Shortly before a sailing race which can qualify for the world cup in New Zealand, captain Ned Larkin is knocked down in the Cabot Cove marina, wounded in the leg by a masked man, and his boat Free Spirit damaged, according to him by millionaire industrialist Kyle Kimball, captain of the Buccaneer. Jessica is embarrassed, given her sailing ignorance, to be asked as honorary commodore of the prestigious ocean race. Kimball's presumed skipper (crew chief) Steve Gantry gets cash from him and reports Larkin was difficult. Kimball's ex Anne, Larkin's daughter, now Larkin-man Bill Richards's partner, steps in as captain of the Free Spirit and asks deputy Deputy Andy Broom as skipper. Shortly after he resisted Gantry's attempt to blackmail him into giving him a $50,000 loan, Kimball is found dead from a blow on the head, Anne arrested, causing another replacements parade. Sheriff Mort Metzger and Jessica investigate. Written by
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This show is the first of four to run in the program's long-established Sunday night time slot. CBS programming head Leslie Moonves had moved the show to Thursdays in an obvious attempt to kill it, which he did - but the shows he tried on Sunday drew catastrophically low ratings. With the May "sweeps" ratings period coming up and the CBS affiliated stations screaming for his head, he gave in and attracted what viewers he could get. See more
References Singin' in the Rain