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Diagnosis Murder

Season 1 Episode 9

Inheritance of Death

Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1993 on CBS
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Inheritance of Death
Mark's cousin, Jonathan Nash, bequeaths his million-dollar fortune to Community General Hospital. His three dastardly children are the main suspects after Nash dies suspiciously... before he has a chance to alter his will.

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  • For die hard Dick van Dyke fanatics only!

    (This review is about this episode only, NOT the whole show! By mistake I posted it as a show review, but that was not my intention! The show in general is much better than this episode!)

    You have to be a die-hard Dick van Dyke fanatic to enjoy this, in my opinion! Yes, he is good in many ways, but not good enough to carry off something this horrible!

    It's not funny, it's not exciting, it's just boring!

    What it's about? Some relative of Mark Sloan is murdered and Dick van Dyke plays all parts of the excentric family involved. I said excentric, and that could be funny, but no, not in this case! I don't know what they wanted out of doing this episode, but it didn't do anything at all for me! Sorry, but this is by far the worst Diagnosis Murder episode I have seen!moreless
  • Mark Sloan's millionaire cousin, Jonathan Nash, dies in mysterious circumstances. Mark is convinced that one of Jonathan's three children is responsible and, with Jack's help, sets out to prove it.

    This is one of the gems of Season 1, showcasing Dick Van Dyke's impressive range of acting skills. There's a lot to like about this episode. Some of the early scenes at the Nash house, filmed in black and white, have a genuinely suspenseful feel to them, thanks in part to a creepy musical score. The plot twists and turns and, while sometimes wandering a little outside the bounds of realism, is always entertaining, and Van Dyke is a pleasure to watch as each of Jonathan's three mysterious offspring.

    There's also some nice character development, with some fun and sparky banter between Mark and Steve, and some entertaining moments with Jack and Amanda. Scott Baio is given a chance to take the lead and does a good job, playing his bewilderment at the odd Nash family very well. And finally, it's great fun to watch Norman Briggs's face light up at the mention of the huge inheritance coming Community General's way!moreless
  • Excellent demonstration of some of Dick Van Dyke's many skills.

    Like many of the Diagnosis Murder episodes, the ones from the early seasons in particular, this episode is largely taking advantage of Dick Van Dyke’s excellent skills at playing many characters, even women! As well as playing the character of Dr Mark Sloan, Dick Van Dyke takes on the role of some of his relations in this episode, playing 4 other characters, and he does it very well. When I first saw this episode it took me a while to realise exactly how many of the other characters he was playing. It is cleverly shot with often more than one of Dick’s characters in a scene at once. It has to be said that the plot is a little farfetched in places but then I believe that breaking the mould is what Diagnosis Murder is all about and if you just go along for the ride it makes very enjoyable viewing. These gems of episodes that are different to the norm are what I watch for and this is certainly a fine example.moreless
Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

Dr. Mark Sloan

Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell

Dr. Amanda Bentley, Medical Examiner (1993-2001)

Barry Van Dyke

Barry Van Dyke

Detective Steve Sloan

Michael Tucci

Michael Tucci

Norman Briggs

Scott Baio

Scott Baio

Dr. Jack Stewart (Season 1-2)

Delores Hall

Delores Hall

Delores (Season 1-2)

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