10 iconic examples of the ''Perry Mason Moment''

Here are the episodes that coined the phrase!

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In the criminal justice system, a "Perry Mason moment" is characterized as a last-minute, dramatic evidence revelation. You know, like on the show!

Perry Mason is absolutely a work of fiction, but it's also a really good example of how courtrooms are just high drama. Even in real life, the jury is susceptible to theatrics. Verdicts are often the outcome of highly manipulated story-telling. The side with the better narrative usually wins. 

So, let's step back from real-life judicial goings-on to take a look at the scenes that originated the phrase! Here, for your enjoyment, are ten iconic "Perry Mason moments".

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1. "The Case of the Terrified Typist" (Season 1, Episode 38)

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Perry Mason shocks the courtroom by unveiling a fingerprint that proves his client’s innocence!

2. "The Case of the Velvet Claws" (Season 6, Episode 22)

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During the episode's climax, Perry produces a surprise witness who exonerates his client!

3. "The Case of the Curious Bride" (Season 2, Episode 5)

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This time, it's a marriage certificate that surprises the courtroom and dismantles the prosecution's case! 

4. "The Case of the Drowning Duck" (Season 1, Episode 4)

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This early example sees Perry using a re-enactment to reveal the true murderer in a tense courtroom showdown!

5. "The Case of the Demure Defendant" (Season 1, Episode 16)

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It's a secret recording that exposes the identity of the perpetrator in this episode's exciting conclusion!

6. "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop" (Season 2, Episode 20)

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Here, Perry Mason uses a blood test as a last-minute Hail Mary to exonerate his client! 

7. "The Case of the Howling Dog" (Season 2, Episode 23)

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The hounds of justice are barking in this one, in which a newly-discovered piece of physical evidence exposes the true timeline of events!

8. "The Case of the Perjured Parrot" (Season 2, Episode 11)

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A rare avian witness offers "testimony" that absolves the client in this episode that's sure to be a favorite of bird-lovers everywhere!

9. "The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister" (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Perry has a letter written by the case's victim that exposes the real culprit in this thrilling story!

10. "The Case of the Screaming Woman" (Season 1, Episode 30)

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Perry Mason turns the tables on the prosecution with a last-minute witness AND a surprising piece of forensic evidence that proves his client's innocence!

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6 Comments

Runeshaper 25 days ago
Perry Mason is AWESOME! I've only seen a few of these episodes so far, but I'm making my way through the series and I LOVE it!
AgingDisgracefully 26 days ago
How old were YOU when you learned not every murder trial ended with an, "All right! I did it!" moment?
teire 28 days ago
The Case of the Nebulous Nephew gets my vote for one of the best last-minute twists.
Adamtwelvia teire 26 days ago
That was always a good one!
Bapa1 29 days ago
Don't forget the one where Paul Drake brings a donkey into the courtroom.
cperrynaples Bapa1 29 days ago
But really the best one is TCOT Fatal Verdict where Perry sets a trap for the killer!
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