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The third season of Murder, She Wrote brought another batch of great mysteries, as well as a great crossover between this show and Magnum, P.I..
Starting us off is the two-parter "Death Stalks the Big Top", where Jessica finds her brother-in-law Neil (Jackie Cooper), who's long been thought dead. It's not long until Neil confesses to murdering one of the circus' workers, but Jessica knows he is innocent and sets out to find the real killer.
Appearing again are Len Cariou as Michael Haggerty (in "One White Rose for Death"), and Jerry Orbach as Harry McGraw (in "Death Takes a Dive").
As I mentioned before, this set also features the crossover with Magnum, P.I., but there's a funny mistake with the included Magnum, P.I. episode "Novel Connection": it's the syndicated version, not the network original. That means instead of seeing the police arrest Magnum for murder (even though someone else's bullet killed the hitman), we see Magnum shoot the hitman and save the day, eliminating the cliffhanger (the original open-ended version is on the Magnum, P.I. - The Complete Seventh Season DVD set). Of course, it would make more sense to have the original with "Magnum on Ice".
Guest stars, like most other seasons, are abundant here. These include: Jackie Cooper, Martin Balsam, Greg Evigan, Florence Henderson, Pat Hingle, Hayley Mills, Erin Moran, Lloyd Bochner, Charles Napier, Leslie Nielsen, Genie Francis and Jeff Conaway (returning as Jessica's niece and nephew-in-law), Marcia Wallace, Gretchen Corbett, Eugene Roche, Len Cariou, Jerry Orbach, Jessica Walter, Dorothy Loudon, Gregg Henry, Courteney Cox, Tom Selleck and John Hillerman (as Magnum and Higgins, respectively), Kathleen Lloyd, Donny Most, Barry Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Colleen Camp, Rene Auberjonois, Shaun Cassidy, Adrienne Barbeau, Joe Santos, LeVar Burton, Buddy Hackett, George Clooney, Ron Masak, Harry Morgan, Eric Braeden, Gloria Stuart, and Steve Lawrence.