Murder, She Wrote

Season 1 Episode 3

Birds of a Feather

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1984 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Victoria Brandon is Jessica's niece, and is engaged to Howard Griffin. Howard has held a series of jobs throughout the year, including selling insurance, but his goal has always been to act.

    • Victoria reveals that Jessica has had six best-selling mystery novels on The New York Times Best Seller list in order to get her and Jessica into Al Drake's club. Jessica's later conversation with Patterson reveals that Jessica has also had one movie sale.

  • Quotes

    • Jessica Fletcher (to Lieutenant Novak): I was supposed to go on a TV show this morning, but I cancelled it because I thought that this was more important. Now, either you find time to talk with me, or I will go on that television show, and my subject will not be my next book -- it will be the insensitivity and arrogance of the city's homicide division.

    • Victoria Brandon: I really hate doing this sort of thing, but, uh, my aunt and I just dropped by and we would really like a table. That's my aunt right there. You probably recognize her.
      Al Drake: No.
      Victoria Brandon: J.B. Fletcher?
      Al Drake: Oh, really?
      Victoria Brandon: Really.
      Al Drake: Who the hell is J.B. Fletcher?

    • Jessica Fletcher: We've only only had one killer in our family -- 1777, I believe -- and the redcoat shot first.

  • Notes

    • This episode of MSW (created by the Fischer-Levinson-Link team behind Columbo) bears a similarity to the Columbo episode "Troubled Waters." In both cases, the murderer's use of a pillow as a gun silencer is revealed through the detective's discovery of a misplaced feather. It also in turn leads to the killer.

  • Allusions

    • Jessica Fletcher: Right now, I could sleep through Armaggeddon.

      Armaggeddon is a term used for the ultimate battle between good and evil, as foretold in the Bible, in the book of Revelation. Armaggeddon is actually the location that the war is said to take place, but the word has since been applied to the battle itself.

    • Barbara Stevenson: Lucrezia Borgia in furs.

      Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, born in 1480 A.D. History presents her as either a vicious murderer who poisoned her lovers, or a victim of her family's criminal activities. The reference here is as a woman who led to the death of her husband.

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