The appropriately-named Dr. Elliot Strange lives in a country manor house with his his physician wife, an oddball, movie-obsessed son, and his aspiring actress daughter-in-law. In addition he has a houseful of domesticated, house-broken primates from a Capuchin monkey to a silverback gorilla. The highly intelligent silverback has bonded with the family even to the extent of using the bathroom by himself. Dr. Srange, who is in the habit of working in his locked study to prevent the gorilla from chewing on valuable papers, is found impaled on a samurai sword in that locked room after apparently yelling at his assailant. Jonathon and Maddy are at a loss to explain how the murderer got in and out of the locked room.
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Unusual for this series, there is a disclaimer in the end credits stating that no animal was hurt on the film. See more
When the victim fell back onto the samurai sword embedded in the desk, a large amount of blood would have been left on the desk top. However when Jonathan searches the room after the victim is found, there was only a small amount of blood on the desk and none under the desk. See more
[as she is in bed with Jonathon and speculating on Dr. Strange's murder
Or what about this? One of the animals did it... one of the little ones. Could've been hidden in a cupboard that was too small for a person and stabbed him in the back.
Right... I see your reasoning.
But you think it sucks? Why?
It's just that image of the organ grinder's monkey coming at you with a sword... Would you really scream for mercy?
...or put some money in its tin cup?
References Fatal Attraction
Variation on a Theme from Danse Macabre
Tone poem composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
[Heard under main title and integrated in the score throughout the episode.] See more