Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Death Takes a Dive 

Jessica visits her old friend Harry McGraw (Orbach) in New York who has become wrangled in the high stakes game of boxing.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Doc Penrose
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Cosmo Ponzini
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Reporter Dave Robinson
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Dennis McConnell
Ray Girardin ...
Lt. Casey
Caren Kaye ...
Lois Ames
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Sean Shaleen
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Pam Collins
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Harry McGraw
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Blaster Boyle
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Wade Talmadge
Bill Capizzi ...
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Jessica isn't amused to find she was asked 'urgently' to come help San Francisco PI Harry McGraw, in fact to invest in black has-been boxer Blaster Boyle, the sole legacy of Harry's just deceased friend Pinky, who knew mobster Benny Falcone demands a $5,000 advance back for not finding his daughter's lover the saxophonist before the couple move in with Falcone. Harry accepted to field Blaster as last-minute replacement in a TV fight against Wade Talmadge's prize-fighter Sean Shaleen, not to win, but needs an investor to advance the expenses; rather then go 50-50, Jessica lends him $5,000. She learns from Boston Tribune sports reporter Dave Robinson she was listed as Blaster's manager by Henry, who was just arrested by SFPD Lieutenant Casey for the murder of Talmadge, who was found shot in his car parked under a bridge where they are believed to have an appointment, Harry ignores why- alas as forensics prove with Harry's gun, which he admits was never out of his sight. Jessica snoops, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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fight | boxer | boxing | gym | See All (4) »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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22 February 1987 (USA)  »

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This was an extended episode, and served as a sort of "backdoor pilot" for Jerry Orbach's spin-off series, The Law and Harry McGraw. See more »

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While listening to a TV report about an upcoming bout involving a fighter she is managing (reluctantly), Jessica hears the TV anchor/reporter note that the opponent (Sean Shaleen) grew up in a small Wisconsin town "a few miles east of Sheboygan." Since Sheboygan is on the western edge of Lake Michigan, that would mean be he lived in the middle of the lake. See more »

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Murder She Wrote Or Police Squad?

Imagine if you will the episode of Police Squad about crooked boxing, but without the laughs - this is exactly how this episode plays out. Considering it was made well after Police Squad, I can't even suggest that the writers of PS used this as the basis of their parody.

Even the same camera angles and terrible clichés are used, but this time the laughs they raise are unintentional.

A very, very poor script:it comes over that the actors involved have decided to play it just - and i mean JUST - shy of Leslie Neilson.

Worth a view if only to see it for a comparison to PS

Truly awful.


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