Perry lights up on the plane sitting next to Linda. Smoking on airplanes...those were the days...not.
+ It looks like airplane seating was just as cramped back then as today. Perry is spilling over into Linda Osborne's space causing her to be squished. Submitted by Kilo 8/14/2017.
Just as the Brent Building magically has balconies from the inside but none on the outside, the very traditional courtroom shown here bears no relation to the Mid Century modern building that supposedly houses it.
We get a rare glimpse of Perry letting his hair down, at about 17 minutes on the DVD, when he says to the waiter: "Fine cognac...Leave the bottle." JohnK, 5 October 2015
I think this is one of the most unusual, and memorable, episodes of Perry Mason. The pathetic--and creepy--little girl (I half expect her to order her dolls to attack someone!), Linda Osborne's shocking reaction to her, Mr. Kringle, the beheaded doll...lend an almost Twilight Zone-ish feeling to this episode. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 9/16/2013.
As a Sally Field fan (especially in her Gidget incarnation), it is fascinating to me to see her mother--Maggie Mahoney--in this episode. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Submitted by 65tosspowertrap 9/16/2013.
I'm sorry, but I can't resist: when A. Tobler (John Banner, Sergeant Shultz of Hogan’s Heroes) refuses to disclose any information about the account set up for Peggy, he might as well say, "I know nothing! Nothing!" Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 9/16/2013.
I'm surprised Laurie Perreau didn't have a longer career (and there seems to be nothing in Google about her). This was a great performance. I didn't find her character creepy at all, but definitely pathetic. I must confess, when this episode was over, I was reaching for the Kleenex. submitted by scarter 8/24/14
Quote: "Lawyers have as much right to vacations as plumbers, stockbrokers and / or private investigators." - Perry Mason. So what happened to Paul's vacation in episode 99 TCOT Singular Double? Submitted by H. Mason 11/3/14
The exact same thing - life got in the way. It's scenes like those that drive home what kind of people Perry, Della and Paul truly were and how often they sacrificed their own needs and pleasures to help others.
I was very happy when the writing in the first season changed to show the respect Perry and Tragg had for each other. All four of those characters were real people; unlike Burger, who was nothing more than a sad caricature whose whole existence revolved around desperately needing to 'one up' Perry at every turn - even to the point of sacrificing true justice.
It's almost as if Hamilton's whole train of thought was "uh-oh, Perry has a new client, I need to charge them with murder!" Submitted by Arisia, 03/10/18.
Hypocrisy? Perry seems remarkably indifferent to Tobler's need to respect confidentially, which seems strange since Perry's invoking that reason is a hallmark of the show (indeed, he will do so just a few minute later with Helene Osborne). Perhaps we can rationalize his behavior with the explanation of exciting behind-the-scenes maneuvering...which does indeed occur. Notcom, 020620.
This episode really needs a followup; there are so many legal questions left hanging -
1. Jeffers never did sign a new will. Does the original stay in force, or would a court agree his intentions were clear enough to accept the unsigned new will? 2.Emma Benson can't inherit; if her husband did not know of her crime, can he still inherit? 3. The Osbornes conspired to keep the existence of Peggy a secret. Is that actually a criminal act? If so, is it enough to disqualify them if the original will stands? The public demands answers! DOD 09/11/18
I agree, DOD. The implication is that the draft of the new will will be honored. I also want to know whether Linda Osborne's tears and hug of Peggy at the end mean she will finally let go of her painful memories and embrace Peggy as family. Peggy lost her newly found grandfather; her cousin Larry is a louse; Linda is her last hope of having a family. Submitted by JazzBaby, 9/1/2019.
Laurie Perreau can apparently be found these days at an inactive Twitter account under her full name @LaurenPerreau where there is an active web link to her online business distributing supplies for head shops. (Bill Talman might have approved!) :)