Jessica has to solve two murders to clear the name of her old friend Deputy Andy, who becomes a suspect when a murder weapon is found in his car.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Coffey ...
Wendy Arnold
Meg Berrigan
Isaac Meecham
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Craig Haber
Hannah Parkins
George Parkins
Fred Berrigan
Mark Voland ...
Dean Sorenson
Tyler Robert Owen ...
Peter Stader ...
Everett Boggs


Manufacturer Fred Berrigan, whose shoe factory in Cabot Cove has problems and scheming involving him, his wife Meg, employees George Parkins and Wendy Arnold and businessman Craig Haber, is nasty, especially to deputy Andy Broom, who owes him money, when nearly arrested by sheriff Mort Metzger for drunk driving. The quiet Leverett Boggs is found strangulated at home with a cord just like one Jessica notices to be cut off in the marina. Deputy Broom bought a house from his high school nemesis Berrigan for his bride Patty, but finds expensive hidden costs. Next day Andy finds in Fred's car a roll of the strangulation cord, and after his arrest in Boggs's apartment a letter, indicating he was probably meeting and blackmailing Berrigan, whose wife Meg fiercely defends Fred's innocence. After Fred makes bail, he's knocked on the head and found dead by Andy, who was already suspended... Written by KGF Vissers

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28 March 1996 (USA)  »

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One of the characters in the episode "Evidence of Malice" claims someone is "gaslighting" him, meaning that someone wants him to think he is going crazy. This term came from the 1944 movie "Gaslight," which was Angela Lansbury's first movie. See more »

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Deputy Andy's Turning Point, as in Pointed Out to be Turned Against
8 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prolific actor Louis Herthum appears in 25 "MSW" episodes, from a Boston pool player to a Palm Springs law enforcement officer, to his 23 turns as Cabot Cove Deputy from Seasons Eight through Twelve, to hold fourth place in terms of "MSW" episode credits, after Angela Lansbury, William Windom and Ron Masak.

Initially, Louis' recurring run as Cabot Cove Deputy lacks a bit of continuity, as is often the case in series television. Initially credited as "Deputy blank" in Season Eight, he becomes "Deputy Dave Anderson" the second time around although he is addressed as "Andy" on five occasions under the billing of "David," and his character refers to his wife, who remains unseen, and never heard from again.

Before Season Eight runs its course, Louis' character becomes Deputy Andy Broom, a single, gentle, considerate, dedicated law enforcement officer, efficient at his duties, sometimes to the surprise of Sheriff Metzger, who doesn't anticipate Andy's performance expectations before Mort even requests a task. In other words, unlike some Deputies, who are cast as inefficient and clueless, Andy does the job right, before he is even asked. "Got it right here, Sheriff."

But Andy Broom remains a backdrop character, in support of Mort Metzger, for the most part--or at least until now, when it's Deputy Andy's turn to face accusations of suspicion of unethical behavior, retaliation for coercion, and murder in a double homicide centering around a botched Real Estate deal.

Jennifer Parsons guest stars as Patty, Andy's fiancée, with whom he purchases a fixer-upper residence, which the Realtor has misrepresented in terms of points of contention to remedy.

But when bodies begin to surface, after witnesses observe Andy's frustration in dealing with problems, which include bullying by roguish perpetrators, Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak) asks for the return of Andy's badge, leaving a perplexed Mort unable to defend his comrade, as only Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) would, amid "Evidence of Malice" (a parody title reflecting the film "Absence of Malice").

William Windom returns as Doctor Seth Hazlitt; Stephanie Dunnam appears as Meg Berrigan, after playing Leslie Cameron in Season Three; Rick Lenz returns as Isaac, after, coincidently playing Deputy Jonathan Martin in Season Four, who must also turn in his badge after facing suspicion of murder.

The cast is rounded out by Colleen Coffey as Wendy Arnold, Monica Parker as Hannah Parkins, Zanne Shaw as Customer, Lawrence Monoson as Craig Haber, Tim Ransom as George Parkins, Vyto Ruginis as Fred Berrigan, Mark Voland as Dean Sorenson, Peter Stader as Leverett Boggs, Jack Wright as Deputy Caleb and Tyler Robert Owen as Deputy.

This episode also marks the first and only appearance to date by Tyler Robert Owen, the most recent television appearance to date by Colleen Coffey and Zanne Shaw, and one of most recent for Mark Voland and Jack Wright. Peter Stader ought to be credited on his IMDb Filmography for his role here, but thus far isn't.

Extra points, of course, for the fine performances by Louis Herthum and Ron Masak.

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