Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

Murder Most Vial 

Executive William Bissell is murdered through an overdose while in therapy at the hospital. Bissell had several suspects with motives, including his wife, his mistress, his heir apparent, and the surgeon whom he was suing for malpractice.


Richard Compton


Joyce Burditt (creator), Richard Collins

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Scott Baio ... Dr. Jack Stewart
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Nurse Delores Mitchell
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Ken Kercheval ... William P. Bissell
Wendy Phillips ... Dr. Karen Fielder
Amy Steel ... Jenny Morley
Christine Belford ... Emily Bissell (as Christina Belford)
John Rubinstein ... Thomas Taylor
David Selberg David Selberg ... Bloustein
David Kagen David Kagen ... Detective
Anne Betancourt ... Nurse #2
Nicole Sullivan ... Nurse #1


Corporate multimillionaire William P. Bissell slaps Community General with a frightening lawsuit for malpractice for an operation on both knees which got him in a wheelchair because he ignored all doctor's orders, but Norman Briggs gets him to accept more treatment and reconsider if cured. An accident puts Mark in bed, but while taunting him 'on the other side' Bissel dies from an O.D. of his regular medicine, which must have been administered during visiting hours. Motives are obvious for Bill's CFO and heir apparent Thomas Taylor, whom he had just demoted to division head in Europe, and now succeeds as CEO, widow Emily Bissell, loving mistress Jenny Morley, and his sued orthopedic surgeon Karen Fielder, who has a hidden past. Meanwhile Steve is sleepy because he has started a night course in law, and Mark is determined to do something about the lousy monotonous hospital food even if it takes blackmailing Norman. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama







Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the Second episode the Ken Kercheval has appeared on Diagnosis Murder. First was season 1 episode 4 as Alex Ridlin See more »


When Dr. Mark Sloan is in the hospital bed, he has a bib on his chest that appears and disappears then reappears several times. See more »

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