Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Armed Response 

While in the hospital with a fractured leg, Jessica investigates the murder of a doctor.


Charles S. Dubin


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eddie Bracken ... Barney Ogden
Victoria Carroll ... Melanie Barker
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Garver
James Gammon ... Billy Don Baker
Sam Groom ... Dr. Wes Kenyon
Bo Hopkins ... Lt. Ray Jenkins
Martin Kove ... Dr. Ellison
Kay Lenz ... Nurse Jennie Wells
Kevin McCarthy ... Milton Porter
Susan Oliver ... Nurse Marge Horton
Martha Raye ... Sadie Winthrope
Lucille Meredith ... Mrs. Brindle
Paul Tuerpe Paul Tuerpe ... First Guard
Fred D. Scott Fred D. Scott ... Harlan


Texan lawyer Milton Porter welcomes Jessica at the airport. She has come to testify on behalf of his client, Harold Endicott, who is accused of plagiarism. When playing children cause her to fall and injure her ankle, he drives her to a private luxury hospital where she is fitted a cast by Dr. Ellison, who is in a nasty competition with Dr. Wes Kenyon as one of them is going to be replaced by Dr. Sam Garver who runs the facility. That night, Dr. Garver is found dead in a fish-pool at his house. Inexperienced city police Lieutenant Ray Jenkins asks Jessica to help solve the case. But when Nurse Jennie Wells was seen sneaking out of hospital and near Dr. Garver's house and a gun is found in her locker, Jessica thinks she is being framed and works to find out what really happened. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

31 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Jessica's litigious lawyer bears a striking resemblance to flamboyant Texas litigator Richard "Racehorse" Haynes. See more »


Lt. Jenkins mentions a neighbor watching the 11 O'Clock News. Texas, where this episode takes place, is on Central Time, so the news would have been on at 10 O'Clock. See more »


[first lines]
Milton Porter: [on phone] Son, I don't care. You get your shiny little backside down to that jail and you don't leave until you talk to him. And when I say "talk," I mean get his John Hancock and a retainer. You got me?
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Deadly hospitality
17 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

There are better episodes in Season 1 and in 'Murder She Wrote' in general than "Armed Response", but it's still a well done episode. It doesn't do much wrong, though some of the supporting characters are on the bland side, a few of them not having enough to do, and on first viewing the final solution is not the easiest to get your head round, it's a fairly complicated one. Couldn't help being reminded of the final solution of one of the Miss Marple books, 'They Do It With Mirrors' for anybody who has seen this episode but are not familiar with that book.

"Armed Response", on the other hand, is a good looking episode as to be expected. Nicely shot and attractive fashions that makes one nostalgic for the 80s period (even to those who weren't even alive yet). Oh and the home of the murder victim is amazing. The music has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The script is often charming and amiable and the story is absorbing.

Angela Lansbury is terrific in one of her best remembered roles one of the roles that is most closely associated with me at any rate). Eddie Bracken and particularly beguiling Martha Raye have the juiciest supporting roles and really make the most of them.

Overall, solid episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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