Murder, She Wrote

Class Act

Season 6, Ep 10, Aired 12/3/89
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  • Episode Description
  • After pushing too hard on a case powerful people do not want solved, Los Angeles homicide detective Jake Ballinger is farmed out to teach criminology at a local college. His opening speech reduces his class to two students, an aspiring private eye and a female insurance claims investigator. Now, Ballinger and his students take up the unsolved case as their project. The victim was a young woman who had recently given her baby up for adoption, and Ballinger discovers a connection to a state senator who may have been willing to kill to protect his family and career.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Angela Lansbury

    Jessica Fletcher

  • Peter S. Fischer

  • Allen Reisner

  • Barry Newman

    Lt. Jake Ballinger

  • Lise Hilboldt

    Elizabeth Mills

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • No Jessica, but instead we have Lt. Jake Ballinger. "Class Act" could have made for an entertaining series in its own right.

    By jamoon2006, Jul 31, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Colin Hale: What do I have to do, draw you a road map? Back off, Lieutenant. Jake Ballinger: Sorry. My engine doesn't run in reverse.

    Notes (1)

    • Additional Credit: Titles & Optical Effects by Howard Anderson Company

    Trivia (1)

    • Jessica appears only briefly throughout this episode, as she relates the story to the audience.

    Allusions (1)

    • Jake Ballinger acts out a scene from Shakespeare's Richard III, and likens the relationship between Richard and Buckingham in the play to the relationship of the murderer and the man he tries to protect.

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