Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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An actress neighbor involves Jessica in her husband's murder.

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Marcia Cross ... Marci Bowman
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Dep. Ginger Billis
John DiSanti ... Sheriff Beals
Marj Dusay ... Miriam Bowman
Kevin McCarthy ... Walter Bowman
Michael McGrady ... Bo Wilder
Kate Mulgrew ... Joanna Rollins
Tony Roberts ... Devon 'Sonny' Lane
Mitchell Whitfield ... Teddy Cardozo
Andrew Johnson ... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Dorothy Fremont
Robert Alan Browne ... Officer Bronsky
Richardson Morse ... City Clerk
Maurice Hill Maurice Hill ... Irwin Fisk
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Storyline

Shortly after his high-profile second marriage with Jessica's neighbor, soap star Joanna Rollins, Walter Bowman fires his personal trainer Bo Wilder (for having slept with his former wife, Miriam) and later that night is shot dead at home. Unlike sheriff Beals's department, Jessica soon suspects a set-up. Suspects include Joanna's jealous ex, Devon 'Sonny' Lane, who tried to stop the wedding, and agent Teddy Cardozo. Written by KGF Vissers (edited by canadazbest)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1992 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Marci Bowman: Daddy, why would you rather watch trash than listen to Teddy?
Walter Bowman: Honey, I'd rather do ANYTHING than listen to Teddy.
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Not so happily ever after
25 October 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.

Despite having reservations about the episode and not considering it one of the best of Season 8, personally do rate it quite a bit higher than the previous reviewer and don't consider it one of the worst 'Murder She Wrote' episodes. To me, it's somewhere in the high middle. Do agree that most of the characters are soap-operatic stereotypes, and pretty over-familiar and unsubtle ones (the talentless wannabe type of character is hardly a novel idea), and that the episode does go overboard with them.

Most of the supporting cast have too little to do with their characters and sometimes over-heated dialogue and don't really register. Will admit to finding the truth about a couple of plot strands (particularly the crazy ex one) not that surprising, Agatha Christie used the same or similar trope at least once.

On the other hand, Angela Lansbury is as ever without complaint, and some of the supporting cast are good. Kate Mulgrew particularly, she is classy perfection and brings a mysteriousness to her. Kevin McCarthy has fun in a way that's in keeping with the light-hearted tone and Tony Roberts does crazy in a creepy and not too overdone way.

The mystery is diverting enough and "Ever After" does do a very nice job with how it explores and takes jabs in an amiable and sometimes witty at the concept and setting. Along with Mulgrew and Lansbury, one of "Ever After's" highlights is the denouement, especially with the how it was committed aspect it is one of the season's cleverest (and one of the show's best acted) and there was more to the who than expected (though that was not as much a surprise for the reason stated above). The killer is also pretty chilling.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever. 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.

Writing is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are good fun.

Overall, there's much better from Season 8 and the show but an above average episode for Lansbury, Mulgrew and the denouement. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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