In London, blackmailer Alexander Sandsby demands his half but gets a blow on the head and perishes in fire that was set. Cabot Cove is preparing for its annual Joshua Peabody day, this time with a TV documentary production. Jessica is reading the text, written by Bostonian hot-shot director Richard Hawkes, who won an Emmy 8 years ago, with a few historical corrections by her own hand. Jessica brings an ideal period prop, a music box, for repairs to Thomas Godfrey, owner of an antique store, who finds the mechanism is jammed by a letter from George Washington dated September 12, 1780, calling the local hero a traitor who accepted enemy payment to cowardly surrender and threatening him with court-martial. Peabody's descendant Edith fails to convince Jessica and Seth to destroy it, raging it ruins everything for her family and the whole town. Experts authenticate it's from the time of the Revolution, but if it's real why did Joshua keep it, and if not, who made such a fine forgery and ...
Did You Know?
Throughout the early seasons of Murder, She Wrote, the existence of Joshua Peabody is treated as a local legend, with Seth Hazlitt serving as chief skeptic. In this episode, Joshua Peabody is treated as a recognized local figure with living descendants and Seth Hazlitt no longer seems to question whether he really existed. See more
Those are my terms, damn it. I receive half the proceeds in your little venture... or you pay the consequences. And I'm sure you realize they'd be very severe... I can't really see that you bloody well have much choice.
Opening credits prologue: LONDON, ENGLAND See more