McMillan & Wife: Season 4, Episode 4

Guilt by Association (8 Dec. 1974)

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The McMillans' maid Mildred is serving on the jury deliberating on the fate of San Francisco football star Luke Johnson, but one night she is attacked in her hotel. The jury is moved to a ... See full summary »

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Nancy Walker ...
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Virginia Ryan
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Jerry
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Nino Mordanti (as Pat Harrington)
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Andrew Brill
Paul Stevens ...
Buddy Stone
Felton Perry ...
Carter Lewis
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Leon Silver
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Bernini Mussolino
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Logan Ramsey ...
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The McMillans' maid Mildred is serving on the jury deliberating on the fate of San Francisco football star Luke Johnson, but one night she is attacked in her hotel. The jury is moved to a different hotel and in their vote for a decision, jurors vote to acquit Luke Johnson - except for juror Tom Ryan. Later that night when Jerry, a guard, gets a phone message for Tom Ryan from his stepmother Virginia Ryan, he and another guard go to Tom Ryan's hotel room, and find him shot to death. McMillan must now investigate two murders - the murder of Luke Johnson's teammate Mo Draper (the subject of the trial) and the murder of juror Tom Ryan. The McMillans and Charlie Enright question Luke Johnson's lawyer, the Ryan family, team manager Andrew Brille, and Jerry the guard, but several attempts are made on their lives, including an attempted shooting of Stewart at a football game, before Stewart makes a startling discovery about the way Tom Ryan died - and in turn learns the true reason why Tom ... Written by Michael Daly

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[McMillan reaches Sam, the Coroner, after a new autopsy has been done on Tom Ryan]
Coroner: Well Commissioner, when you're right, you're right. We blew this one.
Commissioner Stewart McMillan: Nobody's perfect, Sam.
Coroner: I am, usually.
Commissioner Stewart McMillan: Usually perfect? That's like saying slightly pregnant. What did you find?
Coroner: Well, like you speculated, this guy was poisoned. We didn't find it.
Commissioner Stewart McMillan: You didn't find it because you weren't looking for it.
Coroner: The man has two bullet holes in his back, it never occured to us to look for poison. How many times do you have...
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Ya gotta be a football hero
9 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the things we learn about Commissioner MacMillan is that he played some college football back in the day. One of two murders that come across his desk has to do with the San Francisco 'Miners' football team and their star running back Gene Washington who is on trial for murdering one of his teammates.

All kinds of things happen to bring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James into this case. First off Nancy Walker is serving on the jury and she's attacked while the jury is sequestered in the hotel room. After that happens the jury is moved to a high rise hotel with fixed windows so no one can break in.

Despite that another juror is killed and that attracts the personal interest of the MacMillans. Of a necessity the old case is given a fresh look as well as the fresh murder. There are all kinds of suspects with a lot of familiar faces from the small screen to choose from.

The real break in this case is discovered by Medical Examiner Logan Ramsey who discovers the real cause of death of the juror. All the responsible parties are then apprehended.

This one is your typical Agatha Christie locked room case. I think Agatha would have put a few flourishes on it, but as a television episode it's pretty good.


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