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Recap / Murder She Wrote S 2 E 4 School For Scandal

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While at a college to give a commencement speech and receive an honorary degree, Jessica attends a celebration held by Professor Jocelyn Laird. Midway through, Jocelyn's wild daughter Daphne and her boyfriend Nick Fulton crash the party. The next morning, Nick turns up dead in a construction site, in what Jessica quickly realizes was murder.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: In-Universe, Jocelyn has written scholarly work that barely made back its publishing costs. Therefore, she began writing trashy romance novels for the money and letting her daughter take the credit for writing them because the novels would be embarrassing to admit for a professor.
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  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The police originally assume Nick died from falling off a balcony in the middle of the night. However, Jessica points out a clue meaning it must have been staged.
  • Naked in Mink: Midway through the party, Daphne and Nick come back in from swimming. As they retire for the night, Daphne opens her fur coat and flashes everyone. Jessica points this out when saying she doesn't think Daphne committed the murder, because she clearly demonstrated she wasn't wearing enough to hide the murder weapon.
  • Taking the Heat: Both Jocelyn and Daphne confess to murdering Nick, which Jessica reasons was because each of them suspected the other had committed the murder and wanted to spare her.
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