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"Murder, She Wrote" Death 'N Denial (TV Episode 1995) - Plot Summary Poster

(TV Series)

(1995)

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  • Egyptologist Sally Otterburn phones Cairo museum director Sherif Faris the Nefertari bust is original, 4000 years old; he expects her to smuggle it to Cairo, promising an affidavit it's only a copy, and suggesting to use Jessica's favorite museum as cover; however Rudy Grimes had his phone wired and calls his boss Bradford Thorpe: the one in Cairo must be a fake; Thorpe's wife Vanessa agrees to finance $350,000. Jessica and Sally Otterburn arrive in Cairo where even Nasar, the driver awaiting them, who has two years New York cab driver experience, can't prevent a thief getting away with Jessica's bag, mainly containing notes; Sally phones Faris but assures him it's not "you know what", just when the Minister of Antiquities pays his museum a surprise visit. Inspector Omar Halim almost immediately investigates the theft. Nasar asks Jessica to help him get a visa to go legally to his fiancée in the US, now courted by a relative. Thorpe's loan shark Trevor Han demands the statue, threatening Vanessa; Bradford shows his lover Maura tickets for Rome. The thief snatches the statue from Sally's room; she comes clean to Jessica, Faris and her former lover, hotel owner Boyd Venton, but they agree to keep the police out of it for now, as the Nefertari was stolen from Faris' museum two years ago in an Italian exposition, later ended up in the New York museum. Vanessa pays Grimes to tell her husband the deal is off although he has the statue, next he tells his old intelligence friend Boyd to take a hike. Jessica fails to fool Halim she recognized Grimes's mug shot. Maura tells Rudy he will regret not paying more then her usual $20,000; he falls dead out of the elevator at Jessica's feet. Halim now demands the full story, also convokes Faris and tells them to stay out of his murder investigation, but Jessica is unstoppable...

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • Jessica Fletcher travels to Cairo in her role as a member of the museum's board to meet with the Director of the Cairo museum Sherif Faris and hopefully arrange for an exhibit to be staged in New York. She is unaware however that her traveling companion, Sally Otterburn, has been in communication with Faris to confirm that the famed bust of Nefertiri on display in New York is not the reproduction they all assumed it was, but the 4,000 year-old original. Sally takes the bust to Egypt but she and Jessica no sooner arrive than someone steals what they think is her shoulder bag - only to have taken Jessica's by mistake. The thief eventually gets his hands on the precious relic but when Rudy Grimes, who has been tracking the bust, is found dead Jessica has a murder to solve.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Jessica takes a trip to Egypt to finalize a cultural exchange program and ends up searching for a killer and a stolen artifact.

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