Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder by Appointment Only 

A former student of Jessica's becomes involved in a love triangle that ends in murder.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jayne Meadows ... Lila Lee Amberson (as Jayne Meadows Allen)
Christine Belford ... Fiona Keeler
Robert Culp ... Norman Amberson
Robert Desiderio ... Roger Adiano
Ann Dusenberry ... Elizabeth Gordon
Herb Edelman ... Lieutenant Varick (as Herbert Edelman)
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
Leigh McCloskey ... Todd Amberson
Millie Perkins ... Glenda Vandevere
Robert Stoneman Robert Stoneman ... Photographer
Fred Ponzlov ... Mr. Hillsdale (as Frederick Ponzlov)
Cathy McAuley ... Second Actress (as Catherine McAuley)
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... First Actress


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Jessica's nephew, Grady, is applying for a job with the Lila Lee Cosmetics empire. Lila's brother and partner, Norman, tries to soothe wounded feelings as Lila Lee tyrannizes their employees. Jessica is delighted to see former student Elizabeth Gordon, Norman's intended fiancée. When she's murdered, Jessica finds the killer. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Jayne Meadows is credited as Jayne Meadows Allen, Herb Edelman is credited as Herbert Edelman, and Leigh J. McCloskey is credited as Leigh McCloskey. See more »


[first lines]
Photographer: Terrific! Now, drop your hands and swing your head to the right. Good. Good.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Murder by Appointment Only
23 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Murder by Appointment Only" is another very nicely done episode of Season 2, if not quite one of my favourites of the season like "Murder in the Afternoon", "Jessica Behind Bars", "Sticks and Stones" (as far as previous episodes go). Of Season 2 up to this point, the only ones that don't quite do it for me are "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" and "Dead Heat".

Grady has never been one of my favourite recurring characters on 'Murder She Wrote', and that's putting it lightly (give me Michael Haggerty, Harry McGraw and even Dennis Stanton regardless of what people say about his bookend episodes any day). My opinion still hasn't changed, granted he is less annoying than usual and isn't so pointless but one doesn't really care for his subplot here and he and Michael Horton's acting are still as bland as dish-water.

Other than that, there is not much really to complain about "Murder By Appointment Only". the production values as ever are high, with some quite striking scenery and everything being very nicely shot. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The writing is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable, while the story is fun and suitably complicated without being convoluted. The ending is a nice mild surprise.

Angela Lansbury is terrific as to be expected, and Christine Belford especially is a joy out of the solid supporting cast (one where the only sore spot is Horton).

In conclusion, well done episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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5 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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