Murder, She Wrote (season 2)

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Murder, She Wrote (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel CBS
Original run September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29) – May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
Region 2 May 1, 2006 (2006-05-01)
Region 4 August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
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List of Murder, She Wrote episodes

This is a list of episodes from the second season of Murder, She Wrote

Broadcast history[edit]

The series stars Angela Lansbury as schoolteacher-turned-crime-novelist Jessica Fletcher who resides in the small Maine town of Cabot Cove. Lansbury also made her first appearance as Emma's British cousin Emma Macgill. Returning recurring cast members were Michael Horton as Jessica's nephew Grady, Tom Bosley as Cabot Cove Sheriff Amos Tupper, and Jerry Orbach as private detective Harry McGraw, who befriends Jessica. New recurring guest stars include William Windom as town doctor Seth Hazlitt, who becomes Jessica's closest friend, John Astin as Cabot Cove real estate agent Harry Pierce, Richard Paul as town Mayor Sam Booth, and Len Cariou as British Secret Agent Michael Hagarty, with whom Jessica gets tangled up in cases of international intrigue.[1]

The season originally aired Sundays at 8:00-9:00 pm (EST) on CBS.[2][3] The series spent its second year in the top ten television ratings, culminating at #3.[4] The season was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Leading Actress at the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards, and won for Outstanding Costume Design (Alfred E. Lehman).[5] It was nominated for Best Drama Series at the 44th Golden Globe Awards, with Lansbury winning for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

DVD release[edit]

The season was released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
23 1 "Widow, Weep for Me" Michael A. Hoey Peter S. Fischer September 29, 1985 (1985-09-29) 60309

Jessica's trip to a resort is filled with sun, sand and a murder investigation.

Murderer: Sheldon Greenberg
24 2 "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly" Peter Crane Tom Sawyer October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06) 60305

Plans for a new hotel in Cabot Cove must be put on hold when a skeleton is discovered at the construction site and Amos and Jessica find a second body.

Murderer: Del Scott
25 3 "Murder in the Afternoon" Arthur Allan Seidelman Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Paul W. Cooper
October 13, 1985 (1985-10-13) 60302

Jessica's niece worries about her job security when her character she plays turns out to be the serial killer. Before long she herself needs to worry when her boss ends up dead and she looks like the prime suspect.

Murderer: Larry Holleran
26 4 "School for Scandal" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert E. Swanson October 20, 1985 (1985-10-20) 60314

Jessica must look between the lines to discover the truth and the murderer.

Murderer: Dr. Alger Kenyon
27 5 "Sing a Song of Murder" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer October 27, 1985 (1985-10-27) 60306

Jessica is devastated to be informed of her cousin Emma's untimely passing, but when she arrives in London she learns that Emma isn't dead after all, but has been in hiding after threats on her life. Jessica goes along with the ruse in the hopes of flushing out the would-be killer.

Murderer: Kitty Trumbull
28 6 "Reflections of the Mind" Seymour Robbie Robert E. Swanson November 3, 1985 (1985-11-03) 60304

Jessica visits an old friend who claims to be haunted by the ghost of her late husband. But when the woman's second spouse is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect, Jessica is determined to help clear her name.

Murderers: Carl/Carson Todd and Cheryl Lodge
29 7 "A Lady in the Lake" Walter Grauman Robert Van Scoyk November 10, 1985 (1985-11-10) 60307

Jessica spends a little time at a lakeside inn where she witnesses what appears to be a struggle and a woman falling into the lake. Everyone is convinced that the husband did it, but Jessica isn't quite so sure.

Murderer: Burton Hollis
30 8 "Dead Heat" Peter Crane J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley November 24, 1985 (1985-11-24) 60303

Jessica goes to the races to watch her niece ride the winning horse but then the horse's disagreeable owner is murdered after a dispute.

Murderer: Vicky Gallegos
31 9 "Jessica Behind Bars" John Llewellyn Moxey Carleton Eastlake December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01) 60316

Jessica agrees to teach an English class at a women's prison for her friend Margaret and soon finds herself being held hostage after Dr. Matthews is murdered and the prisoners are convinced that the warden is responsible.

