A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000–2002)
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Motherhunt: Part 1 

When a baby, allegedly fathered by her late husband, is abandoned on the doorstep of his rich, beautiful widow, she hires Nero Wolfe to locate the mother.


(as Alan Smithee)


(teleplay), (novel)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Brenner
Inspector Cramer
Conrad Dunn ...
Saul Panzer
Orrie Cather
Fred Durkin
Willis Krug
R.D. Reid ...
Sergeant Purley Stebbins
Julian Haft
Shannon Jobe ...
Miss Mimm
Nicolas Losseff


When rich, beautiful widow Lucy Valdon finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep, she is led to believe that her late promiscuous husband, a successful novelist who died in an accident, is the father. She hires Nero Wolfe to discover the identity of the the infant's mother and during the course of the investigation she and Archie find themselves increasingly attracted to each other. One of the clues he finds is an unusual handmade horsehair button, but when he tracks down the craftswoman who made it, she is uncooperative and soon after is found strangled. When Wolfe orders his operatives to set up a sting in Washington Square Park using the baby as bait, the operation finally bears fruit. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Action | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wolfe's men set up their baby sting operation in what is supposed to be Washington Square Park. There is no lake in the landmark Greenwich Village park. See more »


Lucy Valdon: It is nonsense to suspect me.
Nero Wolfe: Nothing is nonsense concerning the vagaries of human conduct.
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Suite for Solo Cello No 1, BWV 1007
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Archie interrupts Lucy while she is playing the cello
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