Jessica Fletcher is back in Cabot Cove for majority of this episode, though she does make a brief trip to New York in order to take part in a charity event–signing books for a children’s fund benefit. When she’s back though, she has some juicy gossip to share with her pal Seth about one of their Cabot Cove neighbours!

“Vivian Proctor has another husband in New York.”

Just the facts ma’am:

Spoilers are in white font, so highlight the text below to reveal the answers.

  • The victim was… a blackmailer!
  • killed by… the bartender!
  • in… a room at the Starlight Motel!
  • with… puncture wound to the heart by a thin blade
  • because… he had $50k in cash!
  • vital clues: keys left behind.

Cast of characters:

As it’s a Cabot Cove episode, we have:

  • William Windom (left) as Dr. Seth Hazlitt (his 18th of 53 appearances)
  • Ron Masak (center) as Sheriff Mort Metzger (his 4th of 41 total appearances on the show, but only his second time as Metzger)
  • Will Nye (right) as Deputy Floyd (his 2nd of 15 appearances)

The main mystery involves:

  • George Chakiris (right) as Eric Bowman, the murder victim and local blackmailer.
  • Gloria Loring (left) as Eric’s ex-wife, Margo Bowman. Loring is known for being the co-composer of television theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, and for playing Liz Chandler on Days of Our Lives.
  • Pamela Bellwood (center) as Vivian Proctor, the target of blackmail. This is Bellwood’s first of two appearances on MSW.
  • Mel Ferrer (left) as Miles Austin, Vivian’s New York husband. This is Ferrer’s second and final appearance on MSW.
  • James Sutorius (right) as Ralph Proctor, Vivian’s Cabot Cove husband. This is Sutorius’s second of five appearances on MSW.
  • Ralph’s children, Danny and Lisa, are played by Scott Curtis and Lisa Brinegar, respectively. (not pictured)
  • Charles Haid (left) plays Augie Specter, a bookie. This is Haid’s first of two appearances on MSW.
  • Stanley Kamel (right) plays Frankie the bartender at the Starlight Motel. This is Kamel’s first of two appearances on MSW. Kamel is memorable for playing Adrian Monk’s psychiatrist on MONK, his final role before his death from a heart attack in 2008.

Final thoughts:

This episode is memorable for having Jessica dress up as a barfly in order to get some information.
Also, I’m not sure if I just never noticed it before, but you can clearly see here that Jessica has a pet bird in a cage by the window. Which makes me wonder: who takes care of it when she’s out of town on her numerous travels?

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