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Season 12

South by Southwest

While on a train to El Paso to deliver a lecture at a conference, Jessica crosses paths with a woman who eventually disappears under mysterious circumstances. As she starts to investigate, Jessica soon discovers that the woman was in government protection after witnessing a whistle-blower get murdered to keep quiet about a top secret satellite code that has several fatal flaws in it and may have her own secrets to keep.
Guest Stars: Nelson Mashita as Takano | Rance Howard as Jarvis Bean | Norman Marshak as NSA Employee | Lowell Raven as Joe Sunrise | Stuart Proud Eagle Grant as Jim Sunrise (as Stuart Grant) | Lisa LaCroix as Pearl Sunrise | Michael Krawic as Radley | Elya Baskin as Boris Cadrescu | John Vargas as Ron Guzman | Mel Harris as Sarah McLeish | Ray Baker as Wilder | Cliff Bemis as Richard Loomis | Keith David as Algric Bartles | Harriet Sansom Harris as Millie Ogden | Richard Riehle as Jack Ogden

A Story to Die For

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Guest Stars: Alan Fudge as Mack Rolands | Kathryn Morris as Patricia Williams | Robert Mailhouse as FBI Agent Mason Phillips | Duncan Regehr as Yuri Malenkovich | Steven Culp as William Batsby | Richard Crenna as Warren Pierce

The Last Free Man

While in Virginia to attend a lecture by Dr. Cassandra Hawkins about a murder of a plantation owner in the 1860s by a slave named Sam Pinckney, Jessica soon discovers that she has a connection to the case, since she is a distant relative of Sarah McCullough, the slave’s owner. She soon teams up with Hawkins to set out to prove that Sam was set up and that the evidence brought against him was circumstantial. In a flashback, Sarah decides to investigate and eventually discovers that several guests who were at the man’s wedding may have wanted him dead and was willing to let Sam take the blame for it.
Guest Stars: Tim DeKay as Robert Mercer | Walton Goggins as Billy Weber | John Hostetter as Cornelius Ashland | Elizabeth Dennehy as Jane Pearcy | Jeremiah Birkett as Jim | Peter Sherayko as Morgan Spencer | Beth Grant as Louisa Ashland | Mac Davis as Sheriff John Underwood | Elizabeth Lackey as Mary Hobbs | Tim Abell as Jeb Bucknell | Angela Lansbury as Sarah McCullough | Madison Mason as Charles Hobbs | David Ogden Stiers as Thornton | Michael Jace as Sam Pinckney | Phylicia Rashad as Cassandra Hawkins | Norman Marshak as Angry Mob Guy
Screenplay: Matthew Sommer

The Celtic Riddle

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Guest Stars: Fionnula Flanagan as Margaret Byrne | Norman Marshak as Lively Man

241 :12x01 - Nailed

In the days following a party attended by numerous museum board members, Jessica gets involved with an investigation of several home invasion robberies that are connected to a highly sought after hairstylist that is rumored to leaving a popular beauty salon to start his own salon chain. When a scheming entrepreneur is found dead in the hairstylist’s chair, the Lieutenant in charge of the investigation suspects that the salon owner is the one who committed the murder, Jessica soon uncovers some clues that promptly make her suspect the victim’s wife and mistress are the ones who committed the crime.
Guest Stars: Sean O'Bryan as Steve Burke | Vic Polizos as Lt. Sam Kriley | Eddie Zammit as Alve | Carol Kiernan as Madelyn Sweetzer | Denise Gentile as Nancy Rayburn | Leslie Easterbrook as Antoinette | Rosalind Chao as Phoebe Campell | Wayne Pére as Jimmy Neiman | Daphne Ashbrook as Kathy Stafford | Kathy Trageser as Diane | Michael Woods as Billy Blake | John O'Hurley as Ralph Stafford
Writer: Donald Ross

