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The Error of Her Ways 

In Palm Springs, Jessica teams up with the local chief of police to figure out who killed a local investor and what happened to a large amount of money.


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
Susan Blakely ... Pauline Byrne
Katherine Cannon ... Marian Randall (as Kathy Cannon)
Paul Gleason ... Sterling Bose
Elliott Gould ... Lt. J.T. Hanna
Marilyn Jones Marilyn Jones ... Linda Dixon
Barbara Parkins ... Kay Weber
Marshall Thompson ... Ward Silloway
Louis Herthum ... Deputy Kruger
Peter MacLean ... Alden
Thomas H. Middleton Thomas H. Middleton ... Dr. Melville
Elvia Allman ... Elderly Lady #1
Monty Bane ... Private Investigator
Ruth C. Engel Ruth C. Engel ... Elderly Lady #2 (as Ruth Engel)
Robin Gordon Robin Gordon ... Employee


Jessica attends the ground breaking for a real estate project (in Palm Springs) that she invested in at her accountant's advice. Her observations there cause police Lieutenant J.T. Hanna to arrest Clark 's wife, Marian Randall, for his murder, which she denies, while the fortune he held for the project remains missing. After Marian's sister, Linda Dixon, puts up her house for bail, she commits suicide. But the combination of car-exhausts and the wrong pills prove that the suicide must have been staged. Despite Hanna's irritated instructions to butt out, Jessica sleuths on among the parties who lost in the deal, such as other investors, the fired banker who approved a fat loan and future residents who put up down-payments. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Yet another script by Donald Ross showing one of his trademarks: naming characters after jazz musicians. Ross, who wrote the 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Special, this time paid tribute to the Bob Crosby Orchestra, a 1930's band led by Bing Crosby's brother Bob that played a fusion of Dixieland and swing. Among the Crosby musicians paid tribute to in this show are trumpeter Sterling Bose, trombonist Ward Silloway and vocalist Kay Weber. Another character, Clark Randall, is named after a wealthy dilettante who in 1935 hired the Crosby band (before Crosby himself was involved with it) to back him as a singer on a record date. Still another character, Pauline Byrne, is named after a singer who recorded with Artie Shaw in 1940. See more »


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Errors and consequences
26 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.

"The Error of Her Ways" was the best Season 6 episode up to this point (4 episodes in) and even after the season finished it still remained one of its best, and one of its most fascinating, episodes. Mainly because the terrific mystery is one of Season 6's best, being layered and more complex than most in the season, with a solution that one won't suspect until it's revealed.

It was also interesting to see a policeman not wanting Jessica's help (considering her a nuisance), to see Jessica's actions having consequences (not seen a lot up to this point in 'Murder She Wrote'), a rare case of starting with the initial case falling apart, and Jessica facing up to that she has made a mistake after all, despite being adamant otherwise for a while.

Angela Lansbury as to be expected is terrific, while of the guests Barbara Parkins and Susan Blakely personify classy glamour and Elliot Gould has material that allows him to be a capable actor when allowed, his chemistry with Lansbury was crucial in working and was great in driving the story.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish, with one of the most beautiful settings of any of the show's mid-period episodes. 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 mostly thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable.

Overall, one of Season 6's best and a wonderful episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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15 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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