Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Keep the Home Fries Burning 

Poisoned strawberry preserves served at the Joshua Peabody Inn result in murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wilhelmina Fraser
Mercer Hawthorne
Ebeneezer McEnery
Sheriff Amos Tupper
Gary Crosby ...
Ted Stully
Margo Perry (as Anne Lloyd Francis)
Bo Dixon
Harrison Fraser III
Alan Dupree
Betty Fiddler
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Floyd Nelson
Rosanna Huffman ...
Helen Stully


Bo Dixon is getting desperate as all his diner customers, even sheriff Tupper and his former waitress Cornelia, desert to the Joshua Peabody Inn on the Interstate. When he checks out the competition during breakfast and sees the owner Floyd Nelson row with the pseudo-French chef Alan Dupree, who wanted out of his three year contract by getting fired, there is a mild case of food poisoning and a fatal one: businessman Harrison Fraser III's wife Wilhelmina's best friend Betty Fiddler. While Dr. Seth Hazlitt calls in haughty health inspector Margo Perry and concludes on atropine, Jessica looks into the possibility of murder. The only missing item is a jar of old Mrs. Margo Perry's strawberry preserves, which Amos is allergic to. Jessica unmasks Dupree as a fake cordon bleu and Harrison as Betty Fiddler's adulterous lover, but also doubts the intended victim and ties up more minute observations... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mr. Dupree, the chef, sarcastically refers to Jessica as 'the Julia Child of Cabot Cove' when Jessica comments on how the food could have poisoned the dead woman. Julia Child was a famous American cook and television personality, known especially for her French cooking, who passed away in 2004. See more »


Although Cornelia is supposed to be a longtime resident of Cabot Cove and seems to be familiar with Dr. Hazlitt, she mispronounces his last name. See more »


Margo Perry: I'm a scientist, not a waitress.
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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

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Strawberry preserves have never been more deadly
24 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Keep the Home Fries Burning" is a standout of Season 2 (along with "Trial By Error", "Jessica Behind Bars", "Sticks and Stones" and "Murder in the Afternoon" when it comes to previous episodes, "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" and "Dead Heat" are the only ones up to this point in the season to not do much for me of the season while not terrible episodes) and of the early seasons.

What could have been a silly premise if executed badly turns out to be a lot of fun. With a mystery that's suitably twisty with lots of suspects and a clever ending that is not what you think it will be (if not as ingenious as the ones in "Trial By Error" and especially "Sticks and Stones").

Production values are high in quality as to be expected, with slick photography and attractive scenery. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are great fun, especially Anne Francis's.

Angela Lansbury is typically terrific, while Tom Bosley and William Windom are solid support. Of the guest stars, it's Francis in particular who is on fire and positively dynamite form.

In conclusion, wonderful episode and a favourite. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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