When we meet Charles Burroughs (at 12:10), he is practicing golf with a putter in his study. I had predicted the putter would be the murder weapon. Actually, he gets stabbed with a carving knife. This knife had been shown earlier (at 7:00) being used by Carol Delaney to carve meat at her own dinner table. The dinner scene even starts with Carol pulling the knife from its sheath. I commend Gene Wang for placing his clues well and for ably making it hard to predict his story line! Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 27 May 2012.
Vaughn Taylor plays Bishop Mallory very well: he is genuinely delighted to hear Carol's answers to his questions (at 4:30), proving that she is the girl he is looking for. On the other hand, Della is given lines to mislead the viewer, casting doubt on the Bishop's authenticity (at 11:40): "There's no one alive who can vouch for his story." I tend to trust Della's instincts. Once again, I commend Gene Wang for making it hard to predict his story line. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 27 May 2012.
Is it just me, or does the stuttering bishop not stutter all that much? Ed Zoerner, 11/15/12.
In the opening scene the sign on the hotel wall says room 213 should be down the hall to the left. Not to the right of the sign. Kilo 10/24/2019.
I didn't understand that whole scene with the operative Blanch pretending to be Janice's mother. What was the point? Kilo 10/24/2019.
+ The operative was hired to pump Janice for information. jfh 05Aug2020
When court reconvenes after the discovery of Bishop Mallory's body we can see Janice and Lang sitting together in the front row. Within seconds Lang is replaced by some stranger. There's also a rearrangement of the spectators behind them as well. When Philip Burroughs is recalled they're all back to their original positions. Kilo 7/21/2020.
Jonathan Kidd does a wonderful job in his part, teetering on the edge of overacting but just staying within bounds of lovely, smarmy, scenechewing. OLEF641 12/18/2020
We are given a strong clue that Philip Burroughs is lying when he pays his first visit to Mason's office (at 17:20). He tells Mason, "I told him [Charles] he was wrong!" But earlier (at 12:50) Charles Burroughs had disparaged Philip for never having had the nerve to contradict him. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 27 May 2012.
Sometimes in Perry Mason, the killer could be any of a number of suspects. In this episode, all the evidence incriminates Philip. He is completely unsurprised (at 18:26) when he sees blood flowing under the door to his uncle's study. His line (at 19:15), "Something is wrong with the light switch" is unnatural for someone who knows the house and its lighting fixtures so well. He is again completely unsurprised (at 19:27) when he turns on the light to reveal the dead body. He is utterly creepy (at 20:24) when he insinuates that Janice might have been the killer (look at those evil white eyes and wart-covered cheek). His proposal to conspire with Janice to pin the blame on Carol is clearly pre-meditated. Aside from Perry's client, he alone had motive to kill Charles before the will could be changed. Even Della disparages him (at 31:20), "He has all the finer instincts of a scorpion." Once again, Gene Wang has made the Perry Mason series as a whole unpredictable, by occasionally making the real culprit so obvious that the viewer is tempted to look elsewhere. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 27 May 2012.
10yearoldfan, pretty astute. Jonathan Kidd's 'Philip Burroughs' is one of the more loathsome characters to ever appear in a Mason story .. but I equally thought that 'Wallace Lang', or 'Janice Burroughs' might have done the deed. I often wonder if actor Ken Lynch scared small children and sensitive adults with that rock-grinding voice of his! This was a pretty good episode. 'Wallace' looked like he'd had a knife stuck in his gut as Perry peeled the layers off of his scheme with 'Janice', and poor 'Janice' looked as though she was going to faint, throw up, or both! Submitted by MikeReese, August 23,2013.
+ Ken Lynch played Chief Engineer Vanderberg in Star Trek's "Devil In The Dark," Detective Sergeant Grover in "McCloud" & Admiral Gray in "The Winds of War" [189 IMDb credits]. Mike Bedard 6.20.16.
+ Lynch's voice reminds me of Froggy of the Our Gang movies from the early 40's. Submitted by Kilo 4/18/2018.
Sorry, but the murder scenario makes no sense. If Charles Burroughs had been sedated, he wouldn't be by the door, he would be sitting or lying down somewhere, and not necessarily in the office. And just where did all that blood come from? Where did Philip get it and how did he put it under the door before breaking into the room? And how did Philip get into Carol’s apartment to find a weapon he didn’t know would be there and where was it when he broke into the room? Nothing works. DOD 07/10/18
The envelope: At the end of the show Perry handed a letter to the real Janice from her mother. Why didn't Wallace Lang and Leo find it in the hotel room? Weren't they looking for that type of item? Submitted by H. Mason 10/18/14
Loose End? I was left wondering about the multiple clues, including stutter/no stutter, that the Bishop Mallory we saw was an imposter. Almost everybody was sure he was a fraud. In the end, his body was identified by his friend. So how do we account for the suspicious elements surrounding his character that suggested he wasn't the real bishop? I know they were red herrings, but a better script would have included a plausible explanation. Submitted by JazzBaby, 8/14/2019.