An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone as a new corpse is dug up.



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Episode cast overview:
Karen Parks
Dr. Aubrey Benton
Dr. Stan Garfield
Raymond Two Crows
Steve Gamble
Cynthia Armstrong
Gideon Armstrong
Robert Dryer ...
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Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers. Written by KGF Vissers

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new mexico | motor home | cave | jeep | tent | See All (9) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 December 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In some wide shots of the scene where Jessica reveals the murderer, a crew member in jeans and a green shirt can be seen at the left edge of the screen. See more »


Dr. Aubrey Benton: Archeology is a harsh mistress, Mrs. Fletcher.
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References China Seas (1935) See more »

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Murder on an archaeological dig
23 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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.

"Murder Digs Deep" is another very nicely done episode of Season 2, if not quite one of my favourites of the season like "Murder in the Afternoon", "Jessica Behind Bars", "Sticks and Stones" (as far as previous episodes go). Of Season 2 up to this point, the only ones that don't quite do it for me are "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" and "Dead Heat".

Back to "Murder Digs Deep" it may be silly (in a way where it's part of the episode's charm and fun) but a lot of fun with a mystery that is not what it seems. There are enough twists to keep one guessing, with the victim and cause of death especially, and the final solution is a surprising one (though no other Season 2 episode has as shocking a reveal as "Sticks and Stones"). The very end is a little abrupt and pat, and the southwestern clothes don't have the charming 80s nostalgic value, instead some are pretty howlingly bad.

However, the production values as ever are high, with some quite striking scenery and everything being very nicely shot. 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 tight, thought-provoking and typically amiable, while the story is fun and suitably complicated without being convoluted.

As always in 'Murder She Wrote', Angela Lansbury is terrific, as is William Windom. All the cast perform well, with the most inspired performances coming from George Grizzard and especially Connie Stevens.

In conclusion, very nicely done and fun episode if not quite a season or show high-point. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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