Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 13

The Case of the Baffling Bug (12 Dec. 1965)

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Dr. Todd Meade works for a company developing a new secret process. The company hires Paul to ensure security for a meeting but the details leak. Meade had worked for the competition so when a man is killed in his lab he is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Todd Meade
Dee Hartford ...
Rhonda Coleridge
Ben Cooper ...
Lowell Rupert
Aliza Gur ...
Dr. Nina Revelli (as Alizia Gur)
Gilbert Green ...
Dr. Malcolm Scranton
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Horace Lehigh (as Byron O'Byrne)
Teru Shimada ...
Dr. Maseo Tachikawa
S. John Launer ...
Mary Treen ...
Bob Okazaki ...
Manager (as Robert Okazaki)


At Perry Mason's suggestion, Paul Drake is hired to screen employees at Tryon Industries for a meeting when the owners think their industrial process for desalinization might be stolen. After the details were discussed in the meeting, they find it was stolen and brought to market by a competitor, Coleridge Associates. The obvious suspect is Dr. Todd Meade a former employee at Coleridge and who may at one time have been - and still be - involved with their CEO Rhonda Coleridge. Also, on the development team are Dr. Maseo Tachikawa and Dr. Nina Revelli from Japan and Italy respectively - both countries are known for their involvement in industrial espionage. Dr. Maseo Tachikawa is found to be making investments worth far more than his salary. When a counterspy hired by Tryon and working undercover is found dead in Meade's lab, it's Meade who is arrested and charged with murder. When Paul finds that Perry's office has been bugged, they are able to use it to their advantage and set a trap... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Dr. Meade's name is spelled with an 'e' on the end in the credits and in his personnel file; it is spelled without an 'e' on his office door. See more »

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It's not nice to bug Perry Mason
22 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason gets involved with this episode's client when his boss hires the Drake Detective Agency to secure a top secret meeting where vital industrial information is exchanged about a desalinization process is discussed. William Hopper apparently didn't do his job because a rival company published that it had a breakthrough.

The client is Van Williams who once worked for the rival, the voluptuous Dee Hartford who is the sexiest looking industrial tycoon I've ever seen portrayed. Later on when Bryan O'Byrne who also was hired by Williams's firm to investigate is murdered and Williams found over the body and found by among other people Raymond Burr, I'm betting William Talman is thinking he has a slam dunk case.

Foolish man indeed as this episode takes us into the world of industrial espionage. Even Perry Mason's office gets bugged, but being the clever fellow Perry is, he sets a trap for the real killer, who only indirectly falls in it.

One of the best from the last season of Perry Mason.

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