History Series / MurderSheWrote

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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-->"You ->''"You ask a lot of questions."
-->"I'm
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->''"I'm
nosey."
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27th Mar '17 9:56:07 PM Tavernier
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-->"You ask a lot of questions."
-->"I'm nosey."
1st Mar '17 7:34:12 PM nombretomado
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* GenderFlip: ElleryQueen as a middle-aged female.

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* GenderFlip: ElleryQueen Series/ElleryQueen as a middle-aged female.
13th Feb '17 4:40:41 PM SarcasmKid
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** Many of the inmates in "Jessica Behind Bars" are this, in that the riot and eventual hostage situation are caused mainly to stop the police from pinning the crime on fellow prisoner Mary and because of the substandard conditions they've had to endure. Well, one half, led by hotheaded Kat, want to blast their way out to freedom, while the others want Jessica to find out who really killed Dr. Matthews. Inmate Bertha even mentions "If any of us had any brains we wouldn't be in this joint," a self-depreciating comment about their criminal pasts.



* TheDragon: This trope doesn't usually come up, but there are some episodes where the AssholeVictim had someone who carries on their dirty work after their death, like "Murder At The Oasis," or the murderer has someone who helps them carry out their deeds, like "Jessica Behind Bars."



* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Pauline in "It Runs In The Family" is a complete and utter snob to everyone around her, even though she was a working class girl who married into a family with status, and is also usually reminded of this by her somehow less haughty but still horrible mother-in-law Sybil. She treats Emma (Jessica's British cousin) like pond scum and sounds insulted on a personal level at the idea of Emma inheriting anything from her old boyfriend Geoffrey, Pauline's uncle-in-law and current Viscount Blackraven. [[spoiler: In fact, Pauline is so desperate to prove she's better than everyone else that she murdered Geoffrey and his father a month before, so her husband would become the new Viscount Blackraven. She even shot her own son (albeit without trying to kill him) to frame someone else. It all culminates in a horribly depressing VillainousBreakdown when she starts screaming at Sybil about how she has no idea what it's like to be treated like less then nothing for being "A baker's daughter." Pauline's breakdown and sobbing is so bad it makes Sybil have a HeelRealization for how much of a bitch she's been, and apologizes to Emma for her nastiness.]]



* TookAThirdOption: Reverend Willie John Fargo at the end of "Murder in the Electric Cathedral." [[spoiler: Rather than keeping Carrie [=McKitterick=]'s money for himself or giving it all back to her asshole son and grandson (who forged a phony will by making Carrie sign it ''after she died''), Willie John uses the money to start a charity fund in Carrie's name.]]



* UngratefulBastard: The two part season finale ''Mirror Mirror on the Wall'' focused on Eudora [=McVeigh=], a rival mystery author who tried to be friends with Jessica so she could steal from her latest manuscript, and the murder investigation that springs up around her, her husband, and her stepson. Jessica clears Eudora's name, but she continues to act coldly towards her before leaving Cabot Cove. [[spoiler: Just before the end credits, Eudora shows up at Jessica's doorstep and makes a heartfelt apology over everything that happened and how she treated Jessica. After everything that happened, Eudora has finally decided to divorce her second husband, take a break from her writing, and spend some time with her sister and her children.]]

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* UngratefulBastard: The two part season finale ''Mirror Mirror on the Wall'' focused on Eudora [=McVeigh=], a rival mystery author who tried to be friends with Jessica so she could steal from her latest manuscript, and the murder investigation that springs up around her, her husband, and her stepson. Jessica clears Eudora's name, but she continues to act coldly towards her before leaving Cabot Cove. [[spoiler: Just before the end credits, Eudora shows up at Jessica's doorstep and makes a heartfelt apology over her horrible behavior after everything that happened and how she treated Jessica. After everything that happened, Jessica did for her. Eudora has finally decided tells Jessica she's planning to divorce her second husband, take husband and is taking a break from her writing, and writing to spend some time with her sister and her children.sister's family.]]
7th Feb '17 3:45:38 PM SarcasmKid
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** Averted completely in "Menace, Anyone?" The murderer [[spoiler: Doris had a psychotic hatred for Carol and tried to kill her by ''blowing up her car with dynamite'', but killed Carol's boyfriend by accident. She later tried planting evidence in Carol's house and killed a police investigator who arrived moments later by stabbing him to death. It's one of the few times in the series where the killer has absolutely no reasonable chance at defending their actions because their victims did nothing to provoke them and were simply in the way of their real target.]]
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