Murder, She Wrote: Season 12, Episode 7

Nan's Ghost: Part 2 (9 Nov. 1995)

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Jessica is trapped in the dungeon of an ancient Irish castle, but uses her ingenuity to get rescued and find the treasure and a murderer.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bevis ...
Andrea Nader
Deirdre O'Bannon
Officer Matthew Ryan
Eileen O'Bannon
Vincent Nader (credit only)
Superintendent Arthur Joyce
Ross Kettle ...
Ian O'Bannon
Felicia Lansbury ...
Dr. John Sullivan
Peter Franklin
Zuleika Brown
Jack Conroy (as John St. Ryan)
Inspector Rory Lanahan


Part 2 of 2. In Ireland, Jessica has been trapped in a hidden chamber. Rory and Eileen find her, but Ian is still trying to arrange financing to save the castle and Andrea and her lawyer/lover Lafferty plan to move forward with turning the castle into a hotel, Peter Franklin is arrested for Nader's murder, and Rory still has not connected with his mysterious source. But another murder raises more questions and Jessica is running out of time. Written by mama.sylvia

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9 November 1995 (USA)  »

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In a conversation among characters Deirdre O'Bannon, Ian O'Bannon and Officer Matthew Ryan, Officer Ryan thanks med student Deirdre O'Bannon for saving his sister and her newborn by diagnosing a placenta previa. Deirdre then described placenta previa as the baby's umbilical being wrapped around its neck. Placenta previa is actually a condition whereby the placenta grows and stays unusually low in the uterus, sometimes completely covering the cervix, and may cause bleeding, or life-threatening hemorrhaging. While the two conditions could happen simultaneously, they are not one and the same. See more »

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"Please Release Her; Let Her Go, For She Won't Meddle Anymore?"
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Eileen O'Bannon (Fionnula Flanagan) and Inspector Rory Lanahan (Rod Taylor), with the assistance of her son, Ian O'Bannon (Ross Kettle), and their domestic assistant Moira (Felicia Lansbury), begin a search of Ballynook Castle grounds, upon which Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) is believed to be held captive once they are unable to track down her whereabouts throughout County Cork, Ireland.

Andrea Nader (Leslie Bevis) and her Real Estate Attorney, Paul Lafferty (James Warwick), continue to study the arrangement between the Nadars and Eileen O'Bannon for the Nadar's bid to purchase Ballynook Castle.

Peter Franklin (Raphael Sbarge) remains in jail, to face a hearing for murder charges, when Andrea pays him a visit to dump her young admirer for her attorney, in the fashion of ditching Peter to play with Paul.

Doctor John Sullivan (Christopher Neame) visits Jack Conroy's (John Saint Ryan) curio shoppe to search through Nan's possessions for clues which she may have uncovered toward the whereabouts of Cromwell's treasure, but Jack evicts John for tampering through Jack's late daughter's belongings, so John returns after hours with the intent of burglary.

Deirdre O'Bannon (Edita Brychta) experiences a change of heart toward Officer Matthew Ryan's (Mark Lindsay Chapman) proposal once Matthew convinces Dierdre that local midwives don't know how to save the unborn baby which his sister Kitty (unseen character) carries because its umbilical cord wraps around the baby's neck. (See "Goofs.") Dierdre then realizes that Matthew cares about the important aspects of life and volunteers to oversee Kitty's 20-hour delivery.

Castle servant Leonard (Thomas Kopache) continues his unscrupulous spying for bribery payments, this time aiming Rory Lanahan as his target, while Rory is busy with Eileen, in trying to rescue Jessica, who now believes that Nan has been murdered.

After Zulika Brown (Wendy Schaal) disappears from Ballynook Castle, as has Vincent Nader (Peter Jason), Andrea Nader returns with Paul Lafferty, and Superintendent Arthur Joyce (John Karlen) also returns on the heels of a third murder.

Jessica, now freed from captivity, scouts the woods with Rory, when they discover the body, which has been stabbed with a pitchfork, the victim uttering answers to Jessica's questions, before perishing.

This time around, Superintendent Joyce arrests Ian O'Bannon because his fingerprints are found upon the pitchfork (and instantly identified?), as well as Ian's fingerprints upon the recovered pistol, which has been registered to Ian's late father, Patrick, and conveniently placed beneath a very-easy-to-located shrub.

And so, Peter Franklin is released from custody, but Jessica believes in both Peter and Ian's innocence, as Ian has clearly been framed, as well.

But when Jessica, again, questions Peter, he provides her with a clue which catalyzes her realization as to how the three murders must tie together.

Moira provides Jessica with additional clues, by translating Nan's poetry from the Celtic language, for Jessica to arrive at her conclusion.

And when Jessica and Rory return to the secret crypt, Rory is overcome by blunt instrument during an altercation, after discovering yet another body in the forest although still alive at this point, the victim of a stabbing by the perpetrator of "Nan's Ghost."

This episode represents the most recent appearance to date by Felicia Lansbury, as well as the second of two "MSW" guest appearances each for Peter Jason, Thomas Kopache, John Saint Ryan, Wendy Schaal and James Warwick, the third of three each for Leslie Bevis, Edita Brychta, Ross Kettle, Christopher Neame, Raphael Sbarge and Rod Taylor, the fourth of four each for Fionnula Flanagan and John Karlen, and the fifth of five "MSW's" each for Felicia Lansbury and Mark Lindsay Chapman.

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