Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)
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Boxer Tommy Bracket is found dead after knocking out champion Mercury Jones and refusing a rematch. Evidence points to Mercury as the killer, but Mark finds that his wife, a corrupt promoter, and a bankrupt gym owner also have motives.


Christopher Hibler


Joyce Burditt (creator), Travis Fine


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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
Stanley Kamel ... Wayne Topping
Steven Williams ... Butch Reilly
David Labiosa ... Kieran Conley
Troy Byer ... Brianna Jones (as Troy Beyer)
Erik King ... Tommy Brackett
John Cassini ... Marco
Bret Anthony Bret Anthony ... Car Park Attendant
Richard Brooks ... Mercury 'The Heat' Jones
Danni Wheeler Danni Wheeler ... Polly


Jack's boxing hero Mercury 'The Heat' Jones is held in observation at Community General with serious injuries, after a KO title loss instead of the 50th victory he'd hoped to retire after - his wife Brianna wants him to stop anyway. Worse, his adversary Tommy Brackett is diagnosed with an irregular heart beat, (no more fighting ever), so he refuses a furious Jones a rematch. Brackett is found dead - smothered the next morning next to Mercury's hospital ID bracelet. Jack learns from neighborhood friend Marco (who lost big betting on the fight) and joins as "Animal" - (an unwilling sparring partner at Tommy's ex-trainer Butch Reilly's gym) to search Brackett's locker and office, confirming it was already deep in debt and facing bankruptcy, as Steve already knew, but also a check indicating promoter Wayne Topping bought the fight. Then a witness turns up who saw Brianna entering Tommy's room, and a rented doctor's jacket. Yet the hospital sleuths still have to find another suspect. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama







Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to a boxing referee practice where he can stop the fight and give a still standing boxer an evaluation as to whether he can continue. The practice was eliminated from professional boxing in 1998. See more »

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