Carl Gorman spats with his wife Alice over his ne'er-do-well nephew, Jim Ferris, who constantly asks for money to pay non-existent gambling debts. Unknown to Carl, Alice is having an affair with Ferris, who schemes with Stanley Piper to extort money from Carl. Ferris persuades Alice to join the venture. Carl consults with Perry Mason on how to deal with Jim. Alice calls Carl from their mountain cabin, pretending to be held for $80,000 by the gamblers who are after Jim. Carl sends his secretary, Betty Wilkins, with a briefcase full of cash to the cabin. After the money arrives, Piper, masked and armed, rushes in to claim the ransom, but Alice pulls a gun and accidentally shoots Jim. A kerosene lamp falls to the floor in the struggle and sets the cabin on fire. Alice escapes and arrives home incoherent. Betty sees the cabin in flames and finds a gun--her gun--outside the cabin. Carl asks Perry to defend Betty, who is soon arrested for murder.
Did You Know?
The model courtroom credit opening first used in the second season episode, "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat," reappears in this episode and will be used for the remainder of the fourth season and all of the fifth season. See more
The body shown through the window of the burning cabin obviously isn't that of the murder victim. See more
[dictating to secretary
Since we are currently planning investment in the new field, you may anticipate hearing from my partner or myself at the earliest possible date.
I can finish the rest of this myself, Mr. Gorman.
No, no, we've got all the way to the airport. Just take me a minute to pick up my suitcase.