Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Body Politic 

Jessica comes to the aid of yet another dear old friend running as a senatorial candidate. When the candidate's campaign manager is murdered, Jessica must help prove her innocence.


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, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Eddie Albert ... Jackson Lane
Peter Fox ... Bud Johnson
Robert Fuller ... Arthur Drelinger
George Grizzard ... Edmund Hall
Shirley Jones ... Kathleen Lane
Harrison Page ... Lt. Gowans
Daphne Reid ... Nan Wynn (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
James Sloyan ... C.W. Butterfield
Marie Chambers Marie Chambers ... Cass Malone
Robin Bach Robin Bach ... Hotel Clerk Preston
Scott Segall Scott Segall ... Staffer
David Okarski David Okarski ... Policeman #2
Anthony S. Johnson ... Reporter 'A'
Ann Walker Ann Walker ... Female Reporter


Jessica flies in for her old friend Kathleen Lane's campaign in the senatorial primaries and accepts to replace her suddenly deserted speech-writer. After a dodgy TV talk-show host makes a sleazy deal with opponent Arthur Drelinger's campaign staff, he gets and publishes pictures suggesting Lane had an affair with her much younger campaign manager, Bud Johnson, who is found dead, apparently suicide by jumping in her bathrobe from her balcony, which Jessica believes to be staged, but by whom and why? Meanwhile, Kathleen's rich and generous, much older husband, Jackson Lane, also suspected of financial faults, speaks up for her innocence, but can that save her candidature? Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color | Black and White (stills: Shirley Jones)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This would be a reunion of sorts for Shirley Jones and Eddie Albert who both stared together in the movie, Oklahoma! (1955). See more »


[first lines]
Man on P.A.: Mr. Speaker, the 23rd District joins with the 18th and the 33rd Districts in unanimous support for the candidate.
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The campaign trail
30 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote finds Jessica Fletcher on the campaign trail donating her writing talents for friend Shirley Jones who is a Geraldine Ferraro type running for the US Senate. Jones's John Zaccaro like husband is Eddie Albert and her unscrupulous opponent is Robert Fuller.

A rumor gets started that Jones is having an affair with her campaign manager. Said manager takes a plunge off a hotel balcony and it's Shirley's room.

This is one of the episodes of the series where there's no direct accusation of murder for someone. Yet murder has been done here and done for a specific reason that seems good to the doer.

Nice casting in this episode.

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