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One of the better episodes because of the presence of Julie Adams, because of the original jazz music by Van Cleave (which gives the episode an edge), and because of the references to the space program. The last was particularly enjoyable because I have visited the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (it looks a little different now). Submitted by gracenote, 2/1/2011.
Perry Masonís badgering of a certain witness should have been stopped by the judge. Of course, there was a reason he was doing it, but it still flies in the face of court procedure. The judge did not have to ask Perry to let the witness testify after calming down; he could have told him. Submitted by gracenote, 2/1/2011.
Itís nice to see Tragg in this episode, but why do we see him? He seems far out of his jurisdiction; the cabin is supposedly near El Centro, and thatís not close to Los Angeles County! Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 8/14/2011.
+I don't know how far Tragg was from retirement, but this is the famous episode where he can be seen talking into his torch and not his walkie talkie. Submitted by pauloh1 22/11/14
++ LOL, it initially looked like that, but he actually has his walkie talkie in the same hand as his flashlight. Submitted by mesave31, 04/12/15.
Paradoxical Proposal: Per a newspaper article's headline before the body was found, at 19:55 on the 2011 Paramount DVD, "Comstock's Suicide May Be Accidental". At the least it's more enticing than "Comstock's Death: Suicide? Accident?" Julie Adams _is_ to die for, if not sooner than one expects. lowercase masonite, 3/3/16.
You Are Now Leaving...: Perry and Paul go to the hunting cabin "La Casita", at 27:17 on the 2011 Paramount DVD. The "La Casita" sign faces the cabin, not any road leading to the cabin -- perhaps so that the cabin's residents don't also have to hunt for the name of the place where they're staying. lowercase masonite, 3/3/16.
It's for you, Mr. Burger this time, Hamilton receives a phone call, he's tracked to Perry's office. jfh 02Dec2016
This case also does a good job of showing the professional respect Hamilton, Tragg, Drake and Mason have for each other outside of the courtroom, working together to find the truth. Submitted by cgraul, 9/14/2011.
+ Something similar happened near the end of episode 144 TCOT Mystified Miner. Lt. Tragg, Lt. Anderson, Sgt. Brice, Paul Drake and Perry worked together to find a missing person and apprehend a suspect. Added by H. Mason 2/5/15 //
The poetry Comstock recites at the bar is based on Andrew Marvel's love-poem "You." Mike Bedard 7.9.16 //
The grave's a fine and private place; But none, I think, do there embrace --"To His Coy Mistress", by Andrew Marvell ...MikeM. 3/10/2017
"Conte Unchained." Seemingly determined to prove that his scenery chewing in "TCOT Injured Innocent" (#133) was no accident, actor John Conte really lets loose here as the conniving Roy Comstock. It's hard to figure out whether Conte is hamming it up because he's a ham or because he's playing a hammy character (Comstock) who's putting on an obvious performance, but, either way, subtlety is not the order of the day. Submitted by BobH, 17 February 2018.
"A Contean Footnote." Among PM guest actors, John Conte might well be considered the anti-Parley Baer. Baer appeared in six PM episodes and always played an "innocent" suspect, never the victim, murderer, or defendant. Conte appeared in five PM episodes and never played an "innocent" suspect, always the victim (3 times), murderer (once), or defendant (once). Submitted by BobH, 17 February 2018.
Another episode with the end book on the shelf upside down. This time, it's on the shelf seen behind Hamilton's right shoulder in F. J. Weatherby's office. jfh 30Mar2018
The Name Game: Another story where the killer wasn't given a last name. Maybe Willie should share a cell with Buzzie (episode 57) and David (episode 95). Other stories with name problems are: episodes 13, 110, 130, and 140 where the first name of the murderer was never mentioned. In episodes 35, 93, and 141 initials (and no first names) were used. In #16 we're not sure if the name used after the killer's title was a first or last name. Finally in episode 165 the killer used an alias and the "real" name was never mentioned. Submitted by H. Mason 2/9/15
The episode name, Lover's Leap, makes no sense to me. For one they were married (divorced) so lovers seems not quite right and where is the leap. I would like something like the Deadly Divorce. Submitted by Perry Baby 7/29/16.
+married couples can be lovers, however, this couple was not married; Comstock leapt overboard (he swam ashore) to fake his suicide. jfh 02Dec2016.
Perhaps 'Lover's Leap' had to do with Willie's obvious puppy love/lust for Valerie Comstock, and her trading on it .. it's so clear, his feelings for her, and her manipulation of him for it (telling Willie to beat up her husband's attorney!) and it also being clear to anyone BUT him that she has no real affection for him .. ah, desire unrequited! Submitted by MikeReese, 3/11/17