Jessica visits a convent to see a former sorority sister and winds up searching for a nun's killer.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marian Simpson
Nancy Bates
Sister Emily
Mark Keyloun ...
Mike Phelps
Mayor Albert Simpson
Dr. Marshall
Rev. Mother Claire
Bishop Patrick Shea
Sister Paul
Sherri Stoner ...
Sarah Martino
Wendy Brainard ...
Sister Mary-Margaret
Carol Swarbrick ...
Sister Margaret-Marie


Mike Phelps refuses to accept his fiancée Sarah Martino leaves him to enter the Immaculate Heart nunnery which runs a girls school, where Jessica takes a retreat, invited by a former sorority sister, now reverend mother Claire. After benefactors mayor Albert Simpson and wife Marian learned about Ray Carter trying to find a dying rich man's 15 years ago estranged daughter, convent record keeper sister Emily is found dead at her desk, according to a hand-written note suicide by pills, which Claire refuses to believe although the convent was closed up all night. After finding out the pills dose wasn't even lethal, the note was a teaching aid and several secrets, although mother superior and bishop Patrick Shea are still prepared to let the police close the case, Jessica learns about a secretly reopened old underground railroad route, snoops on and devises a crafty trap... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 October 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Audrey Totter's final acting role before her death on December 12, 2013 at the age of 95. See more »

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Murder in the convent
19 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – 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.

"Old Habits Die Hard" is another one of the gems of Season 4 (to me one of the better and more consistent seasons of 'Murder She Wrote') and perhaps one of the best overall episodes too. One of those episodes that one cannot get enough of no matter how many times it's been seen, with something new to admire each time. The mystery itself is colourful and clever, without being convoluted or obvious with everything being tied up neatly but not in a too pat way at the end.

It's the cast that make "Old Habits Die Hard" the gem that it is. Angela Lansbury is dependably terrific, while it is impossible not to be charmed and entertained by the star power of one of the show's best guest star casts. Standing out are Eileen Brennan, who plays a busybody to classy and suitably annoying but fun perfection, Clu Gallagher who charms in her flirtatiousness, Robert Prosky who plays the most crusty in demeanour monsignor you'll ever see and Jane Powell bringing a lot of spirit.

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 the story has some well executed twists and turns and is never dull.

To conclude, one of my favourites of Season 4. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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