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): Mismatched stock footage of Piccadilly Circus is used. The first shot shows hoardings on the London Pavilion building, which were removed in the 1970s. A later shot shows the Pavilion building without the hoardings.
- 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 (revealing mistake): There are no yellow or red lines along the kerbs. Parking is very restricted in central London, nearly every piece of street without a meter is marked with either yellow or red lines beside the kerb indicating various levels of parking prohibition.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The title is from the nursery rhyme "Sing a song of six pence" that is usually found in Mother Goose collections.