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This show has one of my favorite postscripts, soft humor between the three leads. It begins with Della pretending exasperation and emphatic patience with Paul and ends with Paul on the short end of a Perry bit. cgraul 4.3.12

If it was so necessary to interrupt Hickey's testimony so Lt. Tragg can testify and go to headquarters where he is needed, then why does Tragg sit at the prosecutor's table after his testimony while Hickey is called back? Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/23/12.

Did I hear correctly? Eileen was the first female to propose marriage to Perry? When they were children? At a farm in Oregon? Perry turned her down? Submitted by MikeM, 10/22/2012
+ Raymond Burr worked as a forest ranger in Oregon & fought fires there, as noted by Governor Mark Hatfield during RB's Person to Person interview [PM 50th Anniversary DVD]. Mike B. 6.3.16.

Another female in the case, Linda, has also been asking a man to marry her. And also has been turned down. Submitted by MikeM, 10/22/2012

I find the oft-quoted book The Perry Mason TV Show Book by Brian Kelleher and Diana Merrill to be rather amateurishly written, more on the fanatic side than fan ("by two of his greatest fans" says the cover). Rather than a serious look at the series it is more of a "every episode is the best, all the actors should have received an Emmy® for every episode" type of book. The attitude toward the New Perry Mason series ("The less said about this bomb, the better") starring Monte Markham ("journeyman actor") is especially childish. None of this explains the inaccurate episode summaries many of which have been corrected here. In this episode, it is stated that Danny is framed. Who framed him? Even the murderer stated that having Danny arrested was not intended. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/25/13.
+ For the most part, I agree with Wiseguy70005. However, we must consider that the book was written in 1987, 26 years ago. At that time, the only way to see the show was to hope that a local station was showing the syndicated (often cut) reruns, and maybe videotape them yourself. The series was not available via VHS tape. There was no online IMDB or Wikipedia to give us info on the series. I remember when the book came out. I immediately ordered it. With all it's flaws, the book, at that time, was the most complete source of information on the show. I had my copy for many, many years, and enjoyed reading, and rereading it. Submitted, with fond memory, by Bill-W2XOY on 08/25/2013.
++ My dog-eared copy of the book has earned a well deserved retirement on my bookshelf; I agree it was better than nothing in the "good old days." Submitted by francis, 06/01/14

Re: the "Perry Mason TV Show Book", here is another oddity to ponder. In the book, there is a picture of Raymond Burr from the "Kingston Confidential" series with actress Dina Merrill. The co-author of the book is Diana Merrill. Any relation? Question by Bill-W2XOY on 08/25/13..

Plot Hole? Why was Frank Curran drunk when he walked in Luke Hickey's "choke 'n puke" restaurant? He was the big winner at the poker game--presumably he wasn't drunk then-- and he went from the poker game to the restaurant. So why was he drunk? It makes no sense other than as a plot device to implicate Danny Harrison. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 5/10/2014.

A Sign of the Times? This episode answers a question I have long had. There are several episodes of Perry Mason, including this one, where someone--usually Perry, Paul, or Tragg--learned someone's name and address from the vehicle registration displayed in their car. Usually the car was a convertible (popular in southern California) and the registration was typically on the steering wheel post or on the sun visor. The question I had was whether the law at the time required the registration to be so displayed. In this episode Perry, during his questioning of a witness about a car, says the law required the registration to be in the car, and that it was probably on the steering post. From a privacy and security standpoint this is a terrible thing to do, since, if the car is a convertible with the top down, anyone outside the car could learn the owner's name and home address by looking at the registration. In this episode it had tragic consequences for the murder victim, who was tracked down by the murderer who saw the registration in the victim's convertible. I don't know what the law is now, but I would be surprised if it still required the registration to be displayed in this manner. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 5-12-2014.
+ I also don't know what the law is now, but the current law was also featured a year or so later in the novel The Case of the Waylaid Wolf, chapter 14, where Perry says to Della:
"Get the license number of the car that (Officer) Peter Lyons tagged for double parking. Then get Paul to start his men running down the registration of that car, or it probably will be on the traffic ticket itself since the officer would take the owner's name from the Certificate of Registration which the law requires to be either on the steering post or on some portion of the automobile that is clearly visible." Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/16/14.

I do not know which episode was filmed first (the prior episode TCO the Buried Clock or this) but the cabin interior wood panels from the prior episode are identical to interior panels in Luke's cafe. I assume they were just reusing sets. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/15/15.

Translation: "Cherchez la femme" means "look for the woman". It's a phrase used when a man has troubles the source is usually a woman. see http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cherchez-la-femme.html Submitted by Kilo 6/15/2017.

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Killed by the "Maytag Repairman". Who would have thought? Submitted by HamBurger, 10/7/2017