Murder, She Wrote: Season 7, Episode 13

Moving Violation (3 Feb. 1991)

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Sheriff Metzer defies political pressure and arrests an ambassador's son for various charges, including reckless driving, and trying to bribe an officer. Later, the son is found dead, and Metzger finds himself charged with murder.

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Meredith Hellman
Jack Colvin ...
Ambassador Chandler Hellman
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Lt. Avery Powell
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Len Costner
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Bradley 'Brad' Hellman
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Attorney Jason Farrell
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Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
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Morgan Phillips
Lois De Banzie ...
Phyllis Costner (as Lois de Banzie)
Will Nye ...
Barbara C. Adside ...
Janet Costner
Phyllis Franklin ...
Mabel
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Peace and quiet in Cabot Cove is disturbed after Bradley 'Brad' Hellman arrogantly tries to bribe/bluff his way out of being arrested by sheriff Mort Metzger for speeding in his sports-car, the result is jailing by the book. His father, US Ambassador Chandler Hellman, pulls all the stops to have his son released, but political interventions nor threats work. Mort knows the Hellman's police record, his former NYPD colleague, Frank, and his family of four were killed by Brad's speeding car, this fact expertly swept under the carpet. This time Chandler first lectures Brad, then accuses Metzger of abuse in jail that he obviously inflicted himself. After Brad makes bail, his corps is found by the road: Mort is accused and decides to resign, disgusted by political games. State police lieutenant Avery Powell takes charge of the case as the prime suspect is suspended. Jessica is determined to help clear him by solving the cases. They quickly find a link - friend Morgan Philips, who has her ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The murder victim (Brad Hellman) was played by David Lansbury, nephew to Angela Lansbury (playing, of course, Jessica Fletcher). See more »

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Colliding with the Irresponsible Family
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This episode marks one of the last television appearances by Harry Guardino, who has performed in film and on television since 1951, and also the final television role for Jack Colvin, who has acted in film and on television since 1966. Richard Paul and Robert Ginty have also unfortunately since passed.

Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak) rises to the forefront of action this time around after he tickets a speeding automobile driver Bradley 'Brad' Hellman (David Lansbury) with a "Moving Violation," and rejects Bradley "identification" as "Benjamin Franklin on a $100 bill" as any gesture short of a bribe, or second offense.

When it comes to power playing, reckless endangerment, graft and corruption, and the blame game, the Hellman family goes all the way. Bradley's stepmother, Meredith Hellman (Susan Clark), and, especially, his father, Ambassador Chandler Hellman (Jack Colvin), threaten to have Sheriff Metzger's badge for arresting Bradley, by not only claiming that the Cabot Cove Sheriff falsified the charges, but also has battered Bradley with police brutality when his black eye appears from nowhere.

Mayor Sam Booth (Richard Paul) finds himself on the spot, when the powerful Ambassador Hellman demands action against Mort. Sam invariably sways to the side of wealth and influence, and the little things, as stretching the truth until it bends, often find themselves filed under "Incidentals."

But Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) purports to set the record straight. She, naturally, is determined to research the facts, and to answer the less-than-obvious questions, such as "Why would an Ambassador and his family lurk around Cabot Cove in the first place?" There are other ambassadors floating around during the series, perhaps because they run out of other high-profile positions for wealthy characters, such as Senators and Corporate CEO's.

Jessica contacts reporter acquaintance Haskell Drake (Harry Guardino) in NYC, to research through his newspaper files information regarding the Hellmans, who are headquartered in NYC, which jars his memory to report a traffic accident involving Bradley, which had caused severe injury to a young lady.

Jessica visits the Costner family, which resides in Cabot Cove: Len Costner (Philip Baker Hall), Phyllis Costner (Lois De Banzie) and their daughter, Janet Costner (Barbara C. Adside), to derive additional clues to the case, in her defense of Mort Metzger.

But when a body is discovered along the side of a rural route into Cabot Cove, the battle has only just begun to bring another "Moving Violation" against Sheriff Metzger.

Lieutenant Avery Powell (Robert Ginty) is assigned to the case, and Attorney Jason Farrell (Stephen Macht) is brought in to tighten the case, and Jessica has a talk with Miss Morgan Phillips (Suzanne Snyder), who bears secrets of her own, which give Jessica an additional clue.

The cast is rounded out by Mabel (Phyllis Franklin), Mickey (Daniel Ben Wilson), Billy (Bo Sharon), Deputy Floyd (Will Nye) and Arnold, Desk Manager (Britt Leach).

Overall, the series makes good here on one of its opportunities to develop the recurring character of Sheriff Mort Metzger.


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