Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Bite the Big Apple 

Jessica takes a teaching position in New York, gets an apartment and finds its previous tenant has been murdered.


David Moessinger


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jay Acovone ... Sgt. Nick Acosta
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Rebeccah Bush ... Sharon Kingsley
John Considine ... Harry Freelander
Alan Feinstein ... Mike Freelander
Rosemary Forsyth ... Estelle Freelander
Scott McGinnis ... Scott Freelander
Eugene Roche ... Lt. Jack Boyle
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Liz Sheridan ... Rose Tessler
Andrew Johnson ... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
Alexander Folk ... Painter
David Schall David Schall ... Man at Party
Claire Paradis Claire Paradis ... Waitress


Tired of hotels, Jessica takes a Manhattan apartment now that she has accepted a New York teaching position. By the time Seth visits there, he can say 'I told you so' as he did at her Cabot Cove send-off party, although she'll spend weekends there. Her apartment's previous tenant, Mike Freelander, has been murdered and her apartment ransacked. So, Seth, moves in as a temporary guardian angel and questions the neighbors. She doesn't leave snooping to the NYPD detectives but investigates Freelander's family life and their involvement in theft and contraband smuggling. After another murder, she comes up with surprising suspects and a risky trap. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the nickname for New York City - The Big Apple. The moniker was first used by the reporter by John J. Fitz Gerald who wrote for the 'New York Morning Telegraph' in the 1920's. See more »


The Freelander & Freelander invoice that Jessica discovers in the shower rod places the business at 609 S. 43rd Street. In Manhattan, the numbered "Streets" run East/West so a correct address would read like 135 W. 45th St. or 275 E. 48th St. There is no such place or location SOUTH 43rd St. See more »


[first lines]
Eve SimpsonDr. Seth HazlittMan at Party: [singing] For she's a jolly good fellow / For she's a jolly good fellow / For she's a jolly good fellow / Which nobody can deny / Which nobody can deny / Which nobody can deny / For she's a jolly good fellow / Which nobody can deny.
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References General Hospital (1963) See more »

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Jessica in New York
20 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

"Bite the Big Apple" is a strong start for Season 8 and among the season's better episodes, if not quite one of the very finest of 'Murder She Wrote' (when it comes to Season 8 episodes "Murder on Madison Avenue" and particularly "Danse Diabolique" are standout episodes). Season 8 generally is one of the stronger seasons of the show, so it is high praise to consider "Bite the Big Apple" one of the better episodes. There is nothing really wrong with it actually, just that the very finest episodes had the extra something that "Bite the Big Apple" just slightly lacks.

Can't say anything bad about Angela Lansbury. Nor the uniformly good supporting cast, where Jay Acovone and particularly Eugene Roche are excellent. Julie Adams and William Windom (welcome back Seth, you were very much missed in Season 7, where he was only in one episode that wasn't particularly worthy of him) are always pleasures and help make the beginning an affectionate one.

The episode is notable for establishing Jessica's new job and her move to Ne York, but it has much more to it than that. The mystery is a good, intriguing and easy to follow (without ever being too easy to solve) one, with one of the most shocking endings of the latter seasons. Not many 'Murder She Wrote' episodes in a long time left me floored, the ending here did.

As for the production values, they are slick and stylish as ever. New York looks great. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune. The writing is thoughtful, cosy and light-hearted while taking itself seriously as well.

Overall, Season 8 gets off to a great start. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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