Before she goes to the Cabot Cove carnival with Seth, Jessica notices some jewelry is missing- she was burglarized. Sheriff Mort Metzger gets reports from other victims but is most surprised after 22 years to meet Joanna Simms again, a college girlfriend who ran off with then jock Don Simms. She's now the traveling carnival's assistant manager. Jessica and Seth are surprised to hear from Don's co-owner Carl Dorner that the carnival brought very little money in despite good attendance. According to him people just didn't spend money, but young local grocer Richard Binyon even spends $100 as thank-you for great sales. Juggler Nicodemus 'Nicky' Newton accepts someone's order to break in and look at the carnival's books. Toby Grant, who works as the roustabout for a year to finance going to college, meets up with local volunteer Lisa Farrel, who gives Jessica a tally copy confirming the income. Joanna surprises Nicky going through Dorner's desk in his trailer, according to him looking for...
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Much better. You see, Carmen, why the scream must seem natural and spontaneous? If you're terrified, the audience will be terrified for you.