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 Ramos
Heath Kizzier Heath Kizzier ... Deputy Sutton
Ron Leath Ron Leath ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 companies consider 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 computer with a local electronics repair store who is acting as a fence. Willie reminds Wayne's secretary Meg Thomas her next debt payment is due. Ex-con Lance Taggart ... Written by KGF Vissers

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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 wooded 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 »


[first lines]
[Watching Neil Armstrong taking the first step onto the Moon]
Jessica Fletcher: You know, after all these years and all the times that I've seen this, I... I just find it overwhelming.
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A killing on the road
21 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

Season 10 has been mixed, for every great episode such as "The Dying Game" and "Love and Hate in Cabot Cove" there are disappointments such as "Proof in the Pudding" and "Time to Die" as far as previous episodes go. "Roadkill" is among the better Season 10 episodes. Maybe it takes a little too long to get to the murder and the victim is killed too easily in a scenario where death could have easily been avoided if the victim reacted quicker.

"Roadkill" is a very well-cast episode, something that is not always apparent in latter season 'Murder She Wrote' episodes. Angela Lansbury is terrific as usual and Joanna Cassidy and Gary Lockwood are especially good of the supporting cast.

Mystery-wise, "Roadkill" is diverting and clever with a mildly surprising and believable ending. The stolen NASA equipment crime is handled well and the murder investigation intrigues.

Production values as always are slick, stylish and suitably cosy. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Writing is amiable and thoughtful, while the charm and tension of the cast's chemistry shine through greatly.

Overall, very well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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1 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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