Perry Mason and Della Street are shocked when they stop in at the office late one evening and find a baby on Perry's desk. The building cleaning woman, Mrs. Cosgrove, assures them no one was let into the office. While Della takes charge of the baby, Paul Drake starts to trace the child's parents. The only lead he has is a note saying the baby's name is Leander and an old St. Christopher's medal that was left with the baby that has an old electric car engraved on the back. A car dealer tells them the car pictured on the medallion is a rarity with only 6 ever built by its designer, Leander Kerrick. The man is now dead but his widow, Dolly, is still alive. Mrs. Kerrick's cousin and business manager, Jarvis Baker, knows more than he's letting on but she refuses to believe the child might be her grandson. Perry is not the first person to approach her about a possible grandchild since Lester Menke offered to find the child for her for a hefty fee. The child's mother is Ginny Talbot and, ... Written by
14 April 1962 (USA)
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Lt. Tragg and Lt. Anderson are both absent from this episode. Sgt. Brice testifies for the prosecution and presumably was in charge of the investigation. See more
According to the storyline, Dolly Kendricks's son died at 2:35 PM in Yuma, which in the records ledger of the sanitarium had been altered to 3:35 by Lenora Graves. This was done to make it appear he died after his marriage to Finny Talbot was annulled in Nevada at 3:15 PM. It was Graves's mistaken impression that dying unmarried would remove baby Leander from Dolly's will and inheritance line. It wouldn't have made a difference, as 3:15 PM in Nevada is 4:15 in Arizona which is an hour ahead, in the Mountain Time Zone (not the Pacific Time Zone which includes Nevada). Legally, the baby was legitimate no matter what as he'd been conceived during the marriage - even without the time zone consideration. See more
Why the sigh? I thought the dinner was excellent.
It isn't the dinner. I'm merely letting out my breath.
I've been holding it ever since we sat down. Do you realize that this is the first meal we've had in weeks that hasn't been interrupted by a frantic phone call from someone... the office or a worried client?