Murder, She Wrote: Season 3, Episode 15

The Bottom Line Is Murder (15 Feb. 1987)

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A lying TV consumer advocate is killed and suspicion lands on one of the clients whose products he maligned.


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Episode cast overview:
Lynette Bryant
Dr. Jayne Honig
Lt. Lou Flannigan
Pat Klous ...
Clare Henley
Steve Honig
Kenneth Chambers
Joe Rinaldi
Morgan Stevens ...
Robert Warren
Bert Tanaka
Ryan Monroe
William Ian Gamble ...
Security Guard
Mark Phelan ...
Uniformed Cop


Jessica visits Denver for a TV book review program at KBLR, where her friend Dr. Jayne's husband Steve Honig produces arrogant Kenneth Chambers's program The Bottom Line, which exposes faulty products, or when he has his way picks his victim and even doctors the story unethically, while grossly abusing all staff. Janitor Bert Tanaka finds Chambers shot twice in his office chair shortly after he unjustly fired production assistant Ryan Monroe. DPD Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, who was Chambers's unofficial police consultant, lets Jessica 'observe'. The murder weapon is found in Steve's car. Jessica considers motives from ambition among station staff, as many get a better job and Kenneth was considering to leave everyone behind for a bigger one, and toy producer Joe Rinaldi, against whom Kenneth prepared a show, the tapes of which seem missing but are found in his safe with cash and other 'evidence' he used to extort Rinaldi and others potential show targets, but is puzzled by Chambers's ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This is the first episode directed by Anthony Pullen Shaw, Angela Lansbury's son. See more »


Denver Police Lt. Flannigan makes mention of the news catch-phrase "Film at 11". Denver is on Mountain Time, so he should have said "Film at 10". See more »

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Please Come to Denver for the Snow Job
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Well, as we await Mrs. Fletcher's flight to land, let's respond to the individual's inquiry about whether or not the "The Bottom Line Is Murder" role of Clare Henley is played by Dorothy Lyman (of "Mama's Family" fame); but Clare is actually played by Pat Klous here. Dorothy Lyman's one "MSW" appearance comes as Norma Shey in "The Secret of Gila Junction" (Season Twelve, Episode 12-03, 1995). Pat Klous has among her television credits roles as regulars in the 1978-79 series "Flying High" plus the last five seasons (1982-87) of "The Love Boat" as Cruise Director Judy McCoy, sister to the character formerly portrayed by Lauren Tewes.

This episode marks the one "MSW" appearance by Miss Klous, as well as her most recent television role to date, and also the most recent appearance by William Ian Gamble as of this point in time.

KBLR in Denver, Colorado produces the investigatory program "The Bottom Line," starring Kenneth Chambers (Rod McCary) and Clare Henley (Pat Klous), produced by Steve Honig (Robert F. Lyons) and Lynette Bryant (Adrienne Barbeau), with assistance by Ryan Monroe (Brian Matthews). KBLR is operated by Station Manager Robert Warren (Morgan Stevens), with Custodian Bert Tanaka (George Takei) on its staff.

Controversial segments in production include an expose on faulty bullet-proof vests, with an interview by Unofficial Police Expert Lieutenant Lou Flannigan (Barry Corbin); an examination of defective stuffed Teddy Bears, marketed by toy company owned by the temperamental Joe Rinaldi (Joe Santos), who has poured many advertising dollars into the station; and an investigation into the Hammet Cheese Company, researched by Lynette Bryant.

Seven years into her marriage with Steve, Doctor Jayne Honig (Judith Chapman) has left her Psychiatry practice to concentrate upon her failing marriage, which she discusses during her reunion with dear friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who arrives to pitch her latest novel on a scheduled KBLR segment of a Book Review Show.

After touring the studios, Jessica dines at Milo's German Cuisine Restaurant with Jayne, Steve and Robert, Jayne and Jessica return to the Honig residence long before the arrival of Steve.

The next morning, Bert Tanaka discovers a body in a KBLR office, causing Lieutenant Lou Flannigan to arrest Steve over planted evidence, despite the objections of Jayne and Jessica, who is determined to uncover additional evidence, with the understanding that "The Bottom Line Is Murder." The cast is rounded out by TV Reporter Rick Coleman (Paul Tompkins), Security Guard (William Ian Gamble) and Uniformed Cop (Mark Phelan).

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