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At about 29:30 into the episode, we see Della fiddling with the Dictaphone Time Master (cf., Substitute Face et al.). You can see the belt-shaped recording medium which was made of acetate. The acetate could be quite colorful, e.g., blood-red. A stylus was used to inscribe the audio. Later models used magnetic media. I wonder if this was an example of product placement? Submitted by billp, 1/19/09.

Mr. Garvin, Sr.ís alligator briefcase is identical to Mr Brent's briefcase in the Gilded Lily. Submitted by billp, 1/19/09.

Note how skillfully Mason negotiates with Castle. Mason's initial asking price is $225,000; Castle counters with $150,000. After Perry gets Castle thoroughly tied in knots, he gets Castle to agree to $225,000. Castle's initial offer to Stephanie Falkner was $90,000. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 19 April 2014.

Professional COURTESY: I like the scene where Lt. Tragg apologizes for interrupting Perry/Della's lunch & does the "Favor" of telling Perry his client wants to see him. Despite their different perspectives, the two adversaries RESPECT each other. Mike Bedard 5.5.15

And RUDENESS I found this episode to be rather unpleasant: the characters spend a great deal of time berating each other (Perry accuses Stephanie of hiding something after having earlier suggested to her father that he was doing the same, Junior while on the stand accuses Perry of duplicity, and in return Perry suggests his wife may be the killer) and the "happily ever after" ending (see below) I found to be more creepy than endearing. Critiqued by Notcom, 082416.

Spoiler Warning! Do Not Read Below If You Have Not Seen The Episode

Joe De Santis was both a murderer and a victim. Submitted by daveb, date unknown.
+ That was stated in the Summary. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 4-23-2014.

Joe De Santis has the unique distinction of getting murdered twice, here in this episode and in Episode #54 TCOT Borrowed Brunette, in the same motel (the same exterior shot of the motel was used in both episodes). Submitted by Kenmore 2/02/11

I've been listening to the old X Minus One radio shows, and Joe De Santis plays a number of roles in several episodes .. and that distinctive voice is quite versatile. They're well worth a listen just to hear him! Submitted by MikeReese 7/22/13

The Tale of the Guns: THIS IS STILL SPOILER TEXT! (Killer named below.) Are you confused about who has what gun when? Here's a summary:

  • Holster Gun, customarily carried by Michael Garvin, Sr. ("Senior") in his shoulder holster. For a while, he loans it to Stephanie, then he retrieves it to his holster, leaving the Vault gun at Stephanie's in its place. This gun is not fired during the course of the story, nor does it appear in court.
  • Vault Gun, normally kept in Senior's office safe. Eva borrows it from the safe, kills Castle, and returns it to the safe. Senior then carries it to Stephanie's apartment in place of the Holster gun. Next day, Stephanie places the Vault gun on the table when she hides the Junior gun. The police confiscate the Vault gun off of the table, and it becomes Exhibit A in court, proven ballistically to be the murder weapon.
  • Junior Gun, normally carried by Michael Garvin, Jr. ("Junior"). Mason fires this gun across Junior's desk, then he and Junior leave it on Stephanie's table. (The Vault gun is still out of sight somewhere in Stephanie's apartment as Mason and Junior leave.) Afraid to implicate Junior, Stephanie hides the Junior gun and puts the Vault gun in its place on the table, just before letting the police in. In spite of this precaution, the police find and confiscate the Junior gun as well, and it becomes Exhibit B in court, identified by means of Junior's initials scratched on it.

Submitted by alan_sings, 11/27/2014.

Ending: Happy or Creepy? Stephanie ends up marrying Senior, thus becoming the stepmother of her former boyfriend; although obviously there is no technical wrongdoing, the resultant relationships seem almost incestuous. Sermonized by Notcom, 082416.