Diagnosis: Murder (season 6)

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Diagnosis: Murder (season 6)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) –
May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)
Season chronology
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List of Diagnosis: Murder episodes

Diagnosis: Murder's sixth season originally aired Thursdays at 9:00–10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS.[1][2] The season was released on DVD complete and available in two parts by Visual Entertainment, Inc.

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Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1111"Resurrection Part I"Christian I. Nyby IILee Goldberg & William RabkinSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)13.20[3]

Caitlin Sweeney bombed Community General in the last episode, and a number of characters are trapped in the rubble. Mark worked hard to save Amanda's life. After 4 months pass, the hospital starts to reopen, and Steve announces that Caitlin has started robbing banks to raise money for R.O.A.R.: Revolutionary Order for Armed Rebellion. Steve and Jesse discuss plans to buy Barbecue Bob's, which is going out of business.

Guest Stars: Harry J. Lennix (plays F.B.I. Agent Ron Wagner), Arye Gross (plays Carter Sweeney), Kim Little (plays nurse Susan Hilliard, Jesse's girlfriend, in this and 9 other episodes), and Stephanie Niznik (plays Catlin Sweeney).
1122"Resurrection Part II"Christian I. Nyby IILee Goldberg & William RabkinSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)13.20[3]
Steve and Jesse ask Mark for a loan to buy Barbecue Bob's. Caitlin and R.O.A.R. break Carter Sweeney out of prison, and the Sweenies kidnap Mark from his home. They ask Mark to figure out a way to obtain $100 million or they will keep blowing up stores and restaurants, killing innocent people. Mark agrees and comes up with an ingenious plan that works, involving a fake armored car. Guest Stars: Harry J. Lennix (plays F.B.I. Agent Ron Wagner), Arye Gross (plays Carter Sweeney), Kim Little (plays nurse Susan Hilliard, Jesse's girlfriend in this and 9 other episodes), and Stephanie Niznik (plays Catlin Sweeney).
1133"Till Death Do Us Part"Max TashTerence WinterOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)15.40[4]

With help from the groom, a bride plots the murder of her father, planning to frame her stepmother for the crime.

Guest Star: Patrick Duffy.
1144"Wrong Number"Christian I. Nyby IIJames L. NovackOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)TBA
Sloan is tipped off to an abduction when a kidnapper dials the doctor's number by mistake.
1155"Blood Will Out"Christopher HiblerRobin BernheimOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)TBA

A supposedly dead man escapes from the pathology lab and terrorizes Community General.

Guest Stars: Bryan Cranston, Kim Little (plays Nurse Susan Hilliard)
1166"Alienated"Bruce Seth GreenJ. Larry Carroll & David Bennett CarrenOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)TBA
Jesse is apparently abducted by aliens.
Note: This episode features several actors from the Star Trek franchise – Walter Koenig, George Takei, Wil Wheaton, Majel Barrett and Grace Whitney
1177"Write, She Murdered"Frank ThackeryJacquelyn BlainNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)TBA

A mystery novelist murders her agent, hoping the investigation will inspire her next book. Guest Stars: Shelley Long, Adam West and Richard Herd

Note: Victoria Rowell also plays the author's fictional heroine Danielle Slade.
1188"Rear Windows '98"Vincent McEveetyJacquelyn BlainNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)TBA

After Amanda reports seeing a murder on the Internet, a hacker messes up all her online transactions. Three hacker friends of Jesse fight back, using The Weasel. Hence ensues the battle of the hackers.

Guest Star: Kim Little (plays Nurse Susan Hilliard, Jessie's girlfriend in 10 episodes)
1199"The Last Resort"Christian I. Nyby IIPaul BishopNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)TBA

Steve joins his troubled partner, Reggie Ackroyd (Joe Penny) in a rehab facility for stressed-out cops. Reggie seems delusional and keeps blaming a murderer he caught for abducting his wife and daughter, and Steve encourages him. He and Steve are released and go hunting for them, and find their bodies by following the voices in Reggie's head. But Diagnosis Murder has not gone superstitious; there is a perfectly rational explanation at the end.

Guest Stars: Susan Gibney (plays Det. Tanis Archer in 7 episodes), Reginald VelJohnson, and Martin Kove (plays Captain Newman)
12010"Murder x 4"Frank ThackeryJ. Larry Carroll & David Bennett CarrenDecember 3, 1998 (1998-12-03)TBA
Three apparently senseless murders; the killers are caught but for various reasons don't talk. The police and doctors look for a common thread and find it. The perps are all terminally ill patients; but who is hiring them? How do they get paid? They try to stop the 4th one.
12111"Dead in the Water"Neema BarnetteRobin BernheimDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)TBA

Jesse and Susan get stuck in a small coastal town with car trouble, on their way to Carmel for a romantic getaway. Susan spots her fiancė, Greg (Laurence Lau), who supposedly died 5 years ago. The town seems very affluent without any apparent source of wealth. Greg is murdered, and Jessie and Susan are charged with the crime by Sheriff Kelso (Monte Markham), in an attempt to cover up the town's dirty secret.

Guest Star: Kim Little (played Nurse Susan Hilliard, Jesse's girlfriend in 10 episodes.)
12212"Trapped in Paradise"Bruce Seth GreenErnie WallengrenJanuary 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)TBA

Steve goes undercover to investigate a series of murders at an exclusive gated community. He is "helped" by a tabloid reporter posing as his wife. Several of the live residents are listed as dead by fingerprint records?

Guest Star: Martin Kove.
12313"Voices Carry"Christopher HiblerLee Goldberg & William RabkinJanuary 21, 1999 (1999-01-21)TBA

A retiring detective Harry Trumble (Jack Klugman) continues to pursue a murderer known as "The Clown Killer", and will lie, cheat and kill to do it.

