Diagnosis Murder/Malibu Fire

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Malibu Fire
Season 5, Episode 3
Airdate October 2, 1997
Teleplay by Gerry Conway &
Wayne Berwick
Story by Gerry Conway
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II
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Malibu Fire is the third episode of the fifth season of Diagnosis Murder, and the eighty-eighth episode overall.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan), Victoria Rowell (Dr. Amanda Bentley), Charlie Schlatter (Dr. Jesse Travis)

and Barry Van Dyke (Steve Sloan)

Guest Stars: Robert Fuller (Chris Newman), Randolph Mantooth (Mayor Bill Tremont), Marisol Nichols (Sally Tremont), Brian Patrick Clarke (Jerry Grayle)

Co-Starring: Gabriel Bologna (Howard Pucell), Richard Gross (Gus Collier), Jennifer Tighe (Rebecca Fleetwood)


Plot Overview

A forest fire that threatens Mark's house, as well as many of the other houses in Malibu, turns out to be a clever cover for murder when one of the volunteer firefighters is found dead.


Arc Advancement





The Show

This time around, DM plays tribute to the TV classic Emergency!, with two of the cast members, Randolph Mantooth (Paramedic Johnny Gage) and Robert Fuller (Dr. Kelly Brackett) in the cast. Both men are among the crew trying to put out the fire, which was something Mantooth's character did many times on the series, but Fuller, who played a doctor, never had to do that on the show.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments