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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Brenner
Mrs. Pitcairn
Lily Rowan
Andy Krasicki
Lieutenant Noonan
Conrad Dunn ...
Neil Imbrie
Dini Lauer
Christine Brubaker ...
Nancy Beatty ...
Vera Imbrie
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




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24 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Nero Wolfe: [after he has fallen while tangled in brush] It was as if a serpent had entangled my legs!
Archie Goodwin: Get up. Get up. GET UP!
Nero Wolfe: Did you see that? Did you witness that? Saul?
Saul Panzer: Yeah, I saw it, Mr. Wolfe. He went for 'ya.
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