When a prisoner is released from jail after serving 20 years, he returns to Cabot Cove to prove he was wrongly convicted.



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Episode cast overview:
Andrew Durbin
Arnie Wakeman
Coach Kevin Cauldwell
Caitlin O'Heaney ...
Tara Sillman
Judge Perry Sillman
Bill Hampton
Shelley Smith ...
Alison Hampton
Mark Voland ...
Dan Pulling
Charles Summers ...
Doc Mathews


Andrew Durbin returns to Cabot Cove, on parole after serving 20 for a murder he says he did not commit. As a college student 20 years before, he had been hitchhiking on the outskirts of the town when he got a lift from someone driving an expensive two-seater sports car. They were forced off the road by an erratic driver coming in the opposite direction and the driver of the sports car was seriously injured. Durbin went off to find help and when he returned, he found the driver dead and later learns there is $100,000 in bearer bonds missing. He's now returned seeking to find the killer and thief. As for Jessica, she finds herself in the unpleasant situation of having to investigate friends and neighbors. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 September 1987 (USA)  »

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The title is a quote from James William Emery Townsend, the notorious 19th century liar who said "When thieves fall out honest men get their dues. But when honest men fall out lawyers get their fees." See more »

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"And the Class of '67 Has Its Schemes"
20 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the night of Cabot Cove High School's senior dance in 1967, an award was presented to star players of its 1966 football team by proud Coach Kevin Cauldwell (Kenneth McMillan). Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who had taught Freshman English to the graduating class, during the 1963-64 academic year, could not attend festivities because of a bout with influenza.

Alcohol had been served in the gymnasium that evening, causing at least one of the pupils to over-imbibe. En route from the festivities, his designated driver sped around a curve on a rural bend outside of Cabot Cove, causing the driver of a red compact automobile to swerve onto a rock, severely injuring himself.

Andrew Durbin (John Glover), a college freshman hitchhiker whom he was transporting, ran for assistance to a local farm house, at which its residence did not hear his plea because of the volume of their television set. Upon his return, Andrew found that the driver had succumbed to injuries, while a stack of negotiable bonds was missing from his briefcase, and, of course, law enforcement official on hand to arrest him for murder, falsely.

Twenty years later, when Andrew Durbin is paroled from prison, he returns to Cabot Cove to purchase the red compact automobile from the victim's widow, who had stored it inside a garage. He rents the residence of a lady who leaves her keys with Jessica, and he shows his release papers to Sheriff Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley) and, subsequently, Judge Perry Sillman (John Bennett Perry), an alumnus of the Class of 1967.

Andrew consults Amos and Jessica with facts regarding his false arrest. He had subscribed to the Cabot Cove Gazette while in prison, and has amassed a scrapbook of clippings relevant to the case.

When they question his motive for returning, Andrew maintains that it is not for revenge, but for justice. "And, unless I'm mistaken, neither one of you would want to see a murder go unsolved." Jessica is initially reluctant to question Coach Kevin Cauldwell her former colleague and friend of her late husband, as well as their former pupils.

In addition to Perry Sillman, three others were star football players that season: Bill Hampton (Dack Rambo), Arnie Wakeman (Michael Lembeck) and Dan Pulling (Mark Voland). Two female classmates, the wife of Perry, Tara Sillman (Caitlin O'Heaney), and the wife of Bill, Alison Hampton (Shelley Smith) were also on hand at the dance that fateful evening.

As Jessica studies Andrew's scrapbook, while a series of unexplained events sweeps Cabot Cove, she begins to suspect that each of the seven has something to hide, as accounts by Kevin, Perry, Bill, Arnie, Tara and Alison do not match their behavior especially after a drunken Dan is fired from his position at an automobile dealership, while others had landed upon windfalls of money along the way.

As is the case in several of these cold case investigations, a fresh new murder is committed to silence a witness who would have led to the initial culprit, causing Jessica to conclude this episode upon a less than merry note.

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