Milo Girard is a high-end art dealer who is less than honest. He's recently sold a painting, The Purple Woman, to avid collector and self-described expert Rufus Varner, for $86,000. When another art expert tells Varner he's purchased a forgery, he wants his money back but Girard laughs him off and threatens to expose his gullibility. Girard commissioned the forgery from frustrated artist Aaron Hubble to whom he promised a one man show if he could produce a painting that would fool Varner. Having met his side of the bargain, Hubble now wants his show but Girard refuses. Girard's wife Evelyn learns about the forgeries and seeks legal advice from Perry Mason. She fails to tell him that she is having an affair and that she hated her husband. When Girard is murdered, there is no shortage of suspects but it's Evelyn who is charged and Perry defends her.
Did You Know?
In the epilogue to this episode, (Season 2, Episode 9) Perry Mason, Della and Paul are having lunch while reading the newspaper coverage of the dismissed trial. Hamilton Burger stops by and unexpectedly congratulates Perry on a job well done. Perry invites Hamilton to join them for lunch, much to Hamilton's surprise. This is the first time we see Hamilton Burger interacting socially with Perry and the gang. See more
At one point, the judge says that the Court will "take judicial notice" of the time, and adjourns for lunch. "Judicial notice" actually pertains to evidence, and means that the court is accepting something as being so obvious and widely recognized as to be beyond dispute. But there is no reason the court would take its own lunch break into evidence. See more
Yes, Mr. Kovac, there are more. I've got the finest collection of Van Hootens in the United States.
You must feel like Alexander the Great, weeping because there are no new worlds to conquer.
That's where you're wrong, Mr. Kovac. There will always be new worlds.