Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Twice Dead 

When a brilliant scientist fakes his own death and is then actually murdered, Jessica sets the record straight when the wrong man is arrested.


Walter Grauman


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Sam Anderson ... Stuart Himes
Annie Corley ... Liz White
Robert Curtis Brown ... David Randall (as Robert Curtis-Brown)
Bradford Dillman ... Richard Ellston
Herb Edelman ... NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber (as Herbert Edelman)
Richard Portnow ... Walter Pell
William Morgan Sheppard ... Dr. Fredrick Grundberg (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Shannon Tweed ... Priscilla Lake
Bruce Weitz ... Dr. Max Franklin
Kathleen Sullivan Kathleen Sullivan ... T.V. Reporter
Wren T. Brown ... Desk Clerk
Lisa Long ... Officer Rizzoli
Mario Machado ... Male Reporter
Jim Bockelman Jim Bockelman ... Mailroom Person (as James Bockelman)




In a laboratory, files are copied and the originals destroyed. The perpetrator is tailed. It's Nobel prize-winner cancer drug researcher Dr. Max Franklin, who according to the TV news dies in a plane crash. His research colleague Liz White insists Jessica comes anyway. The firm claims he just completed work on the vaccine. Dr. Stuart Himes and Liz are ignored about safety tests. David Randall finds tests are impossible after the disappearance of crucial cultures and data and is ordered to make the tests work or get the boot. Priscilla Lake schemes about the stock's likely dive. Jessica believes to have seen Max alive in a cab, reports it to NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber, is approached by Max and tells him she saw Walter Pell, the P.I. who tails him, at the firm. He says he took the research stuff himself and when he saw he was being followed, decided not to get on the plane. He wants to remain 'dead' for some time. As Jessica fears, there's a failed arson attempt on Max's life, which later ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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This is the final screen appearance of Bradford Dillman. See more »


Although Liz folded the envelope that Max sent her (the clue to the identity of the murderer), the letter that was supposedly inside did not have a corresponding fold. See more »


[first lines]
T.V. Reporter: According to a spokesman, Suffolk Air Flight 17, bound for Montauk, crashed into Long Island Sound shortly after takeoff. There were no survivors. Among the passengers, Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist, Dr. Max Franklin. A PhD at 15, brilliant, unpredictable. Franklin is believed to be working on a breakthrough cancer drug known as L-214. Early in his career, Franklin worked in the European laboratory of the famed Swiss scientist...
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Cure For What Ails You
24 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This MSW episode begins with JB Fletcher hearing of the death of Bruce Weitz a noted scientist in a small plane crash in Jamaica Bay. Another in Angela Lansbury's wide and eclectic circle of friends.

But when she spots him in Manhattan later on it's to her friend homicide detective Herbert Edelman whom she turns. When Weitz turns up dead for real Edelman and Lansbury go to work.

This is one of the weaker episodes of MSW. And the last appearance of Herbert Edelman as Lt. Artie Gelber who was her police friend in NYC in the same way Tom Bosley and Ron Masak were in Cabot Cove stories.

It all has to do with some hyped up results from Weitz's experiments in a new medicine. Is it real and do we want it on the market? A big pharma conglomerate could go belly up is among the possibilities.

Fans of the series and Edelman should approve.

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12 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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