: 22 more cases with Jessica
For twenty-two more murders
“If Murder Were a
Disease, You’d Be Contagious.”
It’s always fun to revisit old fictional friends, and that’s
just what I’ve been doing for the past month by rewatching season 2 of Murder, She Wrote
This show is as charming as ever.
The premise really never changed in this show as we follow
bestselling mystery author Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) as she gets
involved in one mystery after another.
It seems no matter where she goes, she finds a mystery of some kind to
get involved in.
A trip to Mardi Gras
finds her needing to clear a distant cousin of murder.
When a friend is murdered in the Caribbean,
she heads down to solve the case.
niece’s career as a jockey takes off thanks to murder.
Jessica finds herself the foreperson of a
jury filled with people who are certain of what the verdict should be, until
she talks them through the case.
even travels across the pond and we meet Emma McGill, her cousin (also played
by Angela Lansbury) when someone tries to kill Emma.
Of the twenty-two episodes in this season, four of them are
set in Jessica’s idealistic hometown (except for the murder rate) of Cabot
There’s a suspicious death at the
newly popular diner in town.
The body of
a businessman planning to build a new development in town is discovered in a
hole on the construction site.
entire town starts receiving poison pen letters.
And when an accident happens during a
funeral, people discover that the wrong body is in the coffin.
When I started rewatching the series last year, I decided I
was going to keep a running account of how many murders take place in Cabot
Adding in this year’s four, we
have reached six and a half out of the 44 episodes from the first two seasons.
Of those, three and a half have mostly
involved people who don’t live in town.
Cabot Cove is the only place where things have changed for
this season as William Windom steps into the role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt.
I love the character, so it’s nice to have
him on board.
We still have Tom Bosley’s
Amos Tupper as the sheriff, although he keeps talking about retiring.
In other recurring character news, we get to
see Jerry Orbach’s Harry McGraw once and Jessica’s nephew Grady puts in a couple
While many of the mysteries are the standard suspicious
death with multiple suspects, I do enjoy it when the writers manage to change
There are some creative cases
this season, and I admire how well everything is put together.
It’s been so long since I watched these
episodes that I am usually a step or two behind Jessica in figuring things out,
but I don’t mind.
The fun is in spending
time with her and watching how she pieces everything together.
Outside a couple of over the top performances, the acting is
good again this season.
Of course, no
one tops Angela Lansbury who brings such a warmth to the part.
Notable (at least to me) guest stars this
season include June Lockhart, Glynis Johns, Linda Hamilton, Robert, Culp, and
several actors from WKRP in Cincinnati
I will remind you that this is mid-80’s TV, as if the
fashions aren’t evidence of that.
are definitely some dated elements, but that is honestly part of the charm.
The set just features the 22 episodes of the season in their
native full frame and stereo sound.
There are no extras, and the picture shows its age at times, but it’s
not really an issue given the age of the show.
2. Joshua Peabody Died Here…Possibly
3. Murder in the Afternoon
6. Reflections of the Mind
12. Murder by Appointment Only
14. Keep the Home Fries Burning
16. Murder in the Electric Cathedral
17. One Good Bid Deserves a Murder
18. If a Body Meet a Body
19. Christopher Bundy – Died on Sunday
22. If the Frame Fits