Two illegal immigrant barbershop workers, fearful of a police detective investigating a hit-and-run, flee to seek refuge with Wolfe and Goodwin. When Goodwin investigates on their behalf, he discovers the detective has been murdered.



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Episode cast overview:
Janet Stahl
Nicky Guadagni ...
Tina Vardas
Hrant Alianak ...
Carl Vardas
Ed Graboff
Colin Fox ...
R.D. Reid ...
Jimmie Kirk
Joel Fickler
Robbie Rox ...
Flatfoot Cop
Detective Jacob Wallen


After a deadly hit-and-run accident, a police officer questions two barber shop employees about the crime. Because Carl and Tina Vardas are illegal immigrants fleeing Communist oppression with a conditioned fear of police, they panic and run. When the policeman is later found stabbed to death with scissors in the shop, they become wanted fugitives. Archie grants them temporary asylum in the brownstone and finds to his surprise that Wolfe, himself an emigrant from Eastern European tyranny, makes them feel welcome long enough for he and Archie go about exposing the real killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Action | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

11 August 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Published with two other Wolfe mysteries under the title "Triple Jeopardy." See more »


Mention is made of Wolfe's friend Marko Vukcic and daughter Carla Lovchen being murdered by the Russians. In fact, this didn't happen until the book The Black Mountain",d which was published three years after the book this story comes from. See more »


Archie Goodwin: [about Janet] Well, I don't have to ask if you heard it all. If you shoot her, send her brain to Johns Hopkins.
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The Barber of Seville - Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
KPM CS 8:17
Opening sequence in the barber shop
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