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Murder, She Wrote

Season 1 Episode 9

Death Takes A Curtain Call

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1984 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Death Takes A Curtain Call
Jessica heads to Boston with Leo Peterson, an old friend in Cabot Cove, to attend a special presentation of the Rostov Ballet. When the stars of the ballet are missing during the curtain call, Leo rushes Jessica out of the theatre where she finds that he has helped his grandniece, Natalia Masurov, and her husband Alexander so that the two can defect to the United States like he had done many years earlier. Their plans to announce their defection to the federal authorities fall by the wayside when they are accused of murdering the security guard found dead in their dressing room, and Jessica enlists Ethan's help in hiding the young lovers while the K.G.B. keeps their eye on her and Leo.moreless

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    William Conrad

    William Conrad

    Major Anatole Karzoff

    Guest Star

    James Carroll Jordan

    James Carroll Jordan

    Skip Fleming

    Guest Star

    Hurd Hatfield

    Hurd Hatfield

    Leo Peterson

    Guest Star

    Tom Bosley

    Tom Bosley

    Sheriff Amos Tupper

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • New Englanders refer to being from Maine as being from 'down east' -- this fact is revealed when Jessica asks a young man if he is from 'down east' and he responds 'No, I'm from Maine', to which both Ethan and Jessica comment that it means he is not from the area as anyone from Maine would have agreed that they were from 'down east'.

      • Introduced in this episode is Cabot Cove resident Leo Peterson (formerly known as Leonid Petrovich), who defected from Russia during World War II. This is also the third time Jessica speaks with the unseen and unheard telephone operator Letitia.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Skip Fleming: Well, if no one objects, I'll just get the hell out of here.
        Jessica Fletcher: I was about to suggest the same thing, Mr. Fleming.

      • (Jessica asks Irina and Skip to wait in the living room.)
        Jessica Fletcher: You wait right here, and I'll go make a phone call. (heads for the kitchen, where she knows the phone is bugged)
        Skip Fleming: What's wrong with this phone? (points at the phone in the living room)
        Jessica Fletcher: Well, that phone isn't bugged.

      • Mr. Nagy: Major, I lost Mrs. Fletcher.
        Major Anatole Karzoff: Lost her? In a town the size of a postage stamp?

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