Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)
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The mayor's wife leaves an extravaganza with a fake migraine, engineering a scheme to kill her husband and frame a crackpot. The next day Mark questions her story after he treats a bum who was injured in a hit-and-run near the incident.


Joyce Burditt (creator), Bruce Franklin Singer


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Scott Baio ... Dr. Jack Stewart
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Nurse Delores Mitchell
Catherine Hicks ... Lauren Ridgeway
Alanna Ubach ... Melissa Ridgeway
James McEachin ... Lewis Lomax
Eric Pierpoint ... George Ridgeway
Bruce Gray ... Dr. John Harris
Timothy Omundson ... Strand
Dale Swann ... Gardener


When L.A. mayor George Ridgeway's wife Lauren recognizes Benjamin Strand in the audience at a fund raiser attended by Mark and Norman, she fakes a migraine that night to sneak out, makes an appointment with him and shoots her husband at close range. Benjamin Strand is arrested by Steve as the suspect based on previous crackpot death threats he had made to the mayor, and possession of a gun that matches the killer's caliber. Mark notices Lauren's pretended migraine is fake, while she gets a real one when already on treatment. When Jack and Amanda go look for tramp patient Lomax's bag, they find one with a small fortune in a dumpster in an alley behind the murder site, and traces of breaking in through a broken window, close to the Ridgeway home. The mayor's anemic step-daughter Melissa Ridgeway is hospitalized, possibly anorexic, but Lauren refuses that theory even being tested. Jack tails Lauren to Dr. John Harris's hotel room. Marc finds Lauren has a cut fitting the window break-in. ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

1 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cherry Creek, Colorado, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Baio and Alanna Ubach appear in the episode. They would later play husband and wife in Nickelodeon' s See Dad Run See more »

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