Picks and Pans Review: Perry Mason: the Case of the Avenging Ace

updated 02/29/1988 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 01:00AM

NBC (Sun., Feb. 28, 9 p.m. ET)

D+

David Ogden (M*A*S*H) Stiers, playing the prosecutor, asks his scintillating questions slowly and deliberately: "Are these the threads to which you are referring?...Let the record show that Sergeant Brock has indicated the threads that are marked People's Exhibit Two." Even the guy playing Sergeant Brock—who (just like me) is being paid to sit there—looks at his watch (just as I did) and wonders when this will end. It ends, as always, when the fat guy stings the guilty guy. This time, Raymond Burr as Perry Mason takes on the case of a military man accused of murdering a young woman. With help from Barbara Hale as Delia and William Katt as Paul (and from a scriptwriter who drops clues into the action like manna from heaven), Perry solves the case. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Yawn, yawn, yawn.

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