Tim Conrad, the clumsy half of a once legendary TV comedy duo, fails to kill his ex-partner Harvey Huckaby, still affluent and the second husband of Tim's ex Susan Huckaby, who cleverly ... See full summary »

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Tim Conrad, the clumsy half of a once legendary TV comedy duo, fails to kill his ex-partner Harvey Huckaby, still affluent and the second husband of Tim's ex Susan Huckaby, who cleverly bought Tim's half of the TV rights just before a movie was going to be made about them, first because Tim drops his sniper gun and secondly because Susan put the glasses on a trey after he poisoned one -drank it himself, but is saved in Community General- and gets noticed as fake pool-boy -using a trademark disguise- trying to rig Harvey's pool-cover, and gets the shock of his life: Harvey lives, the pool-cover has killed Susan because of a timer Tim ignored. Mark believes Tim is innocent of the only assassination that happened despite his murderous intentions, but has a hard time proving the bumbler's innocence and finding the real and sneaky killer... Written by KGF Vissers

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Classic Comedy Caper
10 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, there is a murder but was it the wrong victim? This episode is basically an hour-long sketch for comedy genius Tim Conway (Tim Conrad) and the best straight man in the business Harvey Korman (Harvey Huckaby). Harvey made a movie deal for millions by selling off the rights to the comedy of Huckaby and Conrad just after he bought those rights from Conrad for $25,000. Conrad is off to kill his partner by a) shooting him (fails) b) poisoning (him fails) c) drowning him (fails). But Conrad's ex-wife who is now Huckaby's current wife ends up dead. So, who did her in? Conway gets all the best bits, and we even get to see a smidgen of the old dentist/patient bit from the Carol Burnett show. Mark doesn't believe Tim has the ability or smarts to have actually rewired the pool cover which was the murder weapon; but somebody did. For most of the episode the Huckaby character is selfish and self-absorbed, such that he cheats everyone so there are possible suspects. Forget who did it, it's really not important; and Susan Huckaby isn't around long enough for viewers to care about her. What you want is more Tim bumbling his way through the episode to the inevitable happy ending. Always liked Diagnosis Murder when it poked fun at its own premise. Here you keep looking to see if Carol Burnett will show up like Hitchcock, just a passing glance. If she did then you have sharper eyes than me.


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