While Steve is staking out hit man Bruno, Mark sees him collapse, and quarantines him for the plague - but while the obnoxious virologist says it's from the rodents aboard his cargo ship, it's Mark who smells a rat. After some digging he finds 3 of the crime family's ladies who had a reason to rub Bruno out (tampering with his asthma medication) - so was it (wo)man or beast who killed Bruno?




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Delores Hall ...
James Stephens ...
Dr. Niven
Jennifer Crespi
Charlene Baylor
DEA Agent
David Froman ...
Dock Foreman
Michael Russo ...
Michael J. Marcosa ...
Team Member (as Michael Marcosa)
Fred Mata ...


While staking mob hit man Bruno Crespi in his hotel room, Steve observes he has medical symptoms for which Bruno orders a refill from Spengler's pharmacy, which Mark diagnoses through the telescope as asthma, and receives epinephrine which he injects himself, not uncommon with patients who have a standard prescription. Shortly after he collapses, Steve gets Mark who orders a quarantine there and in the hospital to make sure nobody is contaminated: the crook has bubonic plague. CDC doctor Niven cares only for press conferences which spread panic on the theory he must have been infected through rats on a freighter he arrived on from Southeast Asia, ignoring the Sloanes' observations the epinephrine vial was full, so replaced by the maid, who wasn't actually on the hotel staff: murder by plague injection. Steve and Jack know about the crime families which include three women with a plausible motive to kill Bruno, so the snooping can start. Bruno's wife Charlene Baylor can now collect his... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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6 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Julie Sommars and David Froman, guest stars in this episode, were co-stars on Matlock. This was the first of a number of times where star of former TV shows would guest star, as a form of stunt casting to increase viewer interest. Other instances included the actors from MASH, Emergency, and even Star Trek. See more »


At the end Steve tells the murderer she'll be put on trial for murdering Bruno Crespi. For some reason, neither Steve and Mark also mentioned she would also be tried for trying to kill Mark, even though it had just happened. See more »

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13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here a hit-man is mysteriously infected with a virus like substance, and he ends up in hospital. However, Dr Niven (James Stephens) wants his share of the media limelight at any expense.

It was good to see Andreas Katsulas in this episode, as a DEA agent. Andreas was excellent in The Fugitive movie.

One mistake in this episode...Dr Sloan says the virus killed Bruno, when in fact Bruno survived. I'm very surprised this got into the script, and wasn't discovered in the editing room as well.

The ending was quote touching, with Dr Sloan and Dolores leading a sing-a-long with the patients watching. Even Briggs joins in and doesn't do a bad job singing with them.

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