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The Search for Darrell Andrews 

Wes Tully, a private detective who is a friend of Joe Mannix, is killed by two men who carefully stage his death to look like an accidental drowning. But Tully had confided in Mannix that ... See full summary »

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Tom Coleman / Al Beckworth / Darrell Andrews / Charles Vincent Addison
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Martin Kimbrough
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Wes Tully, a private detective who is a friend of Joe Mannix, is killed by two men who carefully stage his death to look like an accidental drowning. But Tully had confided in Mannix that he might be killed because of a case he was working on, and that his death would be made to look like an accident. Believing that his friend was murdered, Mannix retrieves some important evidence from the case Tully was working on -- but that only prompts the men who killed Tully to threaten Peggy and Toby in order to get that evidence back. Written by aldanoli

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The set used as the entryway for the home of Martin Kimbrough (Harry Townes) is the same used as that used as the entryway of Dr. Wallenberg's home in the previous episode, "Fly, Little One" (where Dana threatens to "fly away" from the second story landing near the beginning of the episode). See more »

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One of the weakest episodes of the series.
21 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is poorly crafted. The basic plot is weak and the writing makes it infinitely worse. The plot makes no sense from start to finish. Tully suspects he may be in danger and tells Mannix were he will hide the evidence (why not just hand the evidence to Joe for safe keeping?) and yet he allows himself to be whacked upside the head by two strangers? And why do they kill Tully anyway? All he had was some pictures on a roll of film. So what? Pictures taken four months after a robbery don't prove anything and even if they did it would be easier for the crook in the picture to just disappear, than to commit murder.

When Mannix finds the film, the only person he tells is Kimbrough and thus Kimbrough must have informed the crooks, yet Mannix blithely continues to trust him. All of the contortions that two of the bad guys go through at "the cabin" was wasted energy. Much simpler to just make Peggy and Toby stay in the cabin rather than the elaborate breaking and then fixing of the gas line, going fishing etc.

But the single biggest goof in the writing comes when Joe is asking Peggy if anyone was in the rental office when she was reserving the cabin. He asks her to describe the man and then says "OK that's one what about the other one?". But there was only one man at the agency, so Joe now is referring to the two men at the cabin itself, thus conflating two completely different things. This is a glaring mid-sentence continuity goof and must have come about from heavy handed last minute editing. Toby then mentions that he took a picture of one of them, Joe develops the film, decides for no apparent reason that one of the pictured men is Andrews and immediately goes to Kimbrough and spills the beans. Andrews is then murdered by his pals which again clearly indicts Kimbrough. And why did they kill Andrews this time when they had committed murder before to protect him? What a mess this episode is.


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