September 28, 1986 12:00 am
After Jessica's great-niece Carol receives a wedding gift of a silver leprechaun, she confides in Jessica that it was the one gift her grandfather had always promised her. Years earlier Neil was presumed dead in a boating accident, but his body was never found. Jessica agrees to search for Neil, and her search leads her to the Carmody circus, and a roustabout named Carl Schum, who she soon realises is Neil. Unfortunately, when a body is found on the grounds, Neil is the primary suspect, even though everyone had good reason to want Hank Sutter dead.
October 5, 1986 12:00 am
Despite Neil's confession to Hank Sutter's murder, Jessica is convinced that he didn't do it, and soon Neil confesses that he only said he did to protect young Charlie McCallum after finding his baseball bat at the scene. When rival circus owner Harry Kingman is found dead in his motel room, Jessica realises that the connection isn't Hank Sutter, but rather the Kingman circus, where many of the employees used to work. Unfortunately, she's up against an arrogant mayor who fancies himself a cop, and a circus full of people who aren't too helpful.
October 12, 1986 12:00 am
A retired policeman decides to re-examine an old case he never solved in which Seth was a strong suspect.
October 19, 1986 12:00 am
Attending a concert in Washington, D.C., Jessica gets involved with two East German defectors and a murder.
November 2, 1986 12:00 am
An adman handling the account of a fast-food chain is murdered and Jessica smells something funny.
November 9, 1986 12:00 am
While diving for sunken treasure near Cabot Cove, a young woman is murdered.
November 16, 1986 12:00 am
A veteran reporter, who suffered a heart attack, says his best medicine would be the removal of his publisher who has turned a good paper into a yellow rag.
November 23, 1986 12:00 am
Jessica offers to help Thomas Magnum, who has been accused of killing a hitman with an unknown target.
December 7, 1986 12:00 am
Jessica reluctantly agrees to do an interview for an old friend, Paula Roman, but is surprised when Kevin Keats, a journalist who had been doing a series of stories on an art dealer who was really a drug dealer, shows up to do the interview, complete with cameras and crew. After Kevin is presumed dead when a boat Amos chartered for him explodes, Cabot Cove explodes with press and paparazzi, and the citizens blame Jessica for all the problems it causes, demanding that she solve the mystery. Unfortunately, once Keats is revealed to be alive and well, the real question is who the true target was.
December 14, 1986 12:00 am
The murder of the leading lady's understudy disrupts rehearsals of a play starring two previously married, but now warring, actors.
January 4, 1987 12:00 am
The 'headless' horseman rides again, but his costume becomes more realistic.
January 18, 1987 12:00 am
Theft and murder of the courier occur on board a jet bound for London.
February 1, 1987 12:00 am
The phone wires get crossed during a storm and Jessica can't convince anyone that what she heard was real.
February 8, 1987 12:00 am
Jessica tells the tale of a composer accused of killing the professor who plagiarized his music.
February 15, 1987 12:00 am
A lying TV Consumer advocate is killed. Was it done by one of the clients whose products he maligned?
February 22, 1987 12:00 am
Jessica inherits a boxer's contract and her old friend; Harry McGraw is accused of murdering its former owner.
March 1, 1987 12:00 am
An artist is murdered and his prized painting is missing.
March 15, 1987 12:00 am
After the engagement party for the offspring of two estranged comics, someone is found dead.
March 22, 1987 12:00 am
Grady Fletcher is in big trouble when his boss, a specialist in tax shelters, is found dead and he is the main suspect.
April 5, 1987 12:00 am
First, the reform mayor dies in an ""accident"" and then the mayor's father is murdered after he demands an investigation of the ""accident"".
April 19, 1987 12:00 am
Thirty years ago, Sam Wilson was sent to prison for murdering his boss, Malcolm Jarvis. After finally being released, Sam goes home to his wife and now-grown son who is expecting his first child with his wife, Terry. At Georgia Jarvis' request, Jessica looks into the crime, and through flashbacks, Sam remembers when Jarvis had offered him $10,000 to make his suicide look like murder. While Jessica believes that Sam is innocent, she doesn't believe it was suicide, and asks Sam's son Rod, a police officer, to lend a hand.
May 10, 1987 12:00 am
During a short black-out in the studio where Jessica is recording a book for the blind, the studio co-owner is murdered.