McMillan & Wife: Season 6, Episode 5

Affair of the Heart (20 Mar. 1977)

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To fend off a nagging Assistant District Attorney, Mac invites her to his weekly poker game. Among the other participants is Mac's dentist, who consoles Mac for biting himself while his ... See full summary »

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Martha Raye ...
Agatha
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Dr. Wesley Corman
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Lydia Corman
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Richard Valentine
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Alan Evans
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Horace Sherwin
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D.A. Stephanie Bryant
Bill Quinn ...
Police Chief Paulson
William Bogert ...
Steven Sherwin
Jason Wingreen ...
Murray Minter
Ron Pinkard ...
Dr. Johnson
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Powell (as John DeLancie)
Leone James ...
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To fend off a nagging Assistant District Attorney, Mac invites her to his weekly poker game. Among the other participants is Mac's dentist, who consoles Mac for biting himself while his mouth was numb from recent work on a tooth. When the dentist leaves the poker game and goes home, he finds a local TV-news anchor dead on his couch, apparently from a heart attack. The dentist's wife (who was the TV news anchor's lover) and her father (the dentist's boss) are frantic, so the dentist loads the dead man into his own car and drives it to a culvert, crashing it so it looks like the news anchor had a heart attack while driving. But it wasn't a heart attack ... the man was poisoned by digitalis, which caused his heart to race out of control and conk out. Who gave him the digitalis, why ... and how? Written by Peter Harris

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Many people erroneously accuse the TV series "Columbo" of stealing the story for this episode. In fact Steven Bochco originally wrote a virtually identical episode for "Columbo" in 1973. However, Peter Falk did not feel the script was good enough and, as a result, it did not get made at the time. Bochco then used the story for this series. Years later, Falk changed his mind and made the original Bochco script into a Columbo movie in Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990) See more »

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Remade as Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990) See more »

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