and Ben has been falsely suspected of organizing the heist. As a result, Private Detective Lawrence Jarvis (Robert Lansing) ensues Ben wherever he goes, with the intention of proving Ben's guilt, which means that Lawrence follows the bus into Cabot Cove, to trail Ben from his automobile.

At the local country club, Seth introduces Ben to Mason Porter (Cliff De Young), Dorothy Porter (Pamela Susan Shoop) and Neal Dishman (Daniel Davis), as they complete a round of golf.

Neal Dishman plans to purchase a sailboat from Mason Porter, who operates a boating company, while his wife, Dorothy, is given very little to do here except to agree with Mason's decision to hire Ben as a mechanic, a position which he handles commendably and responsibly even though prowlers roam the docks late at night, and locals begin to wonder about Ben's state of mental health if, indeed, he turns out to be the prowler.

Neil's daughter, Robin Dishman (Gail O'Grady), and Mason and Dorothy's nephew, Dave Sanders (Tony Becker), get along on certain matters, but while Dave seeks a future with Robin, he generally handles finances irresponsibly, and depends upon his Uncle Mason for advances on his salary as a boat salesman, a factor upon which Mason reprimands Dave, who now seeks new methods of obtaining cash.

But Mason is satisfied with Ben's performance, to the delight of Seth and Jessica, and rewards him with a promotion to the sales department, to Dave's dismay, as he objects to sharing access with Ben to the office and finances.

After Neal decides upon a boat which Ben has prepared for sale, Neal pays Mason a large amount of cash to transfer its title into his name. Late that evening, when Dave sneaks back into the boating office in the hopes of burglarizing the safe to square away his problems with Robin, Dave hears a lurker on the docks, and shines his flashlight toward the safe, which has been opened and emptied, with a body lying to the side.

Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak) and his capable Deputy Andy Broom (Louis Herthum) investigate the murder, with the assistance of Jessica, who defends Ben's innocence as Seth begins to waver, because Ben does not defend himself for want of a plausible alibi, as he cannot recall the details of the evening very readily, including how a large sum of cash has ended up in his hotel room, evidence which may tarnish Ben's "Badge of Honor."

The cast is rounded out by Douglas Rowe as Proprietor, Tom Nibley as Clerk, Charles C. Stevenson Jr. as Minister, John Tuell as Driver, and Arlee Reed as Deputy.

This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Charles C. Stevenson Jr., the second of two for Robert Lansing, the third of three each for Pamela Susan Shoop and Cliff De Young, and the third of four "MSW" guest roles for Gerald S. O'Loughlin. Robert Lansing, acting since 1956, has since passed.

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