Murder, She Wrote: Season 2, Episode 22

If the Frame Fits (18 May 1986)

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Just when Jessica visits her Cedar Heighs senior friend Lloyd Marcus, who insists to show her a manuscript 'from a friend' to read and comment on, the mysterious local art thief strikes ... See full summary »

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Deborah Adair ...
Ellen Davis
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Donald Granger
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Binky Holborn
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Police Chief Cooper
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Frank Tilley
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Lloyd Marcus
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Mildred Tilley
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Just when Jessica visits her Cedar Heighs senior friend Lloyd Marcus, who insists to show her a manuscript 'from a friend' to read and comment on, the mysterious local art thief strikes again, right there on houseman Forbes's day off, as he does every few months without any witnesses. Next day they find his daughter Julia is robbed in her home, but also killed. Jessica, rather then police chief Cooper, who retired from the NYPD, investigates, examining the crime scenes, neighbors, friends, other art owners... Written by KGF Vissers

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The title is from the common expression "If the shoe fits, wear it" meaning the if something fits the facts, then accept it or live with it. See more »

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When Jessica is sitting in the police station with her friend Lloyd Marcus, talking about Lloyd's daughter's death and how he framed someone for having murdered her, Lloyd stands up from his chair and walks around his chair and Jessica's chair. At one point he has his right hand up to his mouth as he speaks. The camera then cuts and immediately goes to a shot of him with his left hand up by his mouth and, this time, his right arm down. See more »

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This episode marks the only television acting role to date for Russell Merritt. Audrey Meadows, who began her illustrious acting career in television and film in 1954; Gordon Jump, who has been appearing in film and television since 1965; Cliff Gorman, who began his film and television acting career in 1968; and Christopher Allport, who has been performing in film and television since 1973, have unfortunately all since passed.

On a trip into Connecticut, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) visits the affluent community of Cedar Heights, to review a manuscript with Lloyd Marcus (Norman Lloyd).

The widowed Lloyd Marcus' family consists of spoiled daughters Julia Granger (Anne Schedeen) and Sabrina Marcus (Andra Millian), as well as Julia's husband, Donald Granger (Christopher Allport), who shares a secret interest with Sabrina, beyond standard in-law affection.

Several other Cedar Heights residents frequent its Country Club, some without a viable means of support, including Mildred Tilley (Audrey Meadows) and her husband, the Mayor Frank Tilley (Gordon Jump), Staffer Ellen Davis (Deborah Adair) and Golfer and Art expert Binky Holborn (John de Lancie).

Attendant Forbes (Aubrey Morris) assists Police Chief Cooper (Cliff Gorman) with investigation a rash of art thefts plaguing Cedar Heights in recent nights, in which a burglar prowls for valuable paintings, and cuts them from their respective frame, whether or not "the Frame Fits."

But on the evening of a country club reception, various residents disappear from sight long enough to become suspects in a murder, once a body is discovered with evidence of a burglary, by someone who tidies the room to implicate another in order to frame the intended stool pigeon "If the Frame Fits."

Jessica assists Police Chief Cooper in the resulting investigation, which includes conflicting allegations of intent, and conflicting theories regarding the burglaries and murder.

The cast is rounded out by Michael Morgan as Young Man, and Russell Merritt as Waiter.


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