A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002)
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Eeny, Meeny, Murder, Moe 

When fastidious Nero Wolfe abandons a stained tie after eating his lunch in his study, it is used to strangle a prospective client shortly thereafter.


John L'Ecuyer


Sharon Elizabeth Doyle (teleplay), Rex Stout (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Saul Rubinek ... Lon Cohen
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
George Plimpton ... Lamont Otis
Kari Matchett ... Rita Ramsey Sorrell
Trent McMullen ... Orrie Cather
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ... Gregory Jett
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Christine Brubaker Christine Brubaker ... Bertha Aaron
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Angela Paige
David Schurmann ... Miles Haydecker
Wayne Best ... Frank Edey


The always fastidious Nero Wolfe inadvertently stains his tie while eating lunch alone in his study. While Archie is upstairs in the plant room trying to convince him to take on the prospective client, the beautiful young legal secretary is strangled in Nero's study using his abandoned tie by person or persons unknown. During the investigation Archie gets involved with a beautiful actress Rita Ramsey Sorrell. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

3 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Saul Panzer: [During poker game] Why do you always do that?
Orrie Cather: What?
Saul Panzer: You lose, you keep losing, and yet you bet.
Lon Cohen: You know why?
[faking Irish accent]
Lon Cohen: As me old mother used to say, "You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her
[glares at Orrie]
Lon Cohen: think."
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No, Fritz never got drunk -- but he tried.
25 June 2016 | by lwalker-13See all my reviews

The previous reviewer disparages this episode because he believes the producers and directors tried to make Fritz a "buffoon". What he does not understand is that there is a scene taken straight from the book -- "Fritz, you're drunk!" "No, Archie. I have tried, but no" -- where Fritz tries to drink away his humiliation at a murder in "his" house. This scene explains why poor Fritz is still trying to do his job, like answering the front door, while snockered.

The other criticisms may or may not be valid (I disagree with quite a few), but this is an unfair point to try to make. I suggest you try watching this series yourselves and make your own judgements. I think you'll find them eminently enjoyable.

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