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One White Rose for Death 

While attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.



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Episode cast overview:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Margo Claymore
... Dr. Lynch
... First Secretary Henry Claymore
... Col. Gerhardt Brunner
... Michael Hagarty
... Andrew Wyckham
... Franz Mueller
... Greta Mueller
Warwick Sims ... Jack Kendall
Julian Barnes ... British Sergeant


Jessica is invited to dine with East German concert violinist Greta Mueller, her overprotective brother Franz and security chief Colonel Gerhardt Brunner, and next is joined during the concert by British secret agent Michael Hagarty, working as Dennis McKelvy, who has blood on his hand when he abducts her and the Mueller's limousine to the South African embassy at gun point, asking for sanctuary, in fact Paul's staged defection, again a cover for his work as SAS agent, which was rightly expected to be discovered. Then fellow spy Jack Kendall is found stabbed dead in the embassy garden, holding a white rose, the code name of an operation Jessica earlier overheard him mention over the telephone, an Apartheid opponent Benjamin Kumbasa's stabbing. First Secretary Henry Claymore agrees in the ambassador's absence to 'Dennis' and Jessica investigating freely, presuming a connection between both murders, but... Meanwhile Greta refuses to join Franz's defection even before their family in the... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Per the title, The White Rose was a resistance group in Nazi Germany consisting of students and professors from the University of Munich whom offered nonviolent resistance to the the Nazis. See more »

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International Intrigue in the Disconcerted Concert Hall
16 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This episode marks the second of seven "MSW" appearances by Len Cariou as British Agent Michael Hagarty, often to lure Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) into a web of international intrigue, through which a murder invariably occurs.

At a restaurant in Washington, DC, East German Colonel Gerhardt Brunner (Eric Braeden) scrutinizes the gathering of Briton Andrew Wyckham (Bernard Fox) and East German siblings Franz Mueller (John Glover) and Greta Mueller (Maria Mayenzet), who are scheduled to perform as instrumentalists in a forthcoming concert.

Michael Hagarty joins the table presenting himself under a pseudonym, when Jessica Fletcher enters the room, to be reunited with this Dennis person.

When Jessica informs the group that she plans to attend the concert, at which Greta performs on violin and Franz on piano, Andrew Wyckham escorts her, while Hagarty awaits backstage, to telephone British Agent Jack Kendall (Warwick Sims) to chauffeur a limousine and to meet his party before the concert hall between Acts.

A wounded Hagarty then points the barrel of his pistol to Jessica and Andrew, to enter the limousine, before it is trailed on a high speed chase across Washington, DC, toward the British Embassy, at which Hagarty has notified a trim staff to receive him for sanctuary as a British citizen, and to have resident Doctor Lynch (Michael Anderson Jr.) on hand to tend to his wounded arm.

British Embassy First Secretary Henry Claymore (Tony Bonner) and his wife, Margo Claymore (Jenny Agutter), receive their guests after the iron gate sequesters the group from East German attack. As they disembark from the limousine, it is revealed that Greta and Franz have stowed away for the purpose of defection.

Someone from their homeland had passed false information about Franz to authorities, to Greta's dismay because she's loyal to her country and family, her parents also threatened, back in East Germany.

But when Jessica cannot seem to obtain a straight answer from Hagarty, she steps outdoors to comfort the weeping Greta, who stumbles across a body near the sidewalk, holding "One White Rose for Death." British Sergeant (Julian Barnes) is on hand to investigate, as none but the ten have been able to enter nor to exit the British Embassy except for the guards at the gate.

Extra points for fine performances by Maria Mayenzet, Jenny Agutter, Tony Bonner, John Glover, Bernard Fox and Warwick Sims.

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