Murder, She Wrote

Season 1 Episode 16

Tough Guys Don't Die

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1985 on CBS

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  • Jessica Fletcher and Harry McGraw meet for the first time.

    Archie Miles is shot to death late at night in his office while working on a case of Jessica's. His partner Harry McGraw later tells Jessica of the murder after she catches him searching around her house, saying he was "blown apart" by an unknown assailant. And so their first case begins, launching them into a sea of secrets and interesting people, including a magazine editor (Barbara Babcock) and her ex-husband-now-good-friend (John McMartin). Episode highlights include Harry adopting a Texan accent posing as the president of a swimwear company and Harry getting cornered and beaten by Alex Rocco's men for following them. As you can see, Harry McGraw is a standout supporting character. Harry would make a few more appearances and even get his own short-lived spinoff. The next episode he's in "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder", he slips Jessica a mickey to make copies of a dead sex symbol's diary to offer to the suspects to further the case, and according to the start of his second appearance, he was found in an alley beaten up and unconscious prior to his arrival at the police station. This is a great episode to start off the run of Jerry Orbach before he was Lennie Briscoe. My favorite Harry line is from one of his later appearances. It's not the exact line, but very close: "This guy from Queens, pays more for coffee than he does his rent."