242 :12x02 - A Quaking in Aspen

As Laney Boswell is taking a walk with her friend and lawyer Terry Folger, she gets news that her husband died after losing control of his car and drove off a cliff. In the month since his death, Jessica arrives in Aspen to visit Laney and soon discovers that her friend is the prime suspect in her husband’s death and that a witness can prove that Laney was seen purchasing various tools to tamper with her husband’s car. Following the death of the witness, Jessica and Private Investigator Charlie Garrett team up with the local sheriff who is in charge of the investigation to prove Laney’s innocence and that her husband is actually alive and trying to commit insurance fraud.
Guest Stars: Tom Everett as Mr. Vernon / Grant Boswell | Wendy Benson-Landes as Gina Sherman | Thom Bierdz as Phil Carmichael | Deborah Lacey as Olivia Archer | Leslie Horan as Nancy Boswell / Nancy Grayson | Victor Bevine as Anthony Pembroke | Gerald McRaney as Terry Folger | Kurt Fuller as Sheriff Milo Pike | Leigh Taylor-Young as Laney Boswell | Wayne Rogers (1) as Charlie Garrett | Elizabeth Gracen as Sydney Pembrook | Scott Valentine as Darman H. Keene
Writer: Tom Sawyer

243 :12x03 - The Secret of Gila Junction

After deciding to visit a friend in Gila Junction, Arizona, Jessica reluctantly gets involved with several investigations, one of which surrounds the death of a resident that recently found a large cache of money believed to have been stolen by an area truck-stop bandit and hid in the desert.
Guest Stars: Bruce Morrow as Caney Thompson | Biff Yeager as Todd Hawkins | Paul Ivy as Lawson Parks | Dale Swann as Bus Driver | Robert Seals as Highway Patrolman | Maya McLaughlin as Dena Harding | Bo Svenson as Cal Harding | Kari Whitman as Marge Deaver | Jay Underwood as Spencer Gates | Lawrence Bayne as George Creech | Douglas Roberts as Tiny Kerns | Dorothy Lyman as Norma Shey | Robert Rusler as Pete Menteer
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

244 :12x04 - Big Easy Murder

While in New Orleans to research a new novel, Jessica gets involved in an investigation of a series of murders that are the cause of voodoo curses. Following the death of a friend’s husband, Jessica soon discovers that his death seems to be apart of the other murders, especially when a voodoo doll is found at the scene of the crime. As she investigates his death, Jessica discovers that while the housekeeper and her daughter may have motives for wanting him dead, the man’s business associates got to him before the women could hurt him.
Guest Stars: Lisa Akey as Cynthia Broussard | G.W. Bailey as Lt. Alex Tibideaux | Robert Forster as Frank Roussel | Nick LaTour as Charlie | Clifton Powell as Ralph Danton | Lewis Van Bergen as Mal Carter | Steve Curtis as Jim Nash | Devino Tricoche as Fire Eater | Ayo Adeyemi as High Priest | Mitchell Ryan as Brent Renwyck | Elizabeth Ashley as Emily Broussard | Olivia Cole as Yvette Dauphin | Brian McNamara (2) as Tom McCray | Anne-Marie Johnson as Pricilla Dauphin | Juliette Jeffers as Vera Welles | George Sharperson as Waiter

245 :12x05 - Home Care

Suspicious deaths follow a nurse's return to Cabot Cove.
Guest Stars: Kathryn Masak as Reporter #1 | Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Bloom | Ed Nelson as Henry | Madlyn Rhue as Jean O'Neill | Megan Follows as Lila Nolan | Stephanie Niznik as Stephanie Niznik | Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger | William Windom as Seth Hazlitt | William Converse-Roberts as Justin Haynes | Audra Lindley as Maggie Saunders

246 :12x06 - Nan's Ghost (1)

