Two illegal immigrant barbershop workers, fearful of a police detective investigating a hit-and-run, flee to seek refuge with Wolfe and Goodwin. When Goodwin investigates on their behalf, he discovers the detective has been murdered.

Director:

John R. Pepper

Writers:

Jennifer Salt (teleplay), Rex Stout (novel)

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Timothy Hutton ... Archie Goodwin
Maury Chaykin ... Nero Wolfe
Kari Matchett ... Janet Stahl
Nicky Guadagni ... Tina Vardas
Hrant Alianak ... Carl Vardas
Bill Smitrovich ... Inspector Cramer
James Tolkan ... Ed Graboff
Colin Fox ... Fritz Brenner
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Boyd Banks ... Jimmie Kirk
Ken Kramer ... Joel Fickler
Robbie Rox Robbie Rox ... Philip
Angelo Tsarouchas ... Flatfoot Cop
Doug Lennox ... Detective Jacob Wallen
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Storyline

After a deadly hit-and-run accident, a police officer questions two barber shop employees about the crime. Because Carl and Tina Vardas are illegal immigrants fleeing Communist oppression with a conditioned fear of police, they panic and run. When the policeman is later found stabbed to death with scissors in the shop, they become wanted fugitives. Archie grants them temporary asylum in the brownstone and finds to his surprise that Wolfe, himself an emigrant from Eastern European tyranny, makes them feel welcome long enough for he and Archie go about exposing the real killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Published with two other Wolfe mysteries under the title "Triple Jeopardy." See more »

Goofs

Mention is made of Wolfe's friend Marko Vukcic and daughter Carla Lovchen being murdered by the Russians. In fact, this didn't happen until the book The Black Mountain",d which was published three years after the book this story comes from. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Purley Stebbins: [referring to Janet] You know, I ain't sold she's as unfurnished in her head as she lets on.
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Soundtracks

The Time of Your Life
(uncredited)
Written by Dick Walter
KPM 369:4.01
Ed Graboff tells Archie about Detective Wallen's interviews of the staff
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