Guest Stars: Jack Klugman (played Quincy on the TV Series Quincy M.E.)
12414"Murder, My Suite"Jim JohnstonTeleplay by: E.F. Wallengren
Story by: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
January 28, 1999 (1999-01-28)TBA
A devious woman releases a deadly strain of bacteria on the guests of a luxurious hotel, but what is her motive?
12515"Murder on the Hour"Christopher HiblerJ. Larry Carroll & David Bennett CarrenFebruary 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)TBA
A serial killer murders every hour on the hour at Community General.
12616"Rescue Me"William RabkinJacquelyn BlainFebruary 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)TBA

An accident victim develops a fatal attraction to Jesse.

Guest Star: Kim Little (plays Nurse Susan Hilliard)
12717"Down Among the Dead Men"Barry SteinbergPaul BishopFebruary 18, 1999 (1999-02-18)TBA

A heavily armed criminal seems to have a death wish.

Guest Stars: Susan Gibney (plays Tanis Archer), and Travis Tritt.
12818"Never Say Die"Frank ThackeryBarry Van DykeFebruary 25, 1999 (1999-02-25)TBA

A juvenile delinquent, Tommy Anders (Shane Van Dyke), is assigned community-service time at a boxing gym, where the death of a young fighter arouses suspicion. He ran in front of a bus to show that he was invincible. (If some of the other delinquents at the gym resemble Tommy, it's no accident, because there are other Van Dyke kids there.) Something in the bottled drinks is making the young boxers very pugnacious.

Other Guest Stars: Carey Van Dyke, Wes Van Dyke, and Taryn Van Dyke.
12919"Trash TV: Part 1"Ron SatlofLee GoldbergApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)TBA

An unusual patient in Community general is the "Masked Magician", who reveals magic tricks in highly rated specials on Pox TV, but got wounded by a real arrow because of sabotage. Meanwhile rival channel GBC prepares a series "Doctor Danger", supposedly based on Mark Sloane, but when shown the pilot he refuses to have anything to do with this mockery; Jesse however accepts to write scripts for it. Shortly after, both the masked magician -who unveiled himself to become irreplaceable- and Mark's character 'Dr. Danger' are murdered on the set. Mark tricks the first killer, but accepts that motive doesn't hold true for the first, so a second murderer must still be out.

Guest Stars: Stephen J. Cannell (plays Jackson Burley and Dr. Mark Sloane in the Third Pilot), Dan Gilvezan (plays Kent Beudine), Danny Bonaduce, Randolph Mantooth, Ian Ogilvy, Robert Ito (plays Sam on Quincy M.E.), and Billy Warlock (plays Dr. Mark Sloane in the 2nd Pilot).
13020"Trash TV: Part 2"Ron SatlofDavid Bennett Carren & J. Larry CarrollApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)TBA

While Kent Beudine presents a cynical show on the horror gripping Hollywood after two TV celebrity murders, Marc is convinced Jesse is on the right track for motive by remarking it all upsets the program line-ups of rivaling networks in terms of the almighty ratings. Producer Jackson Burley is ignored even by his former protégés, and minutes after star Jerry Lane turns down an offer to transfer to West Coast VP Garth Zand's network GBS, the winner on Thursday after the previous crimes, he is run over by a fake parking valet. After Zand invites Marc for a scary gourmet dinner, featuring the potentially fatal Japanese blowfish, his luck changes: he finds himself in Community General and all GBS executives refuse his calls, after Lane exposes him he literally fears for a killer and switches his patient file with his roommate's.

Guest Stars: Stephen J. Cannell (plays Jackson Burley and Dr. Mark Sloane in the Third Pilot), Dan Gilvezan (plays Kent Beudine), Danny Bonaduce, Randolph Mantooth, Ian Ogilvy, Robert Ito (plays Sam on Quincy M.E.), and Billy Warlock (plays Dr. Mark Sloane in the 2nd Pilot).
13121"Blood Ties"Bruce Seth GreenLee Goldberg & William RabkinMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)TBA
A pimp, Milton Wilder (Richard Tanner), is shot in cold blood in an alley by four women who turn out later to be police officers. Two honest cops, Det. Amy Devlin (Kathy Evison), and her unorthodox partner, Det. Taylor Lucas (Zoe McLellan) are investigating this case, but Amy wants to pick up a (female) bail jumper in a bar first. When they are taking her to their car she is shot dead by someone in the alley, and they return fire, wounding the (female) shooter. Taylor shoots herself in the arm so they can find the dirty doctor (Lynn Wanlass) who will have treated her. The doctor tells them the name of the wounded shooter and they realize that the two cases are related. (She is in fact one of the four.) Mark and Amanda notice a pattern, with criminals being shot and turning out to be organ donors, whose organs and blood types just happen to be urgently needed. They figure out where the perps are getting their information on patients urgently needing organs and set a trap for them at the location of their next victim. The four rogue cops are played by the actress/models Brandi Sherwood, Michelle Lintel, Shannon Marketic, and Kelli McCarty. The bail jumper is played by Spice Williams.
13222"Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of My Life"Ron SatlofErnest KinoyMay 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)TBA

Mark Sloan attempts to have a new doctor arrested for murder after she helps a pair of terminally ill patients commit suicide. Guest Star: Kim Little (plays Nurse Susan Hilliard), and Arthur Rosenberg (plays Harold Lomax, in his first appearance he is played by Richard Fancy and is the Administrator at Community General Hospital).

Note: This is Susan Hillard's last episode appearance. But she does end up marrying Jesse in The Diagnosis Murder book "The Dead Letter." She appears in most of the Diagnosis Murder books.

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