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 (factual errors): Such a case as this would not fall under the jurisdiction of New Scotland Yard, but either the Metropolitan Police or the City of London Police, depending on locality in the capital.
- Goof (anachronisms): A 1957 Mk1 Jaguar is clearly marked up as a Police car. Although the Police have used Jaguars as police cars this particular model would be too dated for them to use here.
- Goof (anachronisms): The type of Music Hall varieties depicted in this episode was gone from the British scene by 1960.
- Goof (errors in geography): A double decker London bus is clearly seen passing the front of Heathrow Airport. These actually service central London and long-hauls across the capital. Instead the airport is serviced by single-decker buses.
- Goof (revealing mistake): When the first scene at Emma's hideaway was shown, obviously the two characters Emma and Jessica were filmed separately on the couch and then the film was put together (as both are played by Angela Lansbury). However Jessica did a lot of moving while she was talking, so Emma was looking straight across at where she had been, despite her bending down while she talked.
- Angela Lansbury's mother took Moyna MacGill as her stage name, and the surname MacGill is used several times in the series for Jessica Fletcher's ancestors or relatives.
- 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.
- The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.