Father Morrissey kills an extortionist in a hit-and-run, but a girl picks up the extortion evidence. When she is taken to the hospital, he fakes sickness to get near her. Dr. Mark Sloane finds the priest's behavior suspicious.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Mark Sloan
Dr. Jack Stewart
Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Steve Sloan
Norman Briggs
Delores Hall ...
Nurse Delores Mitchell
Father Morrissey
Ginger Shaw
Norm Silver ...
Murray Swift
Rich Beall ...
Zina Armstrong ...
Student (as Zina Lee Armstrong)
Paul Borrillo ...
Mitch Riley


When a man says in confessional he knows Father Morrissey has 'sinned', the priest takes a gun from a hollowed Bible, drives his car over him but finds the envelop he looks for gone, stolen seconds earlier by a girl. Father Morrissey even fakes stomach pain to be admitted in the same L.A. hospital, Community General, so he can administer a fatal injection, surprised only by bag lady Alice, who was just admitted for amnesia, however possibly still somewhat treatable. The physician in charge, Dr. Mark Sloane, smells a rat after Morrissey discharges himself and goes talk to Father Morrissey, coincidentally the parish priest of hospital administrator Norman Briggs. Sloane's son, LAPD Detective Steve Sloane, still only worries about his hair perhaps falling out, but the autopsy by Amanda Bentley-Livingston allows her witnessing friend, senior resident Dr. Jack Stewart, to trace a dragon tattoo to the Cobras, a gang of convicts a cousin of his belongs to... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

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From the beginning, Steve Sloan is supposed to be with LAPD, but in early episodes all cars have Colorado license plates. It appears that the series didn't move until well up into the first season. See more »

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Benson, Chachi and Tucci too
12 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is episode 1 of the first season of Diagnosis Murder. This is the beginning of the regular series, and it's good to see Scott Baio (the brother of Jimmy who was in Soap). Talking about Soap, this episode featured Robert Guillaume, who was in Soap and its spin-off series Benson. Robert plays a priest with a hidden criminal past, and this is revealed at the end in a twist that Diagnosis Murder is famous for.

Michael Tucci plays Norman Briggs the officious hospital administrator, and Delores Hall plays Delores Mitchell.

The film quality in this episode is different to later episodes. The opening theme song is slightly different.

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