In Upton, CA the governor's representative, state committeeman William Carter, offers the post of head of the crime commission to Mayor James Henderson over attorney Arnold Webberly, the other candidate for the office. Afterward, Jim's wife Mona makes a cryptic call to real estate developer Tom Stratton. At Mona's bidding, Susan Conley, Jim's secretary, picks up a $10,000 payoff from Stratton, but it's the old badger game. Photographer Frank Sykes bursts in and takes pictures of the bribe. Susan consults Perry Mason, telling him she signed a receipt but did not take the money. Mona accuses Julia Webberly, Arnold's wife, of suborning perjury in one of her husband's major cases, which Mona will keep secret if Arnold withdraws as a competitor to Jim. Perry calls on Jim. They hear a shot and find Mona dead, and the evidence points to Susan.
Did You Know?
This story includes Louise Fletcher's second guest appearance on Perry Mason. Her first appearance was in "The Case of the Mythical Monkeys". Both "The Case of the Larcenous Lady" and her previous appearance aired in 1960 - and Louise was the defendant in both of them, a rarity for this series. See more
Perry describes Susan Connolly's car as having a two-tone paint job, red and gray. The car is shown prior to this, and it is obvious, even in black-and-white photography, that no part of the car is painted red. See more
I'll put it to you bluntly, Mayor. Ever since the death of Roger Pearson, the Governor has been looking for a replacement.
Mayor James Henderson
To head up the Crime Commission?