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Includes:Murder, She Wrote: An Egg to Die For (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Murder by Twos (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Murder of the Month Club (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Crimson Harvest (1994) Murder, She Wrote: A Nest of Vipers (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Amsterdam Kill (1994) Murder, She Wrote: To Kill a Legend (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Death in Hawaii (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Dear Deadly (1994) Murder, She Wrote: The Murder Channel (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Fatal Paradise (1994) Murder, She Wrote: Twice Dead (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Film Flam (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Murder a la Mode (1995) Murder, She Wrote: The Dream Team (1995) Murder, She Wrote: School for Murder (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Another Killing in Cork (1995) Murder, She Wrote: The Scent of Murder (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Death 'n' Denials (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Murder in High-C (1995) Murder, She Wrote: Game, Set, Murder (1995) Murder, She Wrote: An Egg to Die For We're in Miami Beach this week, where Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is among the guests at a book fair. Also present is Russian detective Sergei Nemiroff (David Ogden Stiers), hot on the trail of the thief who stole a precious Faberge egg from the Hermitage Museum in Moscow. Before long, a murder occurs, and Jessica and Sergei combine their skills to crack the case (but not, hopefully, the egg!) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Murder by Twos A murder has been committed in Cabot Cove, and the body is found in the garage of Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury). Actually, two murders take place, and the cause of it all is the illicit affair between a married woman and the town bully. All the members of the couple's bowling league are suspected, but Jessica deduces that it took only one person to score the two strikes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Murder of the Month Club As part of a promotional book tour, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) agrees to appear in a TV informercial. Also appearing is Matt Matthews (Anthony Zerbe), a once-popular author laid low by alcoholism. It turns out that Matthews--who of course is an old friend of Jessica's--is acquainted with a member of the informercial's studio audience, and with a blackmailing professional extra, both of whom are murdered in the course of the action. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Crimson Harvest Lainie Kazan guest stars as Anna Grimaldi, the matriarch of a family of vintners who own a financially strapped Sonoma Valley winery. Anna's burdens are intensified by the occurrence of two murderers: one victim is her own son, the other is a rival vintner who was attempting a hostile takeover of the Grimaldi operation. Yes, folks, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is a friend of the family--and yes, folks, she does her darnedest to find out the killer's identity. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: A Nest of Vipers Season Eleven of Murder She Wrote opens with an episode that would seem to have been inspired by the 1933 horror film Murders at the Zoo. Jessica Fletcher ($Angela Lansbury) pays an extended visit to a California animal park, there to research her latest mystery novel. Inevitably, a real-life mystery begins to unfold when Mark Atwater (David Beecroft), fiancÃ© of one of the park's workers, is killed by the venom of a deadly black mamba snake. It looks like an accident, but Jessica believes that the actual killer was of the two-legged rather than no-legged variety. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Amsterdam Kill The scene is a writers' conference in Amsterdam, attended by (among many others) Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) and her British friend Nigel Allison (Joseph Maher). Things take a sinister turn when Nigel is kidnapped--whereupon the victim's so-called friend Collin Biddle (Marcus Gilbert) assures Jessica that there is nothing to worry about. Even investigating inspector Van Horn (Theodore Bikel) appears to be indifferent about the abduction, prompting Jessica to take a hand in matters. What follows is a maelstrom of intrigue involving espionage, illegal arms and illicit drugs. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: To Kill a Legend A motion picture crew descends upon Cabot Cove to film a historical documentary. In the course of production, the crew unearths an old document signed by George Washington, which claims that the town's most venerated Revolutionary War hero, Joshua Peabody, was actually a traitorous scoundrel. Evidently someone isn't pleased about having his or her illusions shattered: shortly after the document appears, the film's director is murdered. Now it is up to Jessica (Angela Lansbury) to burrow through the multitude of likely suspects. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Death in Hawaii In Hawaii, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is the guest of Matt Kinkaid (Ken Howard), patriarch of a powerful and influential island family. At present, Kinkaid is supervising the political campaign of his son Jeff (Ted W. Henning) in an upcoming senatorial election. The younger Kinkaid's opponent obviously revels in "playing dirty"--and he's harboring a secret that threatens to tear the Kinkaid clan apart. Needless to say, murder is the logical extension of politics in this case. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Dear Deadly Jessica (Angela Lansbury) installs herself in the offices of a San Francisco paper, there to concentrate on serializing one of her novels. At the same time, the paper's advice columnist has become the target of a campaign of harassment. Jessica warns the columnist to take the situation seriously, but it's too late--a mysterious gunman already has the ink-stained wretch in his sights. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: The Murder Channel While watching TV with a group of friends, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is amused by an amateurish-looking production being presented on a cable-access channel. Before long, however, Jessica realizes that the "production" is the real thing: the TV is hooked up to a surveillance system. Worse still, the on-screen "characters" are planning a big-time robbery, with murder a likely option! Future Everybody Loves Raymond costar Doris Roberts shows up as a woman with a very, very serious problem. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Fatal Paradise Wayne Rogers returns as Chicago PI Charlie Garrett, who journeys to Martinique in search of a missing woman. What follows for Charlie is an unanticipated romance--and a murder charge. Coincidentally, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is also in Martinique, and she offers to help Charlie clear his name and solve the mystery...partly out of friendship, and partly because she feels responsible for the victim's death. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Twice Dead To escape his persistent--and dishonest--corporate sponsors, a Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist fakes his own death. It's a clever ruse, but not a particularly healthy one: soon afterward, the missing scientist turns up murdered for real. Typically, the wrong man is accused of the crime, obliging Jessica (Angela Lansbury) to take over investigation of the case herself...while her old friend Lt. Artie Gelber (Herb Edelman) fusses and fumes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Film Flam Hollywood is abuzz with the news that a film completed back in 1960, but shelved after its director died mysteriously, has been rediscovered and restored. This takes place at a studio that has become a target for a wide variety of movie pirates--and not a few dedicated film buffs. When one of those buffs is killed, Jessica suspects that a murder has been committed, and that this killing is tied in with the death that occurred way back in the sixties. Featured in the cast is a young James Caviezel, who a decade later would star in Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion of the Christ. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Murder a la Mode Murder and treachery invade the rarefied world of high fashion in Paris. It is Jessica (Angela Lansbury) who exposes the misery behind all the glamour when she learns of the grimy sweatshops that turn out the much of the expensive clothing worn by Parisian society. Complicating matters is a complex Jewel smuggling ring--and the inevitable corpse. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: The Dream Team Jessica's enterprising nephew Grady (Michael Horton) has become the partner of a pair of high-pressure land developers (John D'Aquino, Mary Gordon Murray) who have swept into Cabot Cove with grandiose plans of building an elaborate resort/marina complex. As local investors eagerly line up to get in on the project, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) cannot help but suspect that the whole enterprise seems to good to be true. It looks like her instincts are right on target when the wife (Katherine Cannnon) of one of the biggest investors dies in a suspicious car accident. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: School for Murder The academic world proves as lethal as the "real" world during a controversy over naming the next headmaster at Cabot Cove's prep school. Throughout the process, the school and its principal rival play a number of traditional pranks on one another, presumably in the spirit of good sportsmanship. But when a professor is murdered, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) takes time off of her lecture duties at the school to put and end to the so-called "fun and games." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Another Killing in Cork During her annual visit to Ireland, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) enjoys the hospitality of a fishing lodge near Kilcleer. Coinciding with Jessica's stay is the arrival of a consortium which wants to buy the lodge in order to begin strip-mining the property. Before long, the lodge's owner, Tom Dempsey (Rod Taylor) is under suspicion for the death of a tourist found floating in a local wishing well. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: The Scent of Murder Jessica (Angela Lansbury) and Seth (William Windom) are invited to the South Carolina plantation owned by Seth's cousin, a wealthy botanist. The visit becomes somewhat less than pleasant when the cousin turns up murdered. Evidently there are several people who would have benefited from this death, but the clues aren't quite so plentiful--but as always, Jessica needs only one or two clues to tighten the noose around the guilty party's neck. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Death 'n' Denials Veteran character actor Turhan Bey makes a rare TV appearance in this episode, set in Cairo, Egypt. Having arrived in the Land of the Pharoahs as part of a cultural exchange program, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) soon becomes involved in a perplexing case involving the theft of a priceless Egyptian relic, a gang of smugglers, and the CIA. And as usual, she helps to extricate an old friend from a murder charge. Also showing up in this installment is Jeri Ryan, still a few years removed from her costarring stint as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Murder in High-C Once again, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) finds herself immersed in the world of Grand Opera, this time during a visit to Genoa Italy. The plot is set in motion by a series of death threats leveled at an American opera diva poised to make her European debut. There are those who dismiss these threats as a publicity stunt--but they change their tune after the horrific events on Opening Night. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Murder, She Wrote: Game, Set, Murder J.C.Brandy is cast as teenage tennis star Louise Henderson, whose father--and manager--Lane Henderson (Leon Russom) is notorious for his domineering attitude towards his daughter. So rattled is Louise by her father's relentless badgering that begins suffering nightmares, and ultimately stands up to Lane and refuse to follow his orders any further. Shortly afterward, Lane is found murdered--and Jessica (Angela Lansbury) steps into court (the tennis court, that is) in hopes of proving that Louise is not the killer. This is the final episode of Murder, She Wrote's 11th season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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