Jessica hops on down to New York City to meet her poet pal Horace—an inveterate sot whose constant drinking is laughed off by his friends, even when it later gets him accused of a crime1—for a pre-literary awards show soiree. The only word to describe the party? Catty. Everyone’s trying to start drama, and for the first and last time ever, Jessica gets bigtimed by a publisher who doesn’t see her as a literary star.
Meanwhile, an umbrella mix-up precedes a deluge of unfortunate events, leading to haughty womanizer Hemsley Post being stabbed to death. Jessica saves Horace from suspicion when, after examining a suspicious pair of spectacles, she realizes they must belong to the superfan in the hotel lobby, who must be the younger sister of an Army veteran, who must have actually written the latest book published by the victim, who must have accidentally impaled himself on the blade hidden inside an antique umbrella, which must have been mistakenly taken from the party by the victim, who must have left her glasses at the crime scene. Easy open, easy shut.
Years before joining the show full time as Sheriff Mort, actor Ron Masak guest stars as a police detective who does nothing of consequence. His character has a different name, but that sounds a lot like Mort to me.
New York City Danger Watch: A police station mix-up leaves Horace fighting off the illicit affections of a group of women wearing knee-high boots and homemade headbands—prostitutes, doy—who are being marched into a courtroom to be charged.