Perry makes a great point about the law: “Mr. Baxter, I remind you, the law helps the vigilant before those who sleep on their rights.” Submitted by gracenote, 2/17/2011.
+ Vigilantibus Et Non Dormientibus Jura Subveniunt [Latin:] the law assists those that are vigilant with their rights, and not those that sleep thereupon.
++ Ironically, Perry makes the point in seeking dismissal on the grounds that a confession was made without advice of counsel ! (I will confess I didn't particularly care for this episode: I don't know if it was the [greater-than-usual] legal latitude Perry is given, technical implausibilities in the 'home' movie, or just a pathological dislike for Milton Seltzer, but the requisite happy ending would have had me rolling my eyes..if they hadn't been drooping closed already). Notcom, 052119.
Actually, I think Perry’s argument is that a confession is meaningless unless there is evidence a crime has been committed. Without such evidence, there is no crime to investigate. DOD 01/29/21
Why is this episode titled TCOT "Decadent Dean"? If he is the head of an independent secondary school, as he seems to be, then Aaron Stuart would be a Headmaster or Head of School -- possibly Principal or President. But not Dean. Submitted by HBM1043, 2/19/2014

Tobin Wade is the Decadent Dean, not Aaron Stuart. - Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 9 March 2014.

Location Names: Any relation between Cliffside Resort seen in this story and Cliffside Heights from episode 179 TCOT Skeleton's Closet? Submitted by H. Mason 2/23/15

SHERIFF is a BLENDED word: The King of England appointed a REEVE to administer a SHIRE/County (SHIRE + REEVE = SHERIFF) [Webster's Unabridged Dictionary]. Mike Bedard 2.27.15.

H.M. Wynant has the distinction of having played victim, murderer, suspect, and prosecutor in various episodes. The whole web of deceit, thefts, and murder could have been prevented by the very simple and logical real estate arrangement described at the end. During that terrific confession, we learn our victim was first struck with a log. Surely there would have been some evidence of that in the wound? DODay 12/22/17

Legends of the Fall so what were the "technical difficulties" in the film-within-a-film that we see in the episode?? Quite simply that the upward shot that forms its raison d'être would have been impossible to obtain (it's possible, I suppose that such could have been obtained from a boat - assuming a calm surf - but there would still be considerable agitation in the footage). A similar issue marred an earlier episode - tho the issue there was really more about continuity - and one has to wonder if these are plot devices that seemed to make sense when appearing in a book, but which fall apart when they're actually attempted. Notcom 061521.