The murder of a womanizing gambler leads to double lives being exposed in seemingly quaint and old-fashioned Cabot Cove.



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Episode cast overview:
Vivian Proctor
Eric Bowman
Miles Austin
Augie Specter
Margo Bowman
Ralph Proctor
Frankie The Barman
Danny Proctor
Lisa Brinegar ...
Debbie Proctor


When Eric Bowman is found dead in a cheap motel room, the only person surprised is Sheriff Mort Metzger. Doc Hazlett not only provides him with a cause of death - stabbed in the heart with a thin-bladed knife - but also provides the Sheriff with some background on the victim. Bowman was known to play fast and loose with the ladies and his wife Margo was in the process of divorcing him. The police find Vivian Proctor's car keys lying next to the victim and there is little doubt that she had seen him on the evening of his death and had lied to her husband Ralph and her children about what she was up to. Jessica Fletcher finds it all very hard to believe but begins to reevaluate her views when at a fund-raiser in New York, her host introduces her to his new wife - none other that Vivian Proctor. She claims to know nothing about the murder and Jessica believes her but when the Sheriff finds the murder weapon in Ralph's car, he's charged with the murder. Vivian's car keys provide the ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Augie Spector (Charles Haid) taps loudly on Jessica's (Angela Landsbury) bird cage containing a little yellow bird. In Oscar Wilde's 1945 movie "Picture of Dorian Gray" starring Angela Landsbury, she sings a song called"Goodbye Little Yellow Bird," about a caged yellow bird. See more »

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Too much sympathy for criminals
27 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this story very interesting but I did not like it. In this series JB Fletcher/Angela Landsbury is very polite and sympathetic.

The problem is she is like many people today who make excuses for criminals and their behavior and then acts like she wants them to do the right thing. If they don't do the right thing they get away with their deception on people.

The story is about a man killed that was unfaithful to his wife and is a gambler. He was about to get a divorce and was found dead in a motel after meeting with a young married woman named Veronica.

Jessica later goes to New York. There is a scene where you see the Twin Towers in 1989 in the night light of NY City. Jessica meets the wife of a rich old man who is donating money to Jessica's cause. His wife happens to be Veronica who is also married to some man in Cabot Cove but under a different names. She is a business woman and lives with both of them at different times of the week and neither one know of each other.

Jessica tells Veronica that her deception is wrong and Jessica seems to fall for the excuse she give. Jessica encourages her to straighten things out but she does nothing to expose the woman.

What I don't like is people protecting other people who are deceiving everyone around them and expecting the deceiver to come clean. In Murder She Wrote that happens but not in real life. Love is not enough to excuse liars.

I like Jessica's manner but I hate the phoniness of this series.

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