Murder, She Wrote: Season 4, Episode 9

Trouble in Eden (22 Nov. 1987)

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To look into a small-town murder, Jessica poses as the sister of the slain woman.

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Macdonald Carey ...
Dr. Lynch
Joan Caulfield ...
Mary Rose Welch
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Rev. Willard Manchester
Tom Fitzsimmons ...
Lewis Framm
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Martha Neilson
Rosanna Huffman ...
Dora Manchester
Tricia O'Neil ...
Lila Benson
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Sheriff Howard Landry
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Glen Roy Sitwell
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C.J. Dobbs
Kerry Wall ...
Beth (as Kerry Brennan)
Renata Scott ...
Charlotte Welch
Rebecca Forman ...
Sherry
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When Jessica's friend Mary Rose Welch is run over by a car nearly fatally, while worrying how her sister Charlotte Welch died in her own Garden of Eden hotel and was hurriedly cremated, Jessica decides to go there with family lawyer Lewis Framm, posing as -actually wounded- Mary Rose. The maid, who was absent that day, doubts it was a heart-attack, and shows her stashed papers are stolen, including a will. About the whole town of Eden, Oregon, including allegedly corrupt sheriff Landry, Dr. Lynch and reverend Willard Manchester, seems hell-bent to get the strangers out without finding out. To stir the ambitious young manager Lila Benson, 'Mary Rose' announces she stays to run the place and finds out more, notably about blackmail, while businessman C.J. Dobbs makes her a joint bid from several locals... Written by KGF Vissers

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Mary Rose by Any Other Name Is J.B. Fletcher
20 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a thirty-plus year career in film and television, Joan Caulfield joins the ranks of Classic stars delivering a swan song performance on "Murder, She Wrote."

Here, Mary Rose Welch (Miss Caulfield) prepares to cross a busy NYC street with her friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), when Mary Rose is struck by the driver of a sedan, who loses control of his vehicle and collides with a barrier of crates, succumbing to incurred injuries.

During her recuperation from a broken leg with her friend Jessica at her side in the hospital, Mary Rose learns of "Trouble in Eden" from her young attorney, Lewis Framm (Tom Fitzsimmons), who informs her that her sister Charlotte (Renata Scott) has passed and bequeathed to Mary Rose her estate, Garden of Eden Hotel, in Eden, Oregon.

Along with this information comes a warning by a concerned citizen: "Never trust anybody in Eden."

With Lewis' cooperation, Jessica decides to investigate the property and the climate of Eden under the guise of "Mary Rose Welch," whom citizens of Eden have never met.

But let's pause for a moment for a reality check. If no one from Eden, Oregon, with the exception of Charlotte has ever seen Mary Rose Welch, then how could a hired assassin have spotted her along a busy curb in NYC to single her out for murder?

Back to the episode. Jessica disguises her voice to play the role of Mary Rose, with Lewis at her side, to receive a cold reception from Eden residents.

At the Garden of Eden Hotel, Receptionist Lila Benson (Tricia O'Neil) and Maid Martha Neilsen (Betty Garrett) each exercises caution upon the arrival. They ask "Mary Rose" if she plans to change operations, which she insists remain the same, without knowing what these operations entail, nor how its other permanent residents earn a livelihood.

Sheriff Landry (Roy Thinnes) acts in refreshingly professional manner as the voice of law enforcement, who is not out to arrest an incorrect suspect. In fact, he suspects no one of a murder, which, in his estimation, was never committed.

But Charlotte had been stabbed in the middle of the night, and the strongbox beneath her floorboards is missing.

Dr. Lynch (Macdonald Carey) is held in high regard by Sheriff Landry. If he says that Charlotte died of natural causes, then that's good enough for the law.

C.J. Dobbs (Stuart Whitman) seeks to purchase the property from "Mary Rose" to add to his Real Estate holdings on either side of the Garden of Eden, to demolish the Hotel, to construct a shopping center.

Mortician Snooks Sitwell (Mills Watson) shares secret conversations with the good doctor, the Realtor and the minister, as they each have secrets hidden from the rest of Eden.

Rev. Willard Manchester (Thom Christopher) and his stern wife, Dora Manchester (Rosanna Huffman) must also deal with "Mary Rose" and the others in forthright fashion.

During the course of Jessica's investigation, she decides that she must earn the trust of everyone involved (no easy task, for certain), and without letting on her true identity especially after different versions of Charlotte's demise come into play, fueling the fires of "Trouble in Eden."


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