Murder, She Wrote: Season 12 (1995 - 1996)


Season 12
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Air date: Sep 21, 1995

Murder, She Wrote's 241st episode largely takes place in a trendy Fifth Avenue beauty salon. A powerful financier has been found murdered in the establishment, and a hairdresser who has been passing along "trade secrets" is among those suspected. It is possible, however, that a burglar may be the culprit--or that the victim had been involved in a lethal love triangle. Whatever the cast, leave it to Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to unentangle this "bad hair day" and solve the mystery.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1995

Jessica (Angela Lansbury) heads to the resort community of Aspen, Colorado, where dwells her old friend Laney Boswell (Leigh Taylor-Young). In time-honored Murder, She Wrote tradition, Laney's husband Grant turns up murdered, and a mountain of evidence points to the poor woman as the culprit. Also in Aspen is Chicago PI Charlie Garrett (Wayne Rogers), who curiously turns down Jessica's offer to help solve the case.

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Air date: Oct 5, 1995

A tranquil Arizona community is being terrorized by a series of robberies staged by an elusive truck-stop bandit. In addition, a number of disreputable-looking strangers have descended upon the community in search of buried treasure. Fortuously visiting a friend who lives near the town in question, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) ends up helping the new, inexperienced sheriff handle the onslaught of trouble--which of course is capped by a murder.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1995

While researching a novel, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) pays a return visit to New Orleans. Before long, she is enmeshed in a murder investigation, this one stemming from the death of a local businessman. A tiny doll was left behind at the murder scene, indicating the presence of a strong voodoo influence--but what does the Supernatural have to do with the local turf war between rival supper-club owners which would have otherwise been the main motive for the killing?

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Air date: Oct 19, 1995

Megan Follows leaves her Anne of Green Gables TV persona behind to portray Lila Nolan, a young Boston-based nurse who is suspected of mercy killing. Two of Lila's elderly patients have died under mysterious circumstances, and now she has arrived in Cabot Cove to provide home care for ailing Maggie Saunders (Audra Lindley)--who happens to be the best friend of Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury). Be assured that murder will soon rear its ugly head, and that Jessica will find herself in the position of defending Lila against a false charge.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1995

In the first episode of a two-part story, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is in Ireland, staying at a bed-and-breakfast at Ballynook Castle. Rumor has it that the castle is haunted by the ghost of a murdered woman, and the locals are convinced that the spirt is responsible for the death of a kitchen worker. Suspecting that the victim was murdered by "live" culprits who are searching for a hidden treasure, Jessica follows a trail of clues that may well lead her into a death trap! Rod Taylor and Fionnula Flanagan, both of whom had appeared in previous episodes filmed in Ireland, show up here in different roles.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1995

In the conclusion of a two-part story, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) is still in Ireland, investigating the mysterious (and deadly) goings-on at ancient Ballynook Castle. In her efforts to prove that a legendary ghost was not responsible for the death of a kitchen worker, Jessica had become trapped in the castle's dank and gloomy dungeon. Meanwhile, the genuine culprits, who may or may not be involved in an intricate antique-smuggling scheme, remain at large. Rod Taylor and Fionnula Flanagan, both of whom had appeared in previous episodes filmed in Ireland, show up here in different roles.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1995

Jessica (Angela Lansbury) journeys to Rome to provide rewrites for a film based on one of her novels. As can be expected, all is not going well on the movie set, especially after a stuntman dies in a highly suspicious "accident." Among the principal players in this mystery is guest star Michael Connors, repeating his role of Boyce Brown previously introduced in the eleventh-season episode "Film Flam".

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Air date: Nov 23, 1995

Once again, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) joins forces with Chicago P.I. Charlie Garrett (Wayne Rogers), this time at a New York cultural museum. At first, Jessica and Charlie are on opposite sides as they bid against each other during an auction for a rare manuscript allegedly written by "Sherlock Holmes" creator Arthur Conan-Doyle. Before long, however, the two sleuths are following the clues surrounding the murder of a notorious art forger suspected of copying a stolen Degas painting.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1995

Jessica (Angela Lansbury) arrives at the headquarters of a prominent ice cream manufacturing firm in order to collect a promised donation for her literacy foundation. It soon develops that the company has created a brand-new flavor--but not for public consumption. How else to explain the mysterious death of one of the company's top executives...a death quickly followed by another one that is equally mysterious?

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Critic Reviews for Murder, She Wrote Season 12

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The show's gentility and adherence to formula wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I never tuned in an episode for pleasure (though when I did so for work, I appreciated the program's craft and confidence). I will miss Murder, She Wrote, nonetheless.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It's painful to have seen Sunday's concluding episode and realize how far "MSW" has slipped from the days when Richard Levinson and William Link oversaw the scripts and production.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Fans of MSW should get a kick out of this good-natured (I think) ribbing of the enemy. Non-fans (of which I am admittedly one) will be too busy watching Friends.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It's the same sort of story that Murder, She Wrote has been doing for 11 years now. And, all sentimentality aside, that's part of the problem with the show. It's been doing pretty much exactly the same thing for 11 years now.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Fondly remembered, Murder, She Wrote is a not-quite-great series that's nonetheless a lot of fun for its star, high production values, and top-tier marathon of familiar and famous guest stars.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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