In desperate need of a gardener for his beloved plant room, Wolfe undertakes a rare car trip to Westchester to recruit an orchidist and finds a body in the greenhouse.


Holly Dale


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
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
James Tolkan ... Mr. Joseph Pitcairn
Marian Seldes ... Mrs. Pitcairn
Kari Matchett ... Lily Rowan
Nicholas Campbell ... Andy Krasicki
Beau Starr ... Lieutenant Noonan
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
Ken Kramer ... Neil Imbrie
Kristin Booth ... Dini Lauer
Christine Brubaker Christine Brubaker ... Sybil Pitcairn
Boyd Banks ... Donald Pitcairn
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Vera Imbrie
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ... Detective Dykes


The "Door of Death" in the title refers to a warning sign on a greenhouse dioor referring to the lethal gas used in the cultivation of orchids. Because his regular gardener has taken a leave of absence and orchid lover Nero Wolfe is desperate to find a replacement, the rotund investigator leaves his brownstone and takes a rare car trip to an estate in Westchester. He is anxious to close the deal with an expert orchidist to become caretaker of his beloved plant room. He is so impressed with the gardener's expertise that misogynistic detective even agrees to house the man's fiancee under his roof as well. Unfortunately they find her under one of the plant tables in the greenhouse dead from poison gas. Suspects include the gardener and the eccentrically dysfunctional family living in the manor house. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

24 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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