Boxer Tommy Bracket is found dead after knocking out champion Mercury Jones and refusing a rematch. Evidence points to Mercury as the killer, but Mark finds that his wife, a corrupt promoter, and a bankrupt gym owner also have motives.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Mark Sloan
Dr. Jack Stewart
Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Norman Briggs
Delores Hall ...
Nurse Delores Mitchell
Steve Sloan
Wayne Topping
Butch Reilly
David Labiosa ...
Kieran Conley
Brianna Jones (as Troy Beyer)
Tommy Brackett
Car Park Attendant
Mercury 'The Heat' Jones
Danni Wheeler ...


Jack's boxing hero Mercury 'The Heat' Jones is held in observation at Community General with serious injuries, after a KO title loss instead of the 50th victory he'd hoped to retire after - his wife Brianna wants him to stop anyway. Worse, his adversary Tommy Brackett is diagnosed with an irregular heart beat, (no more fighting ever), so he refuses a furious Jones a rematch. Brackett is found dead - smothered the next morning next to Mercury's hospital ID bracelet. Jack learns from neighborhood friend Marco (who lost big betting on the fight) and joins as "Animal" - (an unwilling sparring partner at Tommy's ex-trainer Butch Reilly's gym) to search Brackett's locker and office, confirming it was already deep in debt and facing bankruptcy, as Steve already knew, but also a check indicating promoter Wayne Topping bought the fight. Then a witness turns up who saw Brianna entering Tommy's room, and a rented doctor's jacket. Yet the hospital sleuths still have to find another suspect. Written by KGF Vissers

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9 December 1994 (USA)  »

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The title refers to a boxing referee practice where he can stop the fight and give a still standing boxer an evaluation as to whether he can continue. The practice was eliminated from professional boxing in 1998. See more »

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Special guest star Richard Brooks
7 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Brooks of Law & Order fame gets special guest star credit in his Diagnosis Murder episode, and also appearing is Steven Williams, who I loved in 21 Jump Street.

Diagnosis Murder is a favorite of mine, and definitely better than Murder, She Wrote. When you think about it, MSW was a product of the Reagan-Bush era, with the series running from 1984 to 1996. Perhaps if GOP candidate had beaten Clinton in '96 then MSW would have been encouraged to continue, but not to be. Diagnosis Murder ran from 1993 to 2001, the Clinton years, and perhaps the creators were disheartened when George W won in 2000. Anyway, MSW's Cabot Cove hardly featured any black folk (although George Bush Snr's infamous Willie Horton campaign commercial featured black folk) whereas Diagnosis Murder was more racially diverse.

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