Jessica is in for an eerie trip to Ireland to visit a friend, when a young woman, who disappeared the previous year, is found dead in a dungeon not long before her arrival. After checking into her friend’s inn, Jessica soon discovers that an American businessman is trying to buy the inn in an attempt to turn it into first-class Americanized hotel. Thrown into the mix is another friend of Jessica’s, this one an inspector who is working undercover at the inn, possible illegal sales of priceless Irish artifacts, and the death of a hotel worker causes Jessica to stare death in the face when she gets locked in the same dungeon that Nan was found in.
Guest Stars: Edita Brychta as Deirdre O'Bannon | Felicia Lansbury as Moira | Mark Lindsay Chapman as Officer Matthew Ryan | Thomas Kopache as Leonard | Raphael Sbarge as Peter Franklin | John Saint Ryan as Jack Conroy (as John St. Ryan) | Leslie Bevis as Andrea Nader | Fionnula Flanagan as Eileen O'Bannon | Peter Jason as Vincent Nader | Wendy Schaal as Zuleika Brown | John Karlen as Spt. Arthur Joyce | Rod Taylor as Insp. Rory Lanahan | James Warwick as Paul Lafferty | Christopher Neame as Dr. John Sullivan | Ross Kettle as Ian O'Bannon

247 :12x07 - Nan's Ghost (2)

As Rory and Eileen work to free Jessica from the dungeon, Eileen’s son Ian tries to secure funding to save his mother’s inn. Upon being saved, Jessica is able to convince her friends and the authorities that Nan was murdered and that her death has to do with covering up an intricate smuggling ring of Irish artifacts.
Guest Stars: Peter Jason as Vincent Nader (credit only) | Thomas Kopache as Leonard | Felicia Lansbury as Moira | Raphael Sbarge as Peter Franklin | John Saint Ryan as Jack Conroy (as John St. Ryan) | Fionnula Flanagan as Eileen O'Bannon | Mark Lindsay Chapman as Officer Matthew Ryan | Edita Brychta as Deirdre O'Bannon | Leslie Bevis as Andrea Nader | Wendy Schaal as Zulika Brown | John Karlen as Superintendant Arthur Joyce | Rod Taylor as Insp. Rory Lanahan | James Warwick as Paul Lafferty | Christopher Neame as Dr. John Sullivan | Ross Kettle as Ian O'Bannon

248 :12x08 - Shooting in Rome

Ego clashes disrupt a movie shoot in Italy, but Jessica suspects sabotage when a crash occurs.
Guest Stars: Lisa Vultaggio as Adrianna Bonelli | Ben Reed (1) as Rex Toland | Lisa Banes as Lucy | Sam Hennings as Webb Prentiss | Bruce Abbott as Monte Hayes | Allen Cutler as Gary Hayes | Mike Connors as Boyce Brown | Lorenzo Caccialanza as Inspector Amati | Allan Miller (1) as Jake Farber | Victor Alfieri as Italian Assistant Director | Antony Ponzini as Tomaso Curillo | Shawn Weatherly as Kate Darbury | Louis Giambalvo as Raimondo Bonelli
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

249 :12x09 - Deadly Bidding

Jessica’s in New York to bid on an original Arthur Conan Doyle manuscript for the library board she is a member of. At the same auction, she crosses path with old friend Charlie Garrett, who is there to bid on a painting by an up and coming artist, unaware that it is covering up a stolen Degas painting and that several people want to get their hands on it. However, when the artist attempts to get it back before the auction is found dead, they team up with the police to locate the killer.
Guest Stars: Edd Byrnes as Kenneth Rundle | Kathleen Garrett as Mrs. Serena Rundle | Paul Lieber as Milt Solomon | Jeff Williams (1) as Pete Dunning | Aharon Ipalé as Lawrence Mezznou | Craig Richard Nelson as Felix Wesker | Martin Jarvis as Giles Havelock | Tyrees Allen as Sgt. Unger | Doug Hutchison as Angus Neville | Renée Jones as Reggie Evans | Wayne Rogers (1) as Charlie Garrett | Melanie Smith as Diana Barrow
Writer: Tom Sawyer

