Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Something Borrowed, Someone Blue 

Grady's wedding day arrives, and so does an unpleasant fate for the shrewish housekeeper of his prospective father-in-law's estate.

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Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Patricia Barry ... Mrs. Belle Pentworth
Ray Buktenica ... Kyle Laughlin
Conchata Ferrell ... Harriet Lundgren
Michael Horton ... Grady Ambrose Fletcher
Rick Hurst ... Police Chief Slocum
Bill Macy ... Uncle Ben Mayberry
Howard Morris ... Uncle Ziggy
Betsy Palmer ... Valerie
Eugene Roche ... Franklin Mayberry
Gale Storm ... Maisie Mayberry
Debbie Zipp Debbie Zipp ... Donna Marie Mayberry
Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend ... Clara
David Byrd David Byrd ... Minister
David Stenstrom David Stenstrom ... Photographer
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Storyline

It's obviously going to be a very busy weekend when Jessica attends her nephew Grady's wedding to Donna Mayberry. Donna's parents aren't too impressed with Grady and aren't convinced he's much of a catch for their daughter. Mr. Mayberry, an accountant like Grady, is a domineering sort who likes to be in control. He's also irritated by his ne'er-do-well brother who is always in need of money. Donna's mother is constantly frazzled, always worried about her social standing and what the wedding guests might be thinking. When the Mayberry's cook, Harriet Lundgren, is found dead, stabbed in the back with a meat thermometer, Jessica has a murder to solve. Between the overwrought parents and the hapless local police chief, Jessica seems to be the only one who can save the wedding. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Horton and Debbie Zipp are married in real life so, in essence, Grady was marrying his real life wife. See more »

Goofs

The party crasher is called "Cousin Clara" several times until Jessica approaches her to attempt to expose her as such. Jessica addresses the imposter as "Aunt Clara" and proceeds to ferret out the truth. See more »

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Minister: Wedding party. Wedding party. Rehearsal time. Rehearsal time. Now remember, all smiles all the time.
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Opening credits: Fishkill, N. Y. You Are Invited To A Wedding See more »

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Wedding Blues
9 September 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.

"Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" is a pretty good episode, but nowhere near one of my favourites from Season 5 or of 'Murder She Wrote' in general. There are also worse episodes in the show. Where "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" is most let down is the characters and acting of Grady and Donna. Have made no secret of considering these two my least favourite 'Murder She Wrote' recurring characters, "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" does nothing to change my mind.

Grady is still bland and annoying and Michael Horton is an energy-sucking presence in the role. Donna is even worse, she is even duller as a character and makes Grady tolerable in comparison, we just don't see the lovely character that one is constantly reminded of in all her appearances and that Debbie Zipp plays her with no charm, warmth, humour and subtlety whatsoever further disadvantages the character. It also feels ironic that for characters who are getting married and also that Horton and Zipp were/are husband and wife in real life one doesn't see or feel any chemistry between them.

However, "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" works everywhere else. Angela Lansbury is terrific, and the rest of the supporting cast really help elevate the episode to a higher level with strong turns from particularly Eugene Roche, Patricia Barry, Betsy Palmer, Bill Macy and Gale Storm. Conchata Ferell is also a standout as the domineering loudmouth housekeeper.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish with a gorgeous wedding setting. 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.

The writing is thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable and the mystery is very intriguing with a surprising ending.

All in all, with the exception of Grady and Donna this is a good episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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