Mannix: Season 7, Episode 23

Trap for a Pigeon (24 Mar. 1974)

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A mobster's lawyer desperately wants Joe to recover a briefcase that was stolen in a hotel robbery. His life depends on Joe getting it back.

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A mobster's lawyer desperately wants Joe to recover a briefcase that was stolen in a hotel robbery. His life depends on Joe getting it back.

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A good episode which includes a prophetic statement by Mannix
23 April 2015 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good episode of Mannix and it's one of the better episodes this season.

It's about a briefcase that is stolen during a hotel robbery, and the owner of the briefcase, who is a syndicate lawyer, hires Mannix to find it. The lawyer is played by Barry Atwater, and it's well known that Atwater was a heavy steroid user which resulted in significant and noticeable changes to his face, which is evident in this episode as he looks pretty bizarre and sickly here. In fact, Joe himself even comments on his client's appearance at one point in the episode. When he's talking to syndicate hood Johnny Larkin at Larkin's house, he tells Larkin that he had just met with his client, and then, referring to his client, Joe says that "He looked awful". Quite prophetic, as Atwater died at the age of 60 about four years after this episode aired.

One problem that I had with this episode is that a big mistake occurs in one of the scenes. When Joe and Lt. Tobias enter a certain house, a tape player is running and they hear the last few seconds of the tape, but right after that Joe begins stating factually to Lt. Tobias what was or was not on the portion of the tape prior to the last few seconds, and even draws some conclusions from that, even though he NEVER HEARD THE TAPE. Very sloppy. The writers should have known better, and someone should have caught this before the episode aired.

Another problem I had is that at the end Joe is able to solve the entire case based on one thing that Peggy said, which is unrealistic.

This episode does, however, contain an exciting and extended car chase and an interesting plot. So I'm going to deduct a couple of points for the problems I mentioned above and give this one an 8, which is still pretty good.


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