Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Lone Witness 

Jessica helps solve a murder when the only witness, a local delivery boy she has befriended, becomes the prime suspect.


Walter Grauman


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

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Neil Patrick Harris ... Tommy Remsen
Beth Howland ... Sandy Oates
Laurence Luckinbill ... Lt. Steve Warren
Sheila MacRae ... Susan Wells (as Sheila Mac Rae)
Joe Maruzzo ... Fred Turner
John Bennett Perry ... Dan Remsen
Kario Salem ... Vic Gorman
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Ben Eigers
Liz Vassey ... Monica Evers
Clifton Powell ... Det. Eddie Flowers
George Ede George Ede ... H. Van Houle


After Jessica takes an interest in Tommy Remsen, an aspiring writer and the boy who delivers her groceries, she helps him out after he claims to have seen a man standing over the body of Monica Evers, another grocery customer. The police don't find anything and accuse him of making it all up. Tommy becomes a suspect however when he runs off after an argument with his father. The police eventually find Monica's body and determine that she was strangled. They also find the body of the man Tommy saw leaning over her body but when they find where Tommy is hiding, Lt. Warren also finds the gun used to kill him. Jessica is convinced of Tommy's innocence and looks elsewhere for the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neil Patrick Harris character's dad in the episode says 'suit up' which is what Neil Patrick Harris famous character Barney Stinson says in How I Met Your Mother all the time See more »


At the beginning of this episode, when groceries are delivered to Jessica Fletcher, the grocery delivery boy (Neil Patrick Harris) brings in the grocery box. The name on the side of the box says "Richard's." The store where the delivery boy works reflects a different name, not "Richard's," on the store window. See more »

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Good concept, which didn't quite work
21 September 2017 | by martin-interculturalSee all my reviews

This tale is framed in a home-away-from-home setting: One of the Cabot Cove neighbors is staying with Jessica in her Manhattan pied-à-terre while preparing a grand dinner that may lead to a cookbook publishing deal. So far, so good: Except the gal pal turns out so whiny and neurotic, we the viewers will vow never to do a favor for a friend again, as long as we live. (The character is just poorly written, morphing from village grandma in one scene to Coco Chanel in the next.) We also keep wondering how on earth Jessica puts up with it, all the while chasing her own book deadline. After all, back in Cabot Cove we have seen her politely yet firmly throw people out of her house for much lesser transgressions. The crime investigation is solid as ever. But the klutzy friend's presence is simply vexing throughout; it adds neither humor nor substance to the story.

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