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 ...
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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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