Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder? 

When Amos' sister & her in-laws descend upon Cabot Cove, Jessica hosts a dinner party with homicidal results, leaving the finger pointing at the Sheriff's sister.


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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Sheriff Amos Tupper
Harold Banner
Kenny Oakes
Winnie Tupper Banner
Flo Oakes
Ed Bellamy
Elmo Banner
Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Joseph V. Perry ...


Sheriff Amos Tupper is just flat out since a deputy gave notice, when his younger sister Winnie Tupper Banner arrives, 'desperate' having left her husband, refusing to give details. He dumps her on Jessica, who is relieved -pressed for a deadline- after checking on Dr. Seth Hazlitt for Winnie's ulcer medicine prescription that the old bachelor-gentleman enjoys her company. Amos first allows overbearing, unqualified Marigold Feeney's "you're no bigot, are you?"" routine to railroad him into hiring her as deputy, later finds himself the last ranking for sleeping accommodation in his own home after the unannounced arrival of brother in law Elmo Banner, manager of a drugstore, his half-brother and business partner pharmacist Harold Banner, sister Flo Oakes and her husband Kenny. Winnie refuses to talk to her in-laws, even announces a divorce, Elmo mumbles 'you'ld have to kill me', she runs off to Seth. Next day Jessica accepts to cook a seafood feast for the unappreciative, grumpy Banner ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 January 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode title is an allusion to the Irish folk song, Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?, written in 1898 by George L. Giefer. See more »


Doc Hazlett arrives at the dinner party and knows all of the Sheriff's relatives, but he had never met them. See more »

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Amos Tupper's relations
5 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote has Amos Tupper's relations descending upon Cabot Cove. His sister Anne Meara and her husband and in-laws that is.

Not being a really good host Tom Bosley has Angela Lansbury host a dinner party. But her clam chowder gets spiked and her husband Guy Stockwell is killed from a lovely overdose of phenobarbital. The others pass out like the passengers and crew from Airport 77.

Now in any other town on the planet Jessica Fletcher would be at the top of the suspect list. But that's unthinkable for Cabot Cove. Especially when the sheriff is a best friend. Come to think of it given Tom Bosley who was one of the snoozers would probably not handle the case and the State Police would come in.

Anne Meara plays one of her patented sad sack roles and truth be told Stockwell isn't much of a loss. But murder is murder.

I have to mention Colleen Camp as Bosley's new eager beaver deputy. She stumbles right into the big arrest.

Henry Gibson and Geoffrey Lewis are also in the cast. This is a good one.

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