Episode: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (Part 1)
This is the first episode of Murder, She Wrote. Here we meet substitute English teacher, Jessica Fletcher, an elderly, grandmotherly type who is living the relaxed life in her picturesque New England hometown of Cabot Cove where she rides her bike and jogs.
But guess what?! She also wrote a book, and while she never dreamed it would get published, that’s exactly what happens after her nephew (a city guy from the city) gives a copy of her manuscript to a publisher guy.
And then Jessica Fletcher is an overnight literary sensation!
Then, for some reason, she goes to her publisher’s mansion. I can’t tell if she’s flirting with the publishing guy (who is not played by Ned Beatty). I think so. I hope so. They would be adorable together. Whatever. Guess what?! He’s having a costume party that night! And guess what?! Someone is murdered at the party!
It’s up to Jessica Fletcher’s keen insight, deductive reasoning, and charming personality to find out who killed that old guy! You probably think it was the old guy’s wife, because the old guy has been sleeping around. But it isn’t!
The police chief (played by Ned Beatty) thinks it was Jessica’s own nephew who killed the old guy! Holy crap, right?!? There’s some subplot about missing documents, but who cares?
Jessica thinks there’s more to this case than meets the eye! Who killed the dead guy? We have to wait until episode two, because life isn’t fair.
Things I learned:
1. Jessica Fletcher (and thus Angela Lansbury) is tall! Or maybe everyone in this episode is short. She towers over her costars. Look at this shot of her talking to an adult guy.
She’s a giant!
2. “Indoor Olympics” is a euphemism for sex. It’s used by Jessica’s nephew’s girlfriend when describing what the old (dead) guy was up to with a young woman. She says, “They were practicing the indoor Olympics in every hotel in the area!” This is strange because many Olympic sports are, indeed, indoors: Gymnastics, figure skating, curling, badminton, basketball, etc.
3. I didn’t watch the episode closely. They are kind of boring. But I’m snowed in.
4. Flower joke! At the costume party, one guy (dressed as Humpty Dumpty) offers Jessica a bouquet of flowers and asks, “Get it?” And Jessica says, “Ah…wall flowers?” And he says, “Yep!” It took me 15 minutes to realize this was a Humpty Dumpty joke, and even now I’m not sure it was.