Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Crossed Up 

The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was really a murder plot.


David Hemmings


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Colleen Camp ... Dody Rogers
Tony Dow ... Gordon Rogers
Stephanie Dunnam ... Leslie Cameron
Michael Horton ... Grady Fletcher
James Carroll Jordan ... Adam Rogers
Gisele MacKenzie ... Mona
Sandy McPeak ... Morgan Rogers
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Henry Brandon ... Abel Gorcey
James McIntire James McIntire ... Deputy Wells
Yolanda Nava Yolanda Nava ... TV Announcer


Grady nurses Jessica who must stay in bed with her bad back for weeks, bored to death. During a hurricane she overhears a crossed-up call from a raspy male voice about selling a Cabot Cove estate and killing an old male relative. Seth, Grady and Amos think she imagines the hired gun, but indeed that night widowed lumber millionaire Jedediah Rogers is found shot in his lavish estate where he lived alone with his sons Adam, Gordon and Morgan, who wanted him to leave the business and have no alibis, and orphaned granddaughter Leslie Cameron who was about to be made the sole heir instead. While Amos believes it's a mere burglary, Jessica joins the investigation by remote control Grady. Soon after once fired employee Abel Gorcey dies in a suspicious accident, a potential hired gun, and more danger lurks... Written by KGF Vissers

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hurricane | bed | nephew | fur coat | cat | See All (11) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

1 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lightning bolt shown during the storm is the same one shown during the opening credits of "Gilligan's Island", flipped. See more »


During a rainstorm, Jessica is speaking on the telephone to Letitia, the town operator. She is wearing her glasses in a close-up. Mid-sentence, it cuts to a long shot, and her glasses are suddenly on her lap. See more »


Sheriff Amos Tupper: She's got an arrest sheet as long as a chorus girl's legs.
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Eavesdropping on murder
6 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Crossed Up" has always been a "really like it" episode, and it is very nearly a "love it" episode. It would have gotten a rating if it weren't for that Grady still comes across to me as dull and annoying, Michael Horton has shown in other things (mainly in his voice over roles) that he can be capable so it must be the character himself that makes him such an energy-sucking dead-weight. One may argue that he is a little more helpful and comforting, but to me he's rather too smothering somehow seems to think that Jessica is something other than what she is.

Also had a very hard time believing that nobody would believe Jessica's story, no matter the odd circumstances. Especially the last three people that usually would not even think of doubting her.

On the other hand, the production values are slick and stylish and one can never tire of Cabot Cove. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

The script is thoughtful and suitably amiable and the mystery is a clever one with twists and turns that never feel obvious and keep you diverted from start to finish, once one gets past Grady and that stretch of credibility. Not many episodes sees Jessica in genuine danger and "Crossed Up" does that is a way that's tense and suspenseful, almost in the way reminiscent of film-noir. The denouement is very surprising.

Angela Lansbury is great as always and the supporting acting is near across the board good, with the sole exception of Horton.

All in all, very good episode but could have been great. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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