Murder, She Wrote

Season 6 Episode 4

The Error of Her Ways

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 1989 on CBS
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The Error of Her Ways
When the wife of a developer is accused of killing her husband and commits suicide, it leaves the whereabouts of his embezzled millions a mystery and the dead woman's sister absolutely furious. Jessica ends up in the hot seat, but it turns out that the dead embezzler was sleeping with a lot of his clients, and any one of them had an ample motive for murder.moreless

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  • Did Jessica get it wrong?

    Not only is the story in "The Error of Her Ways" a good one, but the idea of putting Jessica's deductive abilities in doubt is inspired. For five whole seasons, she has never faced a crisis of conscience like this, and it's nice to see what Angela Lansbury does with the material. She's such a great actress that anytime she has a chance to stretch beyond the usual role of the investigator (in this episode, also in "Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel" and "Mirror Mirror on the Wall") she takes the ball and runs with it. Even if she never won, you can see why the role of Jessica Fletcher earned her 12 Emmy nominations.

    This episode uses a lot of flashbacks, but incorporates them very well into the story. Since we are essentially joining a story at Act II, it's important for us to get to know the characters quickly, and we do. The suspects are quickly identified and distinguished, and we're in to the story before we realize we've missed most of it.

    Elliot Gould does a great turn as Lt. Hanna. His wry persona fits the character to a T, and he's got good interplay with Angela Lansbury. He's one of my favorite actors, so any chance to see him in action is welcomed!moreless

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