Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Lovers and Other Killers 

Whilst in Seattle for a series of lectures, Jessica is drawn into a dangerous case involving a young man accused of murdering his wealthy older lady friend.


Allen Reisner


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Grant Goodeve ... Jack Schroeder
Peter Graves ... Dr. Edmund Gerard
Greg Morris ... Lt. Andrews
Lois Nettleton ... Amelia
Andrew Prine ... Prof. Todd Lowery
Andrew Stevens ... David Tolliver
Lory Walsh Lory Walsh ... Lila Schroeder


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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

18 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
Dr. Edmund Gerard: [on phone] 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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References Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) See more »


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Gigolo in training
16 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has JB Fletcher as a guest lecturer at a western university where the president is an old friend of her and her late husband Peter Graves. Graves is a widower who like so many in the series wouldn't mind rekindling something for both of them.

But Angela Lansbury asks for a student assistant she gets a charming, but mysterious male in Andrew Stevens who seems ready to embark on a career as a gigolo. He comes on to her quite subtly like a mack truck.

But he's also the number one suspect in a pair of slayings of women, one being the wife of a campus jock Grant Goodeve with a bad temper. When Lansbury herself is pushed down a flight of stairs he's in the vicinity.

Stevens is the reason to watch this episode. But also I think you'll spot the killer quite clearly here. Not mysterious at all.

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