250 :12x10 - Frozen Stiff

When Jessica arrives at the offices of a prominent ice cream company to pick up a substantial donation to her literacy fund, she is in for a surprise when the accountant she was to meet is found dead of an apparent suicide and the money gone. As Jessica sets out to prove that he was actually killed instead of taking his own life, another person, this time one of the top executives, is found dead of equally mysterious circumstances. It is through the course of helping the police with their investigation, it is soon discovered that both deaths are related to a secret that the one of the company’s co-owner tried to keep hidden.
Guest Stars: Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. as Priest | Sarah Koskoff as Victoria | Gregory Itzin as Ralph Brewer | Kristen Dalton (1) as Carol Harling | Bryan Travis Smith as Woody Seabrook | Fred Sanders as Coroner | Christopher Curry as Sherrif Chubb | Don Bovingloh as Kyle McGregor | George Wyner as Jim | Dirk Benedict as Gary Harling | Bill Smitrovich as Larry Armstrong | Ann Hearn as Peggy | Christina Pickles as Susan McGregor
Director: Paul Lazarus

251 :12x11 - Unwilling Witness

After the federal government probes the disappearance of several board members of a stock brokerage house, Jessica gets subpoenaed as a hostile witness when it is discovered that she spoke to a witness who was eventually murdered.
Guest Stars: Sydney Walsh as Tiffany Beckman | J. Downing as Nicholas Logan | Randall Carver as U.S. Marshall Morgan | Shea Farrell as Reed Harding | Paul Ivy as John Wicks | Stan Ivar as Lou | Joel Brooks as Ted Duffy | Lisa Eichhorn as Annette Rayburn | Ron Dean as Lt. Shawn Riley | Peter White (1) as Mason Logan | Janel Moloney as Maria Corbin | Larry Linville as Paige Corbin

252 :12x12 - Kendo Kill

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Guest Stars: James Wong (3) as Waiter | Jesse Borja as Chauffeur | Byron Mann as Yosuki Ishida | Jim Ishida as Inspector | Maggie Han as Nobu Hitaki | George Cheung as Ikuma Nakata | David Stratton as Rick Walsh | Vivian Wu as Miko Ishida | Tom Wopat as Bill Dawson | Pat Morita as Akira Hitaki | Bruce Locke as Koji Hitaki
Director: Walter Grauman

253 :12x13 - Death Goes Double Platinum

After discovering that a rising Latin band is involved with the head of a shady recording company, Jessica works on getting an A&R from a big company to distribute their debut album. But when a petty thug who works for the shady recording company is murdered, Jessica has to work with the cops to find out what the motive was and who was behind his death.
Guest Stars: Amy Stock-Poynton as Amy Ortega | Jacqueline Obradors as Patricia Decalde | Maria O'Brien as Lt. Abby Esposito | Ray Young as Culligan | Dee McCafferty as Woman | Marco Sanchez as Luis Decalde | Rosanna DeSoto as Iza Decalde | Robert Clohessy as Max Daniels | Jsu Garcia as Alex Lebron | Ramon Franco as Sam DeSoto | David Labiosa as Tomas | Tony Plana as Desi Ortega | Jason Bernard as Wilson Sloan

254 :12x14 - Murder in Tempo

When Jessica arrives in Cabot Cove to go to a benefit concert, she gets caught up in a murder investigation when the headliner is electrocuted during a sound check.
Guest Stars: Ernie Lively as Hal Palmer | Megan Gallivan as Rachel Weldon | Whip Hubley as Musician | Madlyn Rhue as Jean O'Neill | Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Bloom | Sam Anderson as Dan the Electrician | John Livingston as Blue Maddox | John D'Aquino as Wylie Trey | Keith Coulouris as Tommy Vaughn | Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger | William Windom as Seth Hazlitt | Josh Taylor as Jim Maddox | Amy Hathaway as Eudeli Vaughn
Director: Kevin Corcoran

255 :12x15 - The Dark Side of the Door

While working with a young editor on her new book, Jessica learns that she just read a manuscript by another author recounts with pinpoint accuracy of her kidnapping that happened years ago. When it looks like the authorities are reluctant to believe the girl’s story, Jessica offers to help her gain closure in what happened and is surprised at what she finds in their investigation.
Guest Stars: Richard Libertini as Lt. Phil Corelli | Dennis Creaghan as Charles | John Oliver as Mike Holbert | Brittany Trouville as Little Erin | Rodney Frazier as Det. Rogers | Taylor Nichols as Drew Finley | Tracy Middendorf as Erin Garman | Richard Beymer as Dirk Matheson | Marcia Strassman as Terry Garman Holbert | Mary-Pat Green as Nora Delano | Michael Tylo as Sonny | Meg Foster as Laura Kerwin

