Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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While visiting a friend in Texas, Jessica attempts to help the owner of a small trucking company clear his son of a murder charge.


Walter Grauman


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

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Episode credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Dirk Blocker ... Sheriff Jim Monday
Joanna Cassidy ... Willie Greenwood
Patrick Cassidy ... Rob Platte
Beth Grant ... Meg Thomas
Melora Hardin ... Cindy Warrick
Earl Holliman ... Wayne Platte
Whip Hubley ... Randy Jinks
Gary Lockwood ... Sam Mercer
Robert O'Reilly ... A.J. Grodin
Brett Porter ... Lance Taggart
Reni Santoni ... Juan Ramez
Heath Kizzier Heath Kizzier ... Deputy Sutton
Ron Leath Ron Leath ... Doctor
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Brantley Kearns Brantley Kearns ... Band Member


At Houston space control for research, Jessica overhears Sam Mercer promise NASA's LG computers order, essential for the IT firm, is on its way, but the truck gets robbed by masked men on the open road in plain daylight. Her friend and host Wayne Platte, the truck driver, got hurt, and the firm was in bad enough shape, now suppliers demand immediate payment and insurance considers them a bad risk. His son Rob Platte, a college drop-out who works in the roadhouse, seems only interested in country singing, which doesn't bring in good money. Roadhouse owner Willie Greenwood is furious her accomplice Randy Jinks, waitress Cindy Warrick's ex, could have killed Wayne. Randy and Rob, Cindy's lover who never told his dad about her, fight till Willie pulls them apart to avoid damages. Randy haggles about the looted computers; Willie reminds Wayne's secretary Meg Thomas her next debt payment is due. Ex-con Lance Taggart drops in at Willie's; she won't put him up but he follows Randy, gets him ... Written by KGF Vissers

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1 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The title refers to the remains of animals that have been struck and killed by an automobile and found on the side of the road especially in heavily wooden areas or along the sides of highways. In the early 20th century in the United States the term was "flat meat". See more »


The truck involved in the accident did not slam its brakes on - it didn't even try to slow down - it kept going. When the investigation was taking place at the accident site, skid marks were clearly visible. See more »

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Research at NASA
13 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While in Texas and visiting NASA for research on her latest book Angela Lansbury is taken into the Platte family home. Father Earl Holliman has a trucking business that is just scraping by. Holliman would like it more if instead of singing country western at Joanna Cassidy's honky tonk his son Patrick Cassidy would help more with the trucking business.

When Holliman is hijacked the business is about to go belly up. He was hauling computers for NASA.

Later on an appliance store owner is run down by a big rig and it's Holliman looking best for it.

Best in the episode is Joanna Cassidy, a woman of many and varied interests.

This one's ready to launch.

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