Jessica searches for a link between the town bully's death and the death of the woman he was having an affair with.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Imogene Shaughnessy
Ollie Rudman
Claire Malis ...
Emily Bryce (as Claire Malis Callaway)
Sam Bryce
Lise Cutter ...
Terry Deauville
Harvey Hoffman
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Al Wallace
Ron Friendly
Gloria Bryce
Medora Finney
Kelly Flynn ...
Biddeford Bomber


In Cabot Cove, Seth treats Jessica and her New York re-migrant friend Imogene Shaughnessy to a dinner at the bowling alley, where bad loser Sam Bryce openly trips Al's foot. The girls decide to take a look the next morning at his friend Terry Deauville's fine, grand home; she considers moving to New York; she calls Sam it's over now he stood her up, and cries loudly after the girls have gone. Impopular wino Sam's daughter Gloria Bryce and her lover Ollie Rudman are happier. Jessica praises Seth's poem 'Ode to Literature'; they hear Sam jell to his bowling teammate to return his saber-saw and deny they'll both be at the game; the sheriff got a report on a break in at that place but nothing of value was stolen. Sam complains to Ron about he state of the saw while he's at poker with the sheriff; the saw electrocutes Sam to death, while standing in water. Miss Medora Finney reports another break-in during Sam's funeral, only her journal was stolen, according to her the key to Sam's murder... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 November 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


After attending the first funeral Sheriff Metzger is asked what one of the funeral attendees was wearing. He replies, "Mr. Blackwell I'm not." Richard Blackwell was the creator of the, 'Ten Worst Dressed Woman's List.' See more »


References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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Putting the Cart Ahead of the Horse, Noose and Circuit Breaker
3 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the only acting credit thus far for Kelly Flynn, as well as one of the most recent appearances to date by Thomas Callaway, who has acted since 1975, with a two-year stint on the daytime serial "Somerset," upon which Bibi Besch for four years has played the role of Eve Lawrence. Bibi Besch, acting since 1964, has, unfortunately, since passed.

When Cabot Cove native Imogene Shaughnessy (Bibi Besch) decides to relocate to her home town from New York City, she, therefore, asks dear friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to assist her in locating a suitable residence.

Terry Deauville (Lise Cutter) owns a Cabot Cove residence, of acceptable space to accommodate Imogene's purposes, and ironically plans to sell in order to relocate to New York City, to distance herself from her unsuitable suitor, Sam Bryce (Thomas Callaway), who happens to have a wife and daughter, either with little nice to speak of Sam, at any rate.

While Sam's wife, Emily Bryce (Claire Malis), and daughter, Gloria Bryce (Vinessa Shaw), maintain the worse regarding Sam Bryce, Gloria's fiancé, Ollie Rudman (Ben Browder), often defends Sam's honor, which is farther than Sam's bowling league teammates would venture.

Harvey Hoffman (Troy Evans), Al Wallace (Chris Mulkey), Ron Friendly (Douglas Roberts) and Biddeford Bomber (Kelly Flynn) bowl with their league at Cabot Cove Lanes, as Waitress (Zanne Shaw) serves in the adjacent restaurant, in open view of the lanes.

Medora Finney (Jennifer Warren), on the other hand, trusts no one around Cabot Cove, as she steals around the community at night to note shady wrongdoings in her diary, to the dismay of locals, who label her as quite certifiable.

On the evening before Imogene and Jessica tour Terry's residence, Doctor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) invites the two close friends to dinner--at the bowling alley restaurant, where they witness a physical outburst among teammates.

Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak), meanwhile, participates in a series of poker games in a garage and invites Seth to sit in when one of its regulars doesn't show. Deputy Andy Broom (Louis Herthum) smirks away the illegal gambling, he sticking to the straight and narrow.

The next evening, when someone attempts to operate a drill in a garage, the wire is short-circuited as the victim stands within a puddle of water and is electrocuted.

And the next day, when Imogene and Jessica arrive to tour a residence, they discover another body, this one suspended from the noose of a rope dangling from a rafter.

Jessica is convinced that the two murders are somehow connected, as she investigates the bowling league, the hardware store, the gutted pharmacy after a fire, and Medora Finney's missing diary, which is found at the scene of a murder, in this case of "Murder by Twos."

While shopping in downtown Cabot Cove with Seth, who mentions a figurine bearing the oddity of a cart ahead of the horse, Jessica experiences a sudden burst of logic, deciding that these murders were carefully plotted.

This episode contains a rather macabre scene, as eccentric mother and daughter, Emily and Gloria Bryce, laugh away their burning of photographs and memorabilia in their fireplace. This may mark the one event in the "MSW" series in which fireplace pokers are used to stir the embers rather than their customary usage, to be hoisted as murder weapons.

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