256 :12x16 - Murder Among Friends

While taping a PBS series at a Hollywood Studio, Jessica stumbles upon a murder mystery when a producer ends up dead after budget cuts forces her to cut some cast members of a popular sitcom.
Guest Stars: Frederick Coffin as Lt. Roy Flint | Barbara Alyn Woods as Dyan Emery | John Terlesky as Vince DeNisco | Cindy Katz as Ricki Vardian | Terri Hanauer as Joy | Bill Brochtrup as Gene Gains | Robin Curtis as Rosemary Tynan | Cameron Dye as Alex Bower | Garrison Hershberger as Timothy Flint | James C. Bockelman as Fifth Bud | Kirk Thornton as Policeman | Nicolas Surovy as Leo Vardian | Allison Smith as Carly McAllister
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

257 :12x17 - Something Foul in Floppieville

When a puppet that Jessica created is adapted for television show, she arrives on the set to see her creation come to life. However, when several individuals have different ideas for the puppet and blackmail abounds as a result, Jessica has to solve a murder that occurred at the studio.
Guest Stars: Corinne Bohrer as Helena McKenna | Richardson Morse as Arvin Bocknell | Richard Dano as Terry Fusco | Wendy Hoffman as Carol | Brian Cousins as Himself | Thomas Fountain as Puppeteer #3 | Dey Young as Mary | Kimberley Kates as Kim Swofford | Maryedith Burrell as Natty Holt | Ian Shaw as Stevie | Stephen T. Kay as Darren Crosley | Alan Fudge as Gus Hayward | Robert Knepper as Robbie Dorow | Bryan Cranston as Parker Foreman | Steven Martini as Jason Cardino

258 :12x18 - Track of a Soldier

While visiting the lodge in the Grand Tetons, Jessica soon learns that the owner; an old friend and retired Colonel who is planning on running for public office, is being blackmailed to into calling off his bid for office. Things get sticker for him when a murder takes place and he is the prime suspect. It is up to Jessica and the man’s family to prove his innocence in the murder and in the past event that took place when he was still in the Army that he is being blackmailed for.
Guest Stars: Katherine Olsen as Marla Hastings | Ben Lemon as Sheriff Jed Bullock | Fredric Lehne as Lloyd Nichols | Vaitiare Hirshon as Luisa | Audrey Landers as Greta Bayer | Michael Zelniker as Harley Foote | Linda Kelsey as Linda Kelsey | Wings Hauser as Howard Levering | Brandon Douglas as Pete Levering | James Victor as Juan | Stephen Macht as Wainwright

259 :12x19 - Evidence of Malice

Following the death of a prominent businessman, Deputy Andy is accused of planting evidence against a shoe manufacturer he bought a house with numerous problems from. When the manufacturer ends up dead one night, Andy becomes the prime suspect in his murder. As a result, Jessica goes to work on clearing the deputy’s name.
Guest Stars: Vyto Ruginis as Fred Berrigan | Peter Stader as Leverett Boggs | Robert Owen as Deputy | Zanne Shaw as Customer | Mark Voland as Dean Sorenson | Stephanie Dunnam as Meg Berrigan | Colleen Coffey as Wendy Arnold | Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Bloom | William Windom as Seth Hazlitt | Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger
Writer: Tom Sawyer

260 :12x20 - Southern Double-Cross

As Jessica gets ready to go to Australia for a seminar, she gets a call from a lawyer from a small town who informs her that she may be the legal owner of valley is currently being leased by the local sheep farmers as grazing land. Upon her arrival in town, Jessica learns that the farmers are at odds with a visiting mining company who have drastic ideas over how to use the land, and that both groups are willing to kill to get their way.
Guest Stars: Trevor Goddard as Boyd Hendricks | Kendrick Hughes as Donald Jarvis | Peter Lavin (1) as Roo Drummond | Adam Wylie as Boy | John Garwood as Bartender | Spencer Garrett as Spencer Garrett | Sofie Formica as Linda Molen | Lisa Darr as Rhonda Brock | Donald Burton as John Molen | Briony Behets as Melba Drummond | Nick Tate as Tim Jarvis | Alastair Duncan as Sgt. Colin Baxter
Director: Walter Grauman

