When Marian Shaw returns to her apartment she tells her roommate Diana Reynolds to move out. When Diana refuses, Marian pulls a gun which goes off during their fight. Later, Diana Reynolds hires Perry Mason after being accused of theft and losing her job. She's also sporting a black eye. Diana was working for the wealthy Bartlett family and was involved with patriarch Matthew Bartlett's stepson, Tony Davis. Tony's mother Helen Bartlett claims to have found some of her jewelry in Diana's things and fired her on the spot. Diana had recently become aware that her roommate Marian Shaw was carrying on with Tony as well, but it was Tony who gave her the black eye. To complicate matters further, the elder Bartlett has only recently become aware that he has a grandson and will seemingly do anything to get custody. Tony discovered and stole a letter about the grandson from Diana's desk. When Marian Shaw is murdered however, it's Diana who is charged and Perry defends her.
Did You Know?
The image of Don Anderson, an actor who has appeared in many other episodes, both with and without credit, is used as a photograph of the late Robert Bartlett. It appears in the home of Norma. See more
The murderer dumps the victim's body in his/her own front yard, without there being any good reason for such self-incrimination. See more
Good evening, Miss Shaw. It's a lovely evening, no?