Murder, She Wrote

Season 6 Episode 22

The Sicilian Encounter

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 20, 1990 on CBS
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The Sicilian Encounter
Michael Hagarty is involved in a case in Sicily which has many twists and turns including the Mafia.

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  • This was an episode without Jessica Fletcher. MI-6 agent Michael Haggerty competes with the CIA in Sicily to obtain an important item from the widow of a Mafia don.

    The plot was not bad. In order to fit into the series, several references were made to a previous episode ("Appointment in Athens") which did include Jessica Fletcher. In my opinion, Angela Lansbury was always the major reason to watch this show, and her absence is keenly felt.

    However, the whole thing was spoiled for me by the terrible, cliched, stereotypical "Italian" accents employed by the guest stars. For particular criticism, I would single out Vincent Baggetta. That is absolutely the worst imitation of an Italian accent I have heard. The remaining "Italian" characters (Robert Miranda, Ralph Manza) were guilty of really cliched performances as well.

    Len Cariou was charming as always. Deidre Hall and Ian Ogilvy were competent.moreless
  • This will be a review of the MURDER, SHE WROTE episode \"The Athens Encounter.\"

    This is one of the best MURDER, SHE WROTE episodes written, featuring Michael Hagarty, Jessica\'s secret agent friend, in the starring role. Also along for the ride is Ian Ogilvy as Edward Baines, the brother of the murderous agent Harold Baines (the role was created so Ogilvy wouldn\'t have to reprise the role of Harold Baines, who is supposed to be in prison in Greece for murdering a fellow agent - Harold is Edward\'s twin brother).

    The plot involves Michael posing as a priest in order to marry an American agent posing as the widow of a dedicated mob boss in order to learn the location of the diamonds he has stolen and hidden. I can\'t help wondering, though - given Michael Hagarty\'s star turn in this episode, could the script have been originally written for the series \"Secret Agent Man\" or \"The Saint?\"moreless
Deidre Hall

Deidre Hall

Claudia Carboni

Guest Star

Ian Ogilvy

Ian Ogilvy

Peter Baines

Guest Star

George DiCenzo

George DiCenzo


Guest Star

Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Michael Hagarty

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