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Samuel Newman did a uniquely poor job of story and dialogue in this episode. From the stilted "legalese" used by Kelly (Mike Connor) prior to trial and in the courtroom, to the childish plotting and characters and odd defendant in-court outbursts, it was all very poorly done. cgraul 5 March 12.
The Duchess objects to a bowling alley in her town but carries a grudge against Bill for not wanting to work in an oil refinery, even has a scale model of an oil derrick in her study. jfh 31Jan2017.
In a normal episode, I would have expected Bonnie Mae to get murdered since there was plenty who had motives. In this episode, the doctor gets killed. Like my comment in the prior episode, the trend is changing. Bonnie and those surrounded her were guilty of many crimes and some lied on the stand, but Bonnie Mae supposedly redeems herself in the closing scene. Submitted by Perry Baby 11/1/16.
+ IMHO this seems as though it might not only have been a try-out for a Perry replacement but also an attempt to test other cost-cutting efforts: fewer characters, stilted writing, fewer sets, shifting to a married, more blue-collar "Joe" attorney and clients, etc. jfh 31Jan2017.
The ending credits are now included in the DVD release of Season 8 Volume 1. Differences between the reconstructed cast and the cast shown on the video include the title "The Duchess" following Bonnie Mae Wilmet's name, the title "Mayor" appended to Orson Stillman's name, order of billing for Patricia Morrow, name of Allan Hunt's character (Fourth Boy) and his billing order, and the addition of Gilman Rankin as "Man in Hospital". As anticipated, Don Anderson and Robert Wegner are uncredited. The technical crew is now included. Co-incidentally, the "crew" credits are identical to those of the preceding episode, which makes us hope that the DVD editors didn't just take a shortcut, but that the same identical crew were properly credited for this episode as well. Kudos to all the contributing scholars whose reconstructed cast has served so admirably for all these years. Your work was remarkably accurate given the obstacles you faced. Bravo! alan_sings 6 December 2012.
The Tesoro police officer was called "sergeant" but didn't seem to have anything on his uniform to show his rank. Submitted by H. Mason 4/10/15