A psychiatrist is murdered and his book about three violent patients may lead Joe to the killer.

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A psychiatrist is murdered and his book about three violent patients may lead Joe to the killer.

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A very dark and depressing episode
20 April 2015 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most bizarre Mannix episodes I've seen and certainly the most depressing one. It's a real downer.

It's about a psychiatrist who is initially thought to have committed suicide, and Joe is hired by the woman the psychiatrist was having an affair with, since she believes he was murdered.

What is really striking about this episode is how EVERYONE in the cast looks and acts totally depressed. I'm not sure if this was intentional due to the requirements of the script, or if it was due to some outside event that negatively affected the cast, like for example maybe they had just been informed that next season would be the last one for this show. I tend to think it's the former rather than the latter, because the supporting characters in this one are very depressing also, several of whom break out crying. This one is quite maudlin.

There are a couple of other problems with this episode too. The first one is that no details about the original crime scene involving the psychiatrist are revealed, such as whether or not any fingerprints were found on the weapon. In almost every episode, Art (or whoever the lieutenant is for that episode) will discuss these details with Joe, but that wasn't done in this case. Very unusual. Another problem is that no motive is provided for one of the murders that takes place. It's simply left as a loose end, with no explanation given for it. Not good.

One positive thing about this episode, though, is it doesn't contain any clichés, so I'll give it credit for that. So in the end, I'll give this one an average, middle of the road rating.


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