Donna Kress and Frank Thatcher have a spat. He will not divorce his wife. Driving home that night, Frank runs over and kills a pedestrian, Alexander Collins, in the road. Under direction of old Henry Dameron, Frank's father-in-law, Tad Dameron, Frank's brother-in-law, takes care of the body. Frank, as "Danko" hires Paul Drake to deliver $25,000 to Collins' widow, but Paul finds out the gift is a payoff after learning her husband was killed in an accident due to typo on his drivers license causing "Danko" to give Paul erroneous information. Paul contacts "Danko" and meets him at "Danko's" girlfriend's apartment. Paul fights with "Danko" and is knocked out. When Paul revives after the clerk and police enter the apartment, he finds Thatcher/Danko is dead, shot with Paul's gun. Paul calls Perry Mason and is charged with murder. He is further accused of blackmailing Thatcher with the hit-and-run incident. Perry fights Dameron money and influence in defending Drake. Written by
Did You Know?
Though he is not named and is credited as "Ballistics Expert", Norman Leavitt plays a role substantially like that of Mr. Redfield, the ballistics expert who appeared in two first-season episodes. See more
In the early scene where Frank Thatcher is driving his 59 Lincoln and is nodding off just before he runs down the pedestrian you can see that the gear shift for the automatic transmission is way up in view over the dashboard because the car is still in park even though he is supposedly driving down the road. See more
You know, when I leave here, I'm meeting Paul Drake at a restaurant. He'll pick up the check for dinner. That'll be the fee for my services. He's just a friend, but I never once doubted his innocence.
Henry W. Dameron
What do you mean by that?
Mr. Dameron... I've never before met a person so far removed from humanity that he believed every on of his own children capable of committing a murder.