Murder, She Wrote

Season 6 Episode 8

When the Fat Lady Sings

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1989 on CBS
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When the Fat Lady Sings
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While visiting San Francisco, Jessica reunites with thief-turned-insurance investigator Dennis Stanton and the two take in an opera. The real drama unfolds after the performance when the star tenor is accused of (and confesses to) murdering his starlet's beau in self defense. But a cagey detective finds holes in the story, and Jessica suspects there is more to the case, particularly after a cache of stolen emeralds and a decades-old family secret come into play.moreless

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  • Dennis Stanton returns, with Frank Costanza on the beat.

    8.7
    Dennis Stanton grew on me in this episode, after being largely unimpressed with his debut in Season 5. His chemistry with Jessica is very nice and always seems sincere, versus some of her other male friends she bumps into on the series.



    He's also given a stronger episode to play with. We get much of the story (including the murder itself) in flashback, and any time the writers played with the format it provided a refreshing change of pace. It results in the audience paying closer attention to the characters we see in the flashback, since we know (well, we THINK we know) who the murderer is as well as his motive.



    On a humorous note, we have Jerry Stiller playing the cop-of-the-week. He's a unsophisticated guy surrounded by the opera scene, which makes for some good quips and is a solid performance by an old pro. He's about as far from Frank Costanza as you can get!



    The denouement is nicely done...it even had me fooled (as well as the killer it exposed!) The theatre served as the backdrop for many an episode of "M,SW" and the results were usually (and certainly in this case) good.moreless
Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

Rosanno Bertolucci

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Carol Lawrence

Carol Lawrence

Silvana Bertolucci

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Lila Kaye

Lila Kaye

Teresa Mancini

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Keith Michell

Keith Michell

Dennis Stanton

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