Lucas Tolliver asks Perry for a will for his wife-to-be which seems odd. When a dating service contacts Perry about Lucas, Perry looks deeper into his history. Lucas isn't what he says he is and is blamed when his new wife is killed.

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Lucas Tolliver uses the services of a matrimonial service to find himself the perfect bride. Alice and Guy Munford use computers to find the perfect mate for their clients and they've introduced Tolliver to ranch owner Millicent Barton. From all appearances, Tolliver is something of a charlatan who inherited considerable wealth from a previous wife to the exclusion of his stepson Larry Dunlap who received nothing. When Tolliver asks Perry upon the recommendation of their common friend, Terrence Clay, to draw up a will for his wife-to-be that will make Tolliver the only beneficiary of her estate, Perry is surprised. Alice Munford is concerned, however, when she reviews Tolliver's file and can't imagine why her husband Guy ever approved him as a client in the first place. Alice and Guy visit Perry as Alice thinks Millicent might sue them, which now has Perry quite concerned. When Millicent Barton is poisoned the police and the District Attorney think they have an open and shut case as ... Written by garykmcd

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The episode never went anywhere
29 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we have another rehash of a tale that goes back as far as mysteries were written. Only after a few dates an older widower marries a younger widow and after Wills are signed the widow dies and all the evidence points to a murder. Nothing changes in this episode.

Lucas Tolliver (Noah Beery, a widower, has been picked to be compatible with Millicent Barton (Cathy Downs), a widow, by a computer dating service(something brand new for people in 1965). Only after a few dates Lucas and Millie get married. But not before Lucas goes sees Perry Mason to have Wills made that claim if either person dies the other inherits all the others belongs. Even to Perry and Della this was suspicious.

During a dance party after the wedding, Lucas gets Millie some lemonade that contains poison. Millie dies that very night. And now Lucas is to inherit anything.

The DA's office finds out that Lucas was the one who got Millie the drink. They also find out that Lucas's last wife also died from being poisoned which leads to charges being filed for murder.

Perry has to weave through all the evidence concerning Lucas's past and even Millie's past. And by the time the episode ends Perry has broke the computer dating service records wide open.

There really was nothing new here. Nothing stood out as being remarkable. It felt like another show with the same old storyline. The only change was a computer setting up the meeting rather than human friends. I never got in this story.

The writers did try to throw in a twist when Lucas's son shows up in LA. But that did more to hinder the story than help. Nothing exciting about this episode.


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