Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Doom with a View 

Jessica and her nephew get more than they expect while staying at a posh New York hotel managed by Grady's old fraternity buddy.


Walter Grauman


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Callahan ... Garrett Harper
Robert Desiderio ... Mark Havlin
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Sandra Clemons
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Janet Leigh ... Cornelia Montaigne Harper
Monte Markham ... Insp. Donald Matheney
Macon McCalman ... Hotel Det. Fritz Rice
Charlotte Rae ... Nettie Harper
Tony Ballen ... Workman
Juli Reding ... Mrs. Townsend (as Juli Reding Hutner)
Mary Ingersoll Mary Ingersoll ... Cashier
Kenny Davis ... Husband
Judy Kerr ... Wife
Sheila Shaw ... Maid


Jessica was looking forward to staying with her nephew, Grady Fletcher, but pest control fumigation drives them out of his New York apartment, however, to a deluxe hotel owned by his frat buddy Garrett Harper's older wife Cornelia Montaigne Harper, an overbearing workaholic. We soon learn Garrett is hiding from her his contacts with computer operator Sandra Clemons, who could never afford the hotel's steep prices. Grady finds Sandra dead, but agrees to keep silent about Garrett being in the room and thus becomes the prime suspect to save his frat buddy's marriage. While dandy NYPD Inspector Donald Matheney sees properly screening the crime scene as an interruption before returning to the ballet, Jessica soon finds mother Nettie Harper knew about a secret, which enabled blackmail. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character 'Garrett' is referred to as 'Gary' several times. This is not a mistake as 'Gary' is a valid nickname for 'Garrett' See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: Uh, would you wait here, please?
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References A Room with a View (1985) See more »

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Grady, Grady, Come to Play; What a Precious Price to Pay
1 October 2009 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

Indiana is one of only fourteen states not represented as an episode setting during twelve seasons of "Murder, She Wrote." But Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) had visited the Hoosier State in the back-story, during Grady Fletcher (Michael Horton)'s tenure as a student at Perdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Situated in New York City, also before this series begins, Grady invites his Aunt Jessica to stay at his apartment during her stay, for meetings with her publisher. However, Sommelier (Steve Tschudy) and Workman (Tony Ballen) are busy exterminating Grady's apartment building, and the two must make accommodations elsewhere.

When Grady informs Jessica that they have reservations at the extravagant Montaigne Plaza Hotel, he explains that the visit comes free of charge, as courtesy of his old college fraternity buddy, Garrett Harper (John Callahan), whom Jessica remembers from occasional visits to Cabot Cove, has married hotel owner Cornelia Montaigne Harper (Janet Leigh), causing Jessica to reflect upon Cornelia and Garrett's age difference.

After checking into Montaigne Plaza Hotel, Jessica and Grady are reacquainted with Garrett, who introduces Jessica to Cornelia and her right-hand assistant, Mark Havlin (Robert Desiderio).

Garrett then informs a delighted Grady that their favorite former college cheerleader, Sandra Clemens (Jennifer Holmes), has also arrived from South Bend, Indiana, and may eagerly anticipate a dinner invitation from Grady. She has stayed in Indiana to work as a computer programmer, but visits NYC on occasion.

Nettie Harper (Charlotte Rae), the mother of Garrett, is also reacquainted with Grady at dinner, with Jessica, Garrett and Sandra around the table, to the dismay of Cornelia, who suspects that Grady is covering for a two-timing Garrett, by including Sandra at the gathering.

A knowing Nettie forecasts fireworks to explode later in the evening, yet, during the effects of a thunderstorm, Grady stumbles upon a body.

NYPD Inspector Donald Matheney (Monte Markham) prioritizes his night at the opera and afternoon at an art gallery reception to investigating a crime, but Hotel Detective Fritz Rice (Macon McCalman) continuously searches for clues, which seem to implicate Grady Fletcher, who is promptly arrested for murder.

As usual, when Grady is falsely arrested, Jessica steps in to demand justice, by proving her nephew's innocence. However, bribes are paid to plant evidence to support the theory that Grady has done it.

Mrs. Townsend (Juli Reding), Husband (Kenny Davis) and Wife (Judy Kerr) hotel customers, hotel Cashier (Mary Ingersoll), hotel Maid (Sheila Shaw) and Aquarium Lady (Lynn Holt) round out the cast of this episode with a "Doom With a View."

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