Murder, She Wrote: Season 2, Episode 19

Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday (30 Mar. 1986)

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Jessica is unhappy her nephew accountant Grady Fletcher's new employer is the publisher Christopher Bundy, who just purchased the magazine Literary Lines which is to run one of her stories ... See full summary »

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Christopher Bundy
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Jessica is unhappy her nephew accountant Grady Fletcher's new employer is the publisher Christopher Bundy, who just purchased the magazine Literary Lines which is to run one of her stories and transformed it from classy content to 'centerfold' thrash. When they visit him in the villa where he lives with his sister Rachel and her son Tony and daughter Vanessa from different marriages, Bundy convinces her to stay the night and meet with his lawyers and assures her the security cameras record only images, no sound, and not in bedrooms. Jessica convinces the magazine's broke original publisher Chester Harrison, kept on as figurehead, to put on a fight for its respectability. Then Bundy is shot dead inside, in a camera-dead angle. Detective Lt. Greco just suspects Chester, Jessica and Grady at first the butler but he's really undercover after Bundy's criminal family, then dig deeper. The sister inherits the empire and proves a shark herself, with Vanessa as right-hand. Then Jessica sees ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Will They Arrest Grady Fletcher On Monday?
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This episode marks one of the final appearances by Bert Convy, star of stage, screen (since 1958) and television, and frequent game show host. Classic film and television star Robert Stack has also since passed.

Friday evening at his NYC office, ruthless investor Christopher Bundy (Bert Convy) gives publisher Chester Harrison (Robert Stack) an ultimatum via the telephone. Chester has 48 hours to repay the loan which Bundy has secured from his financial lender, or else Bundy would foreclose upon Chester's company.

Bert Yardley (Alex Rocco), Bundy's roguish Executive Assistant is on hand to share a knowing grin, as all fully realize that most financial institutions are closed between Friday afternoon and Monday morning anyway. Yardley does remind Bundy that "That Fletcher Woman" also left six telephone messages and awaits a response.

Bundy has purchased "Literary Line Magazine," which had contracted Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to publish a mystery story. Jessica had agreed because her nephew Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton) currently works for the publication as a bookkeeper. But Christopher Bundy has since turned the periodical into a "girly" magazine, with his trademark array of scantily-clad female models, "to boost sales," much to Jessica's objections.

Saturday morning finds Grady's chauffeuring his Aunt Jessica to visit with relatives in Poughkeepsie, New York, approximately 45 miles north of NYC. The Bundy estate lies along a route between the cities, and so Jessica and Grady pay the publisher a visit and meet the Bundy household.

Rachel D'Argento (Carol Lawrence), the sister of Christopher Bundy, has been married twice. Her brother drove off the first husband and played a role in driving her second husband to suicide. Her two young adult children also abide on the family estate, Antonio D'Argento (Bobby Di Cicco) and Vanessa D'Argento (Michelle Nicastro).

Everett Charles Jensen (Robert Hooks) serves as the Bundy family servant; Pete Morgan (Eric Server) handles the estate's security system, complete with a panel of monitors to view the images taken from in-house surveillance cameras; Millicent Moore (Katherine Moffat) models for Bundy's magazines and lounges around the patio with Antonio, who expresses jealousy over Millicent and Grady's attention toward each other.

With Bert Yardley also near at hand, Christopher meets with Jessica in his library room, as Chester Harrison storms onto the premises. The smooth-talking Christopher promises them each overnight hospitality so that they may meet with his lawyers, who are anticipated to arrive the next morning.

Sunday morning at the Bundy estate, Christopher, Bert, Rachel, Antonio, Vanessa, Everett, and Grady are on the premises, when Chester speeds from its driveway, as Pete shows Jessica the downstairs surveillance system, when two gunshots are heard, fired from two floors above. When Jessica and Pete scurry up one staircase, they discover someone's tumbling down the next, and landing directly before them.

Panic and accusations sweep the household, as Dectective Lieutenant Greco (Robert Costanzo) and Uniformed Officer (Charles Sweigart) are summoned to investigate whether or not "Christopher Bundy Died On Sunday."


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