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 (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.
- Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When singing "Goodbye Little Yellow Bird" Emma blows a kiss to Oliver offstage, but she is still singing the song when she is blowing the kiss. Although it's possible she was pretending as it was part of the act, her voice wasn't even muffled by her hand.
- Goof (continuity error): An establishing shot shows Roger Crimmins office to be in New Scotland Yard. The building, even in this shot has continuous windows on each floor, yet Crimmins office only has one average sized, discrete window, flanked by long sections of walls.
- 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 (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.
- 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.