A certain Ralph appears at Cabot Cove penniless but insists to earn a breakfast from Jessica by odd jobs, she even throws in her late husband Frank's pipe. Cosmetics tycoon Stephen Earl is reported missing presumed death from his yacht in a storm by his four adult daughters. Jessica realized the coordinates they gave must be false, at the time in the eye of the storm; now Maggie confesses to have shot him the night before, but an old obituary photo of Stephen makes Jessica realize he's alive: it's 'Ralph'. Shortly after, his corps lies in the surf, shot twice in the chest, now Maggie recants claiming it was a set-up to unmask fortune-hunter Terry Jones, sister Nancy's earlier paid-off ex, the coroner confirms. Jessica finds more... Written by
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The dead body pulled from the water is seen blinking while being identified at the coroner's office. See more
Capt. Ethan Cragg
Amos, you've been reading too many of Jessica's books.
Sheriff Amos Tupper
Well, that's how much you know, Ethan. I haven't read any of 'em.