Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Capitol Offense 

When a congressman suddenly dies from a heart attack, Jessica is asked to temporarily replace him in Washington.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Edie Adams ... Kaye Sheppard
Herschel Bernardi ... Det. Lt. Avery Mendelsohn
Linda Kelsey ... Diana Simms
Stephen Macht ... Congressman Dan Keppner
Nicholas Pryor ... Harry Parmel
Mitchell Ryan ... Ray Dixon
Gary Sandy ... Joe Blinn
Mark Shera ... Thor Danziger
Frank Aletter ... Wendell Joyner
Colby Chester ... Harold DeWitt
David Hooks David Hooks ... Commitee Chairman Ronald Olsen
Jensen Collier Jensen Collier ... Clerk
Jade McCall Jade McCall ... Driver's Partner


US Congressman Wendell Joyner gets a fatal heart attack at a party arranged by lobbyist Harry Parmel. The governor of Maine requests Jessica to fill the seat for a few weeks till the party can officially select a new Congressman. She keeps on Joyner's staff for her short tenure, notably helpful driver-press agent Joe Blinn and administrative assistant Diana Simms. Detective Lieutenant Avery Mendelsohn tails Jessica and explains he suspects Joyner to be murdered after finding out his corpse was moved. She decides to help him sleuthing on and around Capitol Hill and uncovers dirty lobbying and blackmail. Suspiciously well-housed Marta Craig is found murdered and Dan Keppner's coat and wallet were in her apartment. When he is found the next morning with bloody knuckles and Marta's blood on him, he is arrested for her murder. Jessica believes he was framed clumsily and wonders if it all ties in to a legislature vote on a cannery in Maine. Written by KGF Vissers

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party | washington d.c. | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Congressman Dan Keppner: I figure I got an obligation to everybody who voted for me, right, Harry?
Harry Parmel: Absolutely, Dan. Absolutely. A log of these guys, they think a seat in Congress is like a free ride, a great big cookie jar they can just dip their mitts into...
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Interesting Insights Enclosed.
14 September 2014 | by Stephen ClarkeSee all my reviews

Apart from the obvious joy I got from watching this episode,("Columbo" and "Murder she Wrote" the top two police procedural shows (In my opinion)) the insights on how Washington works were indeed insightful.

Being a Brit I never realised how devious and underhand politicians actually were. But it seems general knowledge that throwing money at people gets things done the way you want them done. and clearly its acceptable to do so. Fascinating episode.

I am still a fan of this show and happy there are 264 episodes 10 of which I have enjoyed in the last week or so through streaming via Netflix. I have a plan to watch every one of them as "Columbo" with Peter Falk has been exhausted. I can hardly wait to get started.

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