Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Badge of Honor 

Jessica intervenes when Seth's long-lost Army buddy is accused of murder.

Director:

David Moessinger

Writers:

Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Tony Becker ... Dave Sanders
Daniel Davis ... Neal Dishman
Cliff De Young ... Mason Porter
Robert Lansing ... Lawrence Jarvis
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
Gail O'Grady ... Robin Dishman
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Ben Oliver
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Dorothy Porter
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Louis Herthum ... Deputy Andy Broom
Douglas Rowe ... Proprietor
Tom Nibley Tom Nibley ... Clerk
Charles C. Stevenson Jr. ... Minister
John Tuell ... Driver (as John C. Tuell)
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Storyline

Seth is thrilled that Ben Oliver, an old Army buddy long thought dead, is alive and coming to Cabot Cove. Then PI Lawrence Jarvis turns up, claiming that Ben robbed a jewelry store. Ben does so well at the mechanic job Seth got for him that owner Mason Porter promotes him to boat salesman, to which his nephew objects. Jarvis tells Jessica he will catch Ben, no matter what it takes. When Mason Porter is found dead with $60,000 missing from his company safe, and $10,000 is found in Ben's room, it is up to Jessica to clear him by finding the real killer. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1992 (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

Just before Ben Oliver enters Lawrence Jarvis's motel room, Jarvis is watching a movie featuring Jerry Orbach. Orbach was a frequent guest-star on Murder, She Wrote (1984) playing Harry McGraw. See more »

Goofs

When Lawrence Jarvis (Robert Lansing) breaks into Ben Oliver's (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) motel room, the door knob is on the right side of the door (in the outside shot). When the camera cuts to the inside, the doorknob is on the opposite side of the door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: [hears knocking on door] Who is it?
Dr. Seth Hazlitt: It's me, Seth!
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References Kojak: None So Blind (1990) See more »

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Badge of Honour
30 October 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.

Like what was said for "Angel of Death", "Badge of Honour" is another good but not great episode of Season 8, which has mostly been a solid season (one of the better and more consistent seasons of 'Murder She Wrote'). A season where "A Killing in Vegas" and "Day of the Dead" have been the only disappointments up to this late point. Gail O' Grady and Daniel Davis did deserve more to do than what they actually had in limited underused roles, Davis in particular is wasted.

It was too obvious that despite how it looks at first that Ben's innocence was never in doubt, especially when he is an old friend of Seth's and immediately made likable. Occasionally, the mystery could have done with more kick.

However, mostly the mystery is involving and is easy to follow and like. The ending is not one of the season's cleverest or most surprising but is certainly not obvious or clunky.

Angela Lansbury can't faulted, neither can always great recurring stars William Windom and Ron Masak. Cliff DeYoung and Robert Lansing particularly enjoy themselves, while Gerald S. Loughlin is movingly easy to root for.

Production values are slick and stylish as ever. 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.

Writing on the most part is tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable and the characters and chemistry are good fun.

Overall, good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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