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X Marks the Exposed Ex-con's X-Ray
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4 October 2009
During a book tour, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) makes one of her
three trips into Canada as she now takes an excursion into Saskatchewan
to check upon her cousin's daughter Jill Morton (Kristy McNichol), who
has taken up with rodeo rider Marty Reed (Patrick Houser).
Although eager to visit with Jessica, Jill informs her that she is busy
with the rodeo and ready to pursue a future with Marty even though she
know that her mother wouldn't approve, and Marty, for some unexplained
reason, treats the concept of a potential future with Jill reluctantly.
Marty and rider Boone Talbott (Larry Wilcox) and Wally Bryce the Rodeo
Clown (Terry Kiser) are some of the performers bossed around by Luke
Perdue (Paul LeMat), who demands that riders perform dangerous stunts.
Boone's wife, Carla Talbott (Cassie Yates), also joins in the protests
of Luke to protect their safety.
Boone, Marty and Luke receive separate injuries from attempting to
handle a bucking bronco; yet, while the others refuse treatment, Luke
is sent to resident medic, Doc Schaefer's (Joe A. Dorsey) trailer with
his leg fitted for a cast.
During the night, as flames erupt from inside a trailer, the rodeo
crowd gathers to carrying victims away from the smoke and flames.
Consuela Schaefer (Rosana DeSoto) explains to Jessica that she and her
husband reside in separate quarters.
The next day, upon helping RCMP Inspector Roger McCabe (Lance LeGault)
with the investigation, Jessica suspects that the perpetrator tossed a
burning cigarette embedded into a book of matches into the open window
to ignite the couch, before s/he closed the window and fled.
While Jessica continues to listen to Jill's problems about Marty's not
committing, the rodeo secretary (Eileen T'Kaye) receives a call for
someone not available to answer, and she asks the gathering what to
Jessica tells her that she'd better take the call, from Warden Burris
(Thomas Middleton) at an Oregon penitentiary. Warden Burris relates the
purpose of the message, for the Warden to look up an X-ray for a
prisoner he had treated in Oregon, a Carl Mattson. But is there a Carl
Mattson around the rodeo? When Jessica asks an inspector whether the
oxygen tank found near the trailer door was nearly empty or full, and
he answers, "empty," she realizes that she has been looking at this
investigation all wrong.
Meanwhile, Jill catches Marty's embracing Mona (Devon Williams) with a
young child, who calls Marty "Daddy." Jill decides that Marty has been
stringing her along and insists that Jessica take her away on the next
But Marty has to ride after Boone takes his fall, and when he stands up
to Luke to express his terms, Jill decides that Marty isn't all that
cowardly after all and decides to stay to watch his show and for
Jessica to figure the murder puzzle.
An unsuspecting Mona befriends Jill, as one of Marty's good friends,
who doesn't let on about her relationship with Marty, to allow Mona to
explain that she watches the ranch back in Montana and takes care of
their son, while Marty earns a living on the rodeo circuit. (Rounding
out the cast are Ed McCready as the Bartender, Ron Troncatty as the
P.A. Announcer, Michael Frederic as the Medic in his only acting
appearance, Lisa Long as the Flirtatious Girl, Richard Molnar as the
Intern, and Gerry Okuneff as the Man.)
Jessica then pieces together the puzzle to figure the intended victim,
and uncovers the disguise of the murderer, by retracing the steps,
while Jill decides what to do about Marty, the rodeo and the "Showdown
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