Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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One White Rose for Death 

While attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.


Peter Crane


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jenny Agutter ... Margo Claymore
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Dr. Lynch
Tony Bonner ... First Secretary Henry Claymore
Eric Braeden ... Col. Gerhardt Brunner
Len Cariou ... Michael Hagarty
Bernard Fox ... Andrew Wyckham
John Glover ... Franz Mueller
Maria Mayenzet ... Greta Mueller
Warwick Sims Warwick Sims ... Jack Kendall
Julian Barnes Julian Barnes ... British Sergeant


Jessica is invited to dine with East German concert violinist Greta Mueller, her overprotective brother Franz and security chief Colonel Gerhardt Brunner, and next is joined during the concert by British secret agent Michael Hagarty, working as Dennis McKelvy, who has blood on his hand when he abducts her and the Mueller's limousine to the British embassy at gun point, asking for sanctuary. In fact, Paul's defection was for protection as he was working as a SIS agent, which was rightly expected to be discovered. Then fellow spy, Jack Kendall, is found stabbed dead in the embassy garden, holding a white rose, the code name of an operation Jessica earlier overheard him mention over the telephone, an Apartheid opponent Benjamin Kumbasa's stabbing. First Secretary Henry Claymore agrees in the ambassador's absence to 'Dennis' and Jessica investigating freely, presuming a connection between both murders. Meanwhile, Greta refuses to join Franz's defection even before their family in the GDR ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bernard Fox (Andrew Wyckham) and Eric Braeden (Col. Brunner) who appear together in this episode, both starred in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Titanic. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Hagarty: Thinkin' of spendin' holiday there, are you, boyo?
Jack Kendall: You'd have to be a mountain goat to love that spot.
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Michael's second appearance
1 April 2016 | by lucyrfisherSee all my reviews

Rather a lot of "English" people are involved in this episode, including Jessica's publisher who meets her at Washington airport. He is a ridiculous caricature with a huge moustache. Several plot developments later Jessica, Michael, the publisher, another secret service man, an East German violinist and her controlling brother all hole up (after a car chase) in the British embassy. Which is thinly staffed (nearly everybody is out protecting the Prime Minister) by another moustachio'd Englishman and his strange wife, played by Jenny Agutter. Before the carful of sanctuary seekers arrive, they have a very odd conversation. He: You should get some rest. She: No, I need to play my role. She's wearing a nightie. She arrived that morning. They haven't been married long. She rushes off to change - into an evening dress with an updo. She offers to make the hostages some food, and exits. Chatting to Jessica, she reveals she grew up in Africa. I expect this is going to be significant. The secret service man is found dead. Oh - Jenny Agutter has a secret! Everything is resolved, sort of. But we never find out why she donned elaborate evening dress to deal with a hostage crisis.

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