Murder, She Wrote: Season 4, Episode 16

Murder Through the Looking Glass (21 Feb. 1988)

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While in Conneticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.

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Father Patrick Francis (as Cliff DeYoung)
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Sgt. Cooper
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Jackson
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Van Buran
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Pierce
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Sanchez
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Ellen Cosgrove
Victor Mohica ...
Delgado
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Hitman
Lynn Philip Seibel ...
Dinner Chairman (as Lynn Seibel)
Wayne Heffley ...
Kirk Scott ...
Adams
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Moments after leaving a hotel where she gave a speech to a booksellers convention, Jessica Fletcher witnesses a car accident. The driver has suffered a heart attack and asks Jessica to find him a priest. He also in his dying breath tells her that he had just killed a man by the name of Carl Cosgrove. She reports what he said to the police but Sgt. Cooper doubts her story, especially after checking and learning that Cosgrove is alive and well living in his gated property. When Cosgrove's body is found however, it looks like Jessica may have been right. The only thing is that Coscrove isn't Cosgrove and Jessica finds herself in the middle of a government security operation. Written by garykmcd

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The title is based upon Lewis Carroll's book 'Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There'. See more »

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"We Are as Much as We See" --in or through the Mirror
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After addressing an audience at New England Booksellers' Association, in Hartford, Connecticut, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) overhears the confession of a man (Tom Reese) who cannot catch his breath. "I just killed a man, Carl Cosgrove, of Farmington --H and H."

Police Sergeant Cooper (Laurence Luckinbill) puts no stock into Jessica's account of a hit-man with a conscience and dismisses the matter as ludicrous, considering no body to be found, in addition to a report by Ellen Cosgrove (Karen Valentine) that her husband is very much alive.

Jessica decides to pay a visit to Ellen Cosgrove, not realizing that she enters a Department of Special Securities (DSS) Safe House, in Farmington, Connecticut.

DSS agents scrutinize Jessica's presence "Through the Looking Glass", a two-way mirror with a view of the protected subject. Jackson (Robert Reed), Van Buran (Mark Shera) and Pierce (Dan Shor) study her presence in the room of "Carl Cosgrove."

This location houses a Latin American resistance leader under their "security." Delgado (Victor Mohica) thus poses as Mr. Cosgrove, with comrade Sanchez (Gregory Sierra) as his loyal assistant. The impatient Delgado is scheduled to testify before a security committee in Washington DC the next day.

Upon her return to her Hartford hotel, Desk Clerk (Brian Carpenter) informs Jessica that Father Patrick Francis (Cliff De Young) asks her to pay a call to him at Saint Jerome's Church, at which she suspects an inconsistency with Father Francis' character, after he refers to the parish priest as "Father Sweeny," but she notices his name plate as "Father Kelly."

Jessica tests Father Francis by attributing a Henry David Thoreau quotation to Saint Thomas Aquinas, "We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge."

The Desk Clerk also forwards a call to Jessica at the church from Sergeant Cooper, who changes his tune upon the discovery of a body recovered from the Connecticut River, a victim of "H and H," the mark of a hired killer, who attacks the "head and heart." He escorts Jessica back to the Safe House, to interrogate its staff about the fate of Agent Adams, as Carl Cosgrove (Kirk Scott).

A complicated plot thickens when a U.S. Cabinet Secretary convinces a reluctant Jessica to abide by Father Francis' suggestion for her to return to the Safe House a third time under the guise of her Mystery writer acumen "to research a potential novel" as she digs for clues to the fate of Adams.

But what she discovers is a second murder, which she is convinced is linked to the first once the wrong suspect is apprehended.


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