Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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If the Shoe Fits 

A womanizing Cabot Cove landlord is found murdered and Jessica must prove the innocence of a young boy's mother who is accused of the crime.


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
Jonathan Brandis ... Kevin Bryce
Bruce Glover ... Jack Franzen
Bridget Hanley ... Gloria Franzen
John Harkins ... Owen Brownwell
Season Hubley ... Marla Bryce
Lorna Luft ... Patsy Dumont
Kiel Martin ... Danny Snow
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger (as Ron Másak)
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd
Teri Ralston Teri Ralston ... Lydia Johansen
Paige Pengra Paige Pengra ... Lee McAdam
Edwina Moore Edwina Moore ... Nurse
Dane Winters Dane Winters ... Post Office Clerk


Land owner Jack Franzen, a flirtatious scrooge, disappears for three days until his corpse is found behind the wheel of his crashed car, skull smashed in, possibly staged as an accident. At the same time, a tenant, widow Marla Bryce, went missing. Her young son, Kevin, a diligent student and Jessica's excellent gardener, who takes his status as 'man of the house' seriously, kept her disappearance silent fearing to end up in foster care, as he did while in Chicago. Luckily, he can stay with Jessica, first informally, then in temporary foster care after his mother is found in a Portland hospital suffering from a mugging-related concussion. She's arrested when the Sheriff can't verify her alibi, but Jessica and Kevin investigate other suspects with motives, such as her employer, shoe factory boss, Owen Brownwell. Written by KGF Vissers (edited by canadazbest)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the common expression "If the shoe fits, wear it" meaning the if something fits the facts, then accept it or live with it. See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: Kevin, how are you doing?
Kevin Bryce: Well, this dirt's putting up a pretty good fight, Mrs. Fletcher, but there's no way it's gonna win.
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Foster mother
17 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

From what we learn about Bruce Glover nobody is likely to mourn for him when he's killed. The guy was a bully, a skinflint, and a womanizer not necessarily in that order. But someone kills him and puts him in his car and tries to make it look like an accident.

Suspicion falls on Season Hubley who skipped town and left her son Jonathan Brandis abandoned. This is where Jessica Fletcher comes in as she and Dr. Hazlett intervene.

When the perpetrator is finally identified and apprehended we actually that the poor soul gets a good lawyer to get him off. The victim had been begging for this for years.

Nice scenes with Angela Lansbury, William Windom and the late and tragic Jonathan Brandis. Jessica Fletcher even becomes a temporary foster mother.

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