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1 :01x01 - The Golden Spiders

Jan/16/1981
A boy's report that he witnessed a woman's abduction nearly gets him killed.
Guest Stars: David Hollander (2) as Pete Drussels | Penelope Windust as Laura Fromm | Carlene Watkins as Jean Estee | Katherine Justice as Angela | John Petlock as Michael Doran | James R. Parkes as Barry Green | Liam Sullivan as Paul Kessler

2 :01x02 - Death on the Doorstep

Jan/23/1981
One of Archie's closest friends is gunned down on Nero's doorstep.
Guest Stars: Alan Bergmann as Aaron Keller | Arlen Dean Snyder as Vance Allison | Frank Coppola (1) as Al | Nick Angotti as Marty Thomas | Stephen Parr as Paul Hendricks | Walter Mathews as McNab | Tim Thomerson as Brian Stoner | Irene Miracle as Mandy Sullivan
Director: George McCowan

3 :01x03 - Before I Die

Jan/30/1981
When a mobster and a woman posing as his daughter are gunned down, Wolfe (William Conrad) must locate the man's real daughter.
Guest Stars: Ramon Bieri as Leo Crown | H.M. Wynant as Eddie Meeker | Kale Browne as Paul Shain | Eddie Fontaine as Harry Fabian | John Ericson as Arthur Pool | Char Fontane as Violet Crown | Tarah Nutter as Elaine Page
Writer: Alfred Hayes

4 :01x04 - Wolfe at the Door

Feb/06/1981
In a solicitor's office a small green lacquer box has been stolen. It belongs to a client, Patrick Pendleton. Janet Eaton hires Wolfe. She asks him, to retrieve the small box whose contents is valuable but unknown. When Archie visits Patrick, the latter is shot during the conversation.
Guest Stars: Mary Frann as Janet Eaton | Edward Bell (1) as Arthur Hunt | Jenny Sullivan as Rebecca Rhodes | Richard Schaal as Patrick Pendleton | Eugene Peterson as Stephen Halstead | Fred Sadoff as Lon Cohen | Floyd Levine as Lt. Gray | Joey Forman as Johnny Allen
Writer: Lee Sheldon

5 :01x05 - Might As Well Be Dead

Feb/13/1981
Peter Hayes receives an anonymous call: his friend Maggie was beaten again by her husband. Peter hurries into her flat. There Maggie's husband lies shot on the floor. Peter is arrested by the police under murder suspicion.
Guest Stars: Gail Youngs as Maggie Molloy | Bruce Gray (1) as Patrick Degan | A.C. Weary as Peter Hayes | Stephen Elliott (1) as Mr. Herold | Michael Currie as Mr. Feeyer | Lana Wood as Delia Brandt | John de Lancie as Tom Irwin | Karen Montgomery as Fanny Irwin
Director: George McCowan

6 :01x06 - To Catch a Dead Man

Feb/20/1981
Nero (William Conrad) endures the destruction of his greenhouse while probing the disappearance of a shipping magnate's right-hand man.
Guest Stars: Cesare Danova as Ormond | Kelly Harmon as Susan | Frank Christi as Swarthy Man | Charles Cioffi as Harold East | Lee Paul as Kesley | Edmund Stoiber as Unknown | Titos Vandis as Captain Anteros

7 :01x07 - In the Best of Families

Mar/06/1981
The rich lady Sarah Reckham turns to Nero for assistance. Her husband Barry demands again and again large sums of money from her. Although she always refuses to give money, he always manages to have money. Sarah wants to know, where Barry obtains the money from.
Guest Stars: Diana Douglas as Sarah Reckham | Linden Chiles as Calvin Leeds | Lawrence Casey as Barry Reckham | Burr deBenning as Max Christy | Robert Loggia as Arnold Dorso | Juanin Clay as Annabel Frey | Alex Rodine as Marko Vukcic
Director: George McCowan
Writer: Alfred Hayes

8 :01x08 - Murder by the Book

Mar/13/1981
On the way to visit Nero Wolfe, a lawyer named Leonard Drake loses control of his car and he crashes. He dies and the police labels the case as a suicide. However Archie discovers a connection between Drake's death and the manuscript of an author named Blake Ritchie. A manuscript reader seems to know more than she reveals.
Guest Stars: Walter Brooke as George Briggs | Delta Burke as Jean Wellman | Ed Gilbert as Robert Phelps | Elizabeth Halliday as Miss Johnson | David Hedison as Philip Corrigan | John Randolph as Joseph O'Malley | Jennifer Leak as Elizabeth Marsh
Director: Robert Kelljan

9 :01x09 - What Happened to April?

Mar/20/1981
Nero's coworker Saul Panzer stands under murder suspicion. The corpse of his friend, a night club singer, was rescued from the East River. Naturally the eccentric detective risks to prove Saul's innocence.

There are some Hitchcock overtones in this mystery, at least in the beginning: a former underwater strip-tease artist's body is found floating in the East River. And as the intrepid detective probes the murder, one of his prime suspects turns out to be the decedent's boyfriend — the coroner.
Guest Stars: Richard Anderson as Chester Winslow | Deborah Fallender as Julie Keen | Julie Carmen as Lydia | Thaao Penghlis as Paul Cummings | Robert Carraway as Tom Stewart | Mario Roccuzzo as Artz | Gavin Mooney as Inspector Croff

10 :01x10 - Gambit

Apr/03/1981
Wolfe's brownstone is bugged and booby-trapped by a paroled electronics expert with a grudge. The man deems Nero guilty of turning him and a group of spies in for having sold secrets to the Germans during the war.
Guest Stars: Darren McGavin as John Brademan | Patricia Davis as Dana Groves
Director: George McCowan

11 :01x11 - Death and the Dolls

Apr/10/1981
Harlan Davidson has died in the explosion of his ship. His daughter visits Nero Wolfe. She accuses her stepmother of having planned the putative accident with her lover Neil.
Guest Stars: Maria Mayenzet as Laura Davidson | Christine Belford as Melanie Davidson | Ben Piazza as Harlan Davidson | E.J. Andre as Maurice Koslow | Len Birman as Neil Stryker | John McLiam as Jason Krell | Robin Strand as Jed Thurman
Director: Gerald Mayer

12 :01x12 - The Murder in Question

Apr/17/1981
Nero has a new client: Carol Wharton who comes along worried about her husband, a prosecutor. Two murder attempts have been committed on the former public prosecutor. Shortly after, Carol's car overthrows slides down a slope and rises in flames.
Guest Stars: Lucinda Dooling as Ellen Miller | John C. Reilly as David Wharton | Troas Hayes as Helen Carlson | Norman Alden as George Miller | Dale Robinette as Garry Bartlett | Diane Shalet as Valerie Jensen | Ted Hartley as Frank Carlson | Karen Fredrik as Harriet
Director: George McCowan

13 :01x13 - Blue Ribbon Hostage

May/05/1981
A burglar filches from Nero the best piece from his orchid collection. A day later Morthy Barbridge is caught and confesses to be the thief. He asks Wolfe for help. As a consideration he wants to return him the orchid again.
Guest Stars: Simone Griffeth as Lois Dunaway | Barry Nelson as Andrew Dunaway | Kenneth Tigar as Morty Barbridge | Michael Pataki as Burt Tracten | David Young (1) as Carl Loring | Fil Formicola as Solly Sorrento | Bobbi Jordan as Verna Barbage
Director: Ron Satlof
Writer: Dick Nelson

14 :01x14 - Sweet Revenge

Jun/02/1981
Five years has spent bank robber Clay Baylor in the prison. Private detective Nero has sent him there. Now the crook wants revenge. He hires two killers who should neutralize the eccentric snooper.
Guest Stars: Ed Lauter as Clay Baylor | Roz Kelly as Corey Baylor | Anthony Costello as Charles Ceretti | Paul Koslo as Daniel Maters | Eddie Firestone as Willie | David Hollander (2) as Pete Drossos | Dick Ryal as Herbie
Director: George McCowan
Writer: Ben Roberts
Warning: Nero Wolfe (1981) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Mystery
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 16, 1981
Ended: June 02, 1981
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