Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Mrs. Parker's Revenge 

A switched packet of amateur-written stories involves Jessica in an international plot to steal a biological-weapon virus.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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




Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Erick Avari ... Raul Jaffa
Gregg Henry ... Mark Reisner
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Karen Reisner
William O'Leary ... FBI Agt. Ed Crider
Tony Todd ... National Security Agent Nathan Mitchell
Peter Van Norden ... CIA Agt. Dennis Quinlan
Gustav Vintas ... Carl Van Ness
Gregory Alan Williams ... Lt. Paul Bragg (as Greg Alan Williams)
Time Winters ... Dr. James Lamont
Frederick Dawson Frederick Dawson ... Hotel Clerk
Karen Hensel Karen Hensel ... Techie
Gena Acosta Gena Acosta ... Detective


Dr. James Lamont, top-secret viral weapon Project 14's supervisor at the Atlanta Disease Research Institute, is blackmailed but reports so to his new security chief, Mark Reisner. He and FBI agent Ed Crider set up a trap for the client, Raul Jaffa but Jaffa is killed by arms dealer-hit-man Carl Van Ness who will deal directly with Dr. Lamont. A hotel-room mix-up gets Jessica photos meant for Jaffa, so she's taken in confidence. CIA agent Dennis Quinlan and NSA are also on the case. Jessica is asked to keep out of the operation but when Mark is killed, she is not going to be kept out of finding his killer. Written by KGF Vissers

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poison | party | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Angela Lansbury's son Anthony Shaw directed the second to the last broadcast Murder, She Wrote: Mrs. Parker's Revenge (1996) - broadcast on 12 May 1996. Peter Shaw (1918-2003, age 84), Angela's husband and Anthony's father, appears in the mystery play's opening sequence. Peter, dressed as one of the Lab Rat Doctors, stands behind a laboratory counter. Placing Peter Shaw in the opening group of Lab Doctors' shot as the camera pans the group of laboratory doctors and technicians was planned by Anthony as a farewell touch to the CBS TV series demise ending the twelfth season. The last show, Murder, She Wrote: Death by Demographics (1996), was broadcast 19 May, 1996. The mystery play's title "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" is explained by Jessica at the end of the show. "Mrs. Parker's husband was trying to poison her with strychnine served to her in a glass of orange juice, every morning, by her husband! Mrs. Parker discovered her husband's plan, switching her orange juice with her husband's glass of orange juice!" - the solution of the mystery play's murder. See more »


Jessica holds a cassette tape left to her by Mark. It is an ordinary sized audio cassette. Later she listens to the tape but the machine it is played on is too small to take the size of the audio cassette she had. See more »


[first lines]
Mark Reisner: Dr. Lamont, didn't expect to find you in the vaults at this hour. This isn't your shift, is it?
Dr. James Lamont: Shifts are of no concern to project supervisors, Mr. Reisner. I must tell you, I resent being hounded in this way.
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"They... Ask Her How She Knows... How a Toxin Glows. She, of Course, Replies, When the Victim Dies, This Means Murder, Guys."
22 February 2010 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

Espionage at Atlanta's Biological Research Institute (BRI) sets the stage for the penultimate episode of the "MSW" series as a team of experts scrutinizes an international plot to purchase "Project 14," a biological killer virus.

Raul Jaffa (Erick Avari) offers Doctor James Lamont (Time Winters) $two million in exchange for a vial of Project 14, which he developed at BRI, under the threat of retaliation to Doctor Lamont's family if he does not comply with the demand.

BRI Director Mark Reisner (Gregg Henry) assembles a team of federal agents to track Raul Jaffa and Doctor Lamont with advanced technological surveillance equipment.

National Security Agent Nathan Mitchell (Tony Todd), FBI Agent Ed Crider (William O'Leary), and CIA Agent Dennis Quinlan (Peter Van Norden) utilize their departmental resources to assist in the investigation, while enemy agent Carl Van Ness (Gustav Vintas) uses his country's high tech apparatus regiment to counter-spy.

Mark's wife, Karen Reisner (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), meanwhile, enters a contest to submit a short story for Amateur Mystery Writers' Conference, held in Atlanta this week, at which her dear old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) is scheduled to deliver an address.

Karen and Mark welcome Jessica to the fashionable Gambier Hotel, which hosts the conference, but when a contest entry becomes switched for an envelope containing a warning with photographs of one to beware, Jessica attempts to correct the mix-up and stumbles across the first body in the victim's hotel room.

Lieutenant Paul Bragg (Gregory Alan Williams) arrives to investigate the murder, as do Mark Reisner, NSA Agent Nathan Mitchell, FBI Agent Ed Crider and CIA Agent Dennis Quinlan, as the remainder of the team views the closed-circuit proceedings, and as several agents warn Karen and Jessica to flee Atlanta, which Jessica refuses to do, or at least until after she delivers her speech.

After more cloak and dagger activity, Jessica witnesses the second murder at Gambier Hotel, after someone has slipped into her jacket pocket a the key to a locker, which, after unopened, turns an audio-cassette tape and the message, "Mrs. Parker's Revenge."

Jessica understands the implication of the correlation between Project 14 and "Mrs. Parker's Revenge" and, thereby, sets the plans into motion to trap the killer of the second victim, while risking the lives of an estimated two million citizens in the process.

(Note: this episode title is not related to the character of Mrs. Parker in episode "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (#5.09).")

The cast is rounded out by Gena Acosta as Detective, Karen Hensel as Techie, and Frederick Dawson as Hotel Clerk.

This episode represents the only acting credit to date for Gena Acosta, as well as the second of two "MSW" performances each for Gustav Vintas, William O'Leary and Time Winters, the third of three each for Karen Hensel and Peter Van Norden, and the seventh of seven "MSW's" (six characters) for Gregg Henry.

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