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. Written by
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This episode features the introduction of Cabot Cove citizens Sheriff Amos Tupper and Captain Ethan Cragg. Cragg has been friends with Jessica for many years, whereas Tupper seems to barely tolerate her, resenting her interference in a police investigation. This is also the first mention of the never-seen Letitia, the phone operator in Cabot Cove. Frank Fletcher smoked a pipe that, according to Stephen Earl, was 'a fine-looking meerschaum'. Meerschaum is a soft, white mineral that is most frequently used to make pipes. Stephen Earl picks up a recent book of Jessica's from the counter entitled Dirge for a Dead Dachshund. The book was in pre-publication at the time, and was not yet released for publication. Maggie Earl refers to having read Jessica's 'latest book', indicating that Dirge for a Dead Dachshund is at least her third book. Cragg also makes mention to Amos 'reading too many of Jessica's books' indicating, again, that Dirge for a Dead Dachshund was not her second work. See more
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.