McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
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In an episode which introduces Mildred's sister Agatha to the cast (Nancy Walker had already committed to her own series for the following season, and Agatha was to become the new ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart McMillan
Sally McMillan
Sgt. Charles Enright
William Halstead
Roger Thornton
Miguel Esteban
Lane Bradbury ...
Jennifer Carter
Sandy Adams
James Whitmore Jr. ...


In an episode which introduces Mildred's sister Agatha to the cast (Nancy Walker had already committed to her own series for the following season, and Agatha was to become the new housekeeper), the McMillans, Mildred and Agatha go to visit a woman relative of Mildred and Agatha, a very wealthy woman who's dying -- but not quickly enough to suit one of her nephews, who's in debt to a loansharking company later described as "just this side of Murder, Incorporated." Threatened with death if he doesn't come up with the money right away, the nephew smothers the old lady in her bed. But when the will is read, the nephew isn't the prime beneficiary -- a young great-niece is. Someone soon guns down the niece, and the nephew (who's next in line for the money) is the prime suspect. But when Agatha sneaks onto the nephew's pleasure boat to investigate him, someone plants a firebomb onto the boat. The nephew agrees to save Agatha and gives her a life jacket, but can't get off himself before the ... Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 February 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is Martha Raye's first appearance as Mildred's nutty sister Agatha. However, Agatha would not become a regular character until the show's final season. See more »

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A sliding scale of beneficiaries
12 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This McMillan&Wife story is primarily known for two reasons. First it introduces Martha Raye as Nancy Walker's sister. Next year for the final season Raye took over the housekeeper role for the widowed Commissioner. Secondly this might be the only time you'll ever see Slim Pickens in a three piece business suit.

Pickens plays the role of the family attorney of Walker and Raye's aunt who has gathered the heirs for the reading of the will. Among those gathered are Lane Bradbury, Tab Hunter, and Walker and Raye. The beneficiaries start with Bradbury who gets it all, unless she's not around it's Hunter and so on down the scale. Hunter's in real need of money, he smothers his terminally ill aunt with a pillow to hurry things along because he's got creditors who break legs if they don't get their money.

But first Bradbury and then he's killed and someone's after Raye now who is number three. The original deceased may run out of heirs before Rock Hudson can solve the murder.

Susan Saint James is ever helpful and she pulls a stunt that actually forces the murderer's hand. But by that time Hudson has it pretty much solved. And it's not too hard to figure out who.

Still it's a fun episode.

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