Plot Break Down of "Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 5"
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Perry Mason: Season 1 Episode 5: The Case of the Sulky Girl
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BEAT1Introduce CLIENT
Introduce VICTIM
Introduce conflicting goals between CLIENT and VICTIM

ACT 1

Setup to MASON taking CLIENT'S CASE
Introduce primary characters
Setup the murder
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - STUDY
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ACTIONCLIENT tells VICTIM she wants to be treated like an adult.
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REACTIONVICTIM tells CLIENT to act like one.
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OUTCOMECLIENT leaves angry.
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BEAT2Introduce WITNESS #4 (MURDERER).

Introduce WITNESS #5 (MURDERER'S ACCOMPLICE).

Setup introducing WITNESS #1.

Setup the time and place of murder.
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - FOYER
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ACTIONWITNESS #4 (MURDERER) arrives at VICTIM'S HOUSE to see VICTIM
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REACTIONWITNESS #5 (MURDERER'S ACCOMPLICE) tells WITNESS #4 (MURDERER) that VICTIM is busy and to come back later, but WITNESS #4 (MURDERER) says he will be with WITNESS #1 until 10pm. WITNESS #5 (MURDERER'S ACCOMPLICE) says to come back at 11pm.
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OUTCOMEWITNESS #4 (MURDERER) reluctantly agrees to return at 11pm and leaves.
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BEAT3Introduce WITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING).

State CLIENT'S goal and stakes.
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - CLIENT'S ROOM
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ACTIONCLIENT tells WITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) that she wants her money now, and she'll get it now.
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REACTIONWITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) advises CLIENT not to do anything, but CLIENT says she's out of patience.
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OUTCOMECLIENT is resolved to take action, and she leaves to go see Perry MASON.
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BEAT4Introduce RED HERRING #2.

Show CLIENT enacting plan to accomplish goal.

(This is an unecessary beat and can be cut.)
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LOCATIONEXT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - FRONT YARD
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ACTIONCLIENT gets in her car and leaves in a hurry.
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REACTIONCLIENT almost runs over RANDOM GUY (RED HERRING), but he moves out of the way.
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OUTCOMERANDOM GUY (RED HERRING) angrily watches CLIENT drive away.
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BEAT5Introduce MASON.

State CASE GOAL #1.

MASON accepts the case.

Introduce MYSTERY #1
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LOCATIONINT. PERRY MASON'S OFFICE
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ACTIONCLIENT enter's MASON'S office and tells him she wants him to represent her.
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REACTIONMASON asks CLIENT to state her goal. So she tells him that she wants him to break VICTIM's control of her trust fund.
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OUTCOMEMASON agrees to take her case, and she leaves.
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BEAT6MASON sends INVESTIGATOR to find CLUE #1 on CLIENT.
ACT 2

MASON follows clues to find more clues.
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LOCATIONINT. PERRY MASON'S OFFICE
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ACTIONMASON calls INVESTIGATOR and asks him to find information on CLIENT.
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REACTIONINVESTIGATOR says he's busy, but MASON tells him to reprioritize CLIENT's case.
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OUTCOMEINVESTIGATOR agrees to investigate CLIENT, and they hang up.
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BEAT7Setup conflicting goals between WITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) and VICTIM.

Show motive for WITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) to kill VICTIM.
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - STUDY
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ACTIONVICTIM tells WITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) not to comfort and encourage CLIENT anymore.
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REACTIONWITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) says she loves CLIENT, but VICTIM says if she continues to help CLIENT, he'll fire her.
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OUTCOMEWITNESS #6 ( RED HERRING) sadly agrees not to help CLIENT and leaves.
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BEAT8MASON recieves CLUE #1 on CLIENT from INVESTIGATOR
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LOCATIONINT. RESTAURANT
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ACTIONINVESTIGATOR tells MASON he found information on CLIENT.
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REACTIONINVESTIGATOR tells MASON that CLIENT ran away to Miami recently, where she fell in love with DEFENDANT (RED HERRING), who is a starving artist.
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OUTCOMEMASON thanks INVESTIGATOR and leaves to go see DEFENDANT (RED HERRING).
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BEAT9MASON follows CLUE #1, which leads to a dead end.

