Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Jessica comes to the assistance of Magnum when he's framed for two murders that occur during her vacation in Hawaii.


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ramon Bieri ... Capt. Frank Browning
Stephanie Faracy ... Amy Salyer
Dorothy Loudon ... Pamela Bates
Jared Martin ... Arthur Houston
John McMartin ... Jason Bryan
Andrew Prine ... Victor Salyer
Jessica Walter ... Joan Fulton
Tom Selleck ... Thomas Magnum
John Hillerman ... Jonathan Higgins
Kwan Hi Lim Kwan Hi Lim ... Lieutenant Tanaka
Rhonda Aldrich Rhonda Aldrich ... Maid
Keahi Farden Keahi Farden ... Bellboy
Harry Endo Harry Endo ... Desk Clerk
Byron Ono Byron Ono ... House Boy #1


In Part 2 of a crossover story with "Magnum, P.I." (both episodes are shown on the "Murder" DVD, although not consecutively), Magnum has shot it out with a hired gunman at a party, killing him. Magnum claims the thug had fired several shots at him, including one just before Magnum returned fire. But the police can't find the gunman's weapon, and furthermore he was shot in the back. An overzealous police captain calls it murder one (huh?) and throws Magnum into the cooler pending trial. Jessica searches the crime scene and finds a shell casing which doesn't match Magnum's gun, fitting Magnum's theory. A horrified Higgins realizes that a gun similar to Magnum's -- and with a silencer, at that -- stolen from Robin Masters' collection could well be the murder weapon. The police captain won't give up, and puts out a fugitive warrant on Magnum when a second murder occurs in the same fashion as the first. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Selleck and John Hillerman both receive special guest star billing. See more »


When Mrs. Fletcher is talking with Arthur Houston, he is using a computer, hitting a key once in a while as if paging though a document. But the computer isn't turned on - nothing on screen and no lights on the front of the PC/XT or PC/AT case. See more »


[first lines]
Thomas Magnum: Murder one? Come on, Lieutenant. He shot at me first.
Lieutenant Tanaka: With what, Magnum? He was unarmed, and he was shot in the back.
Thomas Magnum: You think I did it?
Lieutenant Tanaka: I think you should stop showing up at murder sites.
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References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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heights neither scaled again
13 January 2011 | by kingmonkeySee all my reviews

whereas American TV from the 70s was littered with "cross-overs" and guest appearances from other shows, it was a rare thing to see in the 80s, and was not something the world would see again until the 90s when shows like Friends and, to a lesser reliant extent Seinfeld, picked up on the concept. the reason for this could be the vast scales which both Magnum and Murder, She Wrote reached with this stunning climactic episode; a height which neither show would never, arguably, reach again.

whereas Angela gives a conventional, superb performance, it was in this episode in particular that Selleck really came into his own in embracing the character of Magnum. the performance he delivers was one he would not equal until the infamous prison sequences in An Innocent Man, and several keys to unlocking the later, more complex relationships Magnum had with TC and Higgins are latent within the subtext of this show. if you never really cared for Murder, She Wrote, you are nonetheless encouraged to bear witness to this episode if you wish to fully understand Magnum.

American television really didn't get as good as this particular episode again until the early 90s series of Doogie Howser, MD. this is must-watch viewing for anyone who sees a television set as something more than a background noise in their lives.

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