Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Prediction: Murder 

Lee Goddard successfully coaxed Jessica to join him at his ranch in Arizona after the harrowing events of the previous episode, but intrigue and murder follow them there when a mysterious psychic joins them.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Katherine Aaron
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Ben Aaron
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Jill Goddard
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Jessica visits real estate magnate Lee Goddard's Arizona ranch. Professional performer Franchesco's psychic atypically gloomy predictions at a private performance impress only Lee's son Del's reputedly superstitious wife Jill Goddard. She sees nearly chocking in toast and a fall from her horse as proof, then is kidnapped. Worse follows, and Jessica sticks to skeptical investigation of the facts, as does county police lieutenant Turner. Written by KGF Vissers

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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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The final restaurant scene with Dale Robertson and Angela Lansbury was filmed in the Universal Studios VIP commissary dining room prior to the studio's renovation of the room in 1990. The booth they occupy was always reserved for Lew Wasserman. See more »

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When Jill Goddard's car leaps off the top of the cliff when she is returning home after being kidnapped, it bounces down the cliffside before coming to rest firmly on its wheels; there is no explosion or fire. The whole crash is stock footage. See more »

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Dale Robertson, who was a featured guest in back-to-back episodes "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel" and "Prediction: Murder," is not credited in either show. The following explanation is given in the book "The Unofficial Murder She Wrote Casebook" by James Robert Parish: Dale Robertson...was one of the few MSW performers to question the show's policy of listing the guest stars in the credits in alphabetical order. According to then executive producer and co-creator Peter S. Fischer, "This arrangement didn't sit well with Dale Robertson, who allowed as how he would just as soon have no billing...This was okay with us. He did two shows, we didn't break our top fee and he didn't get billing. That was his choice and I never knew why." See more »

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Unnerving predictions
12 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Dale Robertson who was an Air Force buddy of Jessica Fletcher's husband and part of the previous episode prevails upon Angela Lansbury to visit his Arizona ranch. He's got matrimony on his mind, but other concerns come to the fore while there.

His son Michael Spound lives there with his wife Lisa Pelikan. For a night's entertainment they acquire the services of a clairvoyant, the Great Francesco who does mind reading in his act. He makes some unnserving predictions for Pelikan that come true. Later on Pelikan is involved in a fiery car crash after she is kidnapped and held for ransom.

This episode breaks the Murder She Wrote mold in a few ways but I can't say how lest I reveal something. I will say Robertson is rejected as Jessica Fletcher isn't about to leave Cabot Cove.


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