Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder, She Spoke 

A temporary black-out at a recording studio leaves Jessica in the dark when the wealthy soon-to-be-owner is stabbed to death.

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Greg Dalton
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Carl Anglin
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Earl Tuchman
Charlie Daniels ...
Stoney Carmichael
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Sally Ann Carmichael
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Al Parker
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Nancy Dalton
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Margaret Witworth
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Randy Witworth
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Jessica is recording one of her murder stories on a tape for the blind in the Red River Studios at night, when director Randy Witworth allows it as a favor to producer Greg Dalton, whom he blinded in a car accident. During one of a recent series of mysterious power cuts interrupting recording sessions, Randy is fatally stabbed in the back with a steak-knife from the Dalton kitchen. Police lieutenant Faraday considers mystery writing a harmless hobby for useless women, real sleuthing man's work, Jessica's attention for a spilled bottle of expensive nail-polish just too much. Still she manages to follow and inspire the investigation, convinced Greg was framed. Randy was worrying about bootleg tapes risking to nullify his rising star Stoney Carmichael's contract, wondering if recording technicians Al Parker and/or Earl Tuchman were accomplices. His widow Margaret is hardly grieving, but already doing business with Carl Anglin, who immediately pulls the plug on the mystery tapes... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Lt. Faraday: Oh, I think writing is a real good hobby for a woman. You can cook up some supper, you can chat on the phone, then pop over to the old typewriter now and then for a few minutes.
Jessica Fletcher: Yes, when I am not too busy beating laundry against the rocks in the river.
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Blackout murder
16 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Murder She Spoke" is a solid episode and a worthy season finale, even if the season doesn't quite go out on a bang. It has a well-paced and engaging mystery that is clever and never obvious, though it is also not the most inspired of plots and there are a few typical 'Murder She Wrote' elements that make it a little easy to foresee how things plan out.

Production values, however, are slick and stylish as ever with 'Murder She Wrote'. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable and while the story is not always inspired it has some well executed twists and turns and is never dull. The portrayal of behind the scenes and conflicts within a recording studio was well done and very interesting.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as always, while G.W. Bailey highlights the supporting cast as a detective that just as much as a sexist pig as the one in the Season 1 finale "Funeral at Fifty Mile" (be warned, there are a few lines of his that are not for the easily offended). William Atherton is not far behind in the most sympathetic of his 'Murder She Wrote' guest appearances and all the rest of the suspects are well played.

In summation, solid and very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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