Murder, She Wrote: Season 5, Episode 20

Three Strikes, You're Out (7 May 1989)

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Jessica visits her nephew Johnny, recently recruited onto a Major League Baseball team, and then must solve the murder of a scheming news reporter.

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Todd Bryant ...
Johnny Eaton
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Doc Evans
Tim Dunigan ...
Charley Holcomb / Freddy Masters
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Harry Dial
Shea Farrell ...
Pete Briggs
Terri Garber ...
Loretta Lee
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Roz Briggs
Robert Mandan ...
Irving Randolph
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Lt. Caceras
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Al Sidell
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Kel Murray
Rick Dean ...
Mike Warlop
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Young Officer
Ed Hooks ...
Bellman
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Jessica visits the Scottsdale, Arizona training of the Tucson Comets, which her nephew Johnny Eaton and his mate Charley Holcomb just transferred to. Shortly after suave Charley cuts short his date with sports reporter Loretta Lee after she mentioned his Dixie past, she's found murdered in that hotel room. Lt. Caceras first assumes a robbery, then arrests Charley having found out his false identity. Jessica believes in his innocence and snoops on for baseball-related motives. Written by KGF Vissers

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Knocking One Outside of the Baseball Park
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Anne Lockhart and Roxanne Reese portray the roles of dedicated sporting wives, who accompany their baseball-playing husbands to spring training camp, where murder is soon to follow.

Scottsdale, Arizona, marks the setting for this episode featuring professional baseball team hopefuls, including Kel Murray (Beau Billingslea), Pete Briggs (Shea Farrell), Johnny Eaton (Todd Bryant), Mike Warlop (Rick Dean), Avery Burns (Jake Jacobs) and Charlie Holcomb/Freddy Masters (Tim Dunigan), who has had to change his identity after serving prison time to qualify for the team.

Doc Evans (Bernie Casey) serves to nurse team members from pain and injuries, while Managers Irving Randolph (Robert Mandan) and Harry Dial (Vince Edwards) keep an eye on operations from field to locker room.

Television Sports Reporter Loretta Lee (Terri Garber) covers events before and behind the scenes for her station's pre-game program, while threatening to expose secrets harbored by various players and managers. (Note: this Loretta Lee is not to be confused with another Loretta Lee, in "MSW" #11.5).

Kel's wife, Nancy Murray (Roxanne Reese), and Pete's wife, Roz Briggs (Anne Lockhart), spend game time as spectators, along with sportswriter Al Sidell (Paul Sorvino), who helps to explain the game to others around the seating area.

Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) makes her second journey into Arizona this season, to attend a baseball game for the purpose of catching up with nephew Johnny Eaton, and, of course, to prove Johnny and his friend Charlie/Freddy innocent of murder when they stumble across a body in a room upon the floor of their hotel.

With another nephew in trouble, Jessica eagerly assists Lieutenant Caceras (Reni Santoni), who investigates the murder scene, in which the victim has been lunged against a chest of drawers, with fragments of broken glass lying about the carpeting.

Secrets begin to emerge, turning teammate against teammate, and officials against players, for when murder stalks the baseball diamond, it's "Three Strikes, You're Out!"

The cast is rounded out by Harry Robinson as Umpire, David Elliott as Young Officer, Ed Hooks as Bellman, and Harry Woolf as Fan.

This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Reni Santoni, the second of two for Harry Woolf, the first of three for David Elliott, and the third of four "MSW" performances each for Anne Lockhart and Shea Farrell.

In addition to his acting credits, Todd Bryant has also performed in the capacity of Stunt artist for nearly three decades. Vince Edwards, acting in film and on television since 1947, has unfortunately since passed.


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