Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Good-Bye Charlie 

Jessica narrates her newest novel about a bumbling private eye and his girlfriend inadvertently solving a murder by trying to cash in on a dead relative's will.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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
Michael Callan ... Bart Mahoney
Bryan Cranston ... Jerry Wilber
Lise Cutter Lise Cutter ... Tillie Bascomb
John Finnegan ... Man
Faith Ford ... Sunny Albertson
David Huddleston ... Sheriff Ed Ten Eyck
Clyde Kusatsu ... Jack Yamoto
Bill Maher ... Frank Albertson
Ernie Lively ... Jake
Robin Bach Robin Bach ... Lon Ainsley
Ronny Graham Ronny Graham ... Clarence
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Doreen
Scott Palmer ... Raymond Fleischer
Stanley Grover Stanley Grover ... Businessman


Jessica tells her newest book plot, in which a private investigator who is so unsuccessful he and his girl fiend are about to be evicted learn his missing uncle Charles Kenneth Anderson John Doe, a bum who sponged on them for a few years and then took off, presumably becoming a hobo again, left him a fortune by testament, but it can't be paid until he's declared legally dead in five more years. They decide to fake his demise by claiming a John Doe and go for one in Huckelby. Alas the local sheriff Ed Ten Eyck is most suspicious as the same body is claimed by two other parties and murdered seems a definite possibility. After painstakingly getting out of jail and rid of the competition, they get another surprise. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second and last appearance of Bill Maher and his mullet on Murder, She Wrote. His first appearance was season 5, episode 13, Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble as a slimy media promoter. See more »

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Sponging relatives
24 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has Angela Lansbury telling us viewers the plot of her latest mystery masterpiece. This particular episode tends heavily toward the comic and it should with married couple Bill Maher and Faith Ford as stars.

Maher is a private detective, but hardly any Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler type hero. He's from the snap and trap school of detective with his ever present camera working divorce cases hoping to find an errant spouse cheating.

But one day a lawyer drops in and tells him that he could be a secondary heir as he is trying to locate his Uncle Charlie who was a real sponge of a relation while he was alive. But now some woman has left him a seven figure estate and it goes to Maher if he can prove his uncle is also no longer among the living. As he was last heard from near Reno, Nevada, they decide to head there and claim a body which was found near railroad tracks 30 miles west of Reno as dear old Uncle Charlie.

Maher and Ford work a good con. But two others made the same claim that this mangled corpse is one of their relatives.

I can't say much more other than in the process Maher helps Sheriff David Huddleston solve another murder. And there's a delicious double ironic twist involving Maher and Huddleston as a climax.

Lots of humor is laced into this Murder She Wrote.

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