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Episode #1.13 

In the aftermath of Peter's murder, Chief of Police Tinkler goes over the facts with both the Tates and the Campbells.


Jay Sandrich


Susan Harris (created by), Susan Harris

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Episode cast overview:
Jimmy Baio ... Billy Tate
Diana Canova ... Corinne Tate
Billy Crystal ... Jodie Dallas
Cathryn Damon ... Mary Campbell
Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois
Katherine Helmond ... Jessica Tate
Jay Johnson ... Chuck Campbell / Bob Campbell
Gordon Jump ... Chief of Police Tinkler
Robert Mandan ... Chester Tate
Richard Mulligan ... Burt Campbell
Arthur Peterson ... The Major
Jennifer Salt ... Eunice Tate
Sal Viscuso ... Father Timothy Flotsky
Ted Wass ... Danny Dallas
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ... Announcer (voice)


After a successful night of marital bliss, Burt and Mary plan to celebrate with a party. Burt goes to Peter's apartment to invite him and he finds him in the shower, stabbed, shot, strangled, suffocated and bludgeoned. After Peter's funeral, Chief of Police Tickler gathers the family. Jessica thinks the whole thing is like a Movie of the Week. The Chief lists the names and motives of the various suspects: Chester, Jessica, Corinne, Benson (because he is black AND the butler), Eunice, The Major, Danny, Jodie, Chuck and Bob, Mary and Burt. Everyone but Billy is suspect. Now, Chester formally learns the identity of his wife's lover. But, did he know it before? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

13 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only question at the end of the episode was "Who killed Peter Campbell." Instead of the typical "these questions and many more will be answered on the next episode of Soap", the announcer said "this question might be answered on the next episode of Soap". See more »


Chief of Police Tinkler: [Pointing at Jodie] You too are a suspect.
Jodie Dallas: Oh, I can't wait to hear why.
Chief of Police Tinkler: Because you're a homo.
Benson: That's almost as good as my reason.
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Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Lew Brown
Performed by Richard Mulligan
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Episode 13 introduces Gordon Jump as Chief of Police Tinkler
19 April 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Having just renewed their passion in the bedroom,Burt and Mary decide to throw a party to celebrate; when Burt drops by to invite Peter,he becomes the first to learn of the tragedy.Chief of Police Tinkler(Gordon Jump)arrives at the Tate household to go over the facts in the case.He pinpoints the exact time of death as between midnight and 7:00AM,in the victim's bathroom(stabbed,shot,strangled,suffocated,and bludgeoned).He also establishes everyone as a suspect: Chester,motivated by jealousy; Jessica,who can't vouch for her husband; Corinne,who had caught Peter in bed with another woman(who isn't a suspect because "it's impossible for a blind woman to shoot with that kind of accuracy"); Benson,because he's black,and a butler(and we all know the butler did it); Eunice,who claims to have been staying at a hotel in Washington; even the Major becomes a suspect,if only because he carries a gun; Danny,again disguised as a rabbi,because he has connections to the underworld; Jodie,because he's "a homo," and homos do strange things(especially since he stood up the pretty nurse); Chuck,who claims to have spent the evening with Bob; sweet,innocent Mary,"no reason in the world to suspect you...therefore I suspect you." And finally Burt,"the bereaved father,the least likely suspect of all...therefore a suspect." Gordon Jump was just another example of superb casting.

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