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An Egg to Die For 

Jessica helps a Russian police officer capture the elusive mastermind behind the theft of a Faberge egg.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Efrain Figueroa ... Lt. Perez
Kaitlin Hopkins ... Marcie Stone Devon
Sara Melson ... Valerie Harris
Allan Miller ... Victor Roscoe
Cyril O'Reilly ... Leo Stone
Andrew Robinson ... James Harris
Paul Scherrer Paul Scherrer ... Ben Peterson
James Stephens ... Charles Devon
David Ogden Stiers ... Sergei Nemiroff
Christopher Thomas Christopher Thomas ... Connors
Peter J. Lucas ... Russian Thief (as Peter Lucas)
Steve Adell Steve Adell ... Officer Long
Lazarus Jackson Lazarus Jackson ... Security Guard


A year ago a Fabergé egg-thief was shot instead of paid in St.Petersburg. In Miami, Charles Devon was telling Leo Stone he will close his book store, a first; they welcome Jessica to the world book fair, escorted by Marcie Stone Devon. Leo is told outside his attaché-case of money from St.Petersburg is counterfeit, and held liable to pay within two days; Sergei Nemiroff, unknown to Leo, stops him being beaten up, but demands the egg by evening. Jessica and Valerie 'Val' Harris hear her boyfriend Ben Peterson is grumpy still to be working as Hotel magnate and ex-diplomat Victor Roscoe's errand boy while waiting for the scholarship he was promised, her dad James Harris insists the boy is not good enough. Nemiroff fails to get in claiming to be a Russian publisher who forgot his badge, but quickly greets Jessica, who notices he picks up an invoice; she stops him outside, guesses from badge pin marks he's a Russian cop, he admits investigating Leo's black market dealings; her threat to ... Written by KGF Vissers

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English | Russian

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11 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Although set in Miami, no scenes were filmed there. See more »


In most episodes (including the pilot) J. B. Fletcher's first novel is referred to as "The Corpse Danced at Midnight", in this episode it is referred to as "The Corpse Danced Alone". Jessica even calls it "The Corpse at Midnight". See more »

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"Shell We Trepak?"
4 January 2010 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

Efrain Figueroa, as Lieutenant Perez; Steve Adell, as Officer Long; and Lazarus Jackson, as Security Guard, portray the Miami law enforcement authorities in this episode, which begins in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with an altercation between Constantine Persky (Peter J. Lucas) and a masked figure regarding a crate containing a valuable artifact.

One year later, that artifact, a golden-netted turquoise Fabergé egg, which had been designed for Russia's last Czarina, is displayed upon a white pedestal in the center of an indoor fountain in the private collection of Miami trader James Harris (Andrew Robinson), who disapproves of his young daughter, Valerie Harris' (Sara Melson) fiancé, Ben Peterson (Paul Scherrer).

Many inside the Harris' social circle admire the Fabergé egg for one reason or another, some claiming rightful ownership, including Leo Stone (Cyril O'Reilly), Marcie Stone Devon (Kaitlin Hopkins), Victor Roscoe (Allan Miller), Charles Devon (James Stephens) and Connors (Christopher Thomas), who may represent a second party.

Sergei Nemiroff (David Ogden Stiers), a private detective from Saint Petersburg, Russia, arrives at a Miami book fair, at which guest speaker Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) greets guests near an exhibit of Russian literature bearing a banner printed in Cyrillic or Azbuka alphabet.

Sergei, in need of a pass card for admission, "borrows" another's by slipping it from the legitimate attendee's lapel, causing a bit of commotion for volunteers Valerie Harris and Ben Peterson to iron over, as Sergei subsequently seems to abduct Jessica into a waiting automobile, which is trailed by a heavy, in this, one of two "MSW" episodes set in the State of Florida.

He explains that his government has sentenced an innocent suspect to capital punishment, which will be enforced within a matter of days, unless he can prove his comrade's innocence over the murder of this valuable Fabergé jewelry creation, which someone has slain to obtain.

Jessica agrees to cooperate, as she has an "in" with the current owner's daughter, who's on the "outs" with her father, for forbidding her to marry her fiancé, whom Jessica considers quite decent. This may also provide another opportunity for Jessica to salvage young love.

But at a reception at the Harris residence, a body is discovered in the fountain, and the Egg has disappeared, but a bronze identification tag is found in the pool, bearing the initials "BP."

So, now Jessica has two murders to solve as quickly as possible because Miami authorities have incorrectly arrested young Ben Peterson, who claims that he never saw the tag before even though it bears his initials, and, after all, he hasn't in his possession "An Egg to Die For."

This episode marks the first acting credit for Peter J. Lucas. This also represents the second of two "MSW" appearances each for Efrain Figueroa and Andrew Robinson, the second of three for David Ogden Stiers, the third of three for Cyril O'Reilly, the fourth of four for James Stephens, and the fourth of five "MSW" guest roles for Allan Miller.

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