Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Mrs. Parker's Revenge 

A switched packet of amateur-written stories involves Jessica in an international plot to steal a biological-weapon virus.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Erick Avari ... Raul Jaffa
Gregg Henry ... Mark Reisner
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Karen Reisner
William O'Leary ... FBI Agt. Ed Crider
Tony Todd ... National Security Agent Nathan Mitchell
Peter Van Norden ... CIA Agt. Dennis Quinlan
Gustav Vintas ... Carl Van Ness
Gregory Alan Williams ... Lt. Paul Bragg (as Greg Alan Williams)
Time Winters ... Dr. James Lamont
Frederick Dawson Frederick Dawson ... Hotel Clerk
Karen Hensel Karen Hensel ... Techie
Gena Acosta Gena Acosta ... Detective


Dr. James Lamont, top-secret viral weapon Project 14's supervisor at the Atlanta Disease Research Institute, is blackmailed but reports so to his new security chief, Mark Reisner. He and FBI agent Ed Crider set up a trap for the client, arms dealer-hit-man Carl Van Ness, who already killed the intermediary there. A hotel-room mix-up gets Jessica photos so she's taken in confidence. CIA agent Dennis Quinlan and NSA are also on the case. Jessica keeps the room to help Mark snooping. The criminals aren't done yet. Written by KGF Vissers

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poison | party | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Angela Lansbury's son Anthony Shaw directed the second to the last broadcast #12.#23 television mystery play "Murder, She Wrote" - "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" - broadcast on 12 May 1996. Peter Shaw (1918-2003, age 84), Angela's husband and Anthony's father, appears in the mystery play's opening sequence. Peter, dressed as one of the Lab Rat Doctors, stands behind a laboratory counter. Placing Peter Shaw in the opening group of Lab Doctors' shot as the camera pans the group of laboratory doctors and technicians was planned by Anthony as a farewell touch to the CBS TV series demise ending the twelfth season. The last television mystery play for "Murder, She Wrote" - #12.#24, "Death by Demographics" was broadcast 19 May, 1996. The mystery play's title "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" is explained by Jessica at the end of the show. "Mrs. Parker's husband was trying to poison her with strychnine served to her in a glass of orange juice, every morning, by her husband! Mrs. Parker discovered her husband's plan, switching her orange juice with her husband's glass of orange juice!" - the solution of the mystery play's murder. See more »


Jessica holds a cassette tape left to her by Mark. It is an ordinary sized audio cassette. Later she listens to the tape but the machine it is played on is too small to take the size of the audio cassette she had. See more »

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Hip deep in special ops
5 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This next to last Murder She Wrote story takes place in Atlanta where JB Fletcher is the guest at an amateur mystery writers convention. At the same hotel there's a bit of intrigue going on as a foreign agent is making a deal for some toxic viruses. Partly because an incriminating photograph was accidentally delivered to Angela Lansbury and partly because she knows the head of security at the Center For Disease Control Gregg Henry, Jessica Fletcher is hip deep in special ops.

Besides Henry also involved is the FBI William O'Leary, the NSC Tony Todd, and the CIA Peter Van Norden. All of them looking to close the case for their agency and all looking to show up the others.

It gets real serious when Henry is killed as well as one of the spies. With the assistance of the Atlanta PD in the person of Greg-Alan Williams JB Fletcher solves it and embarrasses the professionals. More than embarrasses one of them.

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