Diagnosis Murder

Season 1 Episode 1

Diagnosis of Murder

Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1992 on CBS
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Diagnosis of Murder
Dr. Sloan investigates when a good friend is wrongfully accused of murder. Amanda and Jack help Mark investigate the deceased's employees, all three of whom had a legitimate motive.

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  • Dr. Mark Sloan has to attempt to clear his friend who he believes has been framed for murder

    An excellent feature length episode. I saw a lot of the series before I saw this and, apart from the surprise of having a different actress playing Amanda Bentley, it sets up the series very well. One of the usual premis' - Someone that Dr. Sloan knows is being framed for murder, so he steps in to do some sleuthing of his own. It sets up the fact that he's working with the police already at this point, and includes Jack and Amanda as his "side kicks" from the get go. Something which has run through all the Seasons. His enterance sets his character up nicely too - he arrives at work on roller skates due to the fact that his car won't start. There's a tap dancing scene, which he explains away as his patient (who's unable to pay for his medical care) swapping tapdancing lessons for treatment: "something I've always wanted to learn". Despite being 1hr 30m it didn't feel dragged out and the side issues with other patients added some variety to the sleuthing. Dr Sloans rescuing of Amanda from 4 Hells Angels/Bikers, also sets up his ability to think on his feet in a crisis - surely the mark of an excellent Doctor :D Oddly enough Steve Sloan actually looks a lot older in this episode (with grey hair) than he did in the series which followed.moreless
Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

Dr. Mark Sloan

Stephen Caffrey

Stephen Caffrey

Dr. Jack Parker (Pilot TV Movies)

Barry Van Dyke

Barry Van Dyke

Detective Steve Sloan

Cynthia Gibb

Cynthia Gibb

Dr. Amanda Bentley (Pilot TV Movies)

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