Jessica is summoned to Savannah to help a friend with his play and receives an offer of marriage she didn't expect. Even more surprised are the man's plotting family.



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Episode cast overview:
Homicide Captain Walker Thorn
Grace Banfield
Arnold Goldman
Todd Wendle
Eugene McClenden
Deidre French
Crystal Wendle
Jonathan Keeler
Ola Mae
Dr. Church (as James L. Brown)


Jessica accepts an invitation from Caroline drama playwright Eugene McClenden to read his new play at his estate, where potential production key people gather. All become suspects. A shot is heard at night and Eugene found holding the smoking gun which killed producer Jonathan. Savannah PD homicide captain Walker Thorn, whose family was swindled out of the estate, investigates (but so does Jessica), and there is another crime. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 February 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Matt McCoy has a bare-chest scene in this episode. See more »


Toward the finale, Jessica is wearing a dark dress with earrings and pearls. She goes into the kitchen, and the pearls are gone, she is bare necked. A few moments later, she is in the living room and wearing the pearls again. See more »


References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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Scorned Thorn Creek Born: Adorned, Torn, Worn, Sworn, Forlorn
6 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks one of the last performances of Barry Nelson, a film and television star for fifty years.

Renown Playwright Eugene McClenden (Barry Nelson) invites fellow author Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to Thorn Creek Manor, in Savannah, Georgia, without revealing his purpose other than to read unto her his latest Play. He soon reveals a decline in his health, admonishing Jessica to maintain that his play isn't compromised.

Eugene and Jessica share common ground as successful writers, plus each rearing a nephew whose parents lost their lives in a vehicular accident. In Eugene's case, the nephew would be the carefree Todd Wendle (Matt McCoy), whom he put through school to emerge as an attorney, and now a newlywed to the social-climbing Crystal Wendle (Linda Purl).

Todd has also recently gained employment in the legal office of Attorney Jonathan Keeler (Elliott Reid), who also serves as his Uncle Eugene's business manager. (Jonathan isn't given a last name in the credits although one line of dialogue reveals this as "Keeler.")

Theatre Producer Arnold Goldman (Frank Gorshin) arrives for a visit to discuss Eugene's latest play, along with veteran actress Deidre French (Lois Nettleton), whom Eugene esteems as too mature for the role of Margarite although Deidre disagrees and schemes with Arnold to rework the script. "Somber Twighlight," by Eugene McClenden, had served them well several years back, but neither has experienced a hit in its aftermath.

Grace Banfield (Penny Fuller) soon returns to Savannah from a trip to Atlanta, at which she attempts to rekindle a flame with Eugene in spite of his mounting attention to Jessica. Grace, Arnold and Eugene are some of the clients who have encountered losses from Jonathan's corrupt business dealings.

Maid Ola Mae (Beah Richards) rounds out the cast of those present at Thorn Creek on the night during which gunshots are heard and a body is discovered at Thorn Creek.

Homicide Captain Walker Thorn (Rene Auberjonois) heads the investigation, revealing to Jessica that his family was also swindled by Jonathan, to lose Thorn Creek, their once opulent estate, thus welcoming her to aid in the search for clues.

Jessica also must reach a decision regarding Eugene's sudden proposal amid much "Mourning Among the Wisterias."

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