College music student Michael 'Mike' Prentice discovers that his professor, Tyler Stoneham, published a song based on one of his assignments as his own composition, under the alias Alden Gilbert, but can't prove the plagiarist theft. The professor's wife, Christine Stoneham, also suspects him of adultery. Professor Harry Papasian, Stoneham's assistant, is furious not to be mentioned as co-author on their new music dictionary. Stoneham is found stabbed to death in his office where Mike was looking for the original songs, enough for an arrest. His friend, law student Chad Singer, starts sleuthing, helped by a fellow music student who helps plagiarized song to Broadway. Christine actually has a secret affair herself with Vice Chancellor Simon. Musical producer Max Hellinger promises Papazian $5,000 to help find some Gilbert songs and Chad finds out. After the lyrics writer is traced, Chad stages an elaborate reconstruction to trick the killer.
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The first of fourteen bookend episodes, mostly seen during later seasons. Jessica tells us about her book and is only the narrator. You can see her at the beginning and at the end of the show, and a couple of times in between. See more
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