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A Crime of Two Cities
Season 3, Episode 63, 64, 65, 66
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Air date Pt. 1, October 2, 1994
Pt. 2, October 9, 1994
Pt. 3, October 16, 1994
Pt. 4, October 23, 1994
Written by Carin Greenberg Baxter & Kermit Frazier
Directed by Gregory Lehane
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Jamal and his family are spending their Christmas vacation in London! They are staying at a bed-and-breakfast where Jamal meets and befriends the owners' kids, Sam and Becky. Meanwhile, there seems to be a plot brewing rapidly involving a famed British author and her son, both of whom will be making a visit to New York to read her latest book. Someone is planning to kidnap the author's son, so the Ghostwriter Team (including Sam and Becky when Ghostwriter writes to them) must race into action and send clues back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean in order to foil a "crime in two cities."

Can the team solve the case and expose the kidnapper? Also, what does a zany woman named "Wise Rita" and her nephew have to do with it?

Cast

Ghostwriter Team

Co-Stars

Special Guest Stars

  • Julia Stiles as Erica Dansby
  • Ahmad Rashad as Himself
  • Phylicia Rashad as Herself
  • Condola Rashad as Herself

Plot

Part 1

Intro

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Story

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Part 2

Rewind

The show's narrator explains to the viewers, in case they have forgotten what has previously happened in the arc. The facts are: Jamal and his family are having a great time on vacation in London. They are staying at an small hotel and Jamal befriended Becky Wentwood, whose parents own the hotel. But something weird happened while Becky and Jamal were sightseeing, a bike messenger ran into them and dropped an envelope with some puzzling things in it. Like a secret coded message, a London phone number, and an message that said "SOPHIE MADISON'S TRUE IDENTITY REVEALED". Jamal and Becky know that Sophie Madison is the name of an character in some children's books and they want to find out who the messenger is and why he didn't want Jamal to take his picture.

So, Jamal and Becky decided to call the phone number in the envelope. A little boy named Colin Brockington answers the phone and gives the phone to his mother. However, Mrs. Brockington tells them that the envelope isn't hers. Jamal and Becky think that if the decode the message, they'll find out who the messenger is how the envelope is connected to the Brockington's.

Elsewhere, the bike messenger (also known as Danny), told his aunt, Wise Rita that he lost the envelope and fears that they'll be arrested. But Rita tells them that their plan is safe because the message is written in code. Wise Rita created this scheme for revenge. She is angry that Gloria Brockington Owens, who wrote the Sophie Madison books, stole her life story and put it in the Sophie Madison book series. Now Gloria is a successful author. Then, Danny spots Jamal and Becky and remembers them from the bike accident. He fears that the two will ruin their plans and follows them back to the Camden Hotel.

Back at the hotel, Sam Wentwood, Becky's little brother, helps Jamal crack the coded message which reveals that it's about about kidnapping. Now Jamal and Sam must figure out what the message is, otherwise somebody will be kidnapped!

Will Jamal and Sam figure out what's going on in order to stop a kidnapping in time?

Story

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Part 3

Rewind

The show's narrator explains to the viewers, in case they have forgotten what has previously happened in the arc. The facts are: Jamal and his family are having a great time on vacation in London. They are staying at an small hotel and Jamal befriended Becky Wentwood, whose parents own the hotel. But something weird happened while Becky and Jamal were sightseeing, a bike messenger ran into them and dropped an envelope with some puzzling things in it. Like a secret coded message, a London phone number, and an message that said "SOPHIE MADISON'S TRUE IDENTITY REVEALED". So far, Jamal and Becky know that Sophie Madison is the name of an character in some children's books and an phone number belong to a kid name Colin Brockington and his mother, Gloria. Plus the coded message is about a kidnapping plan. Jamal figures out that the kidnapping is set in New York City. There are two suspects. First, Wise Rita, her name was on the coded message about the kidnapping plan. Second, the bike messenger, Jamal and Becky don't know that his real name is Danny, but they do know is that he dropped the envelope and didn't want Jamal to take his picture.

Jamal, Becky, and Becky's brother, Sam (who help Jamal crack the kidnapping message code), figure out that they have to look in the newspaper for more information that can lead to the kidnapper's next move. Then, they find another coded message that tells them to look in the New York newspaper for the next coded message. Ghostwriter helps them figure out that Gloria Brockington is the real name of author of the Sophie Madison book series and she'll be on a book tour in New York with her son, Colin. Jamal thinks Gloria will be the kidnap victim. So, he ask the Ghostwriter team back in Brooklyn, to check the New York newspaper for any coded messages.

Unknown to Jamal, Becky, and Sam is that Danny, the bike messenger, is working on the kidnapping plan with his aunt, Wise Rita, who engineered the plan. She says that Gloria Brockington-Owens, who wrote the Sophia Madison books, stole her life story and put it in the Sophie Madison series. Now Gloria is a rich and famous author and Wise Rita wants revenge!

Elsewhere, Becky and Sam can see Ghostwriter and Sam runs to get his parents.

Will the team in two cities stop the kidnapping in time and will Sam tell his parents about Ghostwriter?

Story

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Part 4

Rewind

The show's narrator explains to the viewers, in case they have forgotten what has previously happened in the arc. The facts are: Jamal is having a great time on vacation in London with his parents. Jamal befriended siblings Becky and Sam Wentwood, whose parents own the hotel where Jamal and his parents are staying. But something weird happened while Jamal and Becky were sightseeing, a weird bike messager ran into them and dropped an enveloped with some mysterious things. Like a secret coded message, a London phone number, and an message that said "SOPHIE MADISON'S TRUE IDENTITY REVEALED". Jamal and Becky know that Sophie Madison is a character in an popular children's book series and the phone number belongs to a little boy named Colin Brockington and his mother, Gloria. Then when Jamal and Becky's brother, Sam decoded the weird message, it was revealed to be a kidnapping plan that will take place in New York. The message is from someone called "Wise Rita" and Jamal and Becky learned that Colin Brockington's mother, Gloria is the author behind the Sophie Madison book series and she'll be on a book tour in New York with Colin accompanying her. Jamal and Becky think Colin will be the one kidnapped in New York. The kidnappers have been leaving coded messages in newspapers in both London and New York, so Jamal asked the Ghostwriter team back in Brooklyn, to help. Then the team decoded a message that said: "RED BEARD SNATCH KID TWO PM TUESDAY JUST LIKE IN BOOK". They think somebody called "Red Beard" is going to kidnap Colin and think "Red Beard" is a character in a Sophie Madison novels, so they're reading the novels for more clues to find "Red Beard". Elsewhere, Ghostwriter wrote to Becky and Sam (he revealed himself to them in the last episode), they can see him too. From the clues Ghostwriter sent Jamal, Becky, and Sam find out that Wise Rita is working with someone named Danny Winkler, who is also the bike messenger. What the kids don't know is that Wise Rita wants to get even with Gloria Brockington. She thinks that Gloria stole her life story and put it in the Sophie Madison series. Jamal and the Wentwood siblings stake out Danny's apartment and they see him talking to a woman, who is also Wise Rita! So Becky follows Wise Rita and Jamal and Sam follow Danny. But Jamal and Sam are separated from each other and Jamal gets caught by Danny.

What will happen to Jamal and will the kidnapping be stopped in time? Plus, who is "Red Beard?"

Story

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  • This was the last episode where Mayteana Morales portrayed Gaby.
  • This also marked the last appearance of Lt. McQuade.
  • This also marked the last appearance of Erica Dansby
  • The second part of this arc also marked the last appearance of Jasmine Michaluk.