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Recap / Murder She Wrote S 3 E 15 Death Takes A Dive

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Jessica gets an emergency call from Harry McGraw, who needs money to train a boxer so he can pay off a debt. While Jessica loans Harry the money and asks him to keep her out of it, circumstances demand her involvement when Harry gets framed for the death of corrupt boxing manager Wade Talmage. Though Talmage had a list of enemies as long as the list of prize fighters he dealt with, Lt. Casey insists on targeting Harry as the prime suspect. Jessica finds herself stepping out of her comfort zone and into the ring to clear her friend's name.

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This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Backup Bluff: When Jessica calls to Lt. Casey after luring Sean Shaleen into a confession, Sean scoffs, clearly thinking she's trying to pretend she's got help so he won't kill her and Harry. Of course, he was wrong.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A TV report on Sean says he started as an expert shooter before becoming a prizefighter. He turns out to have killed Mr. Talmage with a shotgun so he wouldn't have to take a dive.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Pamela, Mr. Robinson's photographer, absolutely adores him, but she thinks he'll never reciprocate her affections given his obsession with his career and revenge against Talmage. However, after he drops his crusade, Jessica tells her prizefighting team that they're planning to marry.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Harry reads the story about Talmage's murder, it upsets him more that the newspaper claimed he is 47 years old than that he was still the primary suspect.
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  • Sexy Discretion Shot: In Harry's explanatory flashback, Lois Ames comes to his apartment and they begin kissing. Then the camera cuts to the interrogation room. Jessica tells Harry she doesn't need the details.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Mr. Robinson doesn't actually get his revenge on Talmage, given that he kills the story about his corrupt nature before it goes to press. However, he tells Jessica that he gave up his crusade because he realized Talmage was still ruining his life from the grave. After letting go, he feels much better.
  • You Killed My Father: A variant; the sportswriter, Mr. Robinson, wants to destroy Talmage, posthumously if necessary, because he forced his father to throw a fight and got him beaten into a near-vegetative state.
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