Jessica and the police are baffled by a "driverless" car which suddenly appears in Cabot Cove.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Holiday
Katie Simmons
Leslie Andler
Daniel O'Brien
Charles Woodley
Dean Merrill
Lois Foraker ...
Eliza Bates
Dee Croxton ...
Cora McIntyre
Douglas Stevenson ...
Gas Attendant
Harry Stephens ...
G.R. Smith ...


Jessica isn't looking forward to tell Cabot Cove that her historical research for Founder's Day proves the captain was actually a pirate and fought on the British side, against Washington's troops. Businessman Charles Woodley lands in hospital after the surging of a car without driver which seemed to be pursuing local Ethan Cragg. Local inventor Daniel O'Brien, who devised a remote control system for cars before he was fired, denies having agreed to a meeting with his former employer Woodley, shortly after the car under remote control strikes again, killing Woodley's 50% Boston business partner, Dean Merrill. Daniel's heir, Tony Holiday, is back in town to present his bride, Leslie Andler Sheriff Amos Tupper happily 'allows' Jessica to 'observe for her next book', in fact doing the sleuthing with and without Amos, who arrests Daniel just for being most likely to have controlled the killer car.... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 November 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The arcade game Ethan is playing in the grocery is 'Spy Hunter' by Bally Midway. At the beginning of the episode, Jessica is seen riding her bicycle past a sign that reads: CABOT COVE POP. 3560. Jessica does not have a driver's licence, and walks or bikes anywhere she needs to go in Cabot Cove. She also jogs every single morning. This episode features the introduction of Cabot Cove citizens Cora McIntyre, who works at the local grocery (McIntyre's), Daniel O'Brien, his nephew Tony Holiday, and their close family friend, Katie Simmons. Daniel has lived in Cabot Cove for six years, and is still considered a stranger by many of the long-time residents, because he wasn't born there. This is the second mention of the never-seen Letitia, the phone operator of Cabot Cove. See more »


When the driver-less car is seen at the picnic, you can see the silhouette of the actual stunt driver driving the car. See more »


Features Spy Hunter (1983) See more »

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June Allyson & Van Johnson together again...
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As per usual in 'Murder, She Wrote,' there is a murder. Surprise, surprise. Jessica must go about solving the crime. Guest starring is Van Johnson and June Allyson. They respectively portray Daniel O'Brien and Katie Simmons. Daniel is an inventor. Katie is an old friend of Daniel's who is visiting. They both become twisted up in the mystery murder. As much as I love 'Murder, She Wrote,' Allyson and Johnson make the entire episode. It is so great to see Van and June playing opposite each other again. I would take them in any role but these roles do them justice. It helped rekindle that old sort of feeling I'd get from watching them in their movies from the 1940s.

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