Cabot Cove locals can’t believe their eyes when it looks like Patience Terhune, a suspected witch who was burned at the stake 300 years ago, may be back in town. But could her ghost be responsible for the latest murder?
Just the facts ma’am:
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- The victim was… an actress pretending to be the witch’s descendant, Irene Terhune!
- killed by… her “sister’s” fiance!
- in… the ancestral home but moved to a barn!
- with… blunt force trauma to the head with a hammer!
- because… she could have claimed her “sister’s” inheritance!
- vital clues: blue paint.
Cast of characters:
As this is a Cabot Cove episode, we have:
- William Windom as Dr. Setch Hazlitt
- Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger
- Will Nye as Deputy Floyd
The mystery revolves around Patience Terhune:
- Dee Wallace Stone plays Mildred Terhune, Patience Terhune’s descendant
- Christopher Stone plays Adam Frobisher, Mildred’s fiance
- Juli Donald plays Irene Terhune, Mildred’s younger sister
- Roddy McDowall plays Gordon Fairchild, who is publishing a book about Patience Terhune
- Bill Maher plays Rick Rivers, Gordon’s media consultant
Cabot Cove locals include:
- John J. York as Jonas Holt, a young cab driver smitten with Irene Terhune
- Russel Nype as Rev. Henry Fordyce
- Patience Cleveland as Harriet, organizer of the local bring-your-own-casserole party
- Colin Campbell as Simon, owner of a barn that burned down with the “witch” inside
- Pat Crawford Brown as Woman
- John Bryant as Man
- Sally Hughes is credited as “Dora”, but I’m not sure what character she’s supposed to be
- Brad Dourif plays Dr. Warren Overman, an exorcist called in by Rev. Fordyce
- Bruce Gray as R. L. Pierson, an attorney from Boston who arrived to deliver Mildred’s inheritance from her uncle
- Howard Schechter as Charlie, a Boston reporter
- Jane Marla Robbins as TV Reporter
The set that stands in for the Terhune family home has been reused multiple times throughout the show.