A veteran reporter who suffered a heart attack says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher. Jessica gets involved after the man ends up dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Revere
Gretchen Corbett ...
Lt. A. Caruso
Walter Revere
Perry Revere
Lamar Bennett
Billy Simms
Clyde Thorson
Stan Lassiter
Kay Garrett
Tom Henschel ...
Dr. Framer
Morgan Jones ...
Sergeant Tierney
Nurse Phillips
Lisa Nelson ...


Respactable old-fashioned reporter Haskell Drake lands in hospital with a fit after his attack for sensationalist copy-doctoring at tycoon Lamar Bennett, who recently bought the Boston Daily Sentinel from equally conservative Walter Revere, gets him fired on the spot. Jessica tries to reason with Bennett on her old friend Drake's behalf but is told to come back at a celebratory drink in a hotel, where she witnesses Bennet getting a fatal brain hemorrhage while announcing Walter is fired too, which Jessica realizes can be induced by a combination of alcohol and pills, not necessarily taken simultaneously, while Bennet was on sinusitis medication, as she explained to grumpy BPD lieutenant A. Caruso, who concurs from the autopsy it was methaltionide and rather sees her as a suspect because of a rather defamatory recent article on her. When Jessica accepts to 'do some legwork' for an article Haskel plans on Lamar's sordid career she finds the Revere family, which hopes in vain to buy back... Written by KGF Vissers

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16 November 1986 (USA)  »

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10 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the most recent appearance to date for Morgan Jones, who has been acting since 1952. Eugene Roche, acting since 1961, and guest starring in four "MSW" episodes, Dorothy Meyer, acting since 1972, and performing one of here last television appearances here, plus Matt Roe, acting since this, his television debut performance, have unfortunately since passed.

"Boston Daily Sentinel" has been published for generations by the affluent Revere family, but now that Lamar Bennett (Peter Mark Richman) has taken control of the corporation, Walter Revere (Tim O'Connor) and his heirs, son Perry Revere (Ken Olin), and daughter Eleanor Revere (Katherine Cannon) find themselves severed from operations, as Publsiher Lamar Bennett intends to control the press.

Editor Billy Simms (Eugene Roche), Stan Lassiter (Glynn Turman), Harry (Erwin Fuller) and Kay Garrett (Sydney Walsh), the fiancée of Perry Revere, serve on the "Boston Daily Sentinel" staff, along with Bennet's Bodyguard Clyde Thorson (William Smith).

Reporter Haskell Drake (Harry Guardino) also has spent his career sensationalizing stories for the newspaper, but now he has been taken ill and hospitalized after a sudden attack. Reluctant to remain admitted to recuperate, Haskell welcomes his dear friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to conduct some of his legwork during one of her many excursions into Boston, Massachusetts.

When Jessica runs to the newspaper headquarters on a mission for Haskell, she steps into a board meeting, presided over by Lamar Bennett, who asks her to postpone her questioning until a cocktail reception, scheduled for later that evening, at which Bennett plans to announce his major decision for the policy of "Boston Daily Sentinel's" future.

Altercations abound at the reception, centering around the Revere family and several newspaper staff members, when everyone witnesses the collapse of a key figure, who doesn't recover from the effects of a combination of alcohol and medicine.

BPD Lieutanant A. Caruso (Gretchen Corbett) steps in to investigate the case under the theory that the resulting death may have been accidental, while Jessica joins forces with Haskell to prove this a homicide.

During the course of her investigation, while Haskell bickers with hospital staff members, Jessica suspects a secret link among the figures involved, that one may have parented another, thus possibly changing the playing field where "Boston Daily Sentinel" is concerned.

Through her research with the medical facilities, she learns that Methaltionide appears in the victim's system, which, of course, does not correlate with the prescribed medication.

Haskell Drake, meanwhile, continues to type away from his hospital bed, using this as his reporting office, while Jessica checks in with him after Extra editions hit the streets, to figure the perpetrator before their "Deadline for Murder."

The cast is rounded out by Dorothy Meyer as Nurse O'Hanlon, Mary Wickliffe as Nurse Phillips, Lisa Nelson as Police Woman, Barbara Allyne-Bennet as Edith, the Secretary, Tom Henschel as Dr. Framer, Morgan Jones as Sgt. Tierney, and Matt Roe as Guard.

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