Murder, She Wrote

Deadly Lady

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 10/7/84
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  • Episode Description
  • After a terrible storm in Cabot Cove, Stephen Earl's four daughters tell Sheriff Tupper that their father died while they were out on the boat. Jessica is only midly intrigued; she finds Ralph, the older gentleman who has offered to work for food, much more intriguing, especially since it is obvious he comes from money. The womens' stories about what happened on the boat change constantly, but once Ralph is found dead and later found to be Stephen Earl, Jessica has to help Amos wage through the inconsistencies in the four Earl daughters storylines to determine who killed their father and why.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Angela Lansbury

    Jessica Fletcher

  • Peter S. Fischer

  • Corey Allen

  • Howard Duff

    Stephen Earl

  • Dack Rambo

    Brian Shelby

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Ethan: Amos, you've been reading too many of Jessica's books.
      Amos: Well, that's how much you know, Ethan. I haven't read any of them.

    • Jessica Fletcher: Oh, Ralph, you're not astounded at all. As a matter of fact, you're full of clam dip.

    Notes (1)

    • Peter S. Fischer won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for this episode (Best Television Episode, 1985).

    Trivia (3)

    • This episode features the introduction of Cabot Cove citizens Sheriff Amos Tupper and Captain Ethan Cragg. Cragg has been friends with Jessica for many years, whereas Tupper seems to barely tolerate her, resenting her interference in a police investigation. This is also the first mention of the never-seen Letitia, the phone operator in Cabot Cove.

    • Frank Fletcher smoked a pipe that, according to Stephen Earl, was 'a fine-looking meerschaum'. Meerschaum is a soft, white mineral that is most frequently used to make pipes.

    • Stephen Earl picks up a recent book of Jessica's from the counter entitled Dirge for a Dead Dachshund. The book was in pre-publication at the time, and was not yet released for publication. Maggie Earl refers to having read Jessica's 'latest book', indicating that Dirge for a Dead Dachshund is at least her third book. Cragg also makes mention to Amos 'reading too many of Jessica's books' indicating, again, that Dirge for a Dead Dachshund was not her second work.

    Allusions (1)

    • Jessica Fletcher: Under the guise of Cupid, you were setting your sister up for a murder charge. According to Roman mythology, Cupid is the God of Love (his Greek name is Eros). Cupid shot two kinds of arrows; those that made people fall in love with each other, and those that made people turn from those who had fallen in love with them.

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