Murder, She Wrote

Season 9 Episode 5

The Dead File

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1992 on CBS
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Jessica is appalled when, upon returning to New York City, she finds herself caricatured as a fox in a politically satirical comic strip with libelous dialogue.

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  • Jessica has returned to the Big Apple, only to find herself in the middle of a libel lawsuit involving a comic strip artist, which quickly involves blackmail and murder.

    7.0
    This season clearly made some changes to the series and they are mostly good ones. Now Jessica balances her time in the big apple with weekend trips back home and, later on in Europe. The writing in this particular episode is good, but not really -- in my honest opinion -- especially great or award winning. Harvey is a wonderful guest star, but it is unclear from the episode whether or not his character is gay or not. The script mentions that he has been married, and divorced, but their are some scenes where he and his male coworker seem to be more then just friends, but its never really explained or developed one way or the other.



    This is more then just a question of diversity within the series. As it happens, this young male coworker turns out to have been involved in the blackmail and murder, which is not only obvious from early on, but arguably pointless.



    Basically, he killed -- without planning to -- the comic strip's ink because he had arrived at Harvey's office/house earlier then expected. Well, if they had been a gay couple he could have simple explained his after hours presence that way.

    It just was not written as well as it could have been.moreless
Jon Polito

Jon Polito

Lt. Peter DiMartini

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Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

Stan Hatter

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Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee

Dayton Whiting

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