To protect his sister, Helen Reed, and her son Robert Crane threatens his brother-in-law, David Reed, with bodily harm. The next morning Helen awakens complaining about a bad nightmare in which she saw her husband Reed dead with a bullet hole in his head. They find she returned with a purse which is not hers which contains her brother's pistol. Helen suffers from continuing nightmares that involve memories she cannot explain so she agrees to return to Dr. Maitland. Helen and her brother visit Perry to retain him to defend them in case something happened to Reed. Perry starts by looking for Mr. Reed who seems to be missing. Using the purse, they find an apartment connected to a promiscuous woman named Joyce Martel, who is having an affair with Johnny Hale. Perry and Paul find David Reed murdered in Joyce Martel's apartment and that Joyce Martel and Helen Reed appear to be the same person. Crane is charged with the crime. It is up to Perry Mason and Dr. Maitland to unravel the mystery. Written by
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This episode introduced the term "schizophrenia" to the audience in place of "dual personality." Today this condition is known as "dissociative identity disorder." See more
How are you, Tommy?
I'm in conference, Mr. Vance.
Oh, then I won't disturb you.