Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star, Barry Conrad, tells him he won't be doing another season after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge.
Did You Know?
The episode closes with Perry, Della and Paul looking over their next case. Perry's last line is, "Now it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning". Since the show would then be in syndication, the next case would go back to the very first one. See more
Leif Early testified that he was not at the scene of the first murder. Right after the murder is committed, there is a shot of Early at the murder scene, standing in the foreground with several other people close by. Most of them would probably remember seeing him there, and so Early would realize he could not get away with lying about it on the witness stand. See more
Now, it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.