Diagnosis Murder/Death in the Daytime

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Death in the Daytime
Season 2, Episode 21
Airdate April 28, 1995
Production Number 3939
Written by Michael Gleason
Directed by Christian I. Nyby II
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Death in the Daytime is the twenty-first episode of the second season of Diagnosis Murder, and the fortieth episode overall.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan)

Also Starring: Scott Baio (Dr. Jack Stewart)

and Victoria Rowell (Dr. Amanda Bentley), Michael Tucci (Norman Briggs), Delores Hall (Nurse Delores Mitchell)

and Barry Van Dyke (Lt. Det. Steve Sloan)

Special Appearances by (in alphabetical order): Lauralee Bell (Herself), Eric Braeden (Himself), Doug Davidson (Himself), Melody Thomas Scott (Herself)

and (in alphabetical order): Jeanne Cooper (Herself), J. Eddie Peck (Himself), Kristoff St. John (Himself), Heather Tom (Herself)

Guest Stars: John Kapelos (Dr. Milton Getz), Kim Lankford (Lois Claire), Jack Kehler (Bruno Gruber)

Co-Starring: Rainer Grant (Tahnee), Kathryn Cressida (Script Supervisor), Sherri Paysinger (Newscaster)

Featuring: Mark DeAlessandro (Vincent Neal)


Plot Overview

Amanda wins a cameo on the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless, but the set is soon hit with bizarre, near-fatal accidents after she arrives.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

The ultimate in in-jokes, playing upon Victoria Rowell's being both a regular on Diagnosis: Murder (as Dr. Amanda Bentley) and The Young and the Restless (as Druscilla Winters). A number of popular Y&R actors appear in this episode, all of whom comment on the 'striking' resemblance between Amanda and Vicki, and it's a hoot to see Amanda get upset at being mistaken for the daytime starlet.

Doug Davidson plays the character of private detective Paul Williams on Y&R, and here he plays himself, offering his investigative prowess to aid Steve in the investigation.

Memorable Moments