Diagnosis Murder/Murder Blues

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Murder Blues
Season 5, Episode 1
Airdate September 18, 1997
Written by Lee Goldberg &
William Rabkin
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II
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Murder Blues is the first episode of the fifth season of Diagnosis Murder, and the eighty-sixth 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: Angie Dickinson (Capt. Cynthia Pike), James Darren (Councilman Matt Watson), Kent McCord (Detective Tony Stang), Martin Milner (Detective Frank Halloran)

and Fred Dryer (Police Chief Masters)

Featuring: Darwyn Carson (Reporter 2), Patrick M.J. Finerty (Reporter 1), Yumi Iwama (Jan Yanihiro)


Plot Overview

A councilman accused of killing his wife claims that he was framed by someone on the police force.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Another tribute episode kicks off this season, this time a salute to actors who've played LAPD cops: Kent McCord (Off. Jim Reed from Adam-12), Martin Milner (Off. Pete Malloy from Adam-12), Angie Dickinson (Sgt. Suzanne 'Pepper' Anderson from Police Woman), Fred Dryer (Sgt. Rick Hunter from Hunter), and James Darren (Off. Jim Corrigan from T.J. Hooker).

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Just like on Adam-12, Kent McCord and Martin Milner once again play cops who are partners, only this time they are detectives rather than patrolmen.

Memorable Moments