Let me start off by saying that this, despite the overwhelming presence of Grady, is such a great episode! We're in good ol' Cabot Cove...Dr. Seth Hazlitt has so many acerbic one-liners...there's even a dead patriarch and plenty of robes to be worn. Counter alerts all around!
Jessica has been on bed rest for a few weeks after throwing out her back and Grady is on the scene to nurse Aunt Jess back to health with his tuna pot pies. No wonder everyone starts questioning her sanity after a few weeks of that treatment! But I'm getting ahead of myself. Cabot Cove is in the midst of Hurricane Ida and during one stormy night, Jess tries to place a call but accidentally overhears a murder plot over her line. When local town lumber baron Jedediah Rogers is found murdered the next day, it is confirmed that Mrs. Fletcher could never be weak in the head.
Seriously though, seated bed rest is just awful for back injuries. But I'll give them a pass since that was probably standard practice back in 1987 TV land. At least let the woman lie down with some supportive pillows, for God's sake!!
Leslie Cameron- Jed's orphaned granddaughter. Not much of an alibi for her, just being asleep in her bedroom at the time of the murder. Sound sleeper! My kind of gal. She revealed to Grady that all the Rogers sons were about to be cut from Jed's will the day after the murder.
Morgan Rogers- Jed's son and first to the crime scene. Didn't seem too shaken up about dear old daddy's passing and yet another flimsy alibi is presented..."I was working in my wood shed"...right!
Adam Rogers- Another Rogers offspring, he got a tad more creative with his alibi of taking a girl "sailing" during a hurricane. Eww.
Gordon Rogers- Final Rogers son, he and his wife were supposed to be at their cabin at the time of the killing. Sounds weak to me! Hopefully no "sailing" was going on!
Dody Rogers- Gordon Roger's pinchy-faced, domineering wife. Penchant for haughtily walking around while stroking a luxurious white Persian cat. If that doesn't scream evil mastermind, I guess you haven't seen as many movies as I have!
Abel Gorcey- A little too obvious for my taste. A former Rogers employee who was caught stealing at the mill. He vowed to kill Jed once sprung from prison, and was actually the hired hitman Jessica overheard about on the phone. Alas, he himself was killed a few hours before Jed Rogers' time of death. Oops.
Tony Dow as Gordon. He's uber famous for portraying Wally on "Leave it to Beaver". Such acting chops!
Just a quick shout out to Leslie Cameron's puffy-sleeved lacy high-necked blouse, replete with sparkly brooch and an unflattering vest. The vest is really quite early 90's of her...well-played on being so fashion forward, Leslie. She is, after all, looking to attend fashion design school!!
Turns out the raspy-voiced man on Jessica's line was Gordon after all, suffering from a reaction to his wife's prized "puss". (Did I just write that?!) However, none of the brothers could've killed Gorcey due to their presence at a union meeting during the time of death. That leaves Dody to do the dirty work. Too bad Jessica waited long enough in viewing the incriminating phone records to allow Dody to sneak into the Fletcher manse with a gun, demanding to see Jed's diary. No need to worry for our ailing Jess, though! She activated the seemingly unnecessary med alert button Seth gave her so that the police and paramedics arrived conveniently just in time to nab Dody.
"Dough-dee"...how is this a real name?