Murder, She Wrote: Season 2, Episode 6

Reflections of the Mind (3 Nov. 1985)

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Scott Lodge thinks his wife Francesca is going crazy and trying to kill him. But when a phone call from her supposedly dead first husband precedes the fatal incident, Jessica must unravel fact from hysteria to find a killer.



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Episode cast overview:
Francesca Lodge
Steven Keats ...
Dr. Victor March
Sheriff Bodine
Scott Lodge
Cheryl Lodge
Janet DeMay ...
Brooke Devon
Franny Parrish ...
Nurse (as Frannie Parrish)


Jessica comes to the assistance of her dear friend Francesca Lodge who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Francesca has been married for a number of years to a younger man, Scott, who unbeknown to her is having an affair with his secretary. Francesca's major problem is that she hears voices or music playing that suggests her first husband's spirit has come back to haunt her. She's under the care of an unorthodox but seemingly competent psychiatrist, Dr. Victor March who also treated Francesca's daughter Cheryl during her wild teenage years. Jessica is convinced that someone is trying to drive her friend mad and sets out to stop it before it's too late. Written by garykmcd

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3 November 1985 (USA)  »

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During the opening credits, the camera pans over a table with several framed photos, one of which appears to be of Angela Lansbury and Ann Blyth in their younger acting days. See more »


In the scene where Scott Lodge's car falls over the cliff, it tumbles over the edge and lands on its roof with its wheels up in the air. It does not burst into flame as indicated later in the episode by Sheriff Bodine: the entire crash sequence is stock footage, taken from another TV show. Furthermore, Scott's car is a convertible and the car in the crash sequence has a metal roof. See more »


Jessica Fletcher: [to Cheryl Lodge] I don't want to alarm you but something very sinister is going on here.
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"It's a Bird. It's a Cage. It's Duping Time"
27 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lovely Classic film actress Ann Blyth shines in her thus far swan song role as a lady on edge of breakdown in "Reflections of the Mind."

Here, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to visit dear friend Francesca Lodge (Miss Blyth) upon learning of her troubles, seeing things, and hearing things relating to her late husband, Phillip Devon.

Things just don't add up, as Francesa hears a tune from a music box and telephone conversations from her deceased first husband, while no one else does, and sees a deceased canary, which others see as very much alive.

But who perpetrates these illusions, which torture Francesa? Doctor Victor March (Steven Keats), her Pyschiatrist? Cheryl Lodge (Stacey Nelkin), her daughter? Carl (Wings Hauser), her gardener? Margaret (Esther Rolle), her maid? Scott Lodge (Ben Murphy), her young husband? Brooke Devon (Janet DeMay), his admiring secretary? Or could it be a conspiracy?

Jessica teams with Sheriff Bodine (Martin Milner) to attempt to uncover the truth before it's too late although during the course of their investigation.

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