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Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday 

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Jessica must find out the truth when the ruthless owner of a periodical is murdered.

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Peter Crane

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Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Bert Convy ... Christopher Bundy
Robert Costanzo ... Det. Lt. Greco
Bobby Di Cicco ... Antonio D'Argento (as Bobby DiCicco)
Robert Hooks ... Everett Charles Jensen
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Carol Lawrence ... Rachel D'Argento
Katherine Moffat ... Millicent Moore
Michelle Nicastro ... Vanessa D'argento (as Michele Nicastro)
Alex Rocco ... Bert Yardley
Robert Stack ... Chester Harrison
Eric Server Eric Server ... Pete Morgan
Charles Sweigart Charles Sweigart ... Uniformed Officer
Josh Gordon Josh Gordon ... Announcer
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Storyline

Jessica is unhappy publisher Christopher Bundy, who just purchased the magazine Literary Lines and transformed it from classy content to 'centerfold' trash, is to run one of her stories . When they visit him, in the villa where he lives with his sister Rachel and her son Tony and daughter Vanessa from different marriages, Bundy convinces her to stay the night and meet with his lawyers and assures her the security cameras record only images, no sound, and not in bedrooms. Jessica convinces the magazine's original publisher, Chester Harrison, who is to be kept on as figurehead, to put up a fight for its ownership. Then Bundy is shot dead and Chester Harrison is seen leaving the home right afterwards. Detective Lt. Greco suspects Chester but Jessica has other suspects most of the other people staying at the house, even the butler. Then Jessica sees trough the killer's alibi. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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When the family meets Jessica, the nephew of Mr. Bundy is using a home video camera to record his sister and mother playing croquet. Several camera angles are shown as if to be shot from this home video camera yet a boom mic is visible for a split second at the top of the screen. See more »

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Christopher Bundy: [on phone] Uh-huh, right. No, I don't think so. Oh, yes, I do understand. I disagree. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Oh, yes. Yes. Well, let's not complicate a simple thing, Mr. Harrison. You owe me the money that you borrowed. It's Friday evening. If the money's not repaid by 8:00 p.m. Sunday, I own your publishing company. Good night.
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The death of Christopher Bundy
30 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 of Season 2 and of the show than "Christopher Bundy-Died on Sunday" admittedly, but it is hardly a misfire. Actually like it more than initially thought, it's more involving and things make sense more. It is hard not to mention an episode with Grady Fletcher without mentioning how much of a bland and annoying, as well as often useless, dead-weight character Grady is or of Michael Horton's acting being just as much.

"Christopher Bundy-Died On Sunday" doesn't have an awful lot wrong otherwise. Some of the pacing is a bit dull in the earlier scenes and the final solution is a bit of a complicated one that takes time to get your head round (once it just about clicks, which it does eventually, it's also a pretty clever one).

Production values are high in quality as to be expected, with slick photography and isn't the villa location cool or what. 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 tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are good fun. The story is mostly engaging and keeps one guessing, the identity of the killer was a surprise.

Angela Lansbury doesn't disappoint as Jessica, and, other than Horton, the guest supporting turns from typically reliable actors is very well done.

In conclusion, decent episode if not one of my favourites. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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