Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Prediction: Murder 

Lee Goddard successfully coaxes Jessica to join him at his ranch in Arizona but intrigue and murder follow them there when a mysterious psychic joins them.


Walter Grauman


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Melody Anderson ... Katherine Aaron
David Birney ... Franchesco
Michael Parks ... Ben Aaron
Lisa Pelikan ... Jill Goddard
Geoffrey Scott ... Lt. Turner
Michael Spound ... Del Goddard
Steve Kahan ... Roy Parks
Lena Pousette ... Greta Olsen
David Mack ... Officer


Jessica visits real estate magnate Lee Goddard's Arizona ranch. Professional performer Franchesco's psychic atypically gloomy predictions at a private performance impress only Lee's son Del's reputedly superstitious wife, Jill Goddard. She sees nearly chocking on toast and a fall from her horse as proof, then is kidnapped. Worse follows, and Jessica sticks to skeptical investigation of the facts, as does county police Lieutenant Turner. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

1 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time Dale Robertson has starred, but has been uncredited in the cast list, the previous one being Murder, She Wrote: The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988)l. See more »


When Jill Goddard's car leaps off the top of the cliff when she is returning home after being kidnapped, it bounces down the cliffside before coming to rest firmly on its wheels; there is no explosion or fire. The whole crash is stock footage. See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, my goodness, Lee. This scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
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Crazy Credits

Dale Robertson, who was a featured guest in back-to-back episodes Murder, She Wrote: The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988) and Murder, She Wrote: Prediction: Murder (1989), is not credited in either show. The following explanation is given in the book "The Unofficial Murder She Wrote Casebook" by James Robert Parish: Dale Robertson...was one of the few MSW performers to question the show's policy of listing the guest stars in the credits in alphabetical order. According to then executive producer and co-creator Peter S. Fischer, "This arrangement didn't sit well with Dale Robertson, who allowed as how he would just as soon have no billing...This was okay with us. He did two shows, we didn't break our top fee and he didn't get billing. That was his choice and I never knew why." See more »

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Murderous prediction
9 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

This episode, "Prediction: Murder", is another one of the very good Season 5 (and of 'Murder She Wrote' in general) without being one of my very favourites. Nothing inherently wrong with it, though it is a little silly at times, it just lacks the extra something of the best episodes.

Production values as ever are slick and stylish with a beautiful ranch setting. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is thought-provoking, light-hearted and amiable and the mystery is very intriguing and suitably complicated with an ending that actually shocked me.

Angela Lansbury is splendid as usual, there is a reason as to why Jessica Fletcher is one of her best-remembered roles, it is certainly one of my favourites of hers along with her roles in 'The Manchurian Candidate', 'Sweeney Todd' and the animated films 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Anastasia').

The support acting is very good, particularly from Dale Robertson (returning from the previous episode "The Flight of the Dixie Damsel", which this leaves off from), Melody Anderson, David Birney and Michael Parks.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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