"Murder, She Wrote" Reflections of the Mind (TV Episode 1985) - IMDb
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Reflections of the Mind 

When a phone call from Francesca's supposedly dead first husband precedes a fatal incident, Jessica must unravel the truth from hysteria to find a killer.


Seymour Robbie


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ann Blyth ... Francesca Lodge
Wings Hauser ... Carl
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Dr. Victor March
Martin Milner ... Sheriff Bodine
Ben Murphy ... Scott Lodge
Stacey Nelkin ... Cheryl Lodge
Esther Rolle ... Margaret
Janet DeMay ... Brooke Devon
Franny Parrish Franny Parrish ... Nurse (as Frannie Parrish)


Jessica comes to the assistance of her dear friend Francesca Lodge who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Francesca has been married for a number of years to a younger man, Scott, who unbeknown to her is having an affair with his secretary. Francesca's major problem is that she hears voices or music playing that suggests her first husband's spirit has come back to haunt her. She's under the care of an unorthodox but seemingly competent psychiatrist, Dr. Victor March who also treated Francesca's daughter Cheryl during her wild teenage years. Jessica is convinced that someone is trying to drive her friend mad and sets out to stop it before it's too late. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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During the opening credits, the camera pans over a table with several framed photos, one of which appears to be of Angela Lansbury and Ann Blyth in their younger acting days. See more »


When Scott Lodge's car falls over the cliff, it tumbles over the edge and lands on its roof with its wheels up in the air. It does not burst into flame as indicated later in by Sheriff Bodine. See more »


[first lines]
Francesca Lodge: Scott?
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Beautiful Dreamer
by Stephen Foster
Music Box Tune
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12 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Unless she decides to come back this MSW episode will mark the farewell performance of Ann Blyth. She's an old friend of Jessica Fletcher and Angela Lansbury has come to her aid because she's being quite gaslighted out of her mind and people around her are afraid.

But it's her much younger husband,Ben Murphy who winds up the murder victim and Ann the chief suspect.

If this is her last acting job, Blyth will go out on a good performance as the the now two time widow being frightened with images of the first husband and suspected in the death of the second.

Others to note here are Esther Rolle as the maid and Martin Milner as the sheriff.

Nicely done by the whole ensemble.

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3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.33 : 1
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