A "Survivor"-type reality show on which one of Dr. Sloan's med students (Alex Smith) hopes to win $35,000 to pay for student loans. When an obnoxious contestant named Larry dies of an ... See full summary »

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A "Survivor"-type reality show on which one of Dr. Sloan's med students (Alex Smith) hopes to win $35,000 to pay for student loans. When an obnoxious contestant named Larry dies of an overdose of antidepressant, it is assumed to be a accident or suicide. Steve doesn't accept that, and Dr. Sloan becomes a replacement contestant. Hidden diamonds found in the heel of Larry's shoe and a draft of air observed on a tape of that night provide Dr. Sloan with an insight. He carries out a reenactment, leaving freckles on the murderer's face, demonstrating how an unobserved/untaped murder had been engineered. Written by jeaneva

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A celebration of Big Brother, Survivor and The Real World (and similar to Dead Famous)
8 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode "Hot House" is a show within a show, with references to Big Brother, Survivor, and The Real World. Alex Smith (Shane Van Dyke, the grandson of Dick, and son of Barry) is a contestant in TV reality show Hot House, hoping to pay off his $25,000 student loan debt. Actually, Alex appeared in Out of the Past (season 7, ep 23) where he reacquainted his romance with old friend Amy Saroyan, who turns out to work for an escort agency. Anyway, in Hot House Alex forms a romance with an older contestant, sort of like a cougar. It will be interesting to see how this progresses.

One of the Hot House contestants is murdered, and it happened one of the other contestants did the deed, thanks to switching videotape during the murder. This instantly reminded me of Ben Elton's book "Dead Famous", published in 2001 I believe, which was about a murder in a Big Brother type reality show, and the murderer (almost) got away with it by switching the videotape. In an interview I remember Ben saying he was inspired by watching Big Brother, and I'm not suggesting he was inspired by this episode of Diagnosis Murder.

Anyway, Hot House is enlivened when Mark Sloan becomes a contestant (sort of like an intruder contestant) to solve the murder.

The actor who plays the Hot House director resembles Lester Holt.

Victoria Rowell didn't appear in this episode, but hopefully she will appear in the rest of season 8.


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