Singer/pianist Danielle Marsh has her own grand piano flown to L.A. from New York claiming it's the only thing that calms her jittery nerves, and moves in with the Sloanes until her concert... See full summary »





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Episode complete credited cast:
Danielle Marsh
Larry Larson
Ellie Rose
Jeff Bailey ...
Lawrence LeJohn ...
Anthony T. Pennello ...
Motorcycle Policeman (as Tony Pennello)


Singer/pianist Danielle Marsh has her own grand piano flown to L.A. from New York claiming it's the only thing that calms her jittery nerves, and moves in with the Sloanes until her concert. Jesse hesitates to help med. student Ellie Rose meet her idol and present her own composition in her style. When Danielle comes for a medical check-up when Mark isn't in, she walks out after insulting Jesse; she's equally impossible at the theater and claims to have been chased in a red car by a man who had hassled her earlier in New York. Just when symptoms of memory loss have convinced Mark it was all in her head, someone shoots at her and him. . . Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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4 May 2000 (USA)  »

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The swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. See more »


Rhonda: Have you ever seen this disease, Lieutenant? Up close? Do you know what it does to people? Their bodies goes on and on and their minds just fall apart. They can't dress themselves or feed themselves. They don't know how to use the simplest thing like a fork or napkin. They can't take a pill to make it go away; it is day in and day out. And the worst part is is they can see it coming. They see the madness settling into their brains. And they know the only way out IS out.
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An interesting and unique Diagnosis Murder episode
21 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Swan Song is a unique Diagnosis Murder episode because there's no murder. Rather it's an exploration of dementia and quite sobering the exploration is. The subject is Danielle Marsh, played by the legendary Australian icon Helen Reddy, whose song "I am woman" was an anthem for the 70s feminist movement - Danielle is a famous singer/pianist who is good friends with Mark, and she moves (along with her piano) to Mark's place to rehearse for some performances. It's quite moving, especially when we learn at the end that Danielle ordered her manager Rhonda to kill her, but thankfully the manager, whilst shooting in Danielle's direction, deliberately missed her.

David Graf featured in this episode, about a year before his untimely death. David made his name in acting as Eugene Tackleberry in the Police Academy movies. His Wikipedia photo is poignant - it features him in costume looking out in the river on a ferry in Stockholm - it must have been during a promotion your for Police Academy.

When Mark was testing Danielle on her knowledge to see if she had dementia, one question was "Who is the President of the USA?" Interesting question. The answer at the time would have been Bill Clinton. This episode was screened about six months before the controversial 2000 election where the Florida recount tipped the Electoral College in favor of George W (incidentally whose father is - if reports are to be believed - planning to voting for Hillary Clinton against Trump).

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