In the series' first two-hour episode, Mac is called back to his previous career in CIA intelligence when an agent is found fatally poisoned in a hotel room. Before dying, the agent had ... See full summary »



(created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), (teleplay) (as Don M. Mankiewicz) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elena Standish
Clementa Habib
Myles Eisner
Mark Erickson
Ruth Habbib (as Nira Barab)
Father Regan
Logan Field ...
George Marion


In the series' first two-hour episode, Mac is called back to his previous career in CIA intelligence when an agent is found fatally poisoned in a hotel room. Before dying, the agent had grabbed the Venetian blinds over his window and twisted them. Mac and the intelligence community realize the dead man was identifying his killer as "Venice," a notorious rogue agent who sells secrets anywhere and murders anyone who might recognize him. Mac and other agents seek out a woman named Elena Standish, an undercover operative who is the only person to survive a Venice attack. Venice goes after Elena several times, killing a contact and wounding Elena. Mac suspects that Venice is someone very close to him in the intelligence community. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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6 January 1974 (USA)  »

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28 July 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of McMillan&Wife is one of my favorites. It takes Rock Hudson back to his days in Intelligence work. An old friend named George Marion played by Logan Field is in town. But as he and Hudson are and were in the spy business Field doesn't just give him a ring and tell him where he's staying or even drop by police headquarters.

No he has to play a little game which includes Hudson hearing wherever he goes the song Marianne. Of course all this game playing while amusing ultimately ends with Field dead. Had the two of them just put their heads together they might have solved this mystery quick.

What it concerns is a trail of dead agents and Field winds up the latest one. It could be the handiwork of a mysterious double agent code name Venice. Hudson never met him as have most of his colleagues who show up in and around San Francisco. And since Fields's murder did take place in San Francisco it's the SFPD's case.

A nice cast of former spy associates show up. The murder of Field was done rather cleverly and the culprit nearly gets away with it.

In the end Field leaves a dying clue as to the identity of Venice and his murderer. Definitely see this episode.

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