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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Bogert ...
Jason Wingreen ...
Ron Pinkard ...
Powell (as John DeLancie)
Leone James ...


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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20 March 1977 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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

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Mac's weekly poker game
20 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Rock Hudson was married to Susan St.James we never heard of the weekly poker game. But now in this final season Commissioner McMillan is a widower he gets together with some buddies for a weekly game. The only problem is that after one game, Jed Allan one of the participants is found dead of a heart attack in his car after the game broke up. Allan was also having an affair with one of the wives of one of the other participants.

The who is obvious from the beginning mainly because the episode focused on the domestic problems of one of the couples. Still the husband was not present at the game, only showed up later after Allan died.

It was Sergeant DiMaggio's cold and Lloyd Nolan's friendly advice about the type of medicine to use is what gave Rock Hudson the idea of how the man died and nails the identity of his killer. Sharp movie fans will recall as I did the Errol Flynn/Brenda Marshall classic from Warner Brothers Footsteps In The Dark and know who did it.

A nice story, but Hudson as widower was never accepted by fans who remember the banter between him and Susan St.James.

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