Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
7 user

Unfinished Business 

A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case and returns to the lakeside cabins where the murder occurred, gathering all the old suspects together.


Walter Grauman


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Terence Mayhew
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
J.D. Cannon ... Sheriff McCoy (as J. D. Cannon)
Don DeFore ... Jake Sanford
Pat Hingle ... Ret. Lt. Det. Barney Kale
Hayley Mills ... Cynthia Tate
Erin Moran ... Maggie Roberts
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Erich Anderson ... Gary Roberts (as E. Erich Anderson)
Phillip Clark ... Deputy
William Mims ... Mayor
James Bartz ... Deputy #2
Connie Sawyer ... Ethel
Armand Cerami Armand Cerami ... Searcher


When Lieutenant Detective Barney Kale is offered a trip around the world at his third and final retirement, he announces he will delay it till Spring to finish full-time what he considers his only unsolved murder case, his friend Lowell Dixon's drowning ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development. Barney Kale informs everyone who was into it, including Seth Hazlitt. Worrying doc may get in trouble, Jessica and Amos go looking, and find ex-con Gary Roberts shot in Kale's cabin. They stay to help Sheriff McCoy and Kale investigate the new and old murders, if linked to each other and of course the other guests, including Gary's young widow, Maggie Roberts, whom he promised a fortune after this trip, Seth's period friend Cynthia Tate and her present friend Dr. Terence Mayhew. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lake | doctor | sheriff | retired cop | See All (4) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Tom Bosley (Sheriff Amos Tupper) and Erin Moran (Maggie Roberts) previously played father and daughter Howard and Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days (1974). See more »


When the shotgun is found in the woods, the deputy character picks it up with one hand in a handkerchief, to protect fingerprint clues, but then puts his other bare hand right on the barrel. See more »


[first lines]
Mayor: Supercop. I'm sure you all know how this man got that name. No, not because he served longer than anyone else on the force. No, no. And not because in all his years as Chief of Detectives, not one single major murder went unsolved.
Mayor: No, no, no, please. Ladies and gentlemen, the real reason we pay homage to this man, and pay, and pay, is simply because he is the only police officer in the history of this city who has swindled us out of, not one, not two, but three solid gold...
See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
See more »

User Reviews

Jessica has to solve a ten year old murder.
26 October 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

At his retirement party, Lieutenant Barney Kale commits to solving his only unsolved murder, that happened ten years ago of Lowel Dixon an old friend of his. Kale invites all the original suspects to a lodge at Juniper Lake. Among that list of suspects is Cabot Cove's own Doctor Seth Hazlit, naturally Jessica arrives to clear the name of her friend.

I really enjoyed this episode, firstly, I was very impressed by the storyline, a bit of a change for Jessica to be concerned by a historic murder. A good list of suspects, including Cynthia Tate, well performed by Hayley Mills, who sounds ever so English, as does every other Brit on the show. Pat Hingle is excellent as Barney Kale, he makes you believe in the desperation of his character to leave the job with an unblemished career and catch the killer.

A very clever misdirection in this episode, a fabulous setting, and wonderfully strong production values, at no point does it feel like you're watching the cast on a purpose built set.

Excellent, 9/10

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

12 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed