The mayor's wife leaves an extravaganza with a fake migraine, engineering a scheme to kill her husband and frame a crackpot. The next day Mark questions her story after he treats a bum who was injured in a hit-and-run near the incident.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Delores Hall ...
Lauren Ridgeway
Melissa Ridgeway
Lewis Lomax
George Ridgeway
Dr. John Harris
Dale Swann ...


When L.A. mayor George Ridgeway's wife Lauren recognizes Benjamin Strand in the audience at a fund raiser attended by Mark and Norman, she fakes a migraine that night to sneak out, makes an appointment with him and shoots her husband at close range. Benjamin Strand is arrested by Steve as the suspect based on previous crackpot death threats he had made to the mayor, and possession of a gun that matches the killer's caliber. Mark notices Lauren's pretended migraine is fake, while she gets a real one when already on treatment. When Jack and Amanda go look for tramp patient Lomax's bag, they find one with a small fortune in a dumpster in an alley behind the murder site, and traces of breaking in through a broken window, close to the Ridgeway home. The mayor's anemic step-daughter Melissa Ridgeway is hospitalized, possibly anorexic, but Lauren refuses that theory even being tested. Jack tails Lauren to Dr. John Harris's hotel room. Marc finds Lauren has a cut fitting the window break-in. ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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1 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Guest star James McEachin, who plays the derelict Lomax, is better known as Lt. Brock in the Perry Mason TV movies, and as Lt. Daniels during Season 1 of Matlock. See more »


The show moves from Colorado to Los Angeles without any explanation. See more »

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A very important episode of Diagnosis Murder
19 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of Diagnosis Murder takes a very serious and dark turn with the revelation of child abuse. All credit to Alanna Ubach for her role as the victim Melissa Ridgeway, whose mother (played by Catherine Hicks) takes extreme measures to protect her from the predator stepfather, who was the Mayor presumably of LA - not Colorado because the show has without explanation moved from Colorado to LA. Mark refers to "LA cabs" during a discussion with Norman at a reception for the mayor (played by Eric "Alien Nation" Pierpoint").

Timothy "Psych" Omundson played Strand, who was set up for the murder of the mayor. I chuckled when Dr Sloan cracked a joke about the rock star Meatloaf his first name, or last name, is his wife Mrs Meatloaf??!!

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