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"Sorry, Wrong Eavesdropper"
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15 September 2009
This episode marks one of the last appearances of Henry Brandon, who
had acted in 170 film and television productions since 1932, and also
one of the last acting roles for Gisele MacKenzie, famous vocalist of
Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton) returns to Cabot Cove to nurse his Aunt
Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who remains bedfast, after throwing
out her back more than one week earlier. While Jessica appreciate her
nephew's ministering to her needs, she expresses frustration with her
limitations, as well as Grady's cooking from his recipe book of limited
imagination. In other words, she is not a happy camper.
To compound matters, the weather service has announced that Hurricane
Ida is heading toward coastal Maine, bringing intermittent high-speed
winds and downpours interlaced with periods of calm. This explains the
fierce weather as seen through the windows of local residences, while
simultaneous outdoor scenes display a less hostile environment. These
differences may, therefore, be perceived as non-goofs because we need
to hear the outdoor conversations, and notice onlookers, while hair and
makeup must behave in manageable fashion, as well.
Back in Jessica's room, she attempts to telephone the weather service,
when the lines become crossed with a conversation between a
raspy-voiced male and a scruffy-voiced one, they discussing plans for
the murder of an elderly gentleman, which "must be taken care of
Jessica immediately dials Sheriff Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley), who cannot
be reached, and so she checks with Operatore Letitia (uncredited Voice
actress), who cooperates with efficiency to the best of the telephone
company's capacity during a series of conversations between them.
Doctor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) visits with Jessica to hand his
reluctant patient a Medical Alert device, to summon him and/or
emergency medical personnel in the event of catastrophe, while Grady
returns to receive his Aunt's bidding to track down the Sheriff.
Abel Gorcey (Henry Brandon), a former employee of J.L. Rogers
Lumberyard, who had been incarcerated for five years on theft charges,
stops at Mona's Diner, but skips from the premises upon Mona's (Gisele
MacKenzie) noticing Sheriff Tupper's arrival. In the process, he steers
his van hastily, and in the process, nearly to run down Grady on
bicycle, as he searches for Amos.
While Seth and Grady express confidence in Jessica's capacity, Amos
chalks the matter to coincidence when they learn the next morning via
TV Announcer's (Yolanda Nava) report that a murder has been committed
on the Rogers' estate, to the north of Cabot Cove (within the
jurisdiction of Sheriff Tupper).
As Amos and Deputy Wells (James McIntire) investigate the Rogers'
estate, Jessica sends Grady to serve as her "eyes and ears" to search
the premises for clues.
Grady, thereby, is reunited with Leslie Cameron (Stephanie Dunnam),
whose mother, née Rogers, and father both perished when she was a
child, thereafter reared by Grandfather Jedidiah Rogers, whose three
sons continue to operate his Lumberyard empire.
An investigation by Amos and Jessica, vicariously through Grady,
determines that Morgan Rogers (Sandy McPeak), Gordon Rogers (Tony Dow),
Adam Rogers (James Carroll Jordan) and Gordon's wife, Dody Rogers
(Colleen Camp) are named in Jedidiah's will, along with Leslie, who
would solely inherit the estate if the new will were filed the next
day, as recounted in Grandfather Rogers' missing diary.
And as communications continue to prove "Crossed Up," another body is
discovered, to complicate the investigation.
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