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"Murder, She Wrote" The Bottom Line Is Murder (1987)

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Please Come to Denver for the Snow Job

7/10
Author: WeatherViolet from United States
23 October 2009

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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Dorothy Lyman is in this episode?

10/10
Author: appleimacdude (den246N@netscape.net) from San Diego, California
6 August 2008

I believe I saw Dorothy Lyman as the character that was going to be "made into a star" by Adrienne Barbeau after the death of the current star of the product investigation type show.

Dorothy Lyman I became aware of when watching Mama's Family, with Vicki Lawrence.

She is a great character actress, wih a very expressive face - and plays quite a range of characters. I found it odd she was not listed with the rest of the cast of characters, even when you clicked on the link for "more".

Overall, I love this episode, though I tend to love all of Murder She Wrote, watching it is kind of like visiting old friends.

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