Jessica speaks Chinese, which is revealed at the airport as she converses with two Chinese nuns.
Jessica's trip to Seattle is the first time she has been asked to lecture at a university. The subject of her first lecture is her first novel, The Corpse Danced at Midnight.
Jessica, Frank and Edmund all attended university together. Frank and Edmund were both interesting in Jessica, and thre three spent many Saturday nights together in the basement of the Kappa Gamma Chi house. Edmund and Frank both used to joke that Jessica chose the wrong man.
David Tolliver: You know, I was enjoying the writing. Send me a copy of the book when it's finished?
Jessica Fletcher: I may do better. You may end up being a character.
David Tolliver: (light-heartedly) What would I be -- a victim, a suspect, killer?
Jessica Fletcher: I don't know. (looks serious) I haven't made up my mind yet.
(Jessica walks away and Tolliver stops smiling, no longer pretending to be the happy-go-lucky grad student.)
Jessica Fletcher: You seem more upset by me than you are by your wife's death, Mr. Schroeder.
Jack Schroeder: Life goes on.
Jessica Fletcher: You did threaten to kill her.
Jack Schroeder: Yeah, I also threatened to win a gold medal at the last Olympics. I didn't even make the team. I'm real bad at follow-through.
Jack Schroeder: You ask a lot of questions.
Jessica Fletcher: I'm nosy.