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Grady, Grady, Come to Play; What a Precious Price to Pay
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1 October 2009
Indiana is one of only fourteen states not represented as an episode
setting during twelve seasons of "Murder, She Wrote." But Jessica
Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) had visited the Hoosier State in the
back-story, during Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton)'s tenure as a
student at Perdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Situated in New York City, also before this series begins, Grady
invites his Aunt Jessica to stay at his apartment during her stay, for
meetings with her publisher. However, Sommelier (Steve Tschudy) and
Workman (Tony Ballen) are busy exterminating Grady's apartment
building, and the two must make accommodations elsewhere.
When Grady informs Jessica that they have reservations at the
extravagant Montaigne Plaza Hotel, he explains that the visit comes
free of charge, as courtesy of his old college fraternity buddy,
Garrett Harper (John Callahan), whom Jessica remembers from occasional
visits to Cabot Cove, has married hotel owner Cornelia Montaigne Harper
(Janet Leigh), causing Jessica to reflect upon Cornelia and Garrett's
After checking into Montaigne Plaza Hotel, Jessica and Grady are
reacquainted with Garrett, who introduces Jessica to Cornelia and her
right-hand assistant, Mark Havlin (Robert Desiderio).
Garrett then informs a delighted Grady that their favorite former
college cheerleader, Sandra Clemens (Jennifer Holmes), has also arrived
from South Bend, Indiana, and may eagerly anticipate a dinner
invitation from Grady. She has stayed in Indiana to work as a computer
programmer, but visits NYC on occasion.
Nettie Harper (Charlotte Rae), the mother of Garrett, is also
reacquainted with Grady at dinner, with Jessica, Garrett and Sandra
around the table, to the dismay of Cornelia, who suspects that Grady is
covering for a two-timing Garrett, by including Sandra at the
A knowing Nettie forecasts fireworks to explode later in the evening,
yet, during the effects of a thunderstorm, Grady stumbles upon a body.
NYPD Inspector Donald Matheney (Monte Markham) prioritizes his night at
the opera and afternoon at an art gallery reception to investigating a
crime, but Hotel Detective Fritz Rice (Macon McCalman) continuously
searches for clues, which seem to implicate Grady Fletcher, who is
promptly arrested for murder.
As usual, when Grady is falsely arrested, Jessica steps in to demand
justice, by proving her nephew's innocence. However, bribes are paid to
plant evidence to support the theory that Grady has done it.
Mrs. Townsend (Juli Reding), Husband (Kenny Davis) and Wife (Judy Kerr)
hotel customers, hotel Cashier (Mary Ingersoll), hotel Maid (Sheila
Shaw) and Aquarium Lady (Lynn Holt) round out the cast of this episode
with a "Doom With a View."
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