Joe Mannix is visited by Portia and Penelope Penhaven, two elderly, eccentric sisters who insist that Mannix investigate a hit-and-run earlier that day, which damaged one of the headlights ... See full summary »

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Portia Penhaven
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Joe Mannix is visited by Portia and Penelope Penhaven, two elderly, eccentric sisters who insist that Mannix investigate a hit-and-run earlier that day, which damaged one of the headlights on their ancient automobile. Amused by their request, and overborne by Portia's forceful personality, Mannix agrees to look into the matter, but discovers that the vehicle that hit them was taken from a rental lot, apparently without the knowledge of the lot's owner. Digging deeper, however, Mannix soon discovers that the hit-and-run might be related to a murder committed nor far away on that same day. Written by aldanoli

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Ridiculous plot...neat characters.
1 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, a hit-man kills some bloke. As he's making his escape, he accidentally backs into the car of Penelope and Portia (Ruth McDevitt and Elsa Lanchester). Now these are NOT normal old ladies--they're rich, very old fashioned and just plain weird! Instead of going to the police, they enlist the help of Mannix...even though it's just a cheap hit and run case. But in investigating this minor crime, Mannix accidentally walks into a mob hit--and soon the big mob boss (Abe Vigoda) is worried that Mannix will expose the killing. As for the ladies, they are weird and when the mob boss sends a 'fixer' to them to make good for the accident, they refuse...and soon are next on the hit parade! Can Mannix manage to sort all this out or will these old ladies soon be assuming room temperature?

This is an utterly ridiculous episode. Imagine hiring a private investigator to investigate such a petty crime! But, the old ladies (especially Lanchester) are quite funny and charming...and make the show well worth seeing despite the silliness.


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