Private Investigator Harry McGraw doesn’t mince his words. When Jessica offers to help him solve a crime, he gets exasperated, saying, “Look, Mrs Fletcher, why don’t you take some advice? Why don’t you devote that boundless energy of yours to needlepoint or a bridge club?”
Jessica’s face is a picture,
but as always, she is very polite, replying, “I tried that; it’s precisely the reason I wrote my first book. I was bored out of my mind.” McGraw’s response? “Well, I read your first book, and I was bored out of my mind.”
It is hard to imagine after a start like this, but these two wonderful characters will become firm friends. Harry’s a tough guy, but he’s a softie at heart. At the end of this episode, he even suggests that they go into business together, pitching it thus, “McGraw and Fletcher. Your brains, my knuckles!”
This episode is called Tough Guys Don’t Die, and I have the perfectly named dessert for you to try alongside this show. The much-loved actor Jerry Orbach admitted that his wife was in charge of cooking but emphatically stated that this was his very own creation. It is SO Harry McGraw!
Jerry Orbach’s Tough Guys Dessert
Vanilla ice cream
A shot of Scotch whiskey
Black pepper (to taste)
To a dash of vanilla ice cream, add Scotch whiskey and sprinkle with pepper. Believe it or not!
Next week on Murder, She Cooked, a recipe from the kitchen of Bruce Jenner.
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