When a baby, allegedly fathered by her late husband, is abandoned on the doorstep of his rich, beautiful widow, she hires Nero Wolfe to locate the mother.


Charles B. Wessler (as Alan Smithee)


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Saul Panzer
Trent McMullen ... Orrie Cather
Fulvio Cecere ... Fred Durkin
Penelope Ann Miller ... Lucy Valdon
Richard Waugh ... Manuel Upton
Boyd Banks ... Willis Krug
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Saul Rubinek ... Lon Cohen
Steve Cumyn ... Julian Haft
Shannon Jobe Shannon Jobe ... Miss Mimm
Griffin Dunne ... Nicolas Losseff


When rich, beautiful widow Lucy Valdon finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep, she is led to believe that her late promiscuous husband, a successful novelist who died in an accident, is the father. She hires Nero Wolfe to discover the identity of the the infant's mother and during the course of the investigation she and Archie find themselves increasingly attracted to each other. One of the clues he finds is an unusual handmade horsehair button, but when he tracks down the craftswoman who made it, she is uncooperative and soon after is found strangled. When Wolfe orders his operatives to set up a sting in Washington Square Park using the baby as bait, the operation finally bears fruit. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Wolfe's men set up their baby sting operation in what is supposed to be Washington Square Park. There is no lake in the landmark Greenwich Village park. See more »


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