Mr. Oscar Hemmings, an elderly eccentric misanthrope, dies in Community General, leaving his sizable fortune to six people, including Jesse and Amanda. His will took the form of a 'tontine'... See full summary »

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Mr. Oscar Hemmings, an elderly eccentric misanthrope, dies in Community General, leaving his sizable fortune to six people, including Jesse and Amanda. His will took the form of a 'tontine' legacy; the last survivor will be the only recipient, obviously a recipe for murder, which pleased Hemmings. After a parade of loony secretary applicants, Mark hires college-graduate Ingrid Thurston at Steve's enthusiastic insistence. An explosion in the bio-lab kills med student Jerry Royce, a tontine member; Jesse's dinner date dies from a Bordeaux, found to be injected with an anti-depressant, poisonous in red wine. After Dr. Phillip Zachary is killed by a weight in the gym and Mr. Leonard Drexel (whose wife Mary needed an expensive eye operation) dies, Mark deduces there must be an unknown seventh person with an unknown motive. Hemmings' tontine would be invalid if the survivor were charged with murder, so Mark looks for a distant relative--who happens to be close at hand. As Mark interviews ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Battle Royale: Tontine
5 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an intriguing episode of the final season of Diagnosis Murder. When the tontine scheme was mentioned by its lawyers and its surviving winner takes all, I was reminded by The Japanese movie Battle Royale (which was made over a decade before the US film The Hunger Games). I was also reminded by Rob "Survivor" Mariniao's attempt in 2007 to launch the reality show Tontine.

The twist is that the potential Tontine beneficiaries are murdered by someone outside the Tontine circle (which includes Jesse and Amanda).

The Tontine will theme was covered in The Wild Wild West episode "The Night of the Tottering Tontine".

Actress Chad Morgan plays a key role in this episode.

Who knows, maybe Rob Mariano can consider resurrecting the reality show Tontine.


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