Mannix: Season 1, Episode 14

Then the Drink Takes the Man (30 Dec. 1967)

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Mannix infiltrates an alcohol-rehabilitation center in Mexico. His client is a young woman who fears her father is being swindled. Intertect has devised a cover identity so that Mannix ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Joseph Campanella ...
Lew Wickersham (credit only)
Carol Blake (as Lynda Day)
Dorothy Green ...
Laura Durand
Liza Carter
Roger Torrey ...
Sean McClory ...
Scott Winters
Joe Lo Presti ...
Captain Gomez
Dick Dial ...
Phony Trooper
Ken Tilles ...
Police Lieutenant
Dick Merrifield ...
2nd Sheriff (as Richard Merrifield)
Eddie Firestone ...
Clyde Jefferson


Mannix infiltrates an alcohol-rehabilitation center in Mexico. His client is a young woman who fears her father is being swindled. Intertect has devised a cover identity so that Mannix poses as an alcoholic who has been committed there by an Intertect operative posing as his wife. Mannix discovers a confidence man is also posing as a patient. In the middle of the case, another patient turns up dead and Mannix finds out there have been several unsolved murders nearby. If Mannix isn't careful, he could be the next victim. Written by Bill Koenig

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The exteriors of the Mexican rehabilitation facility used in this episode are the same as the exteriors of the Swiss resort depicted in the fourth season episode _"Mission: Impossible" (1970) {My Friend, My Enemy (#5.6)}_. Both "Mannix" and "Mission: Impossible" were originally produced by Desilu, which was acquired by Paramount. See more »

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Mannix goes to rehab!
19 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode sure has an unusual setting! It begins with Mannix begin brought, against his will, into an alcohol treatment center in Mexico! It seems his 'wife' (Julie Adams) has signed him into the program. However, what's really happening is that Mannix is infiltrating the place to investigate a rich guy (John Anderson), as his daughter (Lynda Day George) is worried. After all, she doesn't think he's an alcoholic and why does he keep returning to the place? Because the show is "Mannix", it wasn't surprising that soon a body shows up in the place! What's going on here? Is this program on the up and up? And why is Anderson always going there?

The mystery in this one is pretty good and ultimately, the reasons for these visits are pretty interesting. I also liked the ending--it was done well and offered a nice twist. The only negative, and it's a minor one, is that when the murdered guy is found by Mannix, the guy naturally is not quite dead and dies in Mannix's arms!! This is a bit of a cliché, don't you think?

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