History Series / MurderSheWrote

2nd Sep '17 9:57:00 AM glickmam
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Creator/AngelaLansbury and Creator/JerryOrbach (Harry McGraw) were old friends from their days on Broadway. They also worked together in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' as the voices of Mrs. Potts and Lumiere, respectively. In addition, occasional guest star David Ogden Stiers also co-starred in ''Beauty and the Beast'' as well, voicing Cogsworth.
** Lansbury also starred alongside Len Cariou and then George Hearn in ''[[Stage/SweeneyTodd Sweeney Todd]]'' on Broadway. Both made at least several appearances, Cariou of course as Michael Hagarty.
** Tom Bosley as Amos Tupper is also notable, since he played Angela Lansbury's husband in ''Film/TheWorldOfHenryOrient''.
1st Sep '17 8:51:33 AM XFllo
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* DudeMagnet: Jessica gets a lot of attention from older gentlemen, and in one episode a college-age CakeEater flat-out propositions her.
** This was at least partly because of a direct request by Lansbury. She felt very strongly that Jessica should be a realistic middle-aged woman, rather than a 'dried-up old biddy' stereotype. (But she still never hooked up with anyone! This was possibly due to a mix of ExecutiveMeddling and fan opinions, who never liked any of Jessica's potential love interests... at least, those who made it to the end of their introductory episode without being killed or revealed as the killer.)

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* DudeMagnet: Jessica gets a lot of attention from older gentlemen, and in one episode a college-age CakeEater guy who LikesOlderWomen flat-out propositions her.
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her. This was at least partly because of a direct request by Lansbury. She felt very strongly that Jessica should be a realistic middle-aged woman, rather than a 'dried-up old biddy' stereotype. (But she still never hooked up with anyone! anyone. This was possibly due to a mix of ExecutiveMeddling and fan opinions, who never liked any of Jessica's potential love interests... at least, those who made it to the end of their introductory episode without being killed or revealed as the killer.)
22nd Aug '17 12:39:39 PM psionycx
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* MoreCriminalsThanTargets: Cabot Cove has a murder rate that far surpasses even the most dangerous inner cities in the world. Given that Jessica reliably catches the (alleged) murderers their numbers have to be replenishing with amazing speed.
17th Jun '17 9:47:19 PM jormis29
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: in the seventh season finale, "The Skinny According to Nick Culhane," the final line is by Jerry Orbach as Harry [=McGraw=], who says, "That's all she wrote." Cue Harry, Sheriff Metzger, and Jessica all looking directly into the camera and smiling/smirking for the final shot. In the seventh season box set extra 'The Price of Success', this was explained as a deliberate choice. Lansbury's contract was up, and she was seriously considering not renewing it, because of the grueling schedule (also the reason for the PoorlyDisguisedPilot; it was the only way of giving her a break). At the time of shooting, there was a good chance this would be the series finale as well, so the writers wanted something a little special. Luckily for the network, in the end Lansbury loved Jessica too much to quit.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: in the seventh season finale, "The Skinny According to Nick Culhane," the final line is by Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach as Harry [=McGraw=], who says, "That's all she wrote." Cue Harry, Sheriff Metzger, and Jessica all looking directly into the camera and smiling/smirking for the final shot. In the seventh season box set extra 'The Price of Success', this was explained as a deliberate choice. Lansbury's contract was up, and she was seriously considering not renewing it, because of the grueling schedule (also the reason for the PoorlyDisguisedPilot; it was the only way of giving her a break). At the time of shooting, there was a good chance this would be the series finale as well, so the writers wanted something a little special. Luckily for the network, in the end Lansbury loved Jessica too much to quit.
16th Apr '17 4:54:04 PM nombretomado
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* PacManFever: Surprisingly averted for a show focused on murders and generally populated by adults who are focused on anything but video games (save one episode where the murder occurred at a virtual reality game developer). In one early episode, Jessica's friend Ethan is playing a ''SpyHunter'' arcade game. When footage of the game is shown it is perfectly accurate, complete with the player's hands making movements and the vehicle on screen matching them.

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* PacManFever: Surprisingly averted for a show focused on murders and generally populated by adults who are focused on anything but video games (save one episode where the murder occurred at a virtual reality game developer). In one early episode, Jessica's friend Ethan is playing a ''SpyHunter'' ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' arcade game. When footage of the game is shown it is perfectly accurate, complete with the player's hands making movements and the vehicle on screen matching them.
15th Apr '17 9:23:30 AM Unknown1981
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** The BodyOfTheWeek in "The Bottom Line is Murder" also turns out to be this. The killer shot the victim by mistake; the person he was really trying to kill was [[MurderTheHypotenuse the husband of the woman he was obsessively in love with]], whose office he killed the victim in.
13th Apr '17 6:28:30 AM erforce
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** "Prediction: Murder" has a housekeeper character named [[MurderOnTheOrientExpress Greta Olsson]].

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** "Prediction: Murder" has a housekeeper character named [[MurderOnTheOrientExpress [[Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress Greta Olsson]].
6th Apr '17 9:24:56 PM Tavernier
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** Lampshaded in "One Good Bid Deserves Another" when a police lieutenant threatens to arrest Jessica if he finds her near another body. "If murder were a disease," he tells her, "you'd be contagious."

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** Lampshaded in "One Good Bid Deserves Another" when a police lieutenant Casey threatens to arrest Jessica if he finds her near another body. "If murder were a disease," he tells her, "you'd be contagious."
6th Apr '17 9:13:38 PM Tavernier
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** Lampshaded in one episode when another character tells Jessica, "If murder were a disease, you'd be contagious."

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** Lampshaded in one episode "One Good Bid Deserves Another" when a police lieutenant threatens to arrest Jessica if he finds her near another character tells Jessica, body. "If murder were a disease, you'd disease," he tells her, "you'd be contagious."
27th Mar '17 9:56:36 PM Tavernier
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-->"You ask a lot of questions."
-->"I'm nosey."

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