McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
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Affair of the Heart 

To fend off a nagging Assistant District Attorney, Mac invites her to his weekly poker game. Among the other participants is Mac's dentist, who consoles Mac for biting himself while his ... See full summary »


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Leonard Stern (created by) (as Leonard B. Stern), Steven Bochco


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Stewart McMillan
Martha Raye ... Agatha
Richard Gilliland ... Sgt. Steve DiMaggio
Larry Hagman ... Dr. Wesley Corman
Barbara Babcock ... Lydia Corman
John Kerr ... Richard Valentine
Jed Allan ... Alan Evans
Lloyd Nolan ... Horace Sherwin
Stefanie Powers ... D.A. Stephanie Bryant
Bill Quinn ... Police Chief Paulson
William Bogert ... Steven Sherwin
Jason Wingreen ... Murray Minter
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ... Dr. Johnson
John de Lancie ... Powell (as John DeLancie)
Leone James ... Receptionist


To fend off a nagging Assistant District Attorney, Mac invites her to his weekly poker game. Among the other participants is Mac's dentist, who consoles Mac for biting himself while his mouth was numb from recent work on a tooth. When the dentist leaves the poker game and goes home, he finds a local TV-news anchor dead on his couch, apparently from a heart attack. The dentist's wife (who was the TV news anchor's lover) and her father (the dentist's boss) are frantic, so the dentist loads the dead man into his own car and drives it to a culvert, crashing it so it looks like the news anchor had a heart attack while driving. But it wasn't a heart attack ... the man was poisoned by digitalis, which caused his heart to race out of control and conk out. Who gave him the digitalis, why ... and how? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Franciso, California, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The autopsy Doctor was played by same actor who played Dr. Morton on Emergency, which was still on the air at the time. See more »


Dr. Corman's front door wasn't real. The dead bolt on it wasn't real and when he closed it, it really didn't close shut. See more »


Remade as Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990) See more »

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Mac's weekly poker game
20 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Rock Hudson was married to Susan St.James we never heard of the weekly poker game. But now in this final season Commissioner McMillan is a widower he gets together with some buddies for a weekly game. The only problem is that after one game, Jed Allan one of the participants is found dead of a heart attack in his car after the game broke up. Allan was also having an affair with one of the wives of one of the other participants.

The who is obvious from the beginning mainly because the episode focused on the domestic problems of one of the couples. Still the husband was not present at the game, only showed up later after Allan died.

It was Sergeant DiMaggio's cold and Lloyd Nolan's friendly advice about the type of medicine to use is what gave Rock Hudson the idea of how the man died and nails the identity of his killer. Sharp movie fans will recall as I did the Errol Flynn/Brenda Marshall classic from Warner Brothers Footsteps In The Dark and know who did it.

A nice story, but Hudson as widower was never accepted by fans who remember the banter between him and Susan St.James.

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