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#83: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 01/30/60
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
This is the unique episode where Lt. Tragg is surprised to see Mason and Burger working on the same side.
While on vacation, Hamilton Burger introduces his fellow duck-hunters to Jeff Pike, an old friend who saved his life in a boating accident twelve years before. Now Jeff is in trouble and wants Hamilton's advice. Jeff and his son are at odds with a man who is later murdered. Since the L.A. District Attorney's office has jurisdiction, Hamilton disqualifies himself and asks Perry to defend his friend.
The priceless moment in the show is when Hamilton Burger mutters under his breath (but not so quietly that we can't hear it!) in response to Dennis Patrick's 'Prosecutor's' objections, "Shut up, you fool!" (From memory, not verbatim) And Dennis Patrick? I almost expected HIM to be found guilty! Submitted by MikeReese, 9 September 2012. + Actually Burger says, "Oh sit down be quiet". Submitted by HamBurger, 7/27/2014
That was a priceless moment, but another priceless moment was when Ruta Lee walked in to tell lies to Perry and Della in her skating outfit! She looks like a million bucks (actually $50,000!) in her short skirt and tight top! She puts the "figure" in "figure skating!" I imagine her outfit is a nice shade of peach. And when she testifies the first time, she keeps her mink coat on like it's freezing in the courtroom. Submitted by DyNama, 10/8/2014
Malibu or Malibou: It's interesting to note that when describing the community, it is spelled "Malibu" however when talking about the lake it is spelled "Malibou". Submitted by by HamBurger July 27, 2014, at 10:57 AM
Courtroom confession: This episode has IMHO the best/funniest confession outburst (I won't say who!). "I killed Leonard...I killed the BIG GAS BAG"!!! LOL! I play it back several times each time I see it! Submitted by mesave31, 10/21/14
Dennis Patrick makes his second of four appearances on PM to play the prosecutor in this episode but with pointed nose and smiling sneer he is always comes across and often plays the bad guy. He was especially devious in TCOT Golfer's Gambit later. Submitted by Perry Baby 5/2/15