Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Truck Stop 

En route to LA, Jessica is detoured at a seedy truck stop where a series of murders makes it clear she isn't there by accident.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Elizabeth Ashley ... Vera Gerakaris
Mike Connors ... Walter Murray
Peter Haskell ... Terence Locke
Ron Karabatsos ... Pete Gerakaris
Andrew Prine ... Roscoe
Jill Schoelen ... Flora Gerakaris
Ken Swofford ... Sheriff Tugman
Kristoffer Tabori ... Desmond
Isaac Turner Isaac Turner ... Grange
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Storyline

Fellow author Walter Murray drives with Jessica from Las Vegas to L.A. When she awakens at the truck stop where Walter met waitress Vera Gerakaris years ago, he is dead. So are her husband Peter and Roscoe the mechanic. Sheriff Tugman is happy to accept a tape Walter left, confessing to both murders, but Jessica's suspicions are confirmed by forensics and a consultation with insurance officer Terence Locke. Written by KGF Vissers

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sheriff | biker | cafe | flashback | motel | See All (5) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

3475 Main Ave. Durango, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is an homage to The Petrified Forest (1936). Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Leslie Howard are stuck together in a diner overnight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walter Murray: [into tape recorder] Walter Murray here. I got this feeling I'm not gonna make it...
[chuckles]
Walter Murray: ... a feeling in my chest. Anyway, uh, I'm not sure who's... gonna last longer, me or this tape, so, uh... I'd better quit with the wise cracks and, uh, get to the point.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Homage to two classics
10 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some homage is done to a couple of film classics in this Murder She Wrote story which has Jessica Fletcher traveling with Mickey Spillane type screenwriter Mike Connors when they arrive at a broken down truck stop where behind the counter is Elizabeth Ashley an old girlfriend of Connors.

The first half of the episode is in black and white as a mortally wounded Connors dictated a confession into a tape recorder. The playback is listened to by sheriff Ken Swofford and Angela Lansbury. Shades of Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff from Double Indemnity. Connors confesses to killing Ron Karabatsos, Ashley's husband and later killing another man Andrew Prine when they shot it out. It was Prine's bullet that fatally wounded Connors.

That confession may have wrapped it up for Edward G. Robinson in that classic Billy Wilder film, but it doesn't ring true for Angela Lansbury. Especially after insurance agent Peter Haskell arrives in town with a whopper of a check for the heir.

Shades here of The Petrified Forest made even more clear with the presence of Kristoffer Tabori's character who is giving his best impression of Leslie Howard from that classic. His character is superfluous in the end, but interesting.

Not quite up to the show's standards, but an interesting departure from the formula.


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