Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Crimson Harvest 

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The mysterious deaths of a winery matriarch's son and a rival vintner lead Jessica into a world of greed and betrayal.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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


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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Joseph Cali ... Paul Grimaldi
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Sheriff Serafio Zuniga (as Ismael East Carlo)
Diane DiLascio ... Alicia Grimaldi (as Diane Dilascio)
Elizabeth Gracen ... Michelle Scarlotti
Gregg Henry ... Lars Anderson
Lainie Kazan ... Anna Grimaldi
David Newsom ... Henry Wilson
Robert Pine ... Edgar Warner
León Singer ... Felipe Paez (as Leon Singer)
Eddie Velez ... Pete Grimaldi


In Sonoma for the funeral of her friend Anna's murdered son Paul, Jessica sees the arrival of Paul's widow Michelle, the pressure being put on Anna by Lars Anderson to sell the vineyard, and odd hints of something not right. Then Lars turns up dead. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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20 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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While set in the Sanoma Valley, California, it is actually filmed in Piru, California, over 600 km away. See more »


While Jessica is touring the winery, the film crew is reflected in the glass enclosure. See more »


[first lines]
Pete Grimaldi: [after a kiss] What was that for?
Michelle Scarlotti: [sighs] Just thanks. For the most incredible month of my life.
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Opening credits prologue: SONOMA VALLEY ONE WEEK LATER See more »

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"They Want to Buy with Paper Bills Some Peace to Call Their Own ~ A Winery Which Loan Sharks Cannot Steal"
18 May 2010 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

When a murder by firearms occurs one evening outside of Knob Hill Jewelry Store, in San Francisco, California, the Grimaldi family, which owns and operates a winery in nearby Sonoma Valley, invites dear old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) to the memorial services, one week later (with the second "MSW" episode set in Sonoma County vineyards).

Anna Grimaldi (Lainie Kazan) has resided in Cabot Cove, Maine, during her formative years, and has since relocated to the West, married, and become widowed with three children: son, Paul Grimaldi (Joseph Cali), daughter, Alicia Grimaldi (Diane DiLascio), and adoptive son, Pete Grimaldi (Eddie Velez).

But now, it would seem that Paul has secretly married divorcée Michelle Scarlotti (Elizabeth Gracen), whose vote would count toward the future direction of Grimaldi Vineyards, whereas Paul Grimaldi would have no say in matters of family policy, but Michelle and her five-year-old son from her first marriage somehow would.

Attorney Edgar Warner (Robert Pine) serves as legal counsel for Anna Grimaldi, who maintains that there are more important things to worry about than the vineyard and winery which has been in the family for generations. But Alicia maintains that she knows what's best for the family because she remembers her father's words that without the land and the business, the family won't stay together.

Henry Wilson (David Newsom) serves on staff at Grimaldi Vineyards, as a meek-tempered, soft-spoken production expert in the winery. Henry displays a fondness for Alicia, but she has more important things to worry about than romance and hints that her brothers would have done well to think along the same lines.

Lars Anderson (Gregg Henry) acts as a loan shark, holding a mortgage over the Grimaldi estate, with vineyards, winery and residence. When Pete encounters Lars while standing on a trestle bridge, an altercation begins to arise, but family friend Felipe Paez (León Singer) and his pet canine, Bolivar, manage to calm tempers.

Jessica, too, attempts at every turn to smooth tempers flaring around the Grimaldi household during this difficult period of mourning and concern for the family's property.

But when a body is discovered inside the basement of the winery, the victim of a bludgeoning by a heavy pole, hardly anyone has a plausible alibi.

Sheriff Serafio Zuniga (Ismael 'East' Carlo) arrives to investigate the second murder, which Jessica is convinced is linked to the first murder, but Sheriff Zuniga initially requests no assistance, or, more to the point, no interference from Jessica. So, she investigates anyhow.

When noticing a painting, Jessica suddenly realizes that Bolivar, the pet of Felipe, must have been a witness to the murder and sets a trap to nab her suspect of the perpetrator of both murders to control the "Crimson Harvest."

This episode represents the first of two "MSW" appearances for Elizabeth Gracen, the second of two for David Newsom, the third of three each for Joseph Cali and Ismael 'East' Carlo, the fourth of five for Robert Pine, and the sixth of seven for Gregg Henry.

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