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"For the Way of Hate Has Just Too Much Woe, And the Day May Come When They'll Tell You So"
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14 April 2010
This episode marks the most recent appearance to date by actor and
author Bradford Dillman, star of stage, screen and television, who
makes his first appearance in 1955, and performs for the next 40 years,
including his eight "MSW" appearances, to become the actor portraying
the most different characters upon this series. (Happy Birthday today,
Bradford, and many happy returns.)
Nobel Prize-winning Physiologist Doctor Max Franklin (Bruce Weitz) has
been developing L-214 Vaccine, a potential pharmaceutical breakthrough
treatment, at Biomec Technologies, in New York City.
But after Max removes his L-214 culture and journal from Biomec
Technologies one night, he is trailed by Private Investigator Walter
Pell (Richard Portnow), but manages to elude surveillance.
The next morning, television news coverage reports upon an airplane
disaster occurring in Jamaica Bay, near Long Island, which claims the
lives of everyone on board. Doctor Max Franklin has been reported upon
its passengers' list, and is, therefore, presumed to have perished.
Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), following the news coverage,
telephones Liz White (Annie Corley) at Biomec Technologies to convey
her sympathies and to suggest that they postpone their afternoon
appointment to review chapters of the manuscript which Liz has
submitted to Hartley Publishers. Liz invites Jessica to share in the
grief, as Biomec Technologies plans a press conference to announce its
plans for the future of L-214.
Biomec CEO, Doctor Fredrick Grundberg (William Morgan Sheppard),
conducts the press conference with Executive Manager Priscilla Lake
(Shannon Tweed) and Independent Stockbroker Richard Ellston (Bradford
Dillman) at his side.
Fredrick Grundberg assures stockholders that all has not been lost in
L-214's development, for his research team may be able to salvage Max
Stuart Himes (Sam Anderson) and David Randall (Robert Curtis Brown)
also serve on the Biomec research team, along with Liz White, who
receives an envelope from Max with Jessica at her side during the news
One day later, as Jessica attempts to cross a busy street, she
recognizes Max as a passenger in taxicab 1Z76, and so she contacts NYPD
Lieutenant Artie Gelber (Herb Edelman), who asks Officer Rizzoli (Lisa
Long) to track the driver's recent fares. Lieutenant Artie Gelber
usually conducts a sub-plot with his investigations, and this time he
seeks a flattering photographer to produce his portrait for publicity
in conjunction with a forthcoming police award ceremony, and he asks
Jessica for suggestions. She suggests Gorman Photography Studio.
When Jessica traces Max to a hotel room, she volunteers to retrieve his
journal from his apartment, as he would not be safe after faking his
own death in order to evade murder. But someone evidently attempts
murder, by rigging a fire bomb at Max's apartment, which Tommy the Cat
accidentally triggers, to demolish his residence. Tommy the Cat's fate
hangs in the balance.
Now that additional reports are broadcast to convey that Max has been
killed again, accusations rise to full force around Biomec
Technologies, as executives, investors and research scientists scheme
to cover their losses.
But when Jessica receives another tip, she and Liz enter a room in a
neighborhood of bedraggled tenements and stumble across a body
bludgeoned by an ashtray.
Jessica once again teams with NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber, as she is
being followed, but cleverly manages to ask leading questions as to who
has hired the former police P.I. and who stands to gain by the
discovery of L-214, before she sets a trap to reveal the perpetrator
and a motive to attempt to claim the life of a victim "Twice Dead."
The cast is rounded out by Kathleen Sullivan as T.V. Reporter, Mario
Machado as Reporter, Wren T. Brown as Desk Clerk, and Jim Bockelman as
This also represents the most recent appearance to date by Kathleen
Sullivan, as well as the second of two "MSW" appearances each for Lisa
Long, Wren T. Brown and Richard Portnow, the second of three each for
Jim Bockelman and Robert Curtis Brown, the third of three for Mario
Machado, the third of four for Sam Anderson, the eighth of eight for
Bradford Dillman, and the tenth of ten for Herb Edelman (including his
seven as NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber).
Herb Edelman, acting on television and in film since 1964, has
unfortunately since passed.
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