In London, blackmailer Alexander Sandsby demands his half but gets a blow on the head from Jeffrey Caldwell and perishes in arson. Cabot Cove is preparing for its annual Joshua Peabody day, this time with a TV documentary production; Jessica is reading the text, written by Bostonian hot-shot director Richard Hawkes, who won an Emmy 8 years ago, with a few historical corrections by her own hand. Jessica brings an ideal period prop, a music box, for repairs to clockmaker Thomas Godfrey, who finds the mechanism is jammed by a letter from George Washington dated September 12, 1780, calling the local hero a traitor who accepted enemy payment to cowardly surrender and threatening him with court-martial. Peabody's descendant Edith fails to convince Jessica and Seth to destroy it, raging it ruins everything for her family and the whole town; experts authenticate it's from the time of the Revolution, but if it's real why did Joshua keep it, and if not, who made such a fine forgery and why? ... Written by
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