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Murder by the Book 

At a L.A. book signing for "Munchies, Snacks and Spreads", which Mark mistakes for a cookbook, but is actually a spicy true sex-for-money story which names real people, someone writes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Hibler

Writers:

Joyce Burditt (creator), Tom Chehak | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Rick Dees ... Rick Dees
Troy Evans ... Dr. Bannerman
Cyndi Pass Cyndi Pass ... Shauna Teague
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Thomas L. Pitt
Jeri Ryan ... Melissa Farnes (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
Musetta Vander ... Carrie
Susan Powter ... Janet Block
Bea Pompa Bea Pompa ... Maid (as Beatie Pompa)
Michael Kagan Michael Kagan ... Earl Slybotsky
Lee Newman Lee Newman ... Swarthy Man
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At a L.A. book signing for "Munchies, Snacks and Spreads", which Mark mistakes for a cookbook, but is actually a spicy true sex-for-money story which names real people, someone writes a death threat in the copy Mark picks up to have signed by former neighborhood kid Melissa Farnes, one of the three co-authors with call girls Shauna Teague and Carrie. Their pushy agent Janet Block refuses to call off the 21 city book signing tour, as the extra publicity makes the book a bestseller. Melissa asks to talk to Mark; Jesse, who knew what he wanted signed (none of the 86 stories are alike, that interests even Norman and Amanda), is not allowed to join the beach house lunch. Then Shauna doesn't turn up for a radio show, but is heard on the phone in a crazed kidnapper's power, who shoots; she remains missing, her car is found in Santa Monica. Carrie is tricked in her hotel room by the killer with a fake police idea and made to ask Melissa to come there alone. A maid finds Melissa next to ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Amanda is trying to get married to an astronaut, and at the end they are trying to do so via radio while he is on the shuttle Enterprise. Co-stars included Jeri Ryan, who would go on to star as the iconic Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Musetta Vander and Cyndi Pass, both of whom guest starred on Voyager. Voyager was an installment in the Star Trek universe, which featured the starship Enterprise. See more »

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