Without spoiling it for any new viewers, something surprising happens to Della at the end that makes her more equal to Perry and Paul, and it’s about time, too! Submitted by gracep, 12/16/2010.
The Israeli MOSSAD officer, Ziva D’avid, a character on NCIS—could she have been named after Ziva Rodann? Whatever. She’s simply stunning… Submitted by MikeReese, 12/1/2011.
When Burger is questioning Ethel Belan on the witness stand, Perry suddenly leaps up and says, "Objected to as argumentative, assuming a fact not in evidence, leading and suggestive, and utterly incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial." Whew! That's got to be the longest objection ever. (By the way, the judge sustained Perry's objection.) Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 10/18/2013.
But Mason also forgot to say "Calls for a conclusion by the witness". cspoleta 10/24/2018
Is that the “Violent Vest” Douglas Dick wears? DOD 12/15/21
Burger pronounces prima facie wrong (at least according to Merriam-Webster). Kilo 4/11/2019.
I Wed 3 Wives would have been an apt title for the intrigues in this confusing episode. Submitted by Notcom, 011216.
>That title might lead some to think it involved Elmer Fudd.
Interesting that we never see or in any way become acquainted with the victim. I believe this has happened in a few episodes but I can't recall which. Any help? Submitted by WJones 7/8/16
> What are TCOT Duplicate Daughter, and - Midnight Howler. (I'll Take "Famous Pensions" for $500, Alex.) Answered by Notcom, 070816.
I must have missed something - just how were the gems being smuggled? And what was the significance of the short closet? And would the police really have left those suitcases in Della's apt? For the answer to these and other questions.....
It doesn't matter how the gems were gotten into the country; the ended up in Belan's apartment. Thus their method of travel didn't matter to the plot. The reason Belan's apt had a short closet is probably because a service shaft (building plumbing or air return) took up the missing closet space. The diagram in court showed an access door, which allowed Belan to hide smuggled goods there. (Of course the guilty apt manager/ring leader knew about it; that's why it was rented to fellow conspirator Belan.) The police may or may not have seized the suitcases as evidence, but Della (and Paul) searched them as soon as they got them away from the building. When Della found the jewels in the face cream, Paul sent her to quickly put them in a hotel safe. Thus they were not in the luggage when the police caught up with it in Della's apt. Good or bad police procedure, it didn't affect the plot. HiTechHiTouch 2/17/18
+Your explanation is perfect, HiTechHiTouch. I was about to attempt to make the same points, but you said it better than I could have. Submitted by JazzBaby, 3/8/2019.
++ Of course it makes less-than-zero sense that she would then proceed to rent out a room (actually so far as to give up her own bedroom!!) Even Yiddish doesn't have enough expressions to cover our frustration at some of PM's plot absurdities. Notcom 051223.
Oddly enough, the diagram entered into evidence in Court shows the plan of Suzanne Granger's and Ethel Belan's apartments to be absolutely identical - despite Mason's repeated references to a hidden storage space in a closet 3'6" shorter than usual. Probably it was some stock architectural plan that the producers used in preference to having a plan drawn that actually shows the discrepancy referred to by Mason. BTW, the most obvious reason for Walter Richey, the clerk/manager, to be in on the smuggling plan is because it would have been too risky to construct a hidden storage space containing a fortune in contraband without someone to cover up the renovations as they were being made, and to keep it from being discovered afterward.
+ The floor plan matches apartments 208 and 210 as seen when Paul visits Belan and Granger. Kilo 4/11/2019.
TCOT Personal Preference Pow! We are back in real PM Land here, with an ESG novel as the basis; Perry, Della, and Paul working as a team; a complex and intriguing plot; lots of sex appeal; and fiery courtroom action. Given Della's prominent role and the fact that Tragg and George E. Stone appear, I wonder when this was shot, but I don't know where to find the shooting order data that some on here cite. I suspect it was made before some of the already aired shows that follow a later format, in which Della is marginalized, David Gideon takes over for Paul a lot of the time, and the plots become more routine. A matter of taste, I know! For me, this was pure Perry Mason at its best! Submitted by JazzBaby, 3/8/2019