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!!
Please recommend your favorite Murder She Wrote episode
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 54||11/29/2013|
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 1||04/05/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 2||04/05/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 3||04/05/2010|
"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 Pimp||reply 4||04/06/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 5||04/06/2010|
[quote] "and so I shall take to my sheets... " MARY!
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 6||04/06/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 7||04/07/2010|
#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 Pimp||reply 8||04/07/2010|
The one where she pretends to be a lush and flirts with Stanley Kamel. Hilarity.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 9||04/07/2010|
"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 Pimp||reply 10||04/07/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 11||04/07/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 12||04/07/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 13||04/09/2010|
Jessica Behind Bars is a camp hoot. Plus, Adrienne Barbeau and Eve "Jan" Plumb are in it!
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 14||04/09/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 15||04/15/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 16||04/15/2010|
I think "gunt" is the preferred term these days.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 17||04/15/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 18||04/15/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 19||04/15/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 20||04/15/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 21||04/15/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 22||04/15/2010|
The one where someone tries to rape Natalie when she's dressed like Charlie Chaplin.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 23||04/15/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 24||04/16/2010|
Okay, one last one. "Murder, She Spoke" where Jessica is recording a book-on-tape and there's a murder during a power failure. Guest stars include William Atherton (Ghostbuster: "This man has no dick!") Constance "Helena Cassadine" Towers, another carry-over from a Falcon Crest thread, Wendy Phillips, and GW Bailey, who at that point would have been known for M*A*S*H and now for The Closer. Thank yew, Lt. Provenza.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 25||04/16/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 26||04/16/2010|
Indeed it did, and someone else I neglected to mention: Charlie Daniels. Yes, THE Charlie Daniels.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 27||04/16/2010|
"Who put the barbitols in mrs. fletcha's chowda?"
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 28||04/20/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 29||04/20/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 30||04/20/2010|
# ooops, I'm totally wrong, Grady's fiance was played by a different actress.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 31||04/20/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 32||04/21/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 33||04/22/2010|
[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 Pimp||reply 34||04/23/2010|
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 Pimp||reply 35||05/04/2010|
To "the voice of night"- the episode you mentioned is called "Crossed Up". You just listed my three favorites.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 36||08/14/2012|
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 37||08/14/2012|
I like the episode where guest star Helen Lawson is murdered.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 38||08/14/2012|
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 Pimp||reply 39||08/14/2012|
I like the episode where the murderer douches someone to death with bleach.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 40||08/14/2012|
Such a potentially simple solution to a complicated problem, R40. But I fear it to be true.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 41||08/14/2012|
Playing a bake shop owner in 19th century London to catch a murdering hair establishment proprietor.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 42||08/14/2012|
I really hope this closes our little issue.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 43||08/14/2012|
Mort Metzger's bad-news brother comes to town and chaos ensues.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 44||08/14/2012|
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 Pimp||reply 45||08/14/2012|
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 Pimp||reply 46||08/19/2012|
Watched one I've never seen before tonight on Netflix, and I think it'll go on my personal favorites list. Season Two's "Trial by Error."
Good guest cast, including Vicki Lawrence, Macdonald Carey, and Brock Peters.
Jessica is serving as the forewoman on a murder trial (which you think any judge or lawyer would have her excused immediately). As you might expect, a lot of the episode comes across as homage to Twelve Angry Men, but with a twist--most of the jury wants to acquit, but the character played by Peters refuses to vote for anything but guilty.
I would have expected an episode like this to be strictly paint-by-numbers, but it works because of the generally excellent performances by the actors playing the jurors, and because the ending is actually surprising. I can honestly say it's not one I saw coming.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 47||08/22/2012|
"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 Pimp||reply 48||01/05/2013|
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 Pimp||reply 49||01/05/2013|
I have never seen five minutes of this program. Does that mean I'm straight?
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 50||01/05/2013|
Jessica really needed a boyfriend in that, it had been years since Frank passed..
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 51||05/17/2013|
Season 2's Keep the Home fries a burning is the best episode.
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 52||05/17/2013|
Murder takes the bus
|by Cabot Cove Pimp||reply 53||11/29/2013|
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 Pimp||reply 54||11/29/2013|