Miss X's Favourites

What follows is, perhaps, not the usual episode guide, but a episode by episode observation log. I don't feel I have any special insight into the show, necessarily, but I do adore it! And from this adoration springs many repeat viewings. It's often of great interest to me to hear others' unique perceptions and opinions about a particular show and how they came to them, so I thought I'd offer you mine. Actually, the idea isn't mine at all, but the marvellous Don Malcolm's, who happened to like some of the things I said in my notebook regarding a couple of early eps. Thanks a million, Don! This is going to be fun. Please take note that an entry is never truly complete; as I rewatch or remember I'll add to this page. No spoilers. If ever I do include spoilers, I'll let you know well in advance and have them only visible after the viewer clicks a link or button or something.

Season One :
1.The Case of the Restless Redhead

Despite the glaring dearth of Paul, I love this ep. Perry runs, shakes sense into his client, shoots at a signpost to confuse things (or rather, make them come clear in the end, ahem), interrupts Paul's game of cards with a phone call whilst miraculously participating in said game (I swear the back of the man nearest we viewers in that scene is the back of Raymond Burr!), and wears a gorgeous plaid suit. Oh yes, and Paul runs too! Also, I'm very keen on Whitney Blake, who plays the defendant, Evelyn Bagby. She's very beautiful, an excellent actress and all sorts of nice things. Has a grand voice, too.

2. The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece

Pretty good, though I think I prefer the book! It's interesting to see Perry's assistant Jackson—is this the only episode in which he appears? Anyway, the Niece's fiancé, who looks a bit like an old boss of mine, steals what could've been precious Paul-time (of which there is precious little in this ep!). The end is excellent, though; I love it when Perry gets aggressive and plays clever tricks on the witnesses. Listen for a crew member dropping a paper cup in the last courtroom scene.

3. The Case of the Nervous Accomplice

Quite good—that 'frantic horns' bit of the score that plays during Sybil's flight from the murder is priceless. I think we hear it in Restless Redhead as well, whilst Evelyn is trying to escape that KKK member who's aiming to run her off the roadway. Also, any display of Paul's equipment, er, detecting equipment that is, is always enjoyable (you know, the bit where he's talking through some sort of wireless to his operatives who are on the scene...).

4. The Case of the Drowning Duck

Bleh! I'd like to take that bottle of chemicals and give the defendant a good clobbering! The poor duck! I feel that not only did he leave the defenseless creature in the water too long but that he shouldn't have performed the 'trick' at all! His fiancée is annoying too. And, no Burger, no Tragg—small town courtroom. This episode's saving grace is all the great Della and Paul. And, of course, Mason's usual brilliance...

5. The Case of the Sulky Girl

Excellent. Brian Hutton is fantastic! I wish he'd been in more episodes! Remember his bit role as parking lot attendant at Morey's in Moth-Eaten Mink? Della falls asleep on Perry, who looks as though he's about to collapse on the table himself. A cute scene! Great fun. I always enjoy those 'shippy' scenes (not fond of the word 'shippy', though), whether they're Della/Perry or Della/Paul. Shining-est moment: needless to say, I'd pay good money to see just the elastics bit between Mr. Drake and Lt. Tragg, it's so funny, and, too, pretty rare we ever see Paul so angry. Slam goes the door!

6. The Case of the Silent Partner

The defendant, Mildred Kimber, hates cats, so I find it exceedingly difficult to feel too sympathetic towards her, but I am hugely thrilled with this episode nonetheless. Lola is one of my favourite characters ever; she looks so much the part of femme fatale, is witty and endearing, and, well, everybody is keen on her! They should be, methinks. It's great that Della likes her! Nightclub scenes are so very enjoyable: the dancing, the music, the atmosphere, dot dot dot... No courtroom scene, but Burger does appear, which is nice. He's a right bastard, but quite fair in this episode, and his bastardness is mainly what makes him so endlessly watchable anyway.

7. The Case of the Angry Mourner

Small town case, but grand! The interaction amoungst the divine trio is at its finest here, as it often is in seasons 1-3. Perry's 'cabin' (he's supposed to be on holiday) is quite a palace, and Della teases him about it. Paul surprises her from behind with a "Hello, Beautiful." Young Barbara Eden looks somewhat like a blonde Liv Tyler—very pretty! This episode helped me understand what Dame Darcy was saying in one of her comics: winda=window. Incidentally, Dame Darcy is my favourite illustrator this side of the veil!

8. The Case of the Crimson Kiss

A man could've left that lipstick mark on the dead chap's forehead! That is one of the best conversations Paul and Perry have ever had. And Mr. Drake in a dark suit! Regarding the latter, Paul really looked better in dark clothes, because of his grey hair, I think. Only, they couldn't have Perry running about in light suits because he is so broad, he'd've looked like a polar bear! (He does appear in a light suit very rarely, the previous episode, TCOT Angry Mourner comes to mind.) What I'm saying is, they needed to contrast the two characters, and, because Mr. Drake is the 'lesser' of the two (nobody cares he's my favourite, of course!) he had to be the one to wear the suit that didn't... suit him as well as it might've done.

9. The Case of the Vagabond Vixen

Gus and I love the staredown Pete Handsell (James Anderson) gets from Mason in the courtroom. It is Perry at his best, intimidating a witness with his super-powered eyes. Also, the cheque scene earlier between Handsell and Mason is nothing short of brilliant. Della is gorgeous (you will see me type that sentence in every third review, probably. Substitute 'Paul' for 'Della' and I should say 'every review.' Not that Perry isn't totally gorgeous!). Veronica's mum, 'salt of the earth', I love her. More first-rate interaction amoungst the trio, by the way.

10. The Case of the Runaway Corpse
11. The Case of the Crooked Candle
12. The Case of the Negligent Nymph
13. The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink
14. The Case of the Baited Hook
15. The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse
16. The Case of the Demure Defendant
17. The Case of the Sunbather's Diary
18. The Case of the Cautious Coquette
19. The Case of the Haunted Husband
20. The Case of the Lonely Heiress
21. The Case of the Green-eyed Sister
22. The Case of the Fugitive Nurse
23. The Case of the One-eyed Witness
24. The Case of the Deadly Double
25. The Case of the Empty Tin
26. The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife
27. The Case of the Desperate Daughter
28. The Case of the Daring Decoy
29. The Case of the Hesitant Hostess
30. The Case of the Screaming Woman
31. The Case of the Fiery Fingers
32. The Case of the Substitute Face
33. The Case of the Long-legged Models
34. The Case of the Gilded Lily
35. The Case of the Lazy Lover
36. The Case of the Prodigal Parent
37. The Case of the Black-eyed Blonde
38. The Case of the Terrified Typist
39. The Case of the Rolling Bones

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