Murder, She Wrote: Season 3, Episode 17

Simon Says, Color Me Dead (1 Mar. 1987)

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Jessica investigates when an artist is murdered and his prized painting is missing.



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Episode cast overview:
Eleanor Thane
Foster Brooks ...
Simon Thane
Ann Dusenberry ...
Carol Selby
Irene Rutledge
Steve Inwood ...
Cash Logan
George Selby
Chris Hebert ...
Tommy Rutledge
Phillip Clark ...
Deputy Collins
Martha Sommers (as Daryl Lynn Wood)


Irene Rutledge can't afford a bike for her son Tommy, and Jessica lets him earn her husband's old bike by working in her garden. Artist Simon Thane says he has been working on a special canvas all summer, but hasn't let anyone see it. When Simon is found dead and the mysterious painting has disappeared, Amos arrests Irene for murder. But Jessica is convinced that Irene is innocent. Written by mama.sylvia

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Per the title, Simon Says is a children's game for three or more players where one is "it" and tells the others what to do when asked with a phrase beginning with "Simon says". See more »


Sheriff Amos Tupper: What am I going to do about the fact that Irene Rutledge has no legal claim to Tommy?
Jessica Fletcher: Amos, if I were you, I would develop amnesia.
Sheriff Amos Tupper: Save a lot of paperwork, too.
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I love this show!!
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There has never been a show before or since it's cancellation that can compare to Murder She Wrote. I understand that Jean Stapelton was once offered the role of J.B. Fletcher but Jean turned it down (Murder She Wrote originally aired on CBS along with All In The Family which Jean starred in with Carrol O'Connor). Angela was their second choice. Although I love Jean as well, it's difficult to picture anyone else playing this character!

What I enjoy most about watching reruns of MSW is seeing actors as a then and now scenario. One actor that comes to mind is Jerry Orbach. He appeared on this show a number of times. He went on to portray the legendary Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order. I watched L&O just to see him and catch his wisecracks.

Another actor is Kasi Lemmons. She played a computer analyst who was attacked. Kasi went on to write and direct the, in my opinion, classic film Eve's Bayou.

I often get criticized by my friends and family for watching MSW every time it's on TV at my age (30's). It's a happy day for me when the Biography Channel runs a Murder She Wrote marathon!

Angela Lansbury is an American Treasure!!

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