2x05 Sing a Song of Murder
First Aired: Oct. 27, 1985 on CBS
Upon receiving news that her cousin Emma died in a tragic auto accident in London, Jessica travels to England for her funeral.
However, when she arrives Jessica discovers that Emma faked her death in order learn the identity of the individual who has tried to kill her.
Main Characters in this Episode
Danny Briggs: I've got people to answer to. People who'll peel away my hide if I don't deliver.
- Goof (continuity error): When Emma was almost hit by a car she jumped up onto the edge of the wall and then back down onto the floor. When she landed she was facing the theatre door, but when Oliver came of the door and the shot changed, she was facing away from the wall. This happened in the transition from stunt person to Angela.
- Goof (errors in geography): As London's Heathrow airport was developed swiftly after WW2 from an airstrip in a country field, it does not have early Twentieth Century brick buildings crowding opposite its entrance, but a vast acreage of spacious parking.
- Goof (revealing mistake): None of the London taxi cabs have their "FOR HIRE" sign lit up. This seems deeply unlikely. If the driver is on duty and has no passengers, he is required by the Carriage Office to switch it on. If he does not, he can be reported and suffer a heavy fine if not loss of his license altogether.
- Goof (anachronisms): The type of Music Hall varieties depicted in this episode was gone from the British scene by 1960.
- Goof (revealing mistake): The streets are too wide for London. Furthermore, in London, the middle and lanes are always marked with continuous or broken white lines due to their narrowness, yet none of these markings are present.
- The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.
- The song that Angela Lansbury sings as Emma MacGill, "Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird," is the song her character sang in The Picture of Dorian Gray.