While Jessica is out of town, her nephew Grady and his pregnant wife Donna house sit. When waken at night they find a peg-legged man murdered on the living room floor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Thyssen
Nick Zavakis
Connie Lewis
Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Justin Hunnicut
Debbie Zipp ...
Stanley Lewis
Kris Karas
Gordon Ross ...
Captain Malachi
Maura Spencer-Reed ...


While Jessica is in London to attend cousin Emma's show's royal premiere, Grady and his pregnant wide Donna are house-sitting for her. Meanwhile Carla Thyssen, Justin Hunnicut and 'the Cambodian', arrive in Cabot Cove. They are all criminals looking for the Szechuan dragon, a priceless statuette from the Forbidden City. The dragon was stolen from the Orient by a merchant captain. After the Cambodian threatens Grady but is scared away, the captain's body is found and Jessica's house turned upside-down by an intruder. The trio is also playing dangerous games with each-other. Although kept in the dark by Grady, Seth and sheriff Mort Metzger as long as they can, Jessica solves the case from Britain, yet surprisingly close to home, and Seth tricks the fiends. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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6 May 1990 (USA)  »

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The Szechuan culture descends from the Sichuan province in Southwestern China with its capital in Chengdu. Their ethnic type of Chinese cooking has become very popular in 21st century America. See more »


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Jessica phones it in
19 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Even an ocean away Jessica Fletcher still solves another murder in that murder capital of Maine, Cabot Cove. Angela Lansbury is in London but is keeping in touch with everybody which includes nephew Michael Horton and his most pregnant wife Debbie Zipp who are house sitting in Caobt Cove.

In fact the place has become a hotbed of intrigue and adventure. In a homage to the Maltese Falcon, a whole lot of stock characters from potboiler novels arrive there including a peg leg sea captain who eludes them all only to break into the Fletcher dwelling and get stabbed there for his troubles.

Anyone of this crew could have been our perpetrator over the object the captain carries which is the infamous Szechuan Dragon. The killing however turns out to be for reasons far more prosaic.

With Horton, William Windom, and Ron Masak phoning in regularly from across the sea the solution comes.

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