For a year, tennis star Louise Henderson, from Cabot Cove, had weekly therapy, trying to get over her ma's killing, which she witnessed, by reliving it without masking the murderer's identity. Jessica is asked by organizing lawyer Portia Dekker as a personal family friend to help get some girls stars and their coaches to consent to a charity benefit tournament. Louise's boyfriend Jamie Carlson, a Davis cup player, isn't discouraged by her overprotective pa Lane Henderson, but her competitor Francesca Garcia hasn't given up on him. Lane uses inside information to force an endorsement contract upon Plaza sports products executive John McCarver. Overambitious dad Lane fires Lousie's coach Wendy Maitlin, to Louise's tearful horror, then prevents her from calling Jessica. John sees Lane kiss Francesca, sealing a dark business deal. Louise finds her trusted shrink Dr. Trebaro killed, and frightens Jessica by cheerfully rehiring Wendy. John informs her ex Andrew 'Andy' Bascombe about Francesca's Lane-link, she convinces him it's over. In a hotel, Jessica sees Wendy's silhouette flee from where Lane was just shot. Police Lieutenant Estelle Garr investigates this and Dr. Trebaro's murder, Jessica cancels a London trip to work everything out herself...- Written by KGF Vissers
At the request of a friend, Jessica Fletcher tries to get 17 year-old tennis sensation Louise Henderson to play in a charity tennis event. Louise is from Cabot Cove and Jessica knows the young woman as well as her somewhat domineering father, Lane Henderson. Louise is still traumatized from having seen her mother stabbed to death by an intruder when she was just 4 years old and she has again started counseling. Lane controls every aspect of Louise's career but it soon becomes apparent that he doesn't necessarily have her best interests at heart. He's having an affair with another tennis pro who is supposed to be sports agent Andrew Bascombe's girlfriend. He fires Louise's coach Wendy Maitland a week before the U.S. Open and is blackmailing another sports agent, John McCarver, into giving a sweet deal on a sponsorship. It's no surprise when Lane is found dead and Jessica now has to sort through all of the evidence to find the killer.- Written by garykmcd
A domineering father forces a teenager to play beyond her desire and she suffers emotional problems.
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