The picture of managing editor Tilden Stuart displays during the broadcast does not look anything like actor Denver Pyle, who played the editor! Submitted by gracep 11/21/2010.
+ As a Denver Pyle fan, I've carefully checked the News Broadcast photo that gracep questions by pausing a taped analog broadcast. From this alone, I'm quite sure that it is a photo of Denver Pyle, but one that was taken 5 or more years before this episode was filmed (while his hair still had colour!).
I've also checked this while viewing the DVD on a computer media player. Note that the DVD viewed with a (rather than TV) will yield the clearest, highest-resolution images. The computer media player also displays the complete image stored on the DVD; the outer edges are not cropped due to overscan (an inherent TV technology bug). Added by Gary Woloski, 9/8/11.
The image appears to be a much younger Denver Pyle before his hair was silver. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/10/16
Priorities Are In Order Dept: Hamilton Burger, referring to the murdered woman: “Kerry Worden was a double-crosser all right…But, she was a VERY attractive woman.“ Submited by cgraul 10/24/2011.
Priorities Part II: Three geezers out in the north country rapids with no guide? And no life vests? What were they thinking? The cost of that multinational search-and-rescue operation must have run into the thousands. Actually, they weren't that old: an IMDB search reveals that the actor playing Tilden Stuart was just 40, and the Adam York guy 45. People sure looked old then. JohnK, 11 October, 2015
A rarity in this series, Perry cracks a joke in court, this time while questioning a witness about his arranged engagement. Submitted by francis, 4/22/12.
No advance notice: Della sent a message to the stockholders, Mr. Alison and Hamilton Burger about a meeting at 8:00 that night. It's a good thing everybody could drop everything to be there. Submitted by H. Mason 11/11/14
Busy lunch break: Did Perry, Della and Paul gather all the information they needed to solve the case and make that display during the adjournment? Submitted by H. Mason 11/11/14
Although broadcast in the fifth season, this episode (and the next) were actually produced in the fourth season (compare the closing credits to the fourth and fifth season) and were held over. The same situation occurred at the start of the fourth season. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 11/24/14.
And they published Happily Ever After Though the writers should - perhaps - get credit for not leaving loose plot threads dangling, their resolution to the Chron's financial problems is so contrived I think it might have been better if they left it out. Submitted by Notcom, 121715.
Don, the Operative In a seemingly extraneous scene, Paul sends a pint-sized operative named Don to obtain information by posing as a photographer. My guess is that the scene was intended as something of an inside joke, saluting ESG's A.A. Fair mysteries, which featured pint-sized detective Donald Lam. Submitted by BobH, 12 February 2017.
I find this one of the creepiest, most unpleasant episodes ever. I don't think we've ever seen as many viciously greedy people conniving and competing against each other in such complicated, ever-shifting maneuvers in any other episode! Submitted by JazzBaby, 9/10/2019.
I was also distressed by the seemingly virtuous campaign to develop the slumland. Not one mention made of providing good, live, affordable housing to the current poor people living there. With a fancy marina attached? Sounds like a typical shove out the poor and build a nice, middle class housing development plan! Submitted by JazzBaby, 9/10/2019.
+ I was highly amused to see where on the map the writers situated the 'dirty shanty town' of "Derrick Flats." First, it is anything but flat, being the easternmost end of where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the sea. Secondly, this is a VERY tony neighborhood called Castellammare; J. Paul Getty's villa is there, which is now a museum holding his collection of antiquities and modelled on a villa excavated at Pompeii. https://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/ OLEF641 3/19/21
After barely surviving that boating accident, our villain was able to carry a body two miles through the woods - with a broken arm? Uh, OK DOD 10/09/18
+ He did not say how or when his arm broke. Though he told his rescuers that the other two fisherman were both dead, why didn't he at least stay by the fire? Also, why was Perry the only one to draw the correct conclusion about Prentice York's broken leg in relation to York's hands and boots? Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 03/08/19.
Mason enters the board meeting carrying a briefcase, puts it on a chair, and not once opens it or refers to any papers or documents that maybe would have been in it. It is such an obviously empty prop to make him "look lawyerly." cgraul 4.26.21
Why do Perry's clients ALMOST ALWAYS pick up the murder weapon (leaving f-prints) when they come across a dead body? cgraul 4.26.21