Murderer: Deputy Warden Debs
32 10 "Sticks and Stones" Seymour Robbie Story: Jackson Gillis and Linda Shank & Mark Giles
Teleplay: Linda Shank & Mark Giles
December 15, 1985 (1985-12-15) 60301

Cabot Cove is flooded with poison pen letters which proves hard for the town to handle as Amos prepares to hand the reins over to a new sheriff, Harry Pierce.

Murderer: Harry Pierce
33 11 "Murder Digs Deep" Philip Leacock Maryanne Kasica & Michael Scheff December 29, 1985 (1985-12-29) 60315

An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone as a new corpse is dug up.

Murderer: Cynthia Armstrong
34 12 "Murder by Appointment Only" Arthur Allan Seidelman Jerry Ross January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05) 60310

One of Jessica's former students is murdered and she takes a personal interest in the investigation and finds herself at the heart of a family feud while taking a look into the company that Grady is working for now.

Murderer: Norman Amberson
35 13 "Trial by Error" Seymour Robbie Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Scott Shepherd
January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12) 60317

It's a bad day for the jurors when Jessica is the foreperson of the jury hearing the case of a man claiming self-defense in the death of an enraged husband. The jury alternates between wanting to convict him and wanting to set him free, but Jessica realises there's more than just one murder going on here.

Murderers: Mark Lee Reynolds and Becky Anderson
36 14 "Keep the Home Fries Burning" Peter Crane Philip Gerson January 19, 1986 (1986-01-19) 60320

Jessica, Seth and Amos try out a new tourist-oriented restaurant, but after a number of the guests fall ill eating strawberry preserves, one of the women dies. Jessica investigates the murder while everyone in town tries to point the finger at someone else.

Murderer: Wilhelmina Fraser
37 15 "Powder Keg" John Llewellyn Moxey Peter S. Fischer February 9, 1986 (1986-02-09) 60326

The justice system is tested when a group of angry Southerners form a lynch party and plan to hang a murder suspect.

Murderer: Frank Kelso
38 16 "Murder in the Electric Cathedral" John Llewellyn Moxey Dick Nelson February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16) 60312

Jessica must find the murderer of her close friend whose will is in contention between family and a popular evangelist and soon finds herself in the middle of a feud between different members of the evangelist's family.

Murderer: Ruth Fargo
39 17 "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder" Seymour Robbie J. Miyoko Hensley & Steven Hensley February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) 60318

Jessica finds herself in a tough spot when one of the auctioneers of a diary is found murdered and she has to rely on Harry McGraw to help her out.

Murderer: Albert Cromwell
40 18 "If a Body Meet a Body" Walter Grauman Steve Stoliar March 9, 1986 (1986-03-09) 60321

What begins as a routine murder investigation leads the police to discover that a coffin contains the wrong body.

Murderer: Connie Vernon
41 19 "Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday" Peter Crane Gerald K. Siegel March 30, 1986 (1986-03-30) 60311

The writing's on the wall when a reputable magazine is acquired by a mercenary publisher who quickly changes it into a gossip rag.

Murderer: Vanessa D'Argento
42 20 "Menace, Anyone?" Arthur Allan Seidelman Robert B. Sherman April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06) 60319

Jessica struggles to protect her former student Carol, a tennis star, when her boyfriend is blown up in her car and Carol is the only suspect.

Murderer: Doris Robinson
43 21 "The Perfect Foil" Walter Grauman Robert E. Swanson April 13, 1986 (1986-04-13) 60329

Jessica travels to New Orleans, but the good times can't roll when her cousin suspected of murder.

Murderer: Gilbert Gaston
44 22 "If the Frame Fits" Paul Lynch Philip Gerson May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18) 60331

The picture's not pretty when an art thief is on the loose; an heiress Julia Granger is killed, and her husband becomes the suspect.

Murderer: Donald Granger