This is the eighth episode of the 1958 to 1964 Private Eye series. The series ran for a total of 206 episodes. Series regulars were, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes and Jacqueline Beer.
P.I. Roger Smith is approached by Peggy Castle with a problem. She informs Smith that she believes that her wealthy husband, Bartlett Robinson is trying to kill her. There has been a series of close calls like a cut brake line on her car. Castle tells Smith that she thinks Robinson is stepping out with his secretary, Frances Fong.
Smith is not all that unenthusiastic about getting mixed up in the case. A retainer of 1000 dollars in cash changes his mind. Smith is to call on Castle and Robinson, posing as a designer for some house renovations Castle is planning. He will stay in a guest room for the weekend.
Smith meets Castle and Robinson for drinks and takes an instant dislike to Robinson. Also in the mix here is Castle's drunken brother, Richard Webb, as well as the secretary, Frances Fong. Smith cannot shake that back of the head feeling that something is amiss here. He is sure that Castle is not telling him the whole story.
Castle agrees to fill him in on the details after dinner. They can have some drinks in his room and talk. The two meet, and while Smith is pouring drinks, Miss Castle walks up behind him and clobbers him with a fireplace poker.
When Smith finally comes around, he finds himself on the floor beside the dead as a door-nail, Robinson. He also has his own gun in his hand. There is also Miss Castle and her brother, Webb, standing there holding a pistol of their own. Of course Smith's pistol has no live rounds in it.
Smith feels like a complete chump for not seeing the frame job coming. Castle tells Smith to play along with her story when the Police arrive. Smith and her were having a "friendly fondle" when Robinson burst in and went at Smith with the poker. Smith had to defend himself and shot Robinson. Castle tells Smith it is that, or, she will say that Smith attacked Castle, and that Robinson had been defending her honor.
With Police sirens growing closer, our boy, Smith, decides he does not like either idea. He leaps out a handy window and hotfoots it. The Police are now swarming the estate looking for Smith. He ducks into one of the guest suites. There he finds the pretty, Miss Fong enjoying a bubble bath. He gives her the quick version of what has happened and asks for help. Fong agrees. She does not want to be accused of steeping out with her boss, Robinson.
The Police are looking through all the rooms and are now at Fong's. They take a quick look around and find nothing. Smith had been hiding at the bottom of the bathtub under the bubbles. Smith now calls his partner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, and fills him in.
Between Smith, Zimbalist and the pretty Miss Fong, they find out some interesting details. Castle and Webb are not brother and sister. They are actually husband and wife and had played Robinson over a 10 million dollar estate. Smith now decides to turn himself in to the Police. He spills all he knows about Castle and Webb and the two are soon looking at life behind bars.
This is a nifty episode with several nice twists and turns. Most will recall Peggy Castle from her bits in the big screen film noir, 99 RIVER STREET and THE LONG WAIT.