This was actually the last show to be filmed.
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Angela Lansbury's son Anthony Shaw directed the second to the last broadcast #12.#23 television mystery play "Murder, She Wrote" - "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" - broadcast on 12 May 1996. Peter Shaw (1918-2003, age 84), Angela's husband and Anthony's father, appears in the mystery play's opening sequence. Peter, dressed as one of the Lab Rat Doctors, stands behind a laboratory counter. Placing Peter Shaw in the opening group of Lab Doctors' shot as the camera pans the group of laboratory doctors and technicians was planned by Anthony as a farewell touch to the CBS TV series demise ending the twelfth season. The last television mystery play for "Murder, She Wrote" - #12.#24, "Death by Demographics" was broadcast 19 May, 1996. The mystery play's title "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" is explained by Jessica at the end of the show. "Mrs. Parker's husband was trying to poison her with strychnine served to her in a glass of orange juice, every morning, by her husband! Mrs. Parker discovered her husband's plan, switching her orange juice with her husband's glass of orange juice!" - the solution of the mystery play's murder.
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