Donna Kress and Frank Thatcher have a spat. He will not divorce his wife. Driving home that night, Frank runs over and kills a pedestrian, Alexander Collins, in the road. Under direction of old Henry Dameron, Frank's father-in-law, Tad Dameron, Frank's brother-in-law, takes care of the body. Frank, as "Danko" hires Paul Drake to deliver $25,000 to Collins' widow, but Paul finds out the gift is a payoff after learning her husband was killed in an accident due to typo on his drivers license causing "Danko" to give Paul erroneous information. Paul contacts "Danko" and meets him at "Danko's" girlfriend's apartment. Paul fights with "Danko" and is knocked out. When Paul revives after the clerk and police enter the apartment, he finds Thatcher/Danko is dead, shot with Paul's gun. Paul calls Perry Mason and is charged with murder. He is further accused of blackmailing Thatcher with the hit-and-run incident. Perry fights Dameron money and influence in defending Drake.
Did You Know?
Though he is not named and is credited as "Ballistics Expert", Norman Leavitt plays a role substantially like that of Mr. Redfield, the ballistics expert who appeared in two first-season episodes. See more
When the police enter the apartment and find Paul Drake and the dead body, there is a record playing on the "steereo" as it was pronounced in the early days. As the phonograph arm reached the end of the record, it resets itself and plays the record again. However, the balancing arm of a record changer would normally only do this if the arm was raised and moved all the way to the right. In the position the balancing arm is in, the changer would have stopped at the end of the record and shut the player off. See more
Mr. Danko, in my business, a client's case is supposed to remain confidential. But yours won't. You've told a few too many lies. And I don't like being chosen either to pay conscience money, or to help cover up a felony.