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This is the last episode of the TV series to be based on an ESG novel (and not a remake). Between 1963 and 1965, ESG published 7 Perry Mason novels that never were adapted for the show. I don't think it was a mandatory time lapse between the book and the adaptation. Look at Deadly Toy, published and filmed in 1959. So why didn't these 7 make it to the small screen? Musings by Bill-W2XOY on 08/01/2013..

More musings. Why did Wesley Lau leave after Season 8? Did he want more money? Did he want opening credits after the death of Ray Collins? I've never seen an answer to this. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY on 08/02/2013..
+Wesley may have left to play Master Sergeant Jiggs on "Time Tunnel"'s lone 1966-67 season. He was in 5 of its 30 episodes: 4 airing in '66 & 1 in '67. Mike Bedard 2.5.15.
++ Wesley Lau degenerated throughout the course of this role. Lt. Tragg started out harsh and gradually became twinkly, ironic, and even lovable. Lt. Anderson started out warm and friendly, as Tragg's assistant, but once Ray Collins left, Lau became meaner, colder, and more angry, until all sympathy for him evaporated from my heart. His lines didn't change, and could have been delivered with calmness or friendliness, but he bit off every word until the way he spoke marked him as an obstructionist and opponent. I wanted to like him, but he soured on me. Submitted by catyron, July 15th, 2018

Ben Cooper's accent in this episode isn't bad; it's dreadful. Submitted by Dan K, 5/28/16.

Did Lee Harvey Oswald read this ESG novel in December 1962 in the Saturday Evening Post, or in February 1963 when William Morrow and Company published it in book form? The word "patsy" appears eight times in the novel and "fall guy" appears three times. LHO famously said after his arrest that he was just a "patsy." Volumes have been written about how there may have been two or more "Oswald"s. LHO needed an attorney like PM to solve this circumstantial case. Unfortunately, Jack Ruby ended any possibility of a trial. Jack Ruby got flamboyant attorney Melvin Belli to help with his case. He was convicted, but the conviction was thrown out and a new trial ordered at a different venue. Ruby died "unconvicted" before the new trial could take place. In the PM television movies series, PM defends a man accused of killing another on live television...MikeM. 3/3/2017

+ Erle Stanley Gardner dedicated his 1958 PM novel, The Case of the Calendar Girl, to Dr. Hubert Winston Smith, physician and lawyer, who in 1964 replaced Percy Foreman who had replaced Melvin Belli as lead attorney for Jack Ruby...MikeM. 4/29/2018

In the opening scene the cab pulls in behind a parked Chrysler. When Dorrie exits the cab, the Chrysler is gone. Judging by the puckered stitching at the shoulders, Perry needs a new tailor. Why did Minerva need to involve a detective in the first place? DOD 03/25/20

'A Pitkin by Any Other (First) Name." In the original ESG novel, Clyde Jasper's first name is Dunleavey. Might he be related to the equally inaptly named Cartman Jasper from "TCOT Duplicate Daughter" (Episode #121)? Submitted by BobH, 2 July 2018.
+ "Jasper" was the first name for the similarly dim-witted brother in TCOT Fandancer's Horse.(An episode which, ironically, featured actress Minerva Urecal). Having never met even one person named - first or last - Jasper in my half-century plus, I'll have to conclude that either the name was a lot more common in the past, or ESG was rather fond of it (perhaps he had a spinner for names as well as plots ??) Oberved by Notcom, 080319.

Dry Lightning Strikes Twice Honestly !! Has there ever been an episode where Perry was made to look as stupid as this one ?? Sure there've been times when he was made the chump...and he was the first to admit it. Here he wanders around with all the earnestness of an overweight Clouseau, never suspecting until the very end that two people who look, talk and act exactly alike might be...you know... the same person. I'm tempted to think this was meant as a self-parody, but if so it didn't work. So here we were at the end of Season Eight, two of the last three episodes are among the worst the show has produced...might it be time to adjourn ?? We know what the producers ultimately decided. Notcom, 080319.

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Season 8 concluded with two episodes featuring very questionable crime-scene work (aside from the also very questionable intelligence of Perry's clients.) In Wrongful Writ, the DA's office failed to establish where, exactly, the crime took place before the preliminary hearing began. And now, for Mischievous Doll, Lt. Anderson and colleagues misidentified a body "burned almost beyond recognition" by using only a partial fingerprint and hair color. Why couldn't they use dental records? No one even mentioned them. One consolation (besides Sgt. Brice getting a closeup and several lines to speak) could be that at least Perry's last client was willing and easily able to pay his fees. Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 07/03/13.