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Next Stop Murder

Date Originally Aired: March 26, 1985
Written By: Kerry Ehrin & Ali Marie Matheson
Directed By: Kevin Connor
Title Reference: From the expression Next Stop, [Any town here]
Alternate Title:

Our Rating: (1-10 with 10 being the highest) 6

Cast Members:

    Cybill Shepherd
    Bruce Willis
    Allyce Beasley

Recurring Guest Stars:

    None

Guest Stars:

    Vincent Schiavelli as Rodney Dillon
    Leonard Frey as Skyler Cantrell
    Lisa Blake Richards as Janet McCall
    Rick Jason as J.B.Harland
    Ben Slack as Sebastian Rhodes

Music:

    Chain Gang by Sam Cooke; performed by Allyce Beasley

Plot Summary:

    Maddie and David get trapped on a train for mystery buffs, then find they have a real mystery to contend with when a famous writer is murdered.

Naughty Lines:

Dream/Fantasy:

    None

Prologue/Epilogue:

    Maddie and Agnes discuss Agnes's love life and future prospects.

Fourth Wall:

    None

The Case:

    Not really a case. Agnes wins a mystery train trip, and David and Maddie become involved in solving the murder that takes place on that trip.

Chase Scene:

    David and Maddie chase the murderer on to the top of a moving train.

Fights Between Maddie & David:

    In the train station, David comments on Maddie's upcoming date and she takes offense at his prying into her personal affairs.

    While assisting Agnes to her compartment, through David's horseplay, Maddie & David are stuck on the train after it leaves the station. Maddie is livid about it. Maddie continues to express her anger at David throughout the early part of the trip.

Where the relationship is going:

    Not much is going on between Maddie and David here as this episode focuses on Agnes' romance. David does flirt some with Maddie, particularly while in Agnes compartment as they become trapped together in the Pullman.

Special Features:

Other Memorable Lines:

    Coming soon.

Funniest Part:

    Miss Dipesto's comments and reactions throughout. David's playfulness and actions when alone together with Maddie in Agnes's compartment.

Most Romantic:

    David's flirting and behavior on the train that leads them to becoming trapped on it, and especially the idea that the two of them were trapped inside a foldup bed.

Most Dramatic:

    The murder mystery events are dramatic. But the resolution on top of the moving train has to be the most dramatic event in this episode.

Awards:

    None

Comments:

    Vincent Schiavelli, the actor playing Rodney in this episode, was the real life husband of Allyce Beasley at this time.

    This episode at times resonates with Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express."
Photo Gallery:

A letter from J B Harland!

David wonders about Maddie's date.

Miss DiPesto gets swept off her feet.

"Was it good for you? "

"Get me off this train!"

It's JB Harland...and he's been murdered.

Tell me about Miss Dipesto.

And I know who did it.

"You can open your eyes now, Maddie."

"Donahue ought to know!"


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