Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Final Curtain 

The community center of Cabot Cove is getting ready to produce a play with retired actor David North. What follows is interrupted rehearsals and a murder in town.


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
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Dennis Christopher ... Lyman Taggart
Keene Curtis ... Jerome Mueller
Bradford Dillman ... Eric Benderson
Peter Donat ... David North
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Maureen Mueller ... Kathryn Evans
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Louis Herthum ... Deputy Andy Broom
Barry Laws Barry Laws ... John
Ed Morgan ... Motel Manager
Bonnie Hellman ... 2nd Relative
John Gowans ... Relative #1
Don Perry ... Patient


Seth's old friend, actor David North, returns to Cabot Cove to try out a play in the local playhouse. At auditions for the minor roles, Lyman Taggart gives a terrible reading but is convinced the director and North are out to get him. At dinner that night, Taggart shows up again and threatens North. Meanwhile, North's former manager Eric Benderson shows up and moves in. As Seth tries to reassure a hard-drinking North, Taggart tries to enlist Jessica's help to get him in the play, and threatens her when she brushes him off. When Taggart crashes a cast party, Benderson throws him out. Later, Seth finds Benderson injured in the theater, and he later dies. Taggart is spotted leaving the Lighthouse Motel and, as Sheriff Metzger chases him, Jessica notices a motel room is burning. Jessica thinks North might be in danger and go to the house he is renting where they smell gas and Metzger pulls an unconscious North out of his room. Jessica and Seth think it was an attempted suicide. Jessica ... Written by mama.sylvia

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Release Date:

10 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Eve Simpson: And then everything moved over to the new community center, leaving this place empty most of the time. So after a while, we started using it for local productions, historical pageants, that sort of thing.
Jerome Mueller: What about the dressing rooms?
Eve Simpson: All taken care of, as you requested. Lights and water will be turned on in just about an hour. If I had a better idea of your requirements, Mr. Mueller, perhaps I could be of some more help.
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Seth's first celebrity
15 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this episode of Murder She Wrote, Dr. Hazlitt confesses that the first celebrity he got to know was actor Peter Donat. Back in the day Donat and another of his contemporaries used to vacation in Cabot Cove.

Donat's been retired from show business for many years, but has decided to make a comeback here, trying out a new play. According to director Keene Curtis there will be roles available for some of the locals. In a very funny seen Sheriff Metzger gets a part.

But Donat's former manager Bradford Dillman also shows up and winds up being strangled. As usual the victim is not liked so there are a host of suspects.

Donat gives a fine performance as one world weary former star. Not even to his old friend William Windom does he divulge all that is troubling him. Dennis Christopher gets to play one of his slightly deranged characters as a celebrity stalker is also good.

This one is a heartbreaker.

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