Murder, She Wrote

Season 5 Episode 7

The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 18, 1988 on CBS

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  • Could Jessica's late husband be a murderer?

    The honor and reputation of Jessica's late husband are in jeopardy when he is suspected of the decades-old murder of a crewman on his bomber during the Korean War.

    The biggest strength of this episode is Angela Lansbury. Always a pro on the series, she steps up her game in the defense of her husband. Her usual passion and zeal to find the truth are amplified in this case. Lansbury brings it all home, combining shock and sadness and even fighting back tears of frustration as she rails against the bull-headed Army investigator.

    Season 5 marked (in my opinion) a real improvement in plotting by the writers with this, and other episodes. The idea of a decades-old case is a good one, and the use of "newsreel" footage to set up the exposition is inspired. Richard Roundtree and Clifton James provide strong support in this one. The ending plays a little fast and loose with the viewer, but it all holds up.