Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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If the Shoe Fits 

A womanizing Cabot Cove landlord is found murdered and Jessica must prove the innocence of a young boy's mother who is accused of the crime.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Kevin Bryce
Jack Franzen
Bridget Hanley ...
Gloria Franzen
Owen Brownwell
Marla Bryce
Patsy Dumont
Danny Snow
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Deputy Floyd
Teri Ralston ...
Lydia Johansen
Paige Pengra ...
Lee McAdam
Edwina Moore ...
Dane Winters ...
Post Office Clerk


Land owner Jack Franzen, a flirtatious scrooge, disappears for three days until his corps is found behind the wheel of his crashed car, skull smashed in, possibly staged as an accident. At the same time a tenant, widow Marla Bryce, went missing. Her young son Kevin, a diligent student and Jessica's excellent gardener, who takes his status as 'man of the house' seriously, kept her disappearance silent fearing to end up in foster care as one terrible time when the Bryces lived in Chicago. Luckily he can stay with Jessica, first informally, then in temporary foster care after his mother is found in a Portland hospital suffering from a mugging-related concussion. . She's arrested when the Sheriff can't verify her alibi, but Jessica and Kevin investigate other suspects with motives, such as her employer, shoe factory boss Owen Brownwell. Written by KGF Vissers (edited by canadazbest)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 January 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Foster mother
17 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

From what we learn about Bruce Glover nobody is likely to mourn for him when he's killed. The guy was a bully, a skinflint, and a womanizer not necessarily in that order. But someone kills him and puts him in his car and tries to make it look like an accident.

Suspicion falls on Season Hubley who skipped town and left her son Jonathan Brandis abandoned. This is where Jessica Fletcher comes in as she and Dr. Hazlett intervene.

When the perpetrator is finally identified and apprehended we actually that the poor soul gets a good lawyer to get him off. The victim had been begging for this for years.

Nice scenes with Angela Lansbury, William Windom and the late and tragic Jonathan Brandis. Jessica Fletcher even becomes a temporary foster mother.

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