1-2. The Doorbell Rang 4/22/2001
Eccentric millionaire Rachel Bruner arrives at Wolfe's doorstep with an extraordinary offer, a disturbing story of harassment, and an FBI tail. Only after Wolfe takes the case does a murder comes to light. As the story unfolds, however, it becomes clear that the Bureau is not guilty - of murder, anyway - and their reluctant cooperation is essential to capturing a killer.
Writer: Michael Jaffe
Director: Timothy Hutton
Guest star: Boyd Banks (Skinny Agent), Harant Alianak (Vincent Yarmack), Robert Bockstael (Timothy Quayle), Steve Cumyn (Frank Odell), Nicky Gaudagni (Mrs. Ivana Althaus), R.D. Reid (Sergeant Purley Stebbins), David Schurmann (Adrian Evers), Francie Swift (Sarah Dacos), James Tolkan (Special Agent In Charge Richard Wragg) , Wayne Best (Agent Morrison), Peter Cox (Rough Man #2), Gretchen Egolf (Marian Hinckley), Howard Hoover (Handsome Agent), Ken Kramer (Dr. Vollmer), Billy Linders (Rough Man #1), Ted Ludzik (Delivery Man), B.J. McQueen (Dale Kirby), Peter Mensah (Receptionist), Debra Monk (Mrs. Rachel Bruner), Marty Moreau (The Driver), Michelle Nolden (Miss Bailey), Matthew Sharp (Ashley Jarvis), Aron Tager (Bernard Fromm)
*NOTE: "The Doorbell Rang" is specifically cited as a reason for earning detective story writer, Rex Stout a place on the FBI's "Not to Contact List," an operation under Hoover's personal direction which was in turn cited as evidence of “Political Abuse of Intelligence Information” in the landmark 1976 Senate Report, Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans!