Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Bottom Line Is Murder 

A lying TV consumer advocate is killed and suspicion lands on one of the clients whose products he maligned.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
Lynette Bryant
Dr. Jayne Honig
Lt. Lou Flannigan
Clare Henley
Steve Honig
Kenneth Chambers
Joe Rinaldi
Morgan Stevens ...
Robert Warren
Bert Tanaka
Ryan Monroe
William Ian Gamble ...
Security Guard
Mark C. Phelan ...
Uniformed Cop (as Mark Phelan)


Jessica visits Denver for a TV book review program at KBLR, where her friend Dr. Jayne's husband Steve Honig produces arrogant Kenneth Chambers's program The Bottom Line, which exposes faulty products, or when he has his way picks his victim and even doctors the story unethically, while grossly abusing all staff. Janitor Bert Tanaka finds Chambers shot twice in his office chair shortly after he unjustly fired production assistant Ryan Monroe. DPD Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, who was Chambers's unofficial police consultant, lets Jessica 'observe'. The murder weapon is found in Steve's car. Jessica considers motives from ambition among station staff, as many get a better job and Kenneth was considering to leave everyone behind for a bigger one, and toy producer Joe Rinaldi, against whom Kenneth prepared a show, the tapes of which seem missing but are found in his safe with cash and other 'evidence' he used to extort Rinaldi and others potential show targets, but is puzzled by Chambers's ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 February 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the first episode directed by Anthony Pullen Shaw, Angela Lansbury's son. See more »


When Jessica is traveling to the crime scene with Jayne Honig, they are on what appears to be a highway with two lanes going in their direction. A vehicle behind them speeds up and starts to pass. Within 1-2 seconds, Jayne's car slows to a stop at the crime scene at the end of a street that is blocked off by police, and the passing vehicle has disappeared. See more »


Jessica Fletcher: [to the murderer] Is that your solution? To kill me?
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Dorothy Lyman is in this episode?
6 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I believe I saw Dorothy Lyman as the character that was going to be "made into a star" by Adrienne Barbeau after the death of the current star of the product investigation type show.

Dorothy Lyman I became aware of when watching Mama's Family, with Vicki Lawrence.

She is a great character actress, wih a very expressive face - and plays quite a range of characters. I found it odd she was not listed with the rest of the cast of characters, even when you clicked on the link for "more".

Overall, I love this episode, though I tend to love all of Murder She Wrote, watching it is kind of like visiting old friends.

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