Father Donald Barnes meets Jessica on the Cabot Cove beach, where he minds Eddie Frayne, who she once tutored as English teacher, only presenting himself as a teacher. Soon after in his capacity of parish priest ad interim (the incumbent is on sabbatical) he hears confession from a murderer, businessman Evan West's step-daughter. After his corpse is found on the beach the priest can't come forth with any identification or details, only acknowledge Jessica's hints toward the arrested suspect, Eddie, didn't confess. So it's up to her alone to dig in the family's sordid past and come up with more relevant facts than the penitent girl realized. Written by
Did You Know?
Jennifer Runyon appears twice in the Murder She Wrote universe, her first appearance is in this episode, and her second outing is in the season 7, episode 20, Murder, Plain & Simple, as the character Rebecca Beiler. Interestingly, actor Hunt Block makes his second appearance in this same episode as a different character, too. See more