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"Simon & Simon" Break a Leg, Darling (1984)

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The Simons get in on the act

10/10
Author: jarrodmcdonald-1 from United States
19 November 2016

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This is a fun episode, especially if you enjoy the theater. The story involves an acting couple, played by Carol Lawrence and Anthony Newley, whose fights are legendary. When she becomes the target of a killer, he is naturally suspected of wanting to rub her out. But it may be that he cares for her too much to really want her dead. The Simon brothers are hired to protect them. A.J. gets the woman, and Rick shadows the man. Town is also on the scene, as a cop and as a fan of the two stars.

In real life Newley was nominated six times for a Tony; and Lawrence was known for her roles in the musical theater. So they bring a lot of experience and credibility to their roles as stage performers in this offering. Newley would return as another character in a season 8 episode.

The mystery is neatly wrapped up in the last act when we find out who the real killer is. Several people have substantial motives. But before we get to that, there are some comic bits with the Simons. At one point, they break into an office to find information and Town calls them there, since he's having them watched. A.J. chides Town for interrupting them during their breaking and entering. And there is also a fun bit where the guys have non-speaking parts in a play that's performed by the couple. This is one of the more entertaining episodes of the show's fourth season. And if you like stuff that pokes fun at the acting profession and backstage squabbles, this one is certainly for you.

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