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Naomi Sutherland

The villainous Naomi Sutherland

Naomi Sutherland (Lysa D'Anjou) is the main villainess from "The Case of the Missing Button," Perry Mason's eighth season opener (airdate September 24, 1964). She is the secretary of Dirk Blake, who is in a bitter battle with his about-to-be ex-wife, Janice, over their daughter, Button.

However, Naomi has a secret obsession to become Dirk's wife and Button's mother, and her delusional desires were threatened to be exposed by Vince Rome, unless Naomi paid him to keep