Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder in the Electric Cathedral 

Jessica must find the murderer of her close friend whose will is in contention between family and a popular evangelist.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Mark Brady
Nurse Sue Beth
Earl Fargo
Rev. Willie John Fargo
Sister Ruth Fargo
Harvey McKittrick
Sam McKittrick
Carrie McKittrick
District Atty. Fred Whittaker
Jeannie Wilson ...
Alice McKittrick
Jill Hill ...
Tammy Lee
Donald Craig ...
Owen Bush ...
Belinda Beatty ...
Ethel O'Neil (as Belinha Beatty)


In Oklahoma, Electrical Cathedral TV preacher Willie John Fargo gets Jessica's philanthropist friend Carrie McKittrick to leave his church most of her family's oil fortune by last will. After a heart-attack provoked by her stepson Harvey McKittrick and his son Sam McKittrick's opposition to the will, Carrie dies in the Cathedral's hospital, from cyanide poisoning. Now the heirs produce a deathbed will leaving everything to the family again, which Jessica proves to be posthumously 'signed' by Sam holding her hand. Examining the trails of the fatal syringe in the hospital and the money in the virtual church, Jessica finds Fargo is a diabetic refusing to disclose his alibi; his prints are on the syringe, but... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mildred Natwick co-starred alongside Angela Lansbury in 'The Court Jester' (1955) starring Danny Kaye. In this episode of MSW, 'Murder in the Electric Cathedral', Natwick and Lansbury's characters comment that it's been 30 years since they saw each other, a nod to their time working on 'The Court Jester'. Glynis Johns who appeared in Season 2 Episode 5 'Sing a song of murder' also co-starred in 'The Court Jester' with Lansbury. See more »


When Jessica is comparing Carrie's handwritten letter to her Last Will and Testament, the supposed "will" is actually what appears to be a page from a transcript of one of Jessica's books. The "will" starts with "It was a dark and stormy night in Cabot Cove. I sat in my favorite rocker contemplating the evenings happenings with anxiety and regret." See more »

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Rugs Ahoy!
16 March 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An above average episode of MSW, with an occasionally over-wrought plot, but well put together, and a nice appearance from Mildred Natwick. What makes this remarkable, however, is not the plot or the acting, it's the wigs.

Jack Bannon, Richard Herd and Dick Van Patten sport amazingly obvious cheap hairpieces. This goes on all the time, of course, but in this particular episode it's very distracting. In one scene, Jack, Dick and Richard are arguing and decide to take the row elsewhere. The viewer just hopes it isn't the car park, because at the first scent of a high wind it's going to get like The Trouble With Tribbles out there. Steve Forrest looks like he's augmented as well, but this could just be a an extension put on to help his characterisation as a florid tele-evangalist.

I don't think any of that counts as spoilers. More a warning.

Over all scores: Episode: 7/10; rugs 2/10.

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