Jean McBride, an old flame of Joe Mannix' who still lives in his hometown of Summer Grove, appears in his office one evening. Jean is married to Troy McBride, who once quarterbacked the ... See full summary »

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Peggy Fair (credit only)
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Stefan Mannix
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Ed Barkley
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Jean McBride, an old flame of Joe Mannix' who still lives in his hometown of Summer Grove, appears in his office one evening. Jean is married to Troy McBride, who once quarterbacked the Summer Grove football team on which Mannix also played. But now a double-tragedy has befallen Troy -- he is in an iron lung as a result of an accident, and has also been charged with murder. Mannix accompanies him and Jean back to Summer Grove to assist in the defense of the murder charge -- but his return home also forces Mannix to deal with unresolved conflicts with his father, from whom he has been estranged for many years. Written by aldanoli

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Mike Connors misspeaks when talking with Jerry Douglas and accidentally refers to Larry Pennell's character as "Ed" when, in fact, that was the name of Douglas' character. See more »

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A homecoming for Joe Mannix.
23 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Conners really is Armenian and speaks the language "Return to Summer Grove" begins with a couple old friends approaching Mannix asking him to investigate a case. It seems the husband is accused of murder and he and his wife want Mannix return to his old home of Summer Grove to look into the killing. Here's a twist--the accused man recently was involved in a car wreck and is confined to an iron lung! It's also an interesting twist that the husband really DOESN'T want Mannix to investigate very thoroughly, as he later privately tells him to 'make it look good but not to try too hard, as I DID it'. But Joe's instincts tell him that this old friend isn't guilty and he refuses to just sweep the case under the rug.

Apart from investigating the case, another major theme in the show is Joe and his troubled relationship with his father (Victor Jory). It's interesting to see the clash between the farmer dad and the high-risk son. What isn't quite as good is the ending. During the climactic battle, you never once hear Joe call out for help. I could say more, but just see it for yourself and you'll see what I mean. Still, enjoyable and some more insight into what helped to create the tough he-man, Joe Mannix.


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