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An actor/producer is murdered during a series of comic improvisations, and all of the actors present at the time seem to be suspects. Given a number of aliases and false leads, the Chief embarks on the trail of the killer.
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Fran: Still nothing on Leo Holt. But I hit pay dirt on Myra St. John. She and Lennie Blake were married on September 13, 1965, under her real name. Six Brannick.
Mark: Six? Number six?
Mark: You got to be kidding.
Fran: No. Her mother thought that six was a lucky number so named her Six. Only the county clerk put it on her birth certificate in Roman numerals.
Ironside: V I.
Fran: And that's what Lennie was saying when he died--Vi.
Myra: When's your birthday?
Ed: July 27th.
Myra: Oh, Leo, signs are right for us, you know?
Ed: No, I didn't know.
Myra: (about her ex-lover Peter Hall) Until he decided that writing was his bag, not acting.
Ed: Is he a good writer?
Myra: Who knows? No one ever read what he wrote, so he started taking trips.
Ed: Airplane, boat, or drugs?
Myra: What do you think?
Ironside: Jamie mentioned another name during that rehearsal to day. Do you remember, Mark?
Mark: No, I don't. (Ironside writes on the chalkboard the name Gale Rink) Oh, that name. (Ironside continues writing switching the letters around to read King Lear) King Lear?
Mark: Is there another one?
Ed: I flunked Anagrams One.
Ironside: Well, try Anagrams Two. See what you can make out of "Leo Holt."
Ed: (at the chalkboard and then he gets it) L-E-O-H-O-L-T. L-E-O... Othello.
Fran: I still don't get it, Chief. Was Jamie trying to tell us that jealousy was the motive for Lennie's murder?
This episode reunited Raymond Burr with his former Perry Mason costar, Barbara Hale.
French title: Improvisation de Meurtre.
Ed: Not exactly great literature. Mark: Well not everybody reads the classics. Ironside: Oh but isn't it odd that in a mountain of trash to find one literary peak. (pointing to a copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace) Allusion to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.
Mark: King Lear? Ed: Othello? Allusions to Shakespeare's plays King Lear and Othello.