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Please recommend your favorite Murder She Wrote episode

The TV in my bedroom is broken and so I shall take to my sheets with Netflix tonight while my beau watches basketball in the other room. I just discovered that Netflix offers MSW... all 12 whopping episodes. Please recommend your favorite. I know you Loungers watch that show!!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5411/29/2013

HALPEE

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 104/05/2010

Gayest thing I've posted in a while: "Jessica Behind Bars," where Jessica is trapped in a riot at a women's prison. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall." Jean Simmons guest stars as a rival mystery novelist, she and Angela Lansbury engage in vamp-off. There's another one, title is escaping me, where Jessica is bed-ridden and ends up in a pastiche of "Sorry, Wrong Number."

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 204/05/2010

The one where Jessica goes to visit a nephew and one of his acquaintances gets murdered and there are a lot of people who hated the murder victim, and she has to solve who did it. Oh yeah, and I think there were a lot of semi-retired minor Hollywood celebrities as guest stars.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 304/05/2010

"Murder According To Maggie" The intro is old school Masterpeice Theater type of stuff with Angela reciting a poem beautifully before introducing the episode to the viewer. Just to be able to see Angela Lansbury reciting the poem so beautifully is worth it, OP.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 404/06/2010

The pilot episode "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" is surprisingly gripping. It also has a different vibe from the rest of the series, though considering that the series' tropes are all firmly in place, I'm not quite sure why.

Were they ever to remake it, I hope they let Grady be the queen he's clearly so desperate to be.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 504/06/2010

[quote] "and so I shall take to my sheets... " MARY!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 604/06/2010

There was one where she was traveling by bus and the bus breaks down and all the passengers get stranded at a diner during a storm. One of the passengers is found murdered on the bus so Jessica has to solve it. It's not the greatest mystery but the atmosphere and set-up are good. Sorry I don't know the name of the episode but it would have been one of the earlier seasons. I think Vicki Lawrence might have been one of the guest stars.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 704/07/2010

#7, I think Abby Dalton (Julia from Falcon Crest) is one of the guest stars in this one.

I love the one where she pretends to be her cousin (or some other relative) who inherited (without knowing) a whorehouse and J.B. has to find out why and who wants to murder her relative.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 804/07/2010

The one where she pretends to be a lush and flirts with Stanley Kamel. Hilarity.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 904/07/2010

"Broadway Malady", with Lorna Luft and Milton Berle.

"My Johnny Lies Over The Ocean", with Vicki Lawrence, Jo Anne Worley, Leslie Nielsen, Belinda Montgomery and Lynda Day George.

I was five years old when the show premiered and used to watch it every single week. Weird, I know. Both of these shows are from the first year - the one I remember the most completely.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1004/07/2010

[quote]Sorry I don't know the name of the episode but it would have been one of the earlier seasons

Appropriately, they call it "Murder Takes the Bus." I don't think Vicki Lawrence is in it, but Rue McClanahan and Linda Blair are.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1104/07/2010

Thanks, Voice. I don't watch regularly so I figured I had some details wrong. I just happened to catch that one on Hallmark channel a year or so ago and got completely sucked in. Vicki Lawrence must have been in a different one - maybe an episode on a ship? I just seem to remember her as a fan in a touristy setting.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1204/07/2010

All twelve seasons are available on Netflix's streaming service. I use them as kind of a Desert Island Disc when there's nothing else on.

I'd forgotten the cheeky episode from the final season where, as a direct reference to CBS moving the show to Thursdays opposite Friends to finally kill it, Jessica investigated a murder on the set of a top-rated sitcom about six twenty-somethings who hung out at a coffehouse. The show is called "Buds," the episode is called "Murder Among Friends," Jessica makes a cheeky observation about how she doesn't understand why a show about a bunch of young people talking about sex is a hit (although the viewer is left with the impression that she likes the show), and they use a piece of incidental music that's so close to the Friends theme, I can't believe they didn't get accused of copyright violation.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1304/09/2010

Jessica Behind Bars is a camp hoot. Plus, Adrienne Barbeau and Eve "Jan" Plumb are in it!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1404/09/2010

There's one from an early season where she's flying to London (on the Concorde?) and one of the passengers is murdered. I like it because it makes flying seem like such a glamorous experience- worlds away from the torture of the airline experience today. Plus Kate Mulgrew chews the scenery as a movie star suspect.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1504/15/2010

r9, the video you linked has sadly been removed, but if it's the one I'm thinking of where she's wearing extremely tight jeans as her disguise, that scene introduced me to a new vocabulary word... I was watching it and my brother came in the room and said, "Yuck- look at her FUPA!" Until then, I had never known there was a technical term for "Fat Upper Pussy Area".

