Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Bite the Big Apple 

Jessica takes a teaching position in New York, gets an apartment and finds its previous tenant murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Sgt. Nick Acosta
... Eve Simpson
... Sharon Kingsley
... Harry Freelander
... Mike Freelander
... Estelle Freelander
... Scott Freelander
... Lt. Jack Boyle
... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
... Rose Tessler
... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
... Painter
David Schall ... Man at Party
Claire Paradis ... Waitress


Tired of hotels, Jessica takes a Manhattan apartment bow she has accepted a New York teaching position. By the time Seth visits there, he can say 'I told you so' as he did at her Cabot Cove send-off party, although she'll spend weekends there. Her apartment's previous owner Mike Freelander has been murdered, her now home ransacked, so he moves in as temporary guardian angels and questions the neighbors. She doesn't leave snooping to the NYPD detectives but investigates Freelander's family life and their involvement in theft and contraband smuggling. After another murder, she comes up with surprising suspects and a risky trap. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 September 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the nickname for New York City - The Big Apple. The moniker was first used by the reporter by John J. Fitz Gerald who wrote for the 'New York Morning Telegraph' in the 1920's. See more »


Jessica's chat with the librarian doesn't sound quite believable. Faculty enjoy considerable privileges when it comes to checking out books from the school library. As a minimum, the librarian should have offered to place a hold on the item Jessica was searching for. See more »


References General Hospital (1963) See more »

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Jessica in New York
20 October 2017 | by See 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.

"Bite the Big Apple" is a strong start for Season 8 and among the season's better episodes, if not quite one of the very finest of 'Murder She Wrote' (when it comes to Season 8 episodes "Murder on Madison Avenue" and particularly "Danse Diabolique" are standout episodes). Season 8 generally is one of the stronger seasons of the show, so it is high praise to consider "Bite the Big Apple" one of the better episodes. There is nothing really wrong with it actually, just that the very finest episodes had the extra something that "Bite the Big Apple" just slightly lacks.

Can't say anything bad about Angela Lansbury. Nor the uniformly good supporting cast, where Jay Acovone and particularly Eugene Roche are excellent. Julie Adams and William Windom (welcome back Seth, you were very much missed in Season 7, where he was only in one episode that wasn't particularly worthy of him) are always pleasures and help make the beginning an affectionate one.

The episode is notable for establishing Jessica's new job and her move to Ne York, but it has much more to it than that. The mystery is a good, intriguing and easy to follow (without ever being too easy to solve) one, with one of the most shocking endings of the latter seasons. Not many 'Murder She Wrote' episodes in a long time left me floored, the ending here did.

As for the production values, they are slick and stylish as ever. New York looks great. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is thoughtful, cosy and light-hearted while taking itself seriously as well.

Overall, Season 8 gets off to a great start. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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