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Reducing Facts and Deducting Thrift Seekers, Bargain Lawyers, Cut-Rate Associates, Penny-Pinching Spouses and Cheap Alibis
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24 October 2009
This episode marks the most recent acting appearances to date by Jenny
Burgess, Sylvia Sage and Darnell Harrison. Herb Edelman and Sandy Ward
have since passed.
Inside an office in New York City, Publisher Ted Hartley (Bruce Gray)
and his assistant, Jed Collins (John Allsopp), unveil the artwork of
the cover of the forthcoming paperback edition of a best-selling
Mystery, "The Uncaught," by Jessica "J.B." Fletcher (Angela Lansbury).
Meanwhile, at Daffy Dave's Video-Rama shoppe, Dave Novaro (George
Segal) is interrupted from a commercial shoot from tension caused from
the publicity of "The Uncaught," which has disrupted his life, as well
as the lives of those around him because its plot parallels a
five-year-old murder case, in which Dave was released on a
technicality, after being tried for murdering his wife, Janet Trent
Neil Fraser (Sam Anderson), Dave's mild-mannered business partner, and
Lillian Conway (Elaine Joyce), Dave and Neil's loyal assistant, had
both been life-long friends with Dave, but now the business and the
association have grown strained because the cold case has been
receiving much publicity.
Iris Novaro (Morgan Fairchild) had served as Dave's secretary until the
time of the murder, after which she and Dave had married. But now, she
claims that the tension has caused a rift in the marriage, telling Dave
that she wants out, but not mentioning her fling with toy-boy Randy
Konig (John Enos III), who holds ulterior motives of his own where Iris
Jessica now discovers that she must delay her vacation plans for
Hawaii, by facing a court deposition as Novaro sues Hartley and the
company, in addition to Jessica, who may be sued by the company for
presenting fact for fiction even though she never heard of the Novaro
murder case. Young Attorney Aaron Woodman (Spencer Garrett) is retained
by Ted Hartley to defend Jessica and himself, while Jessica intends to
learn as much about the case as possible.
Reviewing archive information, Jessica spots her old associate NYPD
Lieutenant Artie Gelber (Herb Edelman) in news coverage, and decides to
enlist his assistance in the matter, by checking police files, with the
assistance of Artie and Detective Henderson (Leonard Lightfoot).
Jessica then receives a visit from Norman Trent (Sandy Ward), the
father of Janet Novaro, and the grandfather of Rachel Novaro (Julianna
Margulies), who, against Norman's advice, represents her father, Dave,
against the author and publishers of "The Uncaught."
When Norman and Jessica discuss differing reasons for the same purpose
of stopping the lawsuit, she notices Norman's golden falcon-handled
cane, which is later found at the scene of a murder, when Jessica,
Artie and Henderson stumble across a body which has been bludgeoned, in
cut-rate fashion, for "Murder at a Discount."
The cast is rounded out by Hilda the Bag Lady (Sylvia Sage),
Receptionist (Jenny Burgess), Man (John Petlock), Marcel, the Maitre d'
(Robert Rigamonti), Eli the Video Director (Darnell Harrison) and
Minister (James Daughton).
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