Jessica investigates the possibility that a recent parolee went to jail for a crime he didn't commit.


(as Michael Lynch)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sydney Jarvis
Dorothy Hearn Davis
Debbie Zipp ...
Emory Bass ...
Russ Marin ...
Lt. Sharp
Mark Pilon ...
Male Secretary
Cynthia Leighton ...


When Jessica is pampered in the luxury suite of a hotel, she's approached shyly by restaurant employee Georgia Wilson, whose husband, accountant Sam, was recently released after 30 years jail, assuring he was framed for the shooting of his boss Richard Jarvis, who actually offered Sam his last $10,000 for help when his firm went bust, to make his suicide look like armed robbery so the insurance would pay the Jarvis family a fortune, only someone else really killed him. Their son Rob Wilson became a cop hoping to help his father, now puts all his experience at her disposal. While she, Rob and the now retired police Lt. Webb re-examine the forensics as well as the means, opportunities and motives of surviving members of both families, someone in the know shoots at Jessica with a matching bullet, but must have missed willingly. At least she puzzles the pieces of both shootings together and traps the perpetrators, but... Written by KGF Vissers

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hotel | flashback | policeman | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The title comes from "September Song" composed by Kurt Weill, lyric by Maxwell Anderson for Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical "Knickerbocker Holiday": "And the days dwindle down To a precious few, September, November - And these few precious days I'd spend with you, These golden days I'd spend with you." See more »


Retired Lt. Richard Webb: I thought she was playing bedsheet bingo with the boss.
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Edited from Strange Bargain (1949) See more »

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A novel approach
27 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This story was one of the best Murder She Wrote episodes as Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott, and Harry Morgan all play the same roles they did in a film Strange Bargain made three decades earlier. With the passage of real time giving the players aid no amount of makeup could, a whole story is reinvented with flashbacks from the old film worked into the plot.

Jessica Fletcher usually doesn't investigate 30 year old murders, but the story that Jeffrey Lynn tells her about in jail for a crime he didn't commit certainly intrigued her. With these three and a few others she backtracks and proves what actually happened.

The film was Strange Bargain and by making such a bargain Lynn really put himself in a jackpot. Good thing Angela Lansbury was around to straighten it all out.

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