Murphy Brown

Season 1 Episode 8

And So He Goes

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 02, 1989 on CBS
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And So He Goes
Murphy's long time nemesis asks for her to deliver the eulogy at his funeral, and Murphy sees it as her chance to have the last laugh or so she thinks.

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  • They say don't speak ill of the dead. Why? It's not like they can hear you...

    Murphy had a long-term and bitter rivalry with a fellow journalist, replete with intense competition and snide one-upsmanship. Now that the man has passed on to his reward, Brown may pay her respects, but as for love lost between them, that's another story.

    Imagine her shock when she discovers his will included warm thanks to her, as well as a request that she deliver his eulogy.

    Brown does some fact-checking and discovers the man was a decorated veteran and charitable toward people in sticky situations. She has to put aside petty feuds and come up with a speech that's polite as can be.

    Then some more investigation reveals further skeletons in an already crowded closet. It's getting so the 'truth' is turning around more quickly than a revolving door.

    An offbeat episode loaded with crafty plot twists.moreless
Grant Shaud

Grant Shaud

Miles Silverberg (1988-1996)

Jane Leeves

Jane Leeves

Audrey Cohen (Seasons 2-5, Recurring Afterwards)

Faith Ford

Faith Ford

Corky Sherwood

Pat Corley

Pat Corley

Phil (Seasons 1-9, recurring otherwise)

Joe Regalbuto

Joe Regalbuto

Frank Fontana

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

Kay Carter-Shepley (1996-1998)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Secretary #9: Murphy finds a note on her desk saying the secretary went to the dentist, and she is never seen in the episode.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Frank: This is what I hate about funerals. Everybody always acts so maudlin. You know what they should do when people die? Their friends should take them up in an airplane, turn on some good jazz, and drop 'em out in a parachute over the ocean the way they came into the world: Naked. That's what I want you to do when I go, Miles.
      Miles: Why wait till your dead, Frank!

    • Frank: Look at you two. Why does everybody get so depressed about death?
      Miles: I don't know, Frank. Maybe it has something to do with spending eternity trapped in a box deep in the earth, while your flesh drops off and deteriorates into nothingness.
      Frank: That's your problem, Miles. You think about it to much. You gotta stare you fears down like I do. Every day on my way to work I deliberately walk across Third Street against the light. Start your day by beating death it's exhilarating, Miles. Today, a car missed me by this much.
      Miles: I know. It was my car, Frank. I turn the corner, you're standing there like an idiot. Don't do that anymore, it's weird.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The opening of this episode features Aretha Franklin's "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" played while showing shots of the Washington National Airport (IATA code DCA) and the many things that are going on there. The building with the control tower is Terminal A, built in 1941.

      No international flights were landing at National Airport in the 1980s owing to plane size and distance restrictions. Murphy is much more likely to have flown into Washington Dulles International (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International (BWI), both about twenty-five miles outside Washington, DC.


    • Frank: It's not like every paper covered this. I didn't see anyone from "The Daily Planet".

      "The Daily Planet" is the name of the newspaper that is headed up by Perry White and has reporters on staff such as Lois Lane and Clark Kent. It is most famous from the "Superman" mythos.