Ernest Stone has enlisted the help of John Brooks in a scam he has planned against two aging relatives, Sophia and Nineveh Stone. Brooks is to show up at the Stone's home and tell them he is a good friend and one-time shipmate of their nephew, Caleb Stone IV who was born out of wedlock and given to an orphanage when he was very young. The idea is that Brooks will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the house, the family and so on so as to suggest he is the real Caleb Stone IV but always deny that he is. The elderly aunts are soon convinced that he is their long lost relative and approach Perry Mason to change their will in Brooks' favor. Perry realizing the John Brooks may be a scam tries to delay them as he investigates Brooks. Brooks grows to like the old ladies and tells Ernest Stone that he wants out of the scam. When Ernest is found dead, John Brooks is charged with murder and Perry defends him.
Did You Know?
This episode has an unusually lengthy setup; none of the regular cast members put in an appearance until about the 15-minute mark. See more
On the DVD, the cast credits are all wrong. The character names and actors are apparently from some different show and do not apply to this episode. See more
All right, one final run-through without the details.