Gil Ryan, a shady underworld figure, is the star witness in the criminal trial of Lucas Hume, a man with connections to city politics. Then Ryan is gunned down in spite of his police ... See full summary »

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Gil Ryan, a shady underworld figure, is the star witness in the criminal trial of Lucas Hume, a man with connections to city politics. Then Ryan is gunned down in spite of his police protection, and Hume is found standing over the body, holding the gun that fired the shots. Despite what appears to be an open-and-shut murder case, however, Joe Mannix is hired by Hume's sister, who claims to have had an affair with Ryan -- and wants Mannix to prove that she, not her brother, was the one who shot Ryan. Written by aldanoli

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Very familiar territory
5 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This show begins with a very familiar and overused cliché for "Mannix"--the open and shut case that is really not so open and shut. When the show begins, a witness in a government corruption case is gunned down and when the cop in the next room runs in, he finds the same government official who the witness is going to testify against...holding a gun and the witness is dead*. Common sense would say that the guy with the gun killed the guy--especially since he was holding the gun and the cop arrived about 5 seconds later. But of course someone comes to see Mannix the next day saying they KNOW the alleged killer is innocent. However, the next part is original...SHE says she killed the guy and her brother (the accused killer) came in the room through another door and they switched places. Why? Well they never really explained that.

What follows is a case that pretty much goes as you'd expect--with the police Lieutenant refusing to believe Mannix's client's account and Mannix, for no discernible reason, insisting she's innocent. And, by the end, Mannix is nearly killed AND catches the real baddies. Few surprises in this one and a definite sameness to most of the show. Not inspired but watchable and entertaining.

*When the episode begins, the cop is standing guard over the witness and there is only one door. But when the folks come in and out of the room they appear to go through another and unlocked door! This isn't very logical and I don't know why they left this unexplained.


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