MASON interviews DEFENDANT (RED HERRING) for a motive but finds no cause for suspicion.
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LOCATIONINT. DEFENDANT (RED HERRING)'S LOFT
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ACTIONMASON asks DEFENDANT (RED HERRING) to explain his relationship with CLIENT.
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REACTIONDEFENDANT (RED HERRING) deflects, but MASON deduces DEFENDANT (RED HERRING) and CLIENT are married and expecting a baby.
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OUTCOMEMASON is convinced DEFENDANT (RED HERRING)'s intentions are virtuous and leaves.
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BEAT10MASON interviews VICTIM

State CLIENT and VICTIM'S conflicting goals.

MASON finds CLUE #2.
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - STUDY
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ACTIONMASON asks VICTIM to explain why he won't give CLIENT her money.
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REACTIONVICTIM states CLIENT is too immature to have money until she's 25.
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OUTCOMEMASONs presses VICTIM, but VICTIM gets angry and kicks MASON out. MASON leaves convinced VICTIM's intentions are not virtuous.
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BEAT11MASON recieves CLUE #3 from INVESTIGATOR

CLUE #3: VICTIM invests money through WITNESS #4 (MURDERER)'S bank.

MASON sends INVESTIGATOR to investigate WITNESS #4 (MURDERER)'S bank.

Setup MASON receiving CLUE #10
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LOCATIONINT. RESTAURANT
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ACTIONINVESTIGATOR tells MASON he has information on VICTIM.
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REACTIONINVESTIGATORs tells MASON that VICTIM banks at WITNESS #4 (MURDERER)'s bank and is involved in real estate.
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OUTCOMEMASON tells INVESTIGATOR to investigate VICTIM's associates at WITNESS #4 (MURDERER)'s bank.
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BEAT12Setup the murder.

Place DEFENDANT (RED HERRING) at the scene of the murder.

Place WITNESS #4 (MURDERER) at the scene of the murder.

Place WITNESS #1 at the scene of the murder.

ACT 3

Setup the murder
Commit the murder
Show the ruse
Investigate the crime scene
Take statements from witnesses
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LOCATIONEXT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - FRONT LAWN
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ACTIONDEFENDANT (RED HERRING) approaches the house to see VICTIM.
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REACTIONWITNESS #4 (MURDERER) and WITNESS #1 drive up to see VICTIM. So DEFENDANT (RED HERRING) hides behind the house.
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OUTCOMEWITNESS #4 (MURDERER)'s path to see VICTIM is clear, and DEFENDANT (RED HERRING)'s opportunity is closed.
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BEAT13VICTIM is murdered.

Show WITNESS #2'S TESTIMONY

Introduce MYSTERY #2.

Introduce WITNESS #2

Introduce CLUE #4
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LOCATIONINT. POLICE STATION
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ACTIONWITNESS #2 is trying to have a relaxing night.
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REACTIONVICTIM calls and says CLIENT is threatening his life, but he hangs up suddenly before he can finish.
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OUTCOMEWITNESS #2 sends a patrol car to VICTIM'S HOUSE to investigate.
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BEAT14Show RUSE.

Introduce CLUE #5

Introduce CLUE #6
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LOCATIONEXT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - FRONT LAWN
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ACTIONWITNESS #4 (MURDERER) leaves his meeting with VICTIM, and VICTIM yells out the window saying WITNESS #5 (MURDERER'S ACCOMPLICE) goes with him to get some business papers from the bank.
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REACTIONWhile driving away, WITNESS #4 (MURDERER) sees someone attack VICTIM in his study through the window.
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OUTCOMEWITNESS #4 (MURDERER), WITNESS #5 (MURDERER'S ACCOMPLICE), and WITNESS #1 return to the house to investigate.
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BEAT15 - MIDPOINT TWISTMidpoint twist

Introduce CASE GOAL #2
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LOCATIONINT. PERRY MASON'S OFFICE
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ACTIONMASON plans and practices the argument he'll use in court against VICTIM.
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REACTIONCLIENT enters and interrupts him and says VICTIM has been murdered.
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OUTCOMEMASON's plans are dashed, the stakes are raised, and he has to set a new goal, which is to beat the PROSECUTOR in court.
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BEAT16Investigate the crime scene.

INTRODUCE CLUE #7

Setup PROSECUTOR'S ARGUMENT
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - STUDY
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ACTIONPolice investigate the crime scene.
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REACTIONPolice find evidence of a large ash tray used to kill VICTIM.
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OUTCOMEPolice plan to do an autopsy report and leave.
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BEAT17CLUE #7 corroborates CLUE #6.

Setup PROSECUTOR'S GOAL #1
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LOCATIONINT. VICTIM'S HOUSE - STUDY
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