Kojak: Season 2, Episode 11

A Killing in the Second House (17 Nov. 1974)

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Ray Kauffman, a former homicide detective dismissed for corruption, takes photos of a rich man's wife, Janet Seymour. The husband is distraught and commits suicide. Kauffman, who is still ... See full summary »

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Ray Kauffman, a former homicide detective dismissed for corruption, takes photos of a rich man's wife, Janet Seymour. The husband is distraught and commits suicide. Kauffman, who is still in the house, convinces the business manager (Tony Howard) that they should fake a murderous intruder so that Janet will get the insurance. He keeps the suicide note and the gun Howard had picked up and, after Howard is arrested, plants them in his apartment. He offers to sell the suicide note to Janet, enabling Howard's freedom. Kojak has realized Kauffman is more capable of faking the murder scenario than Howard, and when another murder occurs, Kojak is sure of who is the criminal. Written by jeaneva

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A Corrupt Colleague
5 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Telly Savalas and the Manhattan South Squad get sent in a wrong direction by a former detective now a private eye played by Martin Balsam. He fakes the suicide of Richard Eastham to look like murder so he can get a payoff from widow Susan Brown and her late husband's business partner John Lehne.

Why they're doing this is so that they can collect a real big insurance policy because they get not a nickel if it goes in the books as suicide. But Balsam gets egged on by his greedy wife who does fortune telling on the side. She's played by Dimitra Arliss and she is some piece of work.

Balsam starts adding new twists to the scam he's pulling, adding a little blackmail to Brown and Lehne. Just the fact he's in any way associated with the case gets Kojak's antenna up. He got bounced from the force for taking payoffs.

Nicely done episode with both Balsam and Arliss standing out.


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