The first season's final episode is an exciting one! While in town for a friend's funeral, Jessica stumbles onto yet another murder scene. In this case, the victim is a real jerk, and as Jessica searches for clues to the killer's identity, she becomes increasingly puzzled by where these clues take her. The best part about this episode, though, is that it is here that William Windom makes his first appearance on the show in the role of Sam Breen, who turns out to be one of multiple people involved in the murder. (Apparently, just following the events laid out in this episode, Sam Breen cut a deal with the prosecutor, turned on his co-conspirators, and went into witness protection, adopting the name Seth Hazlitt.) It was exciting to see him on the show as someone else, with the knowledge that not long after he'd be a regular on the show. And even better is the ending, where Sam and his pals confess, and then Sam takes Jessica by the arm and escorts her out of the barn, presumably to call the sheriff.
This episode is probably an average story but the cast is terrific. This is the first episode with William Windom who plays Sam Breen but goes on to become Cabot Cove's crusty old Doctor Seth Hazlit that we all know and love. The death of a rancher puts his land, home, and daughter's future in jeopardy when it appears he has signed it all over to a strnager. Jesssica, acting on behalf of the bereaved saughter must figure out why he would do such a thing and uncovers another mystery and murder that had been committed to cover it up. The four freinds of the rancher have rallied to try and protect a deep secret from being disclosed. All the while the Texas cattleman whom the deed was willed to and his brassy, arm--wrestling wife need to be proven the phonies that they are to save the ranch. Jessica discovers all of this, even the painful secrets and provides a happy tournout.
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