In the series debut, individualist private detective Joe Mannix is working at a corporate agency. Company rules dictate only one piece of paper on a desk at a time; Mannix's desk is cluttered. Despite Mannix's disdain for the rules, the head of the agency, Lew Wickersham also knows Mannix "is my best man." Mannix is sent to investigate a missing person's case. The client is a retired mobster, who first tests Mannix. The detective is told the missing person, the mobster's daughter, is kidnapped. Mannix will encounter much treachery before learning the true facts of the case. Written by
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' character is supposed to drive Mannix to the airport control tower in the desert following the scene at the Palm Springs aerial tramway. According to Mike Connors
in an interview that he and Joseph Campanella
provided for the new DVD set, Colicos, who had theretofore lived in New York City, confessed that he had never driven a car. Connors covered for him by holding the steering wheel with one hand below the camera range and putting his left foot on the gas - which fitted into the sequence, when Mannix is supposed to hit the gas at the last minute as they approach the tower and race the car toward it. See more
Lew, we've been here before. I know you won't change the system. I know I won't change the system. It's logical. Can me.
You're my best man!
I know you know!