Steve's retired colleague Dave 'Hawk' Hawkins is murdered while undercover in the resting home Sunny Meadows. While waiting for Steve to perform an arrest, a vase is smashed onto his skull,... See full summary »

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Steve's retired colleague Dave 'Hawk' Hawkins is murdered while undercover in the resting home Sunny Meadows. While waiting for Steve to perform an arrest, a vase is smashed onto his skull, expertly staged as a bath-drowning. Director Miss Winkle is most uncooperative, but Steve works out that Hawk was working on a robbery case, involving retiree Bart Ellison who was recently released from jail and still had a $2,000,000 loot, but he dies from an OD. The sleuths' theory being the motive was his hefty inheritance; Mark has himself signed in as retired banker Brinkley by Jesse, who helps Steve look for what Bart spent his ill gotten gains on. Friendly nurse Julie Crane is left a painting as memento; administrator Zanuck steals a valuable timepiece, valued a good replica, then finds a rat attributed to the garbage strike, while Steve researches Zanuck's father was in on the robbery. But then Mark has to blow his cover to perform an emergency tracheotomy... Written by KGF Vissers

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Charlotte Rae and distinct cinematography
15 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this Diagnosis Murder episode, as there are a few twists at the beginning and with the conclusion, although the explanation about the medicine in the overflowing garbage bin at the retirement village was a bit too fleeting. Maybe it got edited out a bit, I don't know.

Great to see Charlotte Rae, who was Mrs Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes! I don't think Charlotte Rae is related to Carly Rae Jepsen but you never know. I thought the cinematography for one of the scenes was reminiscent of the Woody Allen shaky camera work so distinctive in some of his movies. It was where Mark, Steven, Amanda, and Jesse, were at Mark's beach home and sitting around a table discussing murder theories at the nursing home. The camera really went around a lot, and I really thought it was a Woody Allen movie.


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