261 :12x21 - Race To Death

Appointed honorary commodore of the World's Cup Regatta, Jessica finds herself witnessing an intense rivalry between two contestants Kyle Kimball and Ned Larkin. When in the days leading up to the contest Ned sustains an injury that results in his daughter Anne assuming the helm of his vessel, Kimball is less than thrilled about the change in crew. Later, when Kimball is found murdered and Anne is the prime suspect, Jessica sets out to prove that Anne is innocent in the death of her ex.
Guest Stars: Dwier Brown as Bill Richards | Danny McCoy, Jr. as Fredddie Huff | Matthew Saks as Crew Member | Curtis Blanck as Tommy Larkin | Cathy Susan Pyles as Safe Technician | Kate Hodge as Alana Kimball | Rick Rossovich as Steve Gantry | Andrea Parker as Anne Larkin | John Getz as Kyle Kimball | Martin Milner as Admiral Spalding | Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Bloom | Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger | William Windom as Seth Hazlitt | Steve Forrest as Ned Larkin

262 :12x22 - What You Don't Know Can Kill You

When Seth’s niece Amy arrives in Cabot Cove to get married to a local gardener, they soon get hassled by a local hood that happens to involved with the gardener’s ex-girlfriend. When her fiancé dies in a motorcycle accident on his way to see Amy at Jessica’s, Amy insists it wasn’t accidental. Later, when a local attorney is also murdered, Jessica has to find out how the deaths of both men are connected.
Guest Stars: William Keane as Johnny Carter | Geoffrey Lewis as Roger Yates | Kathryn Masak as Deputy Lynn Olson | Michele Abrams as Mickie | Laurie Holden (1) as Sherri Sampson | Jerry Hardin as Tom Sampson | Kathryn Morris as Doreen | Louis Herthum as Deputy Andy Bloom | Judson Mills as Stu Yates | Bruce Kirby as Jeremy Woods | William Windom as Seth Hazlitt | Ron Masak as Sheriff Mort Metzger | Cari Shayne as Amy Walters | Anthony Michael Hall as Les Franklin
Director: Kevin Corcoran

263 :12x23 - Mrs. Parker's Revenge

Upon her arrival in Atlanta for an Amateur Mystery Writers convention, Jessica gets involved with a FBI investigation when a lethal virus is stolen from a Biological Research Institute. Following the death of her friend Mark, Jessica starts an investigation of her own to discover the identity of his murderer and why they wanted him dead.
Guest Stars: Frederick Dawson as Hotel Clerk | Karen Hensel as Techie | Peter Van Norden as CIA Agent Dennis Quinlan | Tony Todd as National Security Agent Nathan Mitchell | Gustav Vintas as Carl Van Ness | William O'Leary as FBI Agent Ed Crider | Gregg Henry as Mark Reisner | Erick Avari as Raul Jaffa | Time Winters as Dr. James Lamont | Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Karen Reisner | Gregory Alan Williams as Lt. Paul Bragg
Writer: Anne Collins

264 :12x24 - Death by Demographics

When a San Francisco radio station decides to change its format to be geared towards teenagers, the promoter of an up and coming DJ winds up dead and a friend of Jessica’s is the prime suspect. As a result, Jessica decides to use her investigative skills to prove her friend’s innocence and to find the real killer.
Guest Stars: Kenneth Tigar as Dave Pittman | Lucinda Weist as Lauren | Robert Curtis Brown as Bud Forbes | Seth Jaffe as Lt. Everett | Paul Linke as Eddie Mapes | Diana Canova as Annie Lawson | David Ogden Stiers as Howard Deems | James Acheson as Russ Connell | Christian Bocher as T.T. Baines | Robert Pine as Graham Forbes | Robin Riker as Coleen Sellers
Writer: Donald Ross
Warning: Murder, She Wrote guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 30, 1984
Ended: May 19, 1996
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