A Nero Wolfe Mystery: Season 1, Episode 2

Champagne for One: Part 1 (6 May 2001)

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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
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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6 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Archie: She was a good dancer, but she was also a very good drinker.
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A great show for true Nero Wolfe fans.
8 June 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA USA) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has not read the eighty-six Nero Wolfe novels of Rex Stout might not appreciate the eye for detail given to this series. But almost everything, from the red leather chair and yellow sofa in the office, to Archie's milk and Wolfe's ever-present beer, could have been scripted by Rex Stout himself. The best part of the adaptation is the Archie Goodwin character, who is exactly as this Nero Wolfe fan would imagine him to be. As someone who generally finds fault with movie and/or TV adaptations of books (especially of books I like), this series has been one of the pleasantest surprises I have seen on TV in a long time.

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