Murder, She Wrote: Season 12, Episode 17

Something Foul in Flappieville (15 Feb. 1996)

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After Jessica's story for children becomes a television puppet show, she must find the fiend who used one of the puppets as a murder weapon.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helena McKenna
Maryedith Burrell ...
Nattie Holt
Parker Foreman
Lt. Spevak
Gus Hayward
Kim Swofford
Darren Crosley (as Stephen T. Kay)
Robbie Dorow
Jason Cardino
Mary Dorow
Ian Lansbury ...
Stevie (as Ian Shaw)
Richardson Morse ...
Arvin Bucknell
Terry Fusco (as Richard Dano)
Wendy Hoffman ...


Darren's Pound Dog show is threatened with cancellation until he promises a character based on one of Jessica's characters. But as the various people involved want part of the merchandising rights, Darren winds up promising benefits he can't deliver. And when one of them winds up dead, Darren is arrested for murder. Written by mama.sylvia

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Interesting life of puppeteers
12 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is interesting. It shows the kind of things puppeteers go though to perform and puppets updated. The art work, the voice characters, the setting and more.

One thing that brought my attention was one of the puppets was named Lestrad. This may be the wrong spelling but Lestrad was a detective in Agatha Christie stories. Lestrad worked in harmony with Poirot.

In this movie Lestrad had a mustache, a French cap, French accent and was a detective.

This episode is based on changing and updating current puppets and getting rid of old ones. New deals were made to keep the old puppets one of which was a dog.

JB Fletcher supposedly was in this episode because she wrote a story that was being used for the puppets to play in. Jessica was taking notes regarding the story and also the appearance of the puppet Lestrad. She wanted Lestrad to look more professional as a detective. So a raincoat was made for him and a magnifying glass held in his hand. He also had a red bow tie. I am a big fan of Agatha Christie's and her Poirot series. The characters name though is in Arthor Doyles, Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade.

To me this is like plagiarism. Poirot had a mustache, was a private detective, had a French accent and wore a bow-tie pictures Check out Poriot's images on Google. He has dark bowties and light one.

The story has a nice ending so in all I thought it was pretty good but I would have hoped they did not make Jessica take credit for a character written by someone else, Ms Lansbury is a great actress and is the executive producer of many of these shows, her nephew is also a producer so she had some say about the story line

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