Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Jessica comes to the assistance of Magnum when he's framed for two murders that occur during her vacation in Hawaii.


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ramon Bieri ... Capt. Frank Browning
Stephanie Faracy ... Amy Salyer
Dorothy Loudon ... Pamela Bates
Jared Martin ... Arthur Houston
John McMartin ... Jason Bryan
Andrew Prine ... Victor Salyer
Jessica Walter ... Joan Fulton
Tom Selleck ... Thomas Magnum
John Hillerman ... Jonathan Higgins
Kwan Hi Lim Kwan Hi Lim ... Lieutenant Tanaka
Rhonda Aldrich Rhonda Aldrich ... Maid
Keahi Farden Keahi Farden ... Bellboy
Harry Endo Harry Endo ... Desk Clerk
Byron Ono Byron Ono ... House Boy #1


In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing him. Magnum claims the thug had fired several shots at him, including one just before Magnum returned fire. But the police can't find the gunman's weapon, and furthermore he was shot in the back. An overzealous police captain calls it murder one (huh?) and throws Magnum into the cooler pending trial. Jessica searches the crime scene and finds a shell casing which doesn't match Magnum's gun, fitting Magnum's theory. A horrified Higgins realizes that a gun similar to Magnum's -- and with a silencer, at that -- stolen from Robin Masters' collection could well be the murder weapon. The police captain won't give up, and puts out a fugitive warrant on Magnum when a second murder occurs in the same fashion as the first. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Selleck and John Hillerman both receive special guest star billing. See more »


When Mrs. Fletcher is talking with Arthur Houston, he is using a computer, hitting a key once in a while as if paging though a document. But the computer isn't turned on - nothing on screen and no lights on the front of the PC/XT or PC/AT case. See more »


[first lines]
Thomas Magnum: Murder one? Come on, Lieutenant. He shot at me first.
Lieutenant Tanaka: With what, Magnum? He was unarmed, and he was shot in the back.
Thomas Magnum: You think I did it?
Lieutenant Tanaka: I think you should stop showing up at murder sites.
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References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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A Few Missed Opportunities
3 February 2015 | by george-adelmanSee all my reviews

A Jessica Fletcher/Magnum crossover! It's pretty exciting. This is actually the second half of a two parter, the first half airing on Magnum. The episode is great as they always are, but there are some huge missed opportunities. They could have struck up some sort of subtexty romance between Hillerman and Lansbury, since their characters are so much alike. Not to mention they're in Hawaii and Jessica doesn't wear one single Hawaiian costume. It's obvious this is more Magnum than Murder She Wrote. Jessica's character acts a bit off. Jessica Walters (aka Lucille Bluth) makes her second guest appearance since she was murdered in season one. The greatest injustice is that the legendary Dorothy Loudon is given such a boring character to play. Dorothy was the queen of overacting and in this she's too subtle. On a side note, Angela left her Tony Award winning run in Sweeney Todd to appear in Murder She Wrote. Her replacement? Dorothy Loudon. John McMartin is another Sondheim alumnus who appears in the episode. The Hawaiian music is something straight out of Spongebob Squarepants. I would have liked to see an episode where Magnum comes to Cabot Cove. Just think of the possibilities! This is an adequate episode, if not just for the novelty of seeing JB with the Magnum gang.

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