History YMMV / MurderSheWrote

2nd Oct '16 8:02:47 PM nombretomado
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** George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles both appeared in episodes (separately) eons before {{ER}} made them famous.
* [[HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like ''[[Film/{{Moonraker}} Moonraker]]'' and ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', improves considerably in "The Return of Preston Giles", so much so that when she [[spoiler: fatally shoots Giles]] at the episode's end, she's almost chilling.

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** George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles both appeared in episodes (separately) eons before {{ER}} ''Series/{{ER}}'' made them famous.
* [[HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like ''[[Film/{{Moonraker}} Moonraker]]'' ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', improves considerably in "The Return of Preston Giles", so much so that when she [[spoiler: fatally shoots Giles]] at the episode's end, she's almost chilling.
25th Sep '16 11:54:59 AM cjqtwm
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*** To be fair though, the writers at least seemed to know this, since at the episode's end Dorian [[spoiler: ''doesn't'' [[DidNotGetTheGirl end up with Sarah]].]]
19th Aug '16 9:13:15 PM cjqtwm
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** Played straight in "A Very Good Year For Murder", where [[spoiler:the family patriarch played by Eli Wallach]] was the murderer.

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** Played straight in "A Very Good Year For for Murder", where [[spoiler:the family patriarch played by Eli Wallach]] was the murderer.
16th Aug '16 12:39:31 PM creader
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* XMeetsY: ''Literature/MissMarple'' meets ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
16th Aug '16 12:28:58 PM creader
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* CrossoverShip: Nearly a canon example. The end of the ''Series/MagnumPI'' crossover teased Jonathan Higgins and Jessica, although it never went past Higgins quite obviously crushing on Jessica, to her amusement.
** It was also added to at the end of the syndicated version of the first part, "Novel Connection".

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* CrossoverShip: Nearly a canon example. The end of the ''Series/MagnumPI'' crossover teased Jonathan Higgins and Jessica, although it never went past Higgins quite obviously crushing on Jessica, to her amusement.
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amusement. It was also added to at the end of the syndicated version of the first part, "Novel Connection".



* HilariousInHindsight: "It's a Dog's Life": Cherie Currie's character is named Echo. [[http://www.poplifeart.com/cherie_currie1.jpg Guess what brand of power tools Currie endorses as a chainsaw artist?]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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"It's a Dog's Life": Cherie Currie's character is named Echo. [[http://www.poplifeart.com/cherie_currie1.jpg Guess what brand of power tools Currie endorses as a chainsaw artist?]]



* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: Occasionally subverted. In fact, many guest stars turned out to be allies of Jessica's or a RedHerring, while a character played by a much less famous person was the actual killer.

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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize:
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Occasionally subverted. In fact, many guest stars turned out to be allies of Jessica's or a RedHerring, while a character played by a much less famous person was the actual killer.



* OccamsRazor: One case has a nasty version of this [[spoiler: until you realize that the woman who made this 'mistake' is that episode's perp and is shifting blame away from herself. Before TheReveal it's just jarring.]] Basically, Jessica returns home to have her phone ringing but it disconnects before she can answer it. Soon after, she's subpoenaed to appear in front of a federal court over the disappearance of a person she doesn't know. Does the persecutor just accept that Jessica doesn't know who it is and that it's a mis-dialed number [[spoiler: as Jessica finds out while snooping around the victim's office?]] No, she charges Jessica with contempt of court and has her thrown in jail for a night. [[spoiler: Even if she was just trying to frame someone else, if the persecutor had just gone along and admitted that it was a mis-dialed phone number rather than haul Jessica to the witness stand, she would've gotten away with it.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: Kathryn Morris was in one of the TV movies three years before ''Series/ColdCase'' premiered.

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* OccamsRazor: One case has a nasty version of this [[spoiler: until you realize that the woman who made this 'mistake' is that episode's perp and is shifting blame away from herself. Before TheReveal it's just jarring.]] Basically, Jessica returns home to have her phone ringing but it disconnects before she can answer it. Soon after, she's subpoenaed to appear in front of a federal court over the disappearance of a person she doesn't know. Does the persecutor just accept that Jessica doesn't know who it is and that it's a mis-dialed number [[spoiler: as Jessica finds out while snooping around the victim's office?]] No, she charges Jessica with contempt of court and has her thrown in jail for a night. [[spoiler: Even if she was just trying to frame someone else, if the persecutor had just gone along and admitted that it was a mis-dialed phone number rather than haul Jessica to the witness stand, she would've gotten away with it.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition:
RetroactiveRecognition:
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Kathryn Morris was in one of the TV movies three years before ''Series/ColdCase'' premiered.
16th Jul '16 4:40:51 PM Doug86
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** Jessica's full name is Jessica Beatrice Fletcher. She's involved in murder mysteries. [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Guess who else is named Beatrice and involved in murder mysteries?]]

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** Jessica's full name is Jessica Beatrice Fletcher. She's involved in murder mysteries. [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Guess who else is named Beatrice and involved in murder mysteries?]]
6th Jul '16 2:22:11 AM Adept
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* [[HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like ''[[Film/{{Moonraker}} Moonraker]]'' and ''DeathOnTheNile'', improves considerably in "The Return of Preston Giles", so much so that when she [[spoiler: fatally shoots Giles]] at the episode's end, she's almost chilling.

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* [[HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like ''[[Film/{{Moonraker}} Moonraker]]'' and ''DeathOnTheNile'', ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', improves considerably in "The Return of Preston Giles", so much so that when she [[spoiler: fatally shoots Giles]] at the episode's end, she's almost chilling.
14th May '16 7:35:38 PM FamFamFamFamFam
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* TheScrappy: Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[{{Jerkass}} a snobbish, stuck up man only concerned with "pedigree" and being high class]]. [[BadBoss Oh, and he's Dorian's boss.]] Dorian is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.

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* TheScrappy: TheScrappy:
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Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[{{Jerkass}} a snobbish, stuck up man only concerned with "pedigree" and being high class]]. [[BadBoss Oh, and he's Dorian's boss.]] Dorian is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.
** ''No one in this galaxy'' likes Marty from "Showdown in Saskatchewan."
10th May '16 11:33:51 PM FamFamFamFamFam
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* TheScrappy: Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[Jerkass a snobbish, stuck up man only concerned with "pedigree" and being high class]]. [[BadBoss Oh, and he's Dorian's boss.]] Dorian is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.

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* TheScrappy: Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[Jerkass [[{{Jerkass}} a snobbish, stuck up man only concerned with "pedigree" and being high class]]. [[BadBoss Oh, and he's Dorian's boss.]] Dorian is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.
10th May '16 11:33:15 PM FamFamFamFamFam
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* TheScrappy: Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[FantasticRacism a snobbish, stuck up, supremacist employer]]. He's also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.

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* TheScrappy: Dorian in [[ClicheStorm "Night of the Headless Horseman"]]. He brings Jessica over so she can pose as his mother and does several stupid things no human being should ever do in his position under any circumstance- like trying to score a relationship with his crush, Sarah, who just so happens to be the daughter of [[FantasticRacism [[Jerkass a snobbish, stuck up, supremacist employer]]. He's up man only concerned with "pedigree" and being high class]]. [[BadBoss Oh, and he's Dorian's boss.]] Dorian is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou extremely unlikeable caricature of the typical, orphaned loser nerd]] that can't speak his mind out and attends a prestigious school.
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