History YMMV / MurderSheWrote

20th Nov '17 1:56:30 PM Unknown1981
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*** Well, when you [[YourCheatingHeart cheat on your wife and son]], lie to your girlfriend about having a wife and kid, ''and'' [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking name your son Buster]], what do you expect? Marty should consider himself lucky that his girlfriend didn't tell his wife what he was up to...
8th Oct '17 12:07:40 PM kataangluvr
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** In "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean", Jessica manages to trick the murderer into exposing themselves by pretending to be drunk during the confrontation. It also crosses into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when[[spoiler:her niece and another passenger manage to help her expose them.]]

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** In "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean", Jessica manages to trick the murderer into exposing themselves by pretending to be drunk during the confrontation. It also crosses into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when[[spoiler:her when [[spoiler:her niece and another passenger manage to help her expose them.]]
8th Oct '17 12:07:22 PM kataangluvr
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
** In "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean", Jessica manages to trick the murderer into exposing themselves by pretending to be drunk during the confrontation. It also crosses into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when[[spoiler:her niece and another passenger manage to help her expose them.]]
18th Feb '17 6:55:27 PM maxwellsilver
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* OlderThanTheyThink: The 1959 film version of ''Theatre/TheBat'' shares many elements with ''Murder, She Wrote'', such as mystery writer going to a small town while writing her next novel and getting wrapped up in a real murder mystery.
22nd Jan '17 11:49:23 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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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}}'' 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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* [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Lois Chiles, considered by critics to be a rather flat presence in films like ''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.
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:
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Kathryn Morris was in one of the TV movies three years before ''Series/ColdCase'' premiered.
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