Jessica appears in a comic strip accusing various people of wrongdoing and triggering a lawsuit -- but the author insists he had nothing to do with it and his inker is killed in his studio.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paige Kindle
Stan Hatter
Jerry Bozell
Roger Melton
Kris Kamm ...
Teddy Graves
Sergeant Martha Redstone
Dayton Whiting (as Patrick MacNee)
Russell Yorke
Rodney Kageyama ...
Ben Watanabe
Sid The Doorman
Mark Eric Howell ...
David Ault ...
Neal Kaz ...
Van Driver


Jessica is no more amused to be the model for fictional 'Hatterville' detective Jessica Fox than its creator, cartoonist Stan Hatter, when two forged editions falsely accuse NYPD's former narcotics lieutenant Peter DiMartini and tycoon Roger Melton, who both intend to sue for a fortune. Then Ben Watanabe, Stan's 'letterer', is murdered, staged as a suicide, in the private studio where he works with talented apprentice Teddy Graves. Sergeant Martha Redstone is too easily satisfied with simplistic assumptions, so Jessica solves the case herself. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 November 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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To much sympathy for killers and too many gays
24 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems the later series of Murder she wrote have too many gay characters in it that cannot even act. Very often they over act like a too angry person, too nice person, too gay person. I find this one is one of them. .

This episode has a male cartoonist with a raspy voice. He is drawing a series of newspaper cartoons and someone keeps changing the words and drawings which are very similar to his. The man Harvey Fierstein who plays Stan the cartoonist is gay and his co worker Ted played by Kris Kamm is gay too.

I don't like this forcing them on up. I think the female Sergeant may be is gay as well if she isn't she is very masculine and has eye gestures that make her ugly.

I don't accept the gay lifestyle and when they put actors that have no talent in episodes or series because they can it not right. Angela Landsbury is a great actress especially in this series. She is smart kind and understanding. It appears Angela Landsbury did not care as long as she had a job.

To top it off some of these episodes have too much sympathy for the killers and we are supposed to cry with them. Hell no. I don't cry with a killer because he has no brains. The plot of this episode is okay but the ending is not.

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