Newhart

Season 7 Episode 21

Murder at the Stratley

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 15, 1989 on CBS
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Murder at the Stratley
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The townspeople accuse Dick of murdering Joanna after her "disappearance" strangely fits the scenario of his first murder-mystery novel, Murder at the Stratley.

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  • Dick's book, "Murder At The Stratley" has been published, and the plot points echo many of the strange goings-on during a stormy weekend.

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    This episode epitomizes the very best elements of "Newhart," surely one of the greatest sitcoms of the last 30 years. Dick's new book, a murder mystery, has just been published and everyone is excited to read it. Dick insists that it is completely fictional, but Joanna is upset that "Johanna", the wife of "Rick," is murdered within the first few pages. When Joanna is called out of town, various citizens begin wondering where she is and immediately assume the worst. Circumstances pile up quickly and hilariously, and even Dick cannot explain all the coincidences. A re-enactment of the murder takes place and a blood-stained pillow appears to be the final proof that Dick did, in fact, kill Joanna. Dick is furious that his friends think he could commit murder and orders them out of the house (Miss Goddard: "A murderer AND a lousy host!"). The lights go out, the "ghost" of Joanna enters ("Blow out the candle, your hair looks like hell!") and everything is straightened out. The beauty of this episode is that it brings out the zaniest aspects of all the already zany townspeople. Vain and self-centered Stephanie says Dick could never kill her character off: he'd get too much hate mail. The plump Miss Goddard is always on the lookout for a snack, the dimwitted sheriff gets everything wrong, and the steadfast George thinks that Dick couldn't be a murderer because he's polite. This is probably one of my three or four favorite episodes of all sitcoms; it's brilliant, wacky, thoroughly well-written, as well as excellently plotted and paced.moreless
Alvy Moore

Alvy Moore

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William Lanteau

William Lanteau

Chester Wanamaker

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Todd Susman

Todd Susman

Officer Shifflet

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Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney

Prudence Goddard

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