Season 1 Episode 25

Black Fire

Aired Sunday 6:30 PM Mar 16, 1958 on ABC

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  • What starts out as a simple favor to a friend lands Bret squarely in the middle of of a deadly inheritance contest.

    A classic murder mystery episode that may have been inspired by Agatha Christie's Then There Were None. A wealthy old codger, "The General", assembles his potential heirs who promptly begin to disappear. Bret has been recruited by one of the colorful clan by the name of Homer to impersonate him. His initial purpose was to avoid having to see his relatives, especially his uncle, The General, whom he hasn't seen since he was ten.

    As usual, this episode is enlivened by clever dialog as the various family members bicker and insult one another. Once Bret's true identity is revealed The General recruits him to solve the murders, leading to this exchange:
    Bret: You think I have an honest face?
    The General: No, I don't, but at least you ain't a relative.
    As befits any good murder mystery, everything is wrapped up neatly at the end, with Homer and The General realizing they have more in common than either would have imagined.