Murder, She Wrote: Season 5, Episode 9

Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (8 Jan. 1989)

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Grady's wedding day arrives, and so does an unpleasant fate for the shrewish housekeeper of his prospective father-in-law's estate.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Belle Pentworth
Ray Buktenica ...
Kyle Laughlin
Harriet Lundgren
Michael Horton ...
Police Chief Slocum
Uncle Ben Mayberry
Uncle Ziggy
Franklin Mayberry
Debbie Zipp ...
Donna Marie Mayberry
Barbara Townsend ...
David Byrd ...


It's obviously going to be a very busy weekend when Jessica attends her nephew Grady's wedding to Donna Mayberry. Donna's parents aren't too impressed with Grady and aren't convinced he's much of a catch for their daughter. Mr. Mayberry, an accountant like Grady, is a domineering sort who likes to be control. He's also irritated by his ne'er-do-well brother who is always in need of money. Donna's mother is constantly frazzled, always worried about her social standing and what the wedding guests might be thinking. When the Mayberry's cook, Harriet Lundgren, is found dead stabbed in the back with a meat thermometer Jessica has a murder to solve. Between the overwrought parents and the hapless local police chief, Jessica seems to be the only one who can save the wedding. Written by garykmcd

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Per the title, for good luck the bride must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. See more »

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Someone Murdered, Something New?
7 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the swan song appearance of Classic film and television actress Gale Storm, who has starred in two series of the 1950's.

On the eve of his scheduled wedding ceremony, Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton) arrives with his Aunt Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) at the Mayberry estate, in Fishkill, New York. Fishkill is described as lying west of the Hudson River in upstate New York, but within reasonable commuting distance of NYC.

Fiancée Donna Mayberry (Debbie Zipp) and her insufferable father, Franklin Mayberry (Eugene Roche), each works in NYC, where she has met Grady a season prior. Now, as a wedding present, Franklin offers Grady a position with his company, and the couple a neighboring residence in Fishkill, each of which trouble Grady to no end.

Maisie Mayberry (Gale Storm) increases points by brightening this episode in fashionable style, as the unorganized mother of the bride, who stands on ceremony amid a collection of relatives and guests reminiscent of a rather cliché "What-could-go-wrong-to-spoil-the-big-day?" plot.

There's the no-account lustful brother of the father of the bride, Uncle Ben Mayberry (Bill Macy). There's the sentimental fastidious brother of the mother of the bride, Uncle Ziggy (Howard Morris). There's the pretentious yet cut-rate Southern belle new wife of Ziggy, Valerie (Betsy Palmer). There's the grandiloquent gold-digging widow of a Mayberry business associate, Mrs. Pentworth (Patricia Barry).

There's the free-spirited ne'er-do-well, Wilfred Wynn III (Clayton Landey), whom Maisie and Franklin had once expected to marry their daughter. There's the impatient caterer, Kyle Laughlin (Ray Buktenica), who arrives at the estate with unprepared cuisine. There's the elderly wedding crasher, Clara (Barbara Townsend), whom no one around the family can quite place.

And there's domineering Maid Harriet Lundgren (Conchata Ferrell), who bosses family members, guests and temporary employees to abide by her bidding.

But as the wedding party searches around for "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," two playful children stumble across a body in the gardens.

Before Police Chief Slocum (Rick Hurst) arrives on the scene to connive the gate guard, a frustrated Grady sighs, "I knew this was going to happen."

For neither Grady nor Donna are strangers to a line-up of homicide suspects by now, and, of course, murder often follows Jessica wherever she may visit.

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