Thursday, June 11, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E15: Powder Keg

On her way home from a writers conference in the Deep South, Jessica's car breaks down in a small Alabama town, where she becomes embroiled in the aftermath of a murder committed in the wake of an altercation at the local roadhouse. She helps the town's black sheriff solve the crime, but not before he has to fend off a lynch mob and fist duel the guy who played Jon on CHiPs.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E14: Keep the Home Fries Burning

Breakfast fever infects Cabot Cove, as all the residents begin eating at a touristy, colonial-themed new restaurant at the edge of town. But a different kind of fever strikes those who try the place's strawberry jam: poison fever. Jessica tries to solve the case, but is stymied at every turn by a state health inspector who claims her methods are unscientific.

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E13: Trial by Error

In this homage to Twelve Angry Men, Jessica plays the role of the level-headed jury foreperson. In her grandmotherly way, she gently browbeats the other 11 jurors––even the belligerent radio host and the guy who was the head of Starfleet in that Star Trek movie with the whales––into agreeing with her take on the murder trial.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E12: Murder by Appointment Only

This episode takes place in the second-most murderous city in the MSWverse: New York, where the only thing the residents ever talk about is how dangerous it is there. When one of her former English students (who grew up to be a high-end prostitute) is killed, Jessica has an extremely judgmental conversation with a madam before solving the case.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E11: Murder Digs Deep

Jessica travels to a small archaeological dig site in New Mexico to do some hands-on research for her newest book. The crew is worried when a man wearing traditional Anasazi garb appears on top on a nearby bluff and tries to put an ancient Indian curse on them. They're relieved to be curse-free when he falls to his death, but was the fall really an accident? Jessica suspects otherwise.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E10: Sticks & Stones

When Cabot Cove's reliable old Sheriff Amos retires, real estate huckster Harry takes over. After the episode's second murder, he muses, "I'm starting to hate this job," as if he didn't put much thought into taking a law enforcement job in the murder capitol of the United States. Meanwhile, the citizens of Cabot Cove (who are clearly desensitized to such violence) seem more concerned by the chaos-sewing anonymous letters everyone in the town is receiving. One woman, convinced by a letter that Jessica Fletcher is sleeping with her husband, attacks Jessica with her purse.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Murder She Wrote Recaps: S2E9: Jessica Behind Bars

Jessica is teaching a writing class at a local women's prison when the prison doctor is murdered and a riot breaks out. The prisoners gain control of the facility and she is taken hostage. Everyone keeps saying that the police will "shoot their way in" unless Jessica can solve the crime. To do so, she befriends a rag-tag group of inmates, including spouse-killer Mary, streetwise Tug, demure Louise, hefty Bertha, and trigger-happy Kat.