Mark is pleasantly surprised by a Christmas time visit from his daughter Carol Sloan-Hilton after 8 years… but immediately notices bruises. She tells him she was hit but just wants out of her marriage with truck driver Bruce Hilton, whom Mark never liked, and is taken home where once so protective brother Steve isn't happy with the reunion. Just when Carol leaves, Steve calls Mark, Bruce was just found shot dead, his fat wallet wasn't robbed while the killer(s) clearly ransacked his motel room looking for something, as Carol's home is soon after. LAPD Detective Emma Lopez is officially put on the case in his place, but Steve sleuths on and gets knocked into hospital. Toxic traces suggest the trucking firm, where soon another poison death occurs, is involved in illegal waste dumping and Bruce was a blackmailer.
|Dick Van Dyke||Dr. Mark Sloan|
|Victoria Rowell||Amanda Bentley-Livingston|
|Charlie Schlatter||Dr. Jesse Travis|
|Michael Tucci||Norman Briggs|
|Barry Van Dyke||Steve Sloan|
|John Capodice||Dan Wolpert|
|Wanda De Jesus||Detective Emma Lopez|
|Mark Hutter||Bruce Hilton|
|Anne Lockhart||Andrea Rivers|
|Erin Beaux||Ricky Williams|
|Stacy Van Dyke||Carol Sloan-Hilton|
- In the crossword puzzle:
- The clue for 16 across is "1964 Oscar winning song." The answer is "Chim Chim Cher-ee}," the song that Dick Van Dyke made famous playing in the dual role as Bert and Mr. Dawes, Sr. in Mary Poppins.
- The long answer in the middle of the puzzle is "Bye Bye Blackbird"; he was also in the 1963 adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie.