At the Los Angeles airport parking lot, Lucy Stevens puts a briefcase in a car and telephones Hugo Burnette in New York to report a successful delivery of $60,000, which will be a bribe to secure favorable zoning for developer John Rushkin. During the phone call she tells Burnette that she can no longer be involved in the illegal activity and that she has found a way out. Marjorie Ralston drives the car to meet her boss, Whitney Locke, and hand over the briefcase, which proves to be stuffed with newspaper rather than cash. Burnette thinks Lucy stole the money. She disguises herself as a blond, writes a note and sends money to her cousin, Carol Morgan. Then she drives her car into the ocean, faking suicide. Pretending to be Carol, Lucy asks Perry Mason to look for Lucy. When Lucy's car is recovered, there is a woman's body inside, which is identified at first as Lucy, but later as Marjorie. Carol is a sham, and Lucy is arrested for murder. Perry must defend a duplicitous client.
Did You Know?
In the final scene of the episode, a flowered glass coffee pot was used by Della to pour Perry and Paul Drake a cup. It was the same pot sold by Maxwell House Coffee to promote their product. It came filled with ground coffee at the grocery store. See more
When Perry visits Hugo Burnette's apartment, one of the buildings seen through the window has a tall flagpole on its roof. The American flag on that pole is almost fully extended as though the wind is furling it, but is motionless, thus quite obviously revealing that the background neighborhood is actually a photograph. See more
Operator? I want to place a collect call to New York City, please. Person-to-person to Mr. Hugo Burnette.