Insignificant writer Nick Cullhane gets congratulations from Jessica for a manuscript he sent her, actually based closely on the staged kidnapping of brewery heir Ogden Schmesser, who tries to get his hands on it with his lawyer Gordon Forbes and ex-cop Phil Mannix. Nick hides in Cabot Cove after his landlady, gambling loan-shark Vikki Palumbo, has him traced by another debtor, P.I. Harry McGraw, who recognized Jessica's voice. Harry, is later found next to Nick's dead body and only Jessica prevents him from being arrested. Vicky's assistant, Richard, is roughed up by Odgen's men and the sheriff finds out a lovers motive, so who is looking for who to get what and cheat who?
Did You Know?
Like season five's finale, this episode was written as a possible swansong for Jessica, due to the uncertainty surrounding Angela Lansbury
returning for another season. Because of this, two endings were filmed: one of these had Jessica wink at the camera (which could either be used or not depending on the outcome of negotiations with Lansbury). This was ultimately used and Lansbury did return for more series. See more