Diagnosis Murder/Trash TV (2)

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Trash TV (2)
Season 6, Episode 20
Airdate April 29, 1999
Written by David Bennett Carren
J. Larry Carroll
Directed by Ron Satlof
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Trash TV (2) is the twentieth episode of the sixth season of Diagnosis Murder, and the one hundred thirtieth 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: Dan Gilvezan (Kent Beudine), Gary Sandy (Garth Zand)

Special Guest Stars: Stephen J. Cannell (Jackson Burley), Carol Alt (Tanya Simone), Ian Ogilvy (Jerry Lane)

Cameo Appearances by: Danny Bonaduce (GBS Executive), Robert Ito (Himself), Adrian Zmed (Himself)

Co-Starring: Jim Bentley (The Amazing Arturo), Lisa Grant (Nurse Boland), Stephanie Kissner (Anchorperson), Derick Alexander (EMT #2), Ward Boland (Man #1), Toni Redman (Young Woman)


Plot Overview

TV producer Jackson Burley re-enters Mark's life, with a proposal to do a series based on the sleuthing surgeon, but Mark has to put his detective skills to work when the actor playing him and two other crew members are murdered.


Arc Advancement





The Show

The entire proceedings serve as a parody of trash TV specials, and at one point, Jesse turns on the TV, only to find outlandish shows such as "World's Goriest Autopsies", among others, all hosted by once-popular TV stars, such as Adrian Zmed (Off. Vince Romano from T.J. Hooker) and Robert Ito (Sam Fujiwara from Quincy, M.E.).

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments