Jessica Fletcher's (Angela Lansbury) murder-investigating colleagues step into the center spotlight in season 5 with many episodes featuring fellow sleuths in the starring role. Guest stars include Keith Michell, Megan Mullally, Bill Maher, Dinah Shore, Paul Sorvino and Shelley Fabares.
Small-town banker Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) has never been able to live down the fact that he dropped an important pass during a crucial high-school football game. Likewise tainted for life is the team's star quarterback Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell), now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Jack hits upon a brilliant idea: he will stage a rematch-13 years after the fact--with the members of the rival team.
The storylines illustrate the human characteristics of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, and how their tremendous responsibilities affect their lives. Understaffed and overburdened, the doctors, first-year residents, and nurses of the chaotic hospital often rely on humor to cope with daily pressures.