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"Murder, She Wrote" Town Father (TV Episode 1989) - Plot Summary Poster

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(1989)

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  • Scandal abounds during election time in Cabot Cove when the Mayor is reputed to have a secret wife who comes to confront him with murderous results.

  • All Cabot Cove expected complacent, lazy Mayor Sam Booth to be reelected again as more than 80% stay at home and the others want nothing to change, but then Annie Mae Chapman turns up from Wyoming, claiming Sam has promised to marry her, which he categorically denies. Jessica is solicited to run for mayor, which she refuses to do, but Eve Simpson, the town Realtor now throws her hat in the ring, as the election seems open. When Annie Mae is murdered, Jessica realizes this might just be a ploy to smear Sam and get a pro-development mayor elected. The gossiping takes unexpected twists and turns until the truth finally comes to light.

  • Real estate is booming in Cabot Cove with out-of-towners gobbling up weekend properties. Not everyone is in favor of the town's popularity with the rich and famous but it's election time and Cabot Cove's long-time mayor, Sam Booth, is up for re-election. He's always been the decisive vote on the town council keeping major construction at bay and his re-election seems assured. Until, that is, Annie Mae Chapman speaks up at one of his rallies saying that Sam is the father of their five children and that she wants him to come home to Wyoming. When Annie Mae is later found shot dead in her motel room, suspicion naturally falls on Sam, whose election chances plummet. Jessica doubts very much that he had anything to do with it but does feel someone is trying to rig the election results.


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