Murder, She Wrote: Season 10, Episode 3

The Legacy of Borbey House (3 Oct. 1993)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Baker
Dr. Howard Sorenson
Charles Wetherby
Dave Perrin
Molly Holt
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Peter Jatich
Philip Holt
Madlyn Rhue ...
Barbara Townsend ...
Mrs. Higgins
Steve Jackson ...
Jim Milio
Teenage Boy


Two teenagers making out in the cemetery get the scare of their lives when a man crawls out of a grave. Jessica's house needs electric and plumbing repairs, but her handyman Charles Wetherby is called away to her anger by grumpy rich client Lawrence Baker who recently moved into the mansion Borbey House, a huge contract. Dr. Howard Sorenson, the visiting grave riser, congratulates Jessica in the library on her book research on sepulchers, in his occult field of research. Jessica's assistant Molly Holt's boyfriend Dave Perrin keeps looking for his sister Laurel who's missing since 18 months. Another nightly teenage couple is scared to death when they find- in daylight, just an mannequin arm. Wetherby cancels Jessica's repairs after Baker agreed to structural work on a wall, doubling the restoration contract price. Molly's dad, a local shopkeeper, refuses to deal with Baker after finding out nobody knows about him and he only pays cash. Lauren's corps is found on a boat. Dr. Howard ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Vamps and Goblets, and Things that Go "Bump" with the Fireplace Pokers
22 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the final appearance by Barbara Townsend, who has been acting on television since 1949. Madlyn Rhue, acting since 1958, has unfortunately also since passed.

Cabot Cove, Maine, episodes of "Murder, She Wrote" usually garner audience affection for a homespun quality centering upon the hometown of this series protagonist and her inner circle of fellow citizens.

On occasion, however, a grim, supernatural malady plagues this patriotic American community, and this time around, Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), Doctor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom), Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak), Deputy Andy Broom (Louis Herthum) (the four holding the series records for greatest number of appearances, in order), face a series of macabre circumstances occurring in their New England community.

Handyman Charles Wetherby (Richard Gilliland), tending to wiring and carpentry at the residence of Jessica Fletcher, finds himself detained from meeting the agreed deadline to finish the project at hand, as he also handles remodeling work for the new owner of the Borbey estate, Lawrence Baker (David Birney), for English surname "Baker" translates from the Hungarian "Borbey." While many guest stars are capable of portraying characters who appear guilty of crimes such as murder, David Birney also has a way of developing his characters with an added dimension of having a mysterious past.

Jessica expresses disappointment at Charles' abandoning her project in process, but Lawrence has offered a great deal more financial gain above market value than the average homeowner would remit.

Charles also has had experience in remodeling Borbey House, as Laurel Perrin, his fiancée and he had considered the possibility of residing there after their wedding, which has now been postponed, as she has been missing for a year and a half by now.

Dave Perrin (Gary Hershberger) searches high and low for his missing sister, as he continues to tack posters around Cabot Cove in the hopes of learning information regarding missing sister, Laurel's, whereabouts. Dave's steady, Molly Holt (Judith Jones), daughter of businessman Philip Holt (Lawrence Pressman), agrees against her father's wishes to assist Lawrence Baker in researching "The Legacy of Borbey House."

Peter Jatich (Christopher Neame) serves as butler to Lawrence Baker, who rarely emerges into the daylight unless he wears trench-coat and darkly-tinted sunglasses. Philip Holt also objects to a seeming budding romance between Molly and Lawrence, because Baker's his age and because rumors abound throughout Cabot Cove that Baker's a vampire, which could make his age considerably elder by several generations. Naturally, Dave also objects to Molly's growing interest in Lawrence and his in Molly.

But when two young lovebirds, Billy the Teenage Boy (Don Jeffcoat) and Carla Thompson the Teenage Girl (Susan T. Collins) decide to spoon in the local memorial park one evening, Doctor Howard Sorenson (Roy Dotrice) frightens them senselessly, as he feigns a zombie routine.

Doctor Howard Sorenson, a specialist in the supernatural and unexplained, consults Librarian Jean O'Neill (Madlyn Rhue) plus Jessica Fletcher to assist in his research of "The Legacy of Borbey House," while Molly assists Jessica in researching, as well.

Adding to the trouble at hand is an altercation involving combinations of Charles Weatherby, Jim Milio (Steve Jackson) over Laurel, Dave Perrin, Philip Holt and Peter Jatich. But soon actual bodies begin to surface, to the dismay of one and all.

When Doctor Sorenson sneaks into Borbey House late one night, he discovers a body slain by a wooden stake. Sheriff Mort Metzger and Deputy Andy Broom handle the mysterious case as professionally as possible but especially need Jessica's capable assistance to sort through clues this time around.

The cast is rounded out by Barbara Townsend as Mrs. Higgins, and Richard Jamison as Delivery Man. This episode represents the second of Richard Gilliland's two "MSW" guest appearances, the second of Gary Hershberger's three, the second of Madlyn Rhue's five, the third of Lawrence Pressman three, and the fourth of David Birney's four "MSW" guest starring roles.

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