Anne Baxter is a famous actress making a comeback after a year in a sanitarium. Someone is trying to scare her back into the mental ward. Joe thinks the answers might be related to an ... See full summary »

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Anne Baxter is a famous actress making a comeback after a year in a sanitarium. Someone is trying to scare her back into the mental ward. Joe thinks the answers might be related to an unfinished movie she was in called "The Deadly Madonna." Written by Fred427

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After the fire at Nemo's, Joe is standing on the sidewalk talking to Art Malcolm. Clearly visible behind him is a storefront for "Kelly's Liquors." Joe says he has to go to "Los Angeles Street" to check out a lead. When he gets out of the car, he is about three doors down from that same Kelly's Liquors he was at with Art Malcolm. See more »

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Good episode, although Mannix falls into the old bird dog trap again!
16 April 2015 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better episodes of season seven, even though Joe falls for the bird dog trick again.

It's about an actress (played by Anne Baxter) who hires Joe to find out who's trying to scare her. Around the middle of the episode, there's a really good and original scene that takes place in a movie theater where reality mimics what's on the movie screen, and the way the two are blended together is really interesting and very well done, but I won't say anything beyond that.

This episode is somewhat unique in that Joe does not get shot at at all in this one, which is pretty rare. However, once again he does get "used as a bird dog", as he puts it, which generally means that in addition to doing the work for his client, in the process he also (without realizing it) ends up doing the work for a second person who has ulterior motives. I'm giving this episode an 8 because I'm deducting a point for the use of the "bird dog" phrase yet again, and I'm deducting another point for the police rushing in at the end and wrapping everything up, which is an overused cliché on this show. But beyond these two issues, it's a pretty good episode.


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