When Archie stands in for an acquaintance at a charity dance for unwed mothers, one of the mothers-to-be suddenly collapses and dies on the dance floor, an apparent suicide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Fox ...
Mr. Hackett
Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti
Celia Grantham
Nicky Guadagni ...
Elaine Usher
Helen Yarmis
Edwin Laidlaw
Robert Bockstael ...
Paul Schuster
R.D. Reid ...


Mrs. Louise Robilotti, a well-meaning but judgmental socialite, hosts a charity dance where she tries to introduce four young women from a home for unwed mothers to prospective husbands. Although not the marrying kind, Archie agrees to fill in for a casual ne'er-do-well acquaintance complaining of a cold and proceeds to have a good time with the attractive women, the hostess' alcoholic daughter, and the free-flowing champagne. The evening suddenly comes to an abrupt end when one of the young women collapses and dies on the dance floor. Because the dead girl carried cyanide with her and openly talked about a death wish, suicide is initially suggested by Mrs. Robilotti who dreads the bad publicity a murder would bring. Along with Archie, Nero suspects that the death is indeed murder and together they expose the means, the motive, and the murderer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery




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6 May 2001 (USA)  »

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The books chosen date from the 1930s to the 1960s. Rex Stout never aged the characters over the 30-40 years he wrote the books. See more »


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Excellent Adaptation
2 June 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Congratulations to the Arts & Entertainment cable network for bringing Nero Wolfe to television! The series faithfully reproduces the sensibilities and characterizations of Rex Stout's novels. The folks behind this story ("Champagne for One") and all of the episodes aired to date have studied their source material well.

Performances in "Champagne for One" are excellent. I especially enjoyed the interplay between Archie Goodwin and the matron... She made me believe she hated him to the core of her being.

If you like Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novel series, you owe it to yourself to watch this show!

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