Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star, Barry Conrad, tells him he won't be doing another season after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge.
Did You Know?
Because it was known that this would be the series' final episode, it's is full of inside jokes. For example, an actress comments while drinking that she would never take part in a show that was in a time slot opposite "Bonanza" (which this series was at the time). In another example, a character named "Jackson Sidemark" alludes to the show's longtime executive producer Gail Patrick Jackson and producers Art Seid and Arthur Marks. See more
Perry Mason dismisses Leif Early's rant against Hollywood on the witness stand as being irrelevant, but then allows the prosecution to call forth a parade of witnesses to testify about Winfred Glover's past bad behavior in matters completely unrelated to the case, without offering a single objection. See more
Now, it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.