When a congressman suddenly dies from a heart attack, Jessica is asked to temporarily replace him in Washington.

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Kaye Sheppard
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Det. Lt. Avery Mendelsohn
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Diana Simms
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Congressman Dan Keppner
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Harry Parmel
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Ray Dixon
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Joe Blinn
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Thor Danziger
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Wendell Joyner
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Harold DeWitt
David Hooks ...
Commitee Chairman Ronald Olsen
Jensen Collier ...
Jade McCall ...
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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... Written by KGF Vissers

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6 January 1985 (USA)  »

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False premise
13 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When one of Maine's congressmen dies, Jessica is appointed to full his seat. But this would be impossible. The Constitution requires that vacancies in the House of Representatives only can be filled by election:

"When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies." -- Article I, Section 2, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution

This is an unfortunate glitch in an otherwise good episode with a number of welcome guest stars, including Edie Adams and Herschel Bernardi.


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