This is an very unpleasent episode. It is somehow creepy to see the young beautiful Gigi Perreau lust after a man old enough to be her father (21 years her senior), Werner Klemper. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 12 July 2008.
+ Especially when you consider she may have been below the age of consent. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 14 April 2014.
++ There is also an uncomfortable scene early in the episode in which the ranch foreman, Gary Marshall, forces his unwanted attentions on his boss's wife. jfh 16May2017.
When Doris Bannister arrives in Perry’s office, she has messed hair, no earrings, and a metallic necklace. Perry takes her to the hospital, and in the next morning’s paper a “do you know this girl” picture that must have been taken from the hospital appears with Doris in a glam shot—perfect hair, pearl earrings, and a pearl necklace! Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 5/25/2009.
Something I’ve noticed about the series is that photos of characters in the story are often “glam shots.” To me, these appear to be the sort of photo an agent would shop around to the studio to get an actor consideration for a role. For example, consider “Nimble Nephew”: When Adam Thompson gets his picture snapped opening the safe, we are shown a totally unrealistic “glam shot.” Curious. Submitted by billp, 29 October 2009.
+ I remember reading a post on this site years ago pointing out that it looks like the actors' headshots are often used in these situations. Seems likely. Submitted by Adam K 07/01/2012
++ Star Trek also used "glam shots" in "Charlie X" ('66): "The color portraits of Yeoman Rand which Charlie produces on the backs of the playing cards are actually PUBLICITY PHOTOS of Grace Lee Whitney," The Star Trek Compendium notes. Mike Bedard 4.27.15
I thought this episode was unpleasant because of background motive of Stephan Riker: the 'romance' between him and the much younger Doris Bannister, if you buy in to his character, was just time killing until he could get to Lisa Bannister .. or he was dumb enough, as some men are, to think a young girl wants a man his age .. oh, I know it happens, but I think the Eagles did a song about the perils of such relationships .. Submitted by MikeReese, 7/10/2013.
Lt. Tragg testifies that the block of plaster is a casting made outside the window, and indeed there is even dirt sticking to the plaster. Burger then proceeds to insert the legs of a ladder into the impressions. But if this was actually a direct casting, the impressions in the ground would create raised bumps in the plaster... so this must actually be a cast of a cast. Submitted by BobHoveyGa, 6/17/2014.
+ Mason mocks Tragg's explanation of the fit of the ladder into the casting, claiming he wants it both ways (and Tragg looks appropriately humbled), but in reality the explanation makes sense: if the ladder fit exactly, then it would mean the placement was stable, if it fit approximately, then the placement shifted...in either case, it's the separation between the indentations and their shape and size that are important. This would have been an excellent opportunity for Burger to clarify on a re-Direct. (Of course his failure to do so reinforces the notion that Perry is always a step ahead of him.) Observed by Notcom, 081616.
++Based on subsequent testimony, it would have been a strategic error for Berger to have put forward this argument.
+++ Cane Coincidence: It bugs me that somehow the width of the feet of the ladder, and how Bannister wields his canes, are within such a close tolerance. Of course, it's all about the impression of the tack in the cane tip, but still. JohnK 6 July 2021
It has surely rained a little too much in the first 27 episodes. (Los Angeles averages 15 inches of rain a year.) But, when it rains, it does so for a reason. Submitted by Magazines Mason, 5/7/15.
"Bannister Farms Budgeting." Through the course of the episode, the "Bannister Farms" logo makes its way from the right side to the left side--and back again--of the Bannister Farms car. Submitted by BobH, 24 April 2020.
For all his creepiness, the Gary Marshall character is pretty superfluous. Other than being Riker’s first contact, he plays no part in the story. DOD 06/22/20
+ I found him sufficiently creepy to make a pretty good red herring. Submitted by catyron, November 29, 2020.