Murder, She Wrote: Season 7, Episode 2

Deadly Misunderstanding (23 Sep. 1990)

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Jessica tries to exonerate a temporary employee accused of her husband's murder.


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Episode cast overview:
Lise Cutter ...
Melissa Maddox
Joe Dorsey ...
Hank Crenshaw
Rita Garrison
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Drew Garrison
David Oliver ...
Jeff Ogden
Mary Ann Pascal ...
Trudy Ludwig
Ralph Maddox
Will Nye ...
David Chrisman ...
Young Intellectual
Bette Rae ...
Earnest Grandmother
Robina Suwol ...
Female Patron


Jessica complains to Pullitzerprize-winner Bennett J. Devlin, who became editor in Cabot Cove, about elaborately reporting on her bicycle accident. Devlin's assistant, Jeff Ogden, has a crush on fellow English writing class student Melissa Maddox, who types for injured Jessica. Melissa calls her older husband Ralph Maddox, a tough businessman, who caused Hank Crenshaw to go bankrupt and now forecloses on his home, an inconsiderate jerk. One evening Melissa phones Jeff, claiming she found Ralph stabbed to death with scissors, and persuades him to stage a robbery in his firm, where Hank finds the body. Jessica helps sheriff Mort Metzger work it all out. Written by KGF Vissers

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Carrying the Torch to the Lumberyard...Plus the Body
3 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the last appearance of film and television star Janet Margolin.

When Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) injures her wrist, she hires temporary typist Melissa Maddox (Lise Cutter) to assist with her writing. The flighty Melissa feels trapped inside a loveless marriage to demanding lumberyard owner Ralph Maddox (Cliff Potts).

Meanwhile, Bennett J. Devlin (Joe Dorsey), publishers of the Cabot Cove Gazette, fills in for the role of Jessica's confidante in the temporary absence of Seth. Bennett hires student employee Jeff Ogden (David Oliver) to assist with responsibilities around the newspaper.

Melissa Maddox and Jeff Ogden share a common interest in writing, as they enroll in an evening course at the local community college, instructed by Drew Garrison (David McCallum), who experiences distance in his marriage to Rita Garrison (Janet Margolin ).

Ralph Maddox has an eye for waitress Trudy Ludwig (Mary Ann Pascal), whose eye isn't exactly safe around Ralph, nor her employer, Hank Crenshaw (Geoffrey Lewis), who fiercely battles Ralph, even in the presence of Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak). Deputy Floyd (Will Nye) remains on hand at the Cabot Cove Sheriff Station.

What forms as a result of these series of events would be something resembling an unrequited heptagon, with seven discontented characters considering their possibilities if someone new were to love them back.

But does one of them find the courage to burn evidence of a potential murder plot, another the courage to stand up to a brutal attack, another the courage to douse the lumberyard in gasoline and flame, another to hoist a pair of scissors, another to stand up to Sheriff Metzger amid bold accusations, and another to move the body when promised a kiss even if the coaxer surely appears guilty and the alibi doesn't quite hold water? Then who's cheating whom in this unrequited heptagon? Well, keep in mind that this condensed soap opera plot has turned into a "Deadly Misunderstanding."

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