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Terminal Connection 

When a friend is charged with murdering her abusive husband, Jessica tries to help.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Greg Franklin
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Clark Blanchard
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Lt. Paul Stratton
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Atty. Margo Saunders
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Ginny Blanchard
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Dane Kenderson
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In California on a book tour, Jessica is invited to stay by her old friends, Clark and Ginny Blanchard who are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary at their home in Santa Barbara. Clark is a highly successful businessman but Jessica soon learns that when drunk, he's also violent and beats Ginny. When Clark is found dead - beaten with fireplace poker, suspicion immediately falls on Ginny but Jessica is certain her friend is innocent. There are several other suspects including a businessman who lost his company to the dead Blanchard and an employee whose wife was having an affair with him. Jessica puts it all together. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The airplane shown at the beginning of the film is the Piaggio P.180 Avanti, a twin turboprop (not, as Jessica Fletcher calls it, a jet) executive aircraft. See more »

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Just a few episodes earlier, Jessica was stunned to learn that computer files can be transferred through a phone line. Yet in this story, she explains with confidence about splicing a coaxial cable. See more »

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Domestic violence and murder
22 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

Subject matter-wise, "Terminal Connection" is not the easiest of watches, the subject of domestic violence never is (the worst thing to happen in a relationship/marriage ever) but for a show that typically is light in tone it seemed somewhat heavier than usual. This is not a bad thing, because it is handled well and not distastefully or out of place within the general tone of the show and also it is a subject that is very much important and relevant.

The only thing that lets "Terminal Connection" down a little is that once one adds up all the clues together, a couple of them one is surprised at how obvious they are, the identity of the killer and what really happened is not a surprise at all.

On the other hand, Angela Lansbury continues to go strong, and she is particularly well supported by Chad Everett at his most brutish, Steve Forrest (a frequent guest star who is never less than good, the same applies here) and best of all a truly excellent Lois Nettleton (was very moved by her performance here).

Mystery-wise, "Terminal Connection", apart from the unsurprising ending, is a good one, it at least engages and intrigues.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is thoughtful, cosy and light-hearted while taking itself seriously as well.

In conclusion, a solid effort. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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