Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly 

A handyman who has been paying attention to more than the houses of various Cabot Cove ladies needs Jessica's help when he becomes the prime suspect in a murder.


Peter Crane


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Antoinette Bower ... Mrs. Audrey Martin
Gloria DeHaven ... Phyllis Grant
Ray Girardin Ray Girardin ... George Tibbits
Dody Goodman ... Beverly Hills
Kathryn Grayson ... Ideal Molloy
Rick Lenz ... Deputy Jonathan Martin
Ruth Roman ... Loretta Speigel
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Sally Klein Sally Klein ... Corrine


Sheriff Amos Tupper's night deputy Jonathan Martin's wife Audrey, an impossible to please nagger, is found dead from a bullet shot with his spare gun, but was it suicide, without a note and rather then using pills she had plenty? Jessica and Amos work out from the police log not only that Jonathan's alibi, wealthy widow Eve Simpson, called for help with her 'stuck' cat every Tuesday, but he had lonely women for every other day of the week, including travel agent Phyllis Grant, Seth's nurse and Loretta Speigel, owner of Cabot Cove's beauty parlor and gossip HQ, where they all met. However Jessica attaches particular importance to lottery tickets discussed there and missing mail... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 November 1987 (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?


The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1969 film If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. The film follows a group of travelers on a trip across seven European countries in 18 days. See more »


At the very end of the episode, there is a still picture of Jessica's house. It is clearly dark out and various room lights are on. A second later Amos knocks on the back kitchen door. Jessica opens it and there is bright sunshine outside. See more »

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Gossip at the beauty parlor
1 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the day any film that would have had all the women in featured roles would have busted any given studio's budget. But Angela Lansbury gathered several of them together for a nostalgic reunion as the denizens of Cabot Cove's beauty parlor owned by Julie Adams.

Between the group that consists of Kathryn Grayson, Ruth Roman, Dody Goodman, and Gloria DeHaven events locally in Cabot Cove are dissected with the wisdom of Sunday news station talking heads.

When one of them is murdered the doings of this group become police business as Tom Bosley discovers his night patrol deputy has been providing extra attention to these women on a regular basis. Rick Lenz is sure looking good for the murder, the Lothario.

The reason for the murder as eventually discovered is greed and jealousy. Committed by someone who has an ear for gossip and blends right into the Cabot Cove background with the individual's comings and goings.

William Windom in edition to helping with the forensics is doing a little experimenting with his cooking. Looks like he could have taken that up as a profession as well as medicine.

Nice nostalgia show.

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