Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 2 

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Cabot Cove is abuzz when Eudora McVeigh is determined to fill Jessica's role in solving a local murder.


Walter Grauman


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


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Richard Anderson ... Lew Bracken
Shelley Fabares ... Liza Caspar
David Hedison ... Victor Casper
Ken Howard ... Hank Shipton
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger
Daniel McDonald ... Bobby Shipton
Jean Simmons ... Eudora McVeigh
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd
Robert Dryer ... Arnie
Edward Penn Edward Penn ... Doctor
Lisa Nelson Lisa Nelson ... Nurse
Michael Doven ... Joey
Scot Stewart Scot Stewart ... Maitre 'D


After Seth is hospitalized and diagnosed as poisoned, with an apple Eudora gave Jessica, she still believes in her colleague's innocence. Sheriff Metzger discovers the murdered P.I. was following her husband, Hank Shipton, and found him adulterous with rich Victor Casper's wife, Lisa. Hank's son, Bobby, is beaten up by local Arnie on account of pool bet debts. Jessica ties up all the loose ends. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A major rewrite of the script was needed for this two-part episode as it was originally intended to be the series finale. However, Angela Lansbury was persuaded to continue the series with the promise of a reduced workload (hence the "bookend" episodes in the subsequent sixth and seventh seasons). See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff Mort Metzger: Mrs. Fletcher? I, uh, I just talked to one of the nurses. They've taken him to I.C.U.
Jessica Fletcher: Yeah, but what's wrong? What's the matter with him?
Sheriff Mort Metzger: Uh, she said we'll have to talk to his doctor.
Jessica Fletcher: I-Is he gonna be all right?
Sheriff Mort Metzger: I don't know.
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Who Would Dare to Pay a Call?
13 October 2009 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

Trouble continues to follow Eudora McVeigh Shipton (Jean Simmons) wherever she goes, including a stint in the jail at the office of Cabot Cove Sheriff Mort Metzger (Ron Masak), who suspects her of murder and attempted murder, but has the proof that she has lifted Jessica's manuscript in process.

Meanwhile, Doctor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) recuperates under the care of a Doctor (Edward Penn) and Nurse (Lisa Nelson) at Cabot Cove Hospital, but has Jessica trying to connect his poisoning with the murder of the body which had been moved and discovered in the previous episode.

Lew Bracken (Richard Anderson), Liza Caspar (Shelley Fabares), Victor Caspar (David Hedison), Hank Shipton (Ken Howard) and Bobby Shipton (Daniel McDonald) remain in Cabot Cove to discover what they could do to help Eudora, or to see what they may obtain from her in certain cases.

As Victor suspects an affair between Liza and Hank, so also does Eudora, who says she must decide which of them she needs more. Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) and Sheriff Metzger confront Victor in a restaurant in the presence of a Maitre 'D (Scot Stewart), who steps aside for the resulting interrogation.

Bobby Shipton (Daniel McDonald), meanwhile, is beaten by a local thug, Arnie (Robert Dryer) in the presence of Arnie's pal Joey (Michael Doven), which sends Bobby to the Doctor (Edward Penn) and Nurse (Lisa Nelson) who treat a reluctant Seth down the hall.

Deputy Floyd (Will Nye) is on hand to assist Sheriff Metzger to act upon Jessica's theory as to where to uncover the site of the murder before the body was moved.

But after Jessica pieces together the entire puzzle and accompanies Sheriff Metzger to face a showdown, he demands that she exit the bar at the realization that the suspect has obtained the pistol from the holster of the victim and now intends to retaliate against anyone who steps into the way.

Eudora then meekly expresses apology and appreciation to Jessica, before leaving for a visit with her sister in Oregon, as they reflect along the moral of "Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall," thus leading Jessica to decide upon Seth's notion to attempt to enjoy the simple things which life has to offer, marking a pleasant send-off should the series terminate after this, the end of a five-season run.

But, of course, "Murder, She Wrote" has a long life ahead of it from here, for CBS to renew the series for seven additional seasons plus four reunion movies in the series' aftermath.

This episode marks the only acting credit for Scot Stewart, and one of only two thus far for Michael Doven as an actor.

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