On the eve of his daughter's wedding, Martin Garfield is killed when an earthquake severely damages his home and an armoire falls on him. Mark and Steve find the body and deduce that he had been killed before the earthquake.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Delores Hall ...
Ruth Garfield
Becky Garfield
Martin Garfield
Bobby Rebetta
Rick Bennett
Stuart Westlake
Ilene Bennett


A relatively severe earthquake causes a mess, including in Community General, where many people come given the state of their homes. Mark finds the crushing by a massive armoire of Martin Garfield - who had earlier mistrusted his much younger bride Ruth's fiancé - was staged after the quake, given the dust on his corpse. Mark finds Ruth with her studly 'jeweller' Henry in boxer-shorts, not aware of her prenuptial. At her advice he checks out Garfield's antiques business partner Stuart Westlake, who would be embezzling. He again points to Garfield's son-in-law, sculptor Rick Bennett, who is in gambling debt with a loan-shark and has a broken finger. Jack and Amanda tail a man who was snooping in Garfield's home, who goes to sell to dodgy Bobby Rebetta a lumpy gold bar, the reshaped murder weapon. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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29 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Shaken up
23 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shaker is the 17th episode of the first season of Diagnosis Murder, and the team aren't definitely in Colorado any more. It's California for sure.

Anyway, Mark is caught up in family politics on the eve of a wedding of a family friend, and yes you guessed it, there's a murder to solve in the midst of an LA earthquake. This shakes up Norman Briggs, the hospital administrator. Norman is played by Michael Tucci, who I understand is unrelated to Stanley Tucci according to the internet.

The ending was a real twist although in a way the most obvious suspect was the one who did the evil deed after all.

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