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1604/15/2010

I think "gunt" is the preferred term these days.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1704/15/2010

[quote]There's one from an early season where she's flying to London (on the Concorde?) and one of the passengers is murdered. I like it because it makes flying seem like such a glamorous experience- worlds away from the torture of the airline experience today. Plus Kate Mulgrew chews the scenery as a movie star suspect.

She's not on the Concorde, but she is on 747 straight out the 80s. You can tell because rather than cram additional seats into the upper deck, there's a rather spacious bar for the first-class passengers.

The episode is "The Corpse that Flew First Class."

Mulgrew appeared again in one of the New York seasons where she was a neighbor in Jessica's building AND the star of Jessica's favorite soap. Even more fun, Mulgrew's character had a much older husband with a wild-child daughter from his first marriage, played by a still-biodegradable Marcia Cross.

I think the absolute oddest casting is another New York season, where Harvey Firestein plays (straight!) cartoonist who gets murdered.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1804/15/2010

HAHA thank you for reminding me of Harvey Fierstein as the straight cartoonist!

And, like every New York episode, that one had Harvey living on a street that ended abruptly in a T intersection - the dead giveaway of the backlot!!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 1904/15/2010

The best actual mystery is the one where Jessica's very wealthy friend's younger husband dies suspiciously, and the friend/widow thinks she's going crazy. Her musicbox keeps suddenly playing, strange phone calls come through, and then visions of he dead guy...

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2004/15/2010

There's another New York episode where Cynthia Nixon plays an agoraphobe living in Jessica's building.

There was a tongue-in-cheek episode called "The Sins of Castle Cove" where a former student of Jessica's wrote a roman a clef about the dirty dealing around good old Cabot Cover.

"Who Put the Barbitol in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder" where Sheriff Tupper's relations (including Anne Meara and Tim Conway) come to town.

And my favorite episode that has yet to be mention: "Who Killed JB Fletcher" about a group of Texas women who have a Jessica fan club, to the point that they make themselves fake IDs and pretend to be Jessica going around solving crime.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2104/15/2010

Yeah, that "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?" one was a gold mine of Hollywood has-beens, even for "Murder, She Wrote"! Margaret O'Brien and Betty Garrett were club members, right? And wasn't former child star Jane Withers the victim?

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2204/15/2010

The one where someone tries to rape Natalie when she's dressed like Charlie Chaplin.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2304/16/2010

[quote]Yeah, that "Who Killed J.B. Fletcher?" one was a gold mine of Hollywood has-beens, even for "Murder, She Wrote"! Margaret O'Brien and Betty Garrett were club members, right? And wasn't former child star Jane Withers the victim? And in a crossover from the recent Falcon Crest thread, Jamie Rose was in it as well. I believe Rose might also have been in the episode with the agoraphobic Cynthia Nixon. Also, I can't believe I forgot this the first time, but Cynthia had a shrink played by Margot Kidder, which, marvel at that for a moment, will you? Genie Francis appeared as Jessica's niece a few times, and sort of a different take on Grady. In terms of pure mystery, the first season finale "Funeral at Fifty-Mile" is hard to beat, though it's somewhat confusing because instead of Seth, William Windom is playing Seth's cousin (identical cousin, and you'll find...)but the draw for the DL fan is partly Katherine Beller from Dynasty, and mostly Stella Stevens.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2404/16/2010

VOTN, I believe that ep also features Jonna Lee as a wannabe country singer. Lee starred in the craptastic "Shattered Innocence" about the life and death of porn star Shauna Grant which was discussed recently on another thread. She's such an awful actress I find her fascinating to watch.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2604/16/2010

Indeed it did, and someone else I neglected to mention: Charlie Daniels. Yes, THE Charlie Daniels.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2704/16/2010

"Who put the barbitols in mrs. fletcha's chowda?"

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2804/20/2010

[quote]There's one from an early season where she's flying to London (on the Concorde?) and one of the passengers is murdered. I like it because it makes flying seem like such a glamorous experience- worlds away from the torture of the airline experience today.

I remember that. There was also a "McMillan and Wife" with a similar plot, and Mac ended up at the airplane bar smoking cigarettes and cracking wise with Sally.

I would pay for first class if it meant no brats and a swingin' bar in the sky.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 2904/21/2010

[quote]Genie Francis appeared as Jessica's niece a few times, and sort of a different take on Grady.

Didn't she play Grady's girlfriend and later on his wife? I remember an episode where she was a bookkeeper for a restaurant and needed help to solve a murder. I also love the wedding episode with Grady.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3004/21/2010

# ooops, I'm totally wrong, Grady's fiance was played by a different actress.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3104/21/2010

No Genie was engaged to, and later divorced from, Dr. Drew's biggest success story, Jeff Conway. There was even an episode (set in San Francisco) where he was in the worst drag show of all time to make extra cash.

The one I mentioned above with Jean Simmons also had Ken "White Shadow" Howard as Jean's husband, and Shelly "Johnny Angel" Fabares as her agent.

For a show that I can't recall having a single gay character, it was pretty damned gay.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3204/21/2010

The one with Andrew Stevens as a creepy temp secretary to Jessica who is innocent of the crime is good. He gives off a great "rapist of old ladies" vibe.

But my favorite is the priest who can't break the seal of the confessional about the young girl (who, it appears, did not kill the guy in the end). That priest was hot, but he didn't have a big career.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3304/22/2010

[italic]Jessica investigated a murder on the set of a top-rated sitcom about six twenty-somethings who hung out at a coffehouse. The show is called "Buds," the episode is called "Murder Among Friends," Jessica makes a cheeky observation about how she doesn't understand why a show about a bunch of young people talking about sex is a hit (although the viewer is left with the impression that she likes the show), and they use a piece of incidental music that's so close to the Friends theme, I can't believe they didn't get accused of copyright violation.

I just watched that on Netflix on Demand. Jessica was taping a PBS series on the next soundstage (!) when she got caught up in the intrigue on the set of "Buds," where one cast member was supposed to be killed off by a vicious producer -- but before they could figure out which character would die, the producer was murdered in real life.

Enter Jessica to the set of the coffeehouse, which was nearly identical to the "Friends" set.

Unfortunately, the only Friend they even parodied (mildly) was a Matt LeBlanc-ish type who was supposed to have been an underwear model...and one girl was told to shut up: "All the girls in America want their hair to be just like yours!"

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3404/24/2010

Thought of another one.

"Murder by Appointment Only" where Jessica investigates a murder at a convention for Lila Lee Cosmetics saleswomen. Obviously, it's a parody of Mary Kay, but the remarkable thing is that Lila Lee herself is played by Steve Allen's widow Jayne Meadows, and she looks more than a little like Mary Kay Ash.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3505/04/2010

To "the voice of night"- the episode you mentioned is called "Crossed Up". You just listed my three favorites.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3608/14/2012

Series finale.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3708/14/2012

I like the episode where guest star Helen Lawson is murdered.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3808/14/2012

Loved "The Days Dwindle Down" since at least half the episode consisted of footage from the 1949 film "Strange Bargain", with the lead actors Harry Morgan, Martha Scott and Jeffrey Lynn reprising their roles 30 years later as Jessica tries to solve what REALLY happened in that story.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 3908/14/2012

I like the episode where the murderer douches someone to death with bleach.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4008/14/2012

Such a potentially simple solution to a complicated problem, R40. But I fear it to be true.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4108/14/2012

Playing a bake shop owner in 19th century London to catch a murdering hair establishment proprietor.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4208/14/2012

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I really hope this closes our little issue.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4308/14/2012

Mort Metzger's bad-news brother comes to town and chaos ensues.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4408/14/2012

This is a great line to paraphrase the next time you see Marcia Cross on TV... played by a still-biodegradable Marcia Cross.

As in,... oh look it's the once biodegradable Marcia Cross.

Or, played by a still-biodegradable Marcia Cross, is she still biodegradable?

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4508/14/2012

Bump again for William Windom's passing. Stream "Funeral at Fifty-Mile" the season one finale. Windom doesn't actually play Seth, but instead, his identical cousin, but it's got one of the best mysteries the show offered. It's inspired, loosely, by an Agatha Christie story, and that's all I'll say about it.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4608/19/2012

"There's another one, title is escaping me, where Jessica is bed-ridden and ends up in a pastiche of 'Sorry, Wrong Number.'"

Just saw this one again. The best part is that when Jessica, after overhearing the murder being plotted (due to some crossed telephone wires), alerts Sheriff Tupper, Seth, and the visiting Grady, their disbelieving reaction is like: "A murder? Here in Cabot Cove? Jessica, you need some rest." Apparently they haven't yet realized that they're living in a place with one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4801/05/2013

Saw one of the episodes with Len Cariou as Michael Hagarty recently, and the sexual chemistry between the two of them convinced me that, while Seth Hazlitt may have been attempting to get in Jessica's pants all those years, it was Hagarty who actually got the privilege of fucking her. I bet that's what Lansbury was playing, anyway!

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 4901/05/2013

I have never seen five minutes of this program. Does that mean I'm straight?

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5001/05/2013

Jessica really needed a boyfriend in that, it had been years since Frank passed..

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5105/17/2013

Season 2's Keep the Home fries a burning is the best episode.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5205/17/2013

Murder takes the bus

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5311/29/2013

Some of my favorties are already mentioned. This one features Jared Martin in tight white riding gear. I think the late Lynn Redgrave is in it. I'm sure Dean Jones is a killer, who uses a dog to buzz in someone at the gate. Catherine Damon might be in it, if memory serves.

by Cabot Cove Pimpreply 5411/29/2013
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