Murder, She Wrote

Season 5 Episode 3

Mr. Penroy's Vacation

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 1988 on CBS
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Mr. Penroy's Vacation
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When Morris Penroy's body is found in the Appletree sisters chrysanthemum bed in quiet Cabot Cove, the two women become Metzger's prime suspects, but Jessica is convinced that the two older women could never have killed anyone and sets out to prove their innocence.

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  • Back to Cabot Cove, with a new sheriff and two (possibly) murderous spinsters!

    8.8
    This episode is silly, which is not a bad thing at all.



    "Murder, She Wrote" did dark comedy very well, and this episode is a great example of that. From the reveal of the corpse in the living room to the mayor's dog's discovery of evidence, "Mr. Penroy's Vacation" is a very light-hearted show. This comes in spite of the fact that it has one of the higher body counts of the series!



    Ron Masak makes his first appearance as Mort Metzger, the new law man in Cabot Cove; everyone is instinctively distrustful of him as he hails from New York City! I like his interactions with Jessica and Seth, and credit is due to the producers for not casting someone identical to Amos Tupper. By throwing a new dynamic into the mix, the show stays fresh. Mort seems more competent than Amos, but is not above turning to Jessica for help.



    This episode marks a new era for the show and a new tone to the Cabot Cove episodes.moreless
Henry Jones

Henry Jones

Morris Penroy

Guest Star

Joan Leslie

Joan Leslie

Lillian Appletree

Guest Star

Teresa Wright

Teresa Wright

Helen Appletree

Guest Star

Richard Paul

Richard Paul

Mayor Sam Booth

Recurring Role

Ron Masak

Ron Masak

Sheriff Mort Metzger

Recurring Role

William Windom

William Windom

Dr. Seth Hazlitt

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