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A Killing in Vegas 

Jessica tries to disprove charges against her friend's boyfriend, suspected of murdering a Las Vegas casino manager.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jeff Kaake ... Eddie Wheaton
Andreas Katsulas ... Jerry Pappas
Howard Keel ... Larry Thorson
Stephen Macht ... Frank Stinson
Joan McMurtrey ... Alice Baxter
Amy O'Neill ... Susan Hartley
Richard Portnow ... Lt. Walt Murphy
Shelley Smith ... Katherine McSorley
David Soul ... Wes McSorley
Andrew Johnson ... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
Bruce Gray ... Ted Hartley
Lisa Melilli Lisa Melilli ... 2nd Waitress
Connie Sawyer ... Elderly Lady
Wendy Hoffman Wendy Hoffman ... Waitress


In Las Vegas to attend a major book convention, Jessica agrees to get in touch with Susan Hartley, the daughter of a friend. She's working as a cocktail waitress at McSorley's Hotel and Casino where her boyfriend Eddie Wheaton works as a card dealer. When the casino's manager, Jerry Pappas, dies from a fall from a penthouse apartment, Eddie, who's already been caught skimming chips at the blackjack table, is arrested. Working with the casino's security chief Larry Thorson and LVPD detective Lt. Walt Murphy, Jessica thinks there are a number of holes in the investigation and sets out to solve the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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When Jessica inquires how & why her money on the roulette table doubled, Larry tells her that the chips were actually played on two numbers (13 &14) and that one of those "came in". He says that bet pays 2 to 1. Actually, that particular bet pays 17 to 1. See more »


[first lines]
Ted Hartley: I know I'm beginning to sound like your travel agent as well as your publisher, but have you got everything?
Jessica Fletcher: Well, I don't think I've forgotten anything.
Ted Hartley: How about one round-trip plane ticket to Las Vegas?
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, go on. Tell me that was an intentional oversight.
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Taking Gambles on Love, Embezzlement and Snooping
4 December 2009 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

This episode marks the most recent appearance to date by Shelley Smith, who has been acting since 1979. Howard Keel, acting in films and on television since 1948, Hal England, acting since 1960, and Andreas Katsulas, also acting since 1960, have unfortunately since passed.

Before Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) leaves New York City for her Las Vegas, Nevada, booksellers' convention and vacation, she receives two requests: her apartment building Doorman, Ahmed Shankar (Andrew Brye), requests her to play his twenty dollars on a roulette number, in the hopes of contributing potential winnings to his struggling family back in India, so that his brother may attend Medical school.

While her Publisher, Ted Hartley (Bruce Gray), requests that Jessica share a supportive shoulder to his daughter, Susan Hartley (Amy O'Neill), who left college to serve as a waitress at the hotel which Jessica is planning to stay, while Susan has taken up residence with her fiancé, Eddie Wheaton (Jeff Kaake), who deals at the casino Blackjack tables on the same premises.

Coordinator Alice Baxter (Joan McMurtrey) receives Jessica to the hotel co-owned by Jerry Pappas (Andreas Katsulas) and Wes McSorley (David Soul), whose wife, Katherine McSorley (Shelley Smith), has been trying to drink away the problems of her troubled marriage. Joanna Rollins (Kate Mulgrew), a wealthy guest, attends hotel social functions, such as the lavish party in the penthouse.

Larry Thorson (Howard Keel) heads the hotel and casino security team, along with Frank Stinson (Stephen Macht), who has teamed with Eddie Wheaton to embezzle their employers, by pilfering gaming chips, a fact which Eddie hides from Susan, who tries to get him to open up about his problems.

When Frank frames Eddie to have him discharged from casino employ, Eddie threatens Frank, knocking chips from his attaché in the parking garage, before running from suspected police officers.

One body is later found in that same parking garage, a victim of a shooting, while another is discovered on the sidewalk, a victim of a shoving.

Lieutenant Walt Murphy (Richard Portnow) handles the resulting investigation, with cooperation from Larry Thorson and Jessica, who believes that evidence, such as elevator surveillance tapes, has been tampered with to frame an innocent suspect.

When Jessica returns to the penthouse to investigate the murders, by trying to link them together, the perpetrator follows her to attempt to triplicate "A Killing in Vegas."

The cast is rounded out by Connie Sawyer as Elderly Lady, Wendy Hoffman as Waitress, Lisa Melilli as 2nd Waitress, Jared Snyder as Wolf, Hal England as Bookseller, and Dorian Gregory as Offficer Kimbrough.

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24 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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