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"Gotta Make a Move from a Town That's Wrong for Them"
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21 April 2010
This opens in current day Houston, Texas, inside a National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) office, with archive footage of the
July 20, 1969, moon landing of Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) "Eagle,"
engendering the quotation, "One small step for man, One Giant Leap For
NASA Agent Juan Ramez (Reni Santoni) meets with the visiting Jessica
Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to roll the tape, as she researches her
latest manuscript, "Endangered, The Launch Pad Murders," and requests
as many details as Juan Ramez may provide. (Although the episode
doesn't site J.B.'s current title-in-the making, "Endangered" and "The
Launch Pad Murders" are sometimes listed as separate J.B. Fletcher
During the meeting, Juan receives a telephone call from Sam Mercer
(Gary Lockwood), informing Juan to expect his shipment of Mercer LG
computers via semi-rig delivery soon.
At any rate, while she researches in Houston, the Platte family
welcomes dear old friend Jessica into their residence, in nearby San
Dimas, Texas, one year after the passing of matriarch Lynne Platte.
Newly widowed Wayne Platte (Earl Holliman) operates Platte Trucking
Company with his efficient Receptionist/Secretary/Bookkeeper/Dispatcher
Meg Thomas (Beth Grant), who conducts most of the office
responsibilities and informs Wayne of its distressful financial
Wayne Platte also drives for his delivery company, and today hauls the
shipment of Mercer LG computers to deliver to NASA, when three highway
robbers stop his 18-wheeler to overcome Wayne and to hijack his truck.
Doctor (Ron Leath) tends to Wayne's injuries, while Wayne and Meg worry
about the truck and its shipment of merchandise, both stolen by the
notorious team of San Dimas highway bandits.
Across San Dimas, Willie Greenwood (Joanna Cassidy) operates Willie's
Roadhouse, a honky tonk bar providing live Country music performances,
at which Wayne's son, Rob Platte (Patrick Cassidy), performs, as
Jessica arrives in town to hear his performance, she also attired in
Country-flavored garments to suit the local color.
Rob exhibits plenty of promise with his healthy appearance, caring
personality, smooth voice and ability to carry a song, and so he plans
to leave San Dimas and his father's trucking company to try his hand
for potential recording success in Nashville, Tennessee.
Waitress Cindy Warrick (Melora Hardin) encourages Rob Platte to follow
his dreams, against his father's wishes on both parts, because Rob's
dreams also include marrying Cindy, who has a love-'em-and-leave-'em
reputation for dumping her ex-husbands, instead of dealing with
Bartender Randy Jinks (Whip Hubley) had been Cindy's first husband, and
now Cindy, Randy and Rob all have to work together at Willie's
Roadhouse, where Willie certainly doesn't stand for their recurring
altercations. During one fight between Randy and Rob over Cindy, Willie
douses them all with water and then demands that the three dry off and
get back to work.
So, Jessica has her hands full, trying to research "The Launch Pad
Murders" while learning of Wayne's brutal attack, while having to
champion young love if only for the sake of Baby Sammi Sue, the lovable
infant daughter of Cindy and her second ex-husband.
Sheriff Jim Monday (Dirk Blocker) and Deputy Sutton (Heath Kizzier)
investigate the highway robbery and suspect that Willie Greenwood and
Randy Jinks are in it over their heads although authorities have not
been able to locate the secret warehouse, at which Willie allegedly
stores the stolen merchandise even though Willie and Randy walk freely
from the stockroom to the warehouse behind her Roadhouse in a moment's
time. However, the officers manage to locate the empty semi-rig and
return it to Platte Trucking Company.
TV repair shop Owner (Brett Porter) has been fencing the stolen
merchandise, which he deems as inferior quality, and not suitable for
NASA purposes, causing some to blame Sam Mercer for pulling a fast one
even though the thieves and fencers have no legal recourse to confront
Sam. Nor can they alert NASA without casting suspicion upon themselves.
But Willie has other means of obtaining illegal funds, such as by
blackmailing Meg Thomas for embezzling from Platte Trucking, and having
to borrow from Willie to repay the funds at very high interest. While
she confronts Meg on the sidewalk, Lance Taggart (Robert O'Reilly)
arrives by bus to blackmail Willie for setting him up for conviction.
Now that he has been paroled, Lance seeks to return to Willie's
hijacking fold, and into her arms again for some reason or other.
While Jessica observes Wayne's inspecting his recovered truck, while
trying to convince him that Cindy and Rob may be good for each other, a
small explosion injures Wayne's arm, after pinning him beneath a
falling wheel. Doctor (Ron Leath) once again treats Wayne's injuries
and advises him not to drive for a while.
Rob volunteers to drive for Wayne, to try to salvage the company from
the verge of bankruptcy, even if that means saying "Good-bye" to his
dreams as a Country singer. But there are Cindy and Baby Sammi Sue to
consider, and Jessica sees what she can do to fix them back up with Rob
after Wayne tries to buy off Cindy, to leave his only child alone.
And then there's a murder. This time around, an 18-wheel rig serves as
the murder weapon for a victim who stands along the highway to await an
appointment. Why the victim doesn't step from the road isn't explained,
possibly from that frozen feeling of disbelief, realizing the
double-cross, but now Deputy Sutton and Jessica must investigate a case
This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Whip
Hubley, the second of two each for Earl Holliman, Robert O'Reilly and
Reni Santoni, and the fourth of four for Gary Lockwood.
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