An intruder kills rich old lady Allison Brevard while burglarizing her townhouse. When Jessica goes to a college as a guest lecturer on mystery writing, she takes a secretary for the first time. But not an older woman as she expected but bright, charming, extremely efficient student David Tolliver. Just when they celebrated ending the work in a restaurant, the police take David for questioning about Allison's murder, because he was seen meeting her and accepted gifts and dinners. Jessica grants David the benefit of the doubt and follows up on a call to meet about an alibi for David with young married Lila Schroeder, only to see her collapse, murdered. David now has an alibi and admits he saw Lila, secretly because of her violently jealous husband Jack Schroeder, who claims David wasn't the threat to his marriage. Jessica tells dean Edmund Gerard's secretary, Amelia, she's not interested romantically in her host, who makes a surprising confession after Jessica is attacked in college ...
Did You Know?
At the beginning of the episode, Angela Lansbury refers to how famous Elizabeth Taylor is. These two played the sisters in the film "National Velvet" (1944). See more
When Dr. Gerard is paying the bill for his lunch with Jessica, the check is clearly not for the meal they just had, but for the meal Jessica had with David Tolliver. The total is over $50, and items include the Chateaubriand David had mentioned and other pricey dinner items, but NOT the coffee Jessica is drinking at lunch. The production obviously just re-used the other receipt. See more
Dr. Edmund Gerard
Amelia, she wasn't on the plane. You're sure there was no call? No, no. She said very definitely Flight 507 from Boston. There might be someone with her that she... Amelia, ignore this call.
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