Murder Blues
Season 05, Episode 01
Air Date September 18, 1997
Previous The Murder of Mark Sloan
Next Open and Shut

Murder Blues is the first episode of Diagnosis Murder's fifth season which was broadcast on September 18, 1997.


Steve becomes embroiled in political intrigue after the murder of a city councilman's wife appears to be part of a larger political strategy. Steve investigates two mayoral candidates, the councilman and the chief of police, as well as a rogue detective and his partner, all with strong motives.

Summary Edit

Steven and fellow LAPD Detectives Halloran and Stang, who are partners, find Councilman Watson, whom they wanted to question about corruption, passed out at home on tranquilizers Mark prescribed, in the next room is his separated wife Janet's corpse, shot, her blood is all over the house. Police Chief Masters, a political rival for the mayoral campaign, refuses to comment. Mark decides to look into Watson's claim to be framed, together with Captain Cynthia Pike, even though it can make Steve look bad but he is happy to collaborate. Amanda hopes to work trough her an 'amical' divorce from baby CJ's dad by becoming a medical examiner in the coroner's office but finds nothing- enough for Mark to prove there was a frame, and Stang had motive and opportunity- he shoots himself, his gun was used for Janet's murder. Now Mark sleuths on, Stang could be framed himself of Masters is in the plot. Stang's partner Halloran, now also disgraced, tells Steve Stang was Janet's lover. Jesse treats Pike for a strange, bad tetanus poisoning, which leads Mark to an even scarier plot...