Jessica realizes her New York fan on the plane home, Wayne 'Stearns', is actually sheriff Mort Metzger's young-orphaned, unruly kid brother. (She agrees to keep his identity a secret). Mort reluctantly decides to give the guy a chance and gets him a job in Cabot Cove as fisherman Zach Franklin's tireless deck-hand. Wayne saves him from an attack by a resentful Captain Ned Keller, but because of his prison tattoo, Wayne is nonetheless forbidden to court Zach's daughter Elaine. When Zach disappears, Mort finds a bloody knife and suspects Wayne on account of his rotten New York past. Then Zach's silent majority partner Terry Montagne is found murdered. Jessica helps Mort investigate the boat case objectively.
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While Mort's wife Adele is never actually seen in the series, she can be heard in this episode telling him to come to bed. See more
The film begins with Jessica Fletcher and Wayne Metzger/Stearns traveling by air from New York to Cabot Cove. A Boeing 737 is shown flying, but this is one of Boeing's prototypes from the 1960's, in Boeing livery, rather than an airline plane. The next scene shows the aircraft interior, but this clearly is a much smaller aircraft than a 737, and in a VIP configuration. See more