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Will You Take This Man ... Back?
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8 September 2009
This episode marks the swan song performance of Classic actress Laraine
Day, a star of film and television for nearly forty years.
Problems centering around the "accident"-plagued Carmody Family Circus
follow Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) back to Ozark Inn, in Pullman
City, Arkansas, at which she spots Edgar Carmody's (Martin Balsam)
speeding from its parking lot, followed by a conversation with Maria
Morgana (Florence Henderson), which is interrupted by the sudden
confrontation of her daughter, Daniella Morgana Carmody (Barbara
Stock), which, in turn, is interrupted by the screams of an upstairs
maid, who has now discovered another body.
Upon her return to the circus grounds, Jessica encounters Maylene
Sutter (Lee Purcell) and Preston Bartholomew (Alex Cord), along her way
to question Edgar and Raymond Carmody (Mark Shera), as well as Katie
McCallum (Pamela Susan Shoop), Charlie McCallum (Joey Cramer) and Brad
Kaneally (Greg Evigan), each of whom converses politely with Mrs.
Jessica then convinces Sheriff Lynn Childs (Gregg Henry), to the
ongoing dismay of Mayor Powers (Ronny Cox), that the two murders are
undoubtedly connected, and, therefore, Neil Fletcher (Jackie Cooper)
couldn't be culpable because of his incarceration.
Neil is, therefore, released, before arriving at Ozark Inn to visit
with his sister-in-law, and discovering smoke and flame emitting from
Jessica's room, inside which she and Maylene have been Chloroformed,
and lying unconsciously, as victims of attempted murder, as "Death
continues to Stalk the Big Top" and Ozark Inn.
Standing outside again, in the parking lot, Jessica strings together a
series of clues to decide who has killed two and attempted to continue
the spree, and the reason why, without knowing quite how to prove her
theory. Jessica opts for a showdown with her prime suspect, who, once
again, decides to stage a freak "accident" to silence her.
Upon wrapping the case which began when the Leprechaun figurine was
unwrapped (Remember?), Jessica is free to return in the nick of time to
Washington, DC, for the wedding of great niece Carol Bannister
(Courteney Cox) to Clay (who remains unseen. No actor is credited for
the role of Carol's fiancé). Carol's Grandmother Constance Fletcher
(Laraine Day) and Mother Audrey Bannister (Susan Brown) continue to
insist upon the fulfillment of their ideas over those of the bride and
groom, and they express disappointment over Jessica's abandoning the
family in favor of "her publisher" over these important few days.
Carol dismisses her busybody relatives because this time Jessica is not
the busybody, as she sneaks Grandfather Neil Fletcher back into Carol's
life on her important day, creating a tender scene enshrouded in
secrecy from the family.
But Howard Bannister (Dennis Howard), who administers the family's
financial operations, must also be told during a pleasant scene with
Jessica in the gardens moments before his daughter's wedding.
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