Diagnosis Murder/Slam Dunk Dead

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Slam Dunk Dead
Season 5, Episode 5
Airdate October 16, 1997
Teleplay by Larry Brody and
Lee Goldberg &
William Rabkin
Story by Larry Brody
Directed by Vincent McEveety
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Slam Dunk Dead is the fifth episode of the fifth season of Diagnosis Murder, and the ninetieth episode overall.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan), Victoria Rowell (Dr. Amanda Bentley), Charlie Schlatter (Dr. Jesse Travis)

and Barry Van Dyke (Steve Sloan)

Guest Stars: Ken Howard (David Clarke), Courtney Gains (Dwayne), Mathew St. Patrick (Howie Lanier), Dan Gilvezan (Kent Beaudine), Mark Taylor (Neil Rider), Lorenzo Newton (Desmond Conway)

Co-Starring: Lori Fetrick (Rochelle), Bobby M. Johnson (Director), Nate Reese (Peck)

Special Cameo Appearances: Brent Barry (Himself), Charles O'Bannon (Himself), Ed O'Bannon (Himself), Pooh Richardson (Himself), Malik Sealy (Himself)


Plot Overview

Mark investigates the death of a college basketball star during a game.


Arc Advancement





The Show

The basketball references are many in this episode: four then-promising NBA players, Ed O'Bannon, Malik Sealy, Pooh Richardson and Brent Barry all appear as themselves in this episode, and also featured is Ken Howard, best-known for playing high school basketball coach Ken Reeves in The White Shadow.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments