Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

Physician, Murder Thyself 

A surgeon drops dead while operating on another doctor.


Joyce Burditt (creator), Gerry Conway (teleplay) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Chad Everett ... Dr. Clayton Andrews
Jack Klugman ... Dr. Jeff Everden
Bernie Kopell ... Dr. Les Franklin
Wayne Rogers ... Dr. Ken Morrisay
Hunter Tylo ... Claire McKenna
Michele Lamar Richards ... Dr. Sally Crawfield
Leslie Charleson ... New Doctor
Stuart Damon ... Dr. Michael


When top surgeon Dr. Ken Morrisay, who doesn't bother, is the victim of similar morbid 'pranks' as in Boston while in Community General to operate his former teacher Dr. Jeff Everden, assisted by rival ex-pupil Dr. Clayton Andrews (a source of pride for Norman), Boston anesthesiologist Dr. Les Franklin, Dr. Sally Crawfield, Mark and Jesse, who gets hit by blood aimed from a riding car at Morrissay, Steve investigates. During the operation, Morrisay gets a fatal heart attack, Andrews saves Everden by stepping in. The car is traced to animal rights activist Claire McKenna. Then Mark notices Morrissay's death was cleverly triggered by toxic levels of organic phosphates, which kicks in too fast to be administered before the operation. Dr. Sally Crawfield turns out to be a closet Animal Crusade member, and has a history with Morrisay, who used lab test animals. Andrews is to get a top post now Morrissay is out of the way, while Franklin's pathologically philandering but filthy rich wife ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


Mr. Briggs asks "Do I look like a doctor?" This is an allusion to the guest stars who all looked enough like a doctor to be cast as doctors in other hit TV shows. See more »


When Jesse gets blood thrown over him in the parking garage, the car driving away has the license plate XXX 111. But when Steve asks at the Animal Welfare office he says it was XKP 147. See more »

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24 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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