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Singles Tennis Plus Double-Crossing Equals Triple Homicide
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12 May 2010
Philip John Taylor pens this script featuring five female and five male
guest stars, and centering upon a troubled tennis champion and her
over-bearing widowed father, who controls every aspect of her life
except "Game, Set, Murder."
Much wheeling and dealing goes on behind the scenes in New York City as
tennis stars prepare for the upcoming Davis Cup U.S. Tennis
Championship, with Louise Henderson (J.C. Brandy) and Francesca Garcia
(Marta Martin) in contention for the female competition, and Louise's
steady, Jamie Carlson (Jonathan Scarfe) practicing for the male
Wendy Maitlin (Alyson Reed) has injured her left leg since her last
tournament and, therefore, enters coaching, to direct Louise toward a
But Louise has other problems than honing her tennis skills, such as
reliving nightmares of her mother's murder by knife-point, when Louise
was a child and witnessed the stabbing. And so, Louise undergoes
Psycho-Therapy under the care of Doctor Trebaro (Philip Abbott), who
tells her that if she is able to visualize the perpetrator of her
mother's homicide, then she will become free of her nightmares.
Lane Henderson (Leon Russom), Louise's domineering father, naturally
has no use for Jamie Carlson, as nobody is good enough for his
daughter. But he also has little use for Wendy, as nobody is good
enough to coach his daughter, nor Doctor Trebaro, once Lane finds out
about him, because nobody is good enough to psychoanalyze his daughter.
Lane secretly courts Francesca Garcia, who has been playing him up
against Andrew Bascombe (Barry Newman), who has been hoping for a
future with Francesca, while dealing with John McCarver (Bobby Hosea)
for corporate sponsorship endorsements from Louise and/or Francesca.
Lane, of course, has no use for Andrew nor John, nor Portia Dekker
(Joyce Hyser), an aspiring attorney, who socializes with tennis circuit
members in order to drum up some potential legal business.
Portia welcomes Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to the arena, in the
hopes of soliciting Louise Henderson to perform in Hartley Publishing
Celebrity Tennis Tournament, as Ted Hartley has recently left for
Japan, and Jessica has plans to leave for London within days.
Lane objects to Louise's participation in the charity tournament
because she must train for the U.S. Open, but then there's young love
for Jessica to consider, with Louise forbidden to see Jamie, plus
Louise's recurring nightmares, before Louise stumbles across a body one
night, the victim of a shooting.
NYPD Lieutenant Estelle Garr (Iona Morris) investigates the second
murder, which Jessica is convinced relates to the first murder; after
all, Louise had been sent to stay with her grandmother in Cabot Cove
after the loss of her mother, and so Jessica has become her dear old
Additional wheeling and dealing transpires in the aftermath of Hartley
Publishing Celebrity Tennis Tournament, which contains a large
gathering of extras as spectators, but soon afterward, Jessica stumbles
across the third body, the victim of a gunshot plus a bludgeoning by a
Lieutenant Estelle Garr once again begins rounding up suspects, while
Jessica begins to solve one murder at a time, before gathering a
collection of five suspects at the scene of the third homicide
involving "Game, Set, Murder."
The cast is rounded out by uncredited performers in speaking or
screaming roles, such as Baby Louise, waiters and attendees at
Bascombe's cocktail party, including one tall gentleman filmed below
the neck. Anthony Pullen Shaw's direction also makes good use of
slow-motion filming techniques, sparingly.
This episode represents the second of two "MSW" guest roles for Bobby
Hosea, and the third of three each for Philip Abbott and Barry Newman.
Philip Abbott, acting on television and in film since 1952, has
unfortunately since passed.
Iona now becomes the third member of the Morris family to appear on
"MSW" -- with Iona Morris (#11.21), the daughter of Greg Morris (#1.5)
and sister of of Phil Morris (#10.5). Not related would be Anita Morris
(#5.11), Aubrey Morris (#2.22), Garrett Morris (#1.12), Howard Morris
(#5.9), nor Kathryn Morris (#12.22).
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