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): 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 (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): 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.
- 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 (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.
- The poster by Ian Pollock on Patrick MacNee's wall is from the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 production of King Lear directed by Adrian Noble and shows Michael Gambon and Anthony Sher.
- The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.
- Reunites Angela Lansbury with Glynis Johns, her co-star in The Court Jester, and with Olivia Hussey who played her daughter in Death On The Nile.
- 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.