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 Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »

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Autumn in New York
2 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Season 8 of Murder She Wrote has Jessica Fletcher taking an apartment in New York because she's joined the faculty of one of the colleges here. Her BFF Dr. Hazlett is skeptical about big cities especially New York's reputation for crime in the streets.

William Windom when he visits Angela Lansbury spends the whole episode with an 'I told you so' look on his face because sure enough when she arrives Lansbury finds Alan Feinstein the previous tenant the subject of a murder and the cops in the persons of Eugene Roche and Jay Acovone investigating. In fact Roche is a big old fan.

Feinstein was in the smuggling business using his brother's import/export business for a cover. He's got a lot of people wishing him ill will.

There's a nice performance from Rosemary Forsyth who is Lansbury's new neighbor who keeps her door perpetually open. No mugger would bother this lady, but God forbid she should miss some juicy gossip.

A heralded debut in the Big Apple for Jessica Fletcher.

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