Murder, She Wrote

The Days Dwindle Down

Season 3, Ep 21, Aired 4/19/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Thirty years ago, Sam Wilson was sent to prison for murdering his boss, Malcolm Jarvis. After finally being released, Sam goes home to his wife and now-grown son who is expecting his first child with his wife, Terry. At Georgia Wilson's request, Jessica looks into the crime, and through flashbacks, Sam remembers when Jarvis had offered him $10,000 to make his suicide look like murder. While Jessica believes that Sam is innocent, she doesn't believe it was suicide, and asks Sam's son Rod, a police officer, to lend a hand.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Angela Lansbury

    Jessica Fletcher

  • Philip Gerson

  • Richard Beymer

    Sidney Jarvis

  • June Havoc

    Thelma Vantay

  • Art Hindle

    Rod Wilson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A well crafted episode.

    By Waltermaze72293, Oct 03, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • Debbie Zipp would later appear in the recurring role of Donna Mayberry Fletcher, who eventually wed Jessica's nephew Grady after a few romances gone wrong.

    • This episode is a follow-up to the 1949 film Strange Bargain, and allows Jessica to 'prove' what happened thirty years earlier. Black and white clips from the original film tell the story. Stars Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott and Harry Morgan reprise their roles from the original film.

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