Mannix (1967–1975)
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A Puzzle for One 

Joe Mannix refers four cases to down-on-his-luck fellow private eye Jerry Henderson. But when Henderson is murdered, Mannix suspects that it was because of one of the four cases he referred... See full summary »


Jeffrey Hayden


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Adam West ... Jonathan Forsythe
Nehemiah Persoff ... Anton Wojeska
Jack Ging ... Lt. Dan Ives
Elizabeth MacRae ... Diane Glover
David Mauro David Mauro ... B.J.
Annabelle Garth Annabelle Garth ... Pauline Waverly (as Anabel Garth)
Susan Bay Nimoy ... Mrs. Forsythe (as Susan Bay)
Carol Wayne ... Bobbi
Don Hanmer ... Jerry Henderson
Jason Wingreen ... Harry Fredericks
Nadyne Turney Nadyne Turney ... Helen Henderson
Lisa Jak Lisa Jak ... Susan
Mary Carver ... Mrs. Fredericks


Joe Mannix refers four cases to down-on-his-luck fellow private eye Jerry Henderson. But when Henderson is murdered, Mannix suspects that it was because of one of the four cases he referred -- an extortion case, a divorce involving infidelity, a drug overdose victim's father, and a man being pressured by a loan shark. Feeling responsible for Henderson's death, Mannix decides to look into each case himself to find out whether one of them resulted in his friend's death. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

26 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The '56 Chevy Bel Air convertible that gets blown up by a bomb in the opening scene was previously used as Greg's Brady's first car in The Brady Bunch: The Wheeler-Dealer (1971). Both series were produced by Paramount. See more »


Anton Wojeska: [sitting with Joe in the back room of a restaurant offering him coffee] You, uh, want some, uh, cream, sugar?
Joe Mannix: Uh, black is fine.
Anton Wojeska: How, uh, how come I don't hear from Henderson a whole week already?
Joe Mannix: Because he's dead. A bomb in his car. It was in all the papers.
Anton Wojeska: Papers? I don't read so good. My kid, she... used to read to me. She went to school... she... she read lots of books. A bomb? He was a pretty nice fellow.
Joe Mannix: Mmm.
Anton Wojeska: What am I gonna do now?
Joe Mannix: Would you like me to take over the case?
Anton Wojeska: Well, on the ...
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Mannix meets Batman!
6 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Grrrrrrr!!! The first five minutes of this episode really annoyed me. An old friend of Mannix's comes to see him--and about 30 seconds later the guy is murdered--blown to bits! Why did this make me mad? Because just about every time you see an old friend of Mannix, the guy will be dead by the end of the show! Heck, in the PREVIOUS episode, another one of Mannix's friends was killed! This must have happened at least a dozen times during the course of the show--and it's a cheap plot device. As a result, no matter how good the show was, it's clichéd.

The story involves the murdered friend and Mannix looking into the cases this friend was working on at the time. One brings him to a grieving father (Nehemiah Persoff), another to a woman who once made a porno film, a guy who gambles and a stockbroker who cheats on his wife (Adam West...Batman from the 1960s).

The four stories were mostly very good. But the one about the gambler was dumb--especially since someone tried to kill him with a speargun at a huge distance! Such a shot is nearly impossible (let alone stupid)--especially since the shooter was a hired killer who should have just used his gun!!! Duh!

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