Mannix: Season 3, Episode 16

A Chance at the Roses (17 Jan. 1970)

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Against his better judgment, Mannix agrees to look into the case of a young man who twice robbed the same pharmacy seeking drugs. The second time, he shot one of the employees, but even ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Officer Delaney
John Carter ...
Leslie Charleson ...
Marge Lavor
Rita D'Amico ...
William Lavor
Alex Gerry ...
Mr. Levine
Gordon Hoban ...
Danny Lavor
Sandy Kenyon ...
Lt. Clay Lockwood
Jan Merlin ...
Paul Sears ...
First Policeman


Against his better judgment, Mannix agrees to look into the case of a young man who twice robbed the same pharmacy seeking drugs. The second time, he shot one of the employees, but even though the police had the pharmacy staked out, he managed to escape. The accused man's wife hires Mannix, insisting that her husband was incapable of committing such a crime. Mannix initially finds little to encourage him, but as he delves into the background of the man who was shot, he finds that the police account of what supposedly happened doesn't add up. Written by aldanoli

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Worth seeing just for Ted de Corsia's little scene.
14 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"A Chance at the Roses" begins with a guy who appears stung out going into a pharmacy and shooting one of the pharmacists. However, despite this appearing to be an open and shut case, the accused shooter's wife goes to Mannix and asks him to investigate. She insists that her husband is not a drug user and has money in the bank--and it makes no sense for him to have committed this crime. Reluctantly, Mannix decides to take the case--mostly because Peggy feels sorry for the woman and insists that he take the case.

When Joe investigates, he starts to slowly realize that some things don't add up. For example, some of the folks he tries to contact don't exist. Lt. Lockwood insists that Mannix should drop the case, but you know Joe! He pushes and pushes until eventually the whole thing becomes clear. But what exactly is going on here?

I thought this case was actually kind of funny, as practically half of Mannix's cases come to him through Peggy! I also laughed at Ted de Corsia playing the accused man's father--he was awfully funny. Overall, a very good episode with action, suspense and a few twists that make it worth seeing--especially since it's almost impossible for the viewer to guess what is REALLY happening.

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