While staking mob hit man Bruno Crespi in his hotel room, Steve observes he has medical symptoms for which Bruno orders a refill from Spengler's pharmacy, which Mark diagnoses through the telescope as asthma, and receives epinephrine which he injects himself, not uncommon with patients who have a standard prescription. Shortly after he collapses, Steve gets Mark who orders a quarantine there and in the hospital to make sure nobody is contaminated: the crook has bubonic plague. CDC doctor Niven cares only for press conferences which spread panic on the theory he must have been infected through rats on a freighter he arrived on from Southeast Asia, ignoring the Sloanes' observations the epinephrine vial was full, so replaced by the maid, who wasn't actually on the hotel staff: murder by plague injection. Steve and Jack know about the crime families which include three women with a plausible motive to kill Bruno, so the snooping can start. Bruno's wife Charlene Baylor can now collect his...
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Julie Sommars and David Froman, who were both regulars on the series "Matlock" guest star in this one. This was the first of several occurrences when stars of other popular TV shows would make an appearance, especially in the first few seasons to garner viewer interest. Some of the other 'big names' who played a guest role (some more than once) included actors from M*A*S*H*, Emergency! and even Star Trek. See more
At the end Steve tells the murderer she'll be put on trial for murdering Bruno Crespi. For some reason, neither Steve and Mark also mentioned she would also be tried for trying to kill Mark, even though it had just happened. See more
Dad, the plague died out in the Middle Ages.
Dr. Mark Sloan
Plague doesn't die out, Steve, it just goes away for a while, then comes back.