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Murder, She Wrote

Series Summary
Mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher - a down-to-earth, middle-aged widow - ferrets out the criminals in idyllic Cabot Cove, Maine, which apparently is the murder capital of the United States for the show's 12-season run. Though while traveling, she uncovers a fair number of killers as well.

Air Dates: 1984 - 1996

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Network: CBS

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  • Season 5, Ep. 1 : J.B. ... As in Jailbird Oct 23, 1988

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    When Jessica is arrested for murder, secret agent Michael Haggerty (Len Cariou) and her nephew Grady conspire to keep her safely in jail while they seek the real killer.

  • Season 5, Ep. 2 : A Little Night Work Oct 30, 1988

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    Jessica attends a fund-raiser for a New York publisher, and he is found dead, and his wife's diamond necklace is missing from his safe.

  • Season 5, Ep. 3 : Mr. Penroy's Vacation Nov 6, 1988

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    Jessica investigates when bodies start turning up in the Appletree sisters' (Joan Leslie, Teresa Wright) house and garden.

  • Season 5, Ep. 4 : Snow White, Blood Red Nov 13, 1988

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    Jessica investigates the murders of U.S. World Cup skiers while snowed in at a ski area holding tryouts.

  • Season 5, Ep. 5 : Coal Miner's Slaughter Nov 20, 1988

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    Jessica becomes embroiled in a town's tensions while investigating the shooting death of a coal mine owner.

  • Season 5, Ep. 6 : The Wearing of the Green Nov 27, 1988

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    Searching for a stolen tiara, Jessica meets the reclusive actress (Jean Peters) for whom it was designed.

  • Season 5, Ep. 7 : The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel Dec 18, 1988

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    A cargo plane abandoned on an Alaskan ice field in 1952 is the scene of a murder implicating Jessica's late husband.

  • Season 5, Ep. 8 : Prediction: Murder Jan 1, 1989

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    A psychic's (David Birney) dire predictions disrupt Jessica's visit to a friend's (Dale Robertson) Arizona ranch.

  • Season 5, Ep. 9 : Something Borrowed, Someone Blue Jan 8, 1989

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    Jessica investigates a murder committed at her nephew's wedding.

  • Season 5, Ep. 10 : Weave a Tangled Web Jan 15, 1989

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    Jessica poses as a New York jet setter to investigate the murder of Cabot Cove's notorious womanizer (George Chakiris).

  • Season 5, Ep. 11 : The Search for Peter Kerry Feb 5, 1989

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    Jessica investigates the reappearance of an heir who had been missing for over 20 years.

  • Season 5, Ep. 13 : Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble Feb 19, 1989

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    Jessica investigates a murder which coincides with Doc Hazlitt's sighting of a 17th-century witch.

  • Season 5, Ep. 14 : From Russia, with Blood Feb 26, 1989

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    Jessica is detained and accused of espionage while attending an international writers conference in Moscow.

  • Season 5, Ep. 15 : Alma Murder Mar 12, 1989

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    A former sorority sister asks Jessica's help in clearing the name of a respected college professor who has confessed to murder.

  • Season 5, Ep. 16 : Truck Stop Apr 2, 1989

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    Jessica encounters murder when car trouble strands her and a fellow writer at a run-down truck stop owned by a disillusioned woman.

  • Season 5, Ep. 17 : The Sins of Castle Cove Apr 9, 1989

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    Jessica's former student publishes a tell-all novel with characters resembling Cabot Cove residents, but when a murder occurs that follows the book's plot, Jessica gets involved.

  • Season 5, Ep. 18 : Trevor Hudson's Legacy Apr 16, 1989

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    Jessica must find the truth when murder befalls a young writer she had recommended to edit a dead author's last novel.

  • Season 5, Ep. 19 : Double Exposure Apr 30, 1989

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    In Boston Jessica calls on private detective Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) after running into an old friend who denies knowing her.

  • Season 5, Ep. 20 : Three Strikes, You're Out May 7, 1989

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    Jessica investigates when her the friend (Tim Dunigan) of her nephew (Todd Bryant) is accused of murdering a female sportscaster.

  • Season 5, Ep. 21 : Mirror, Mirror on the Wall May 14, 1989

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    A jealous mystery-writer (Jean Simmons) creates havoc for Jessica when her own publisher tells her that her work is slipping.

  • Season 5, Ep. 22 : Mirror, Mirror on the Wall May 21, 1989

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    With Seth ailing from the poison apple meant for her, Jessica steps up her efforts to find the New York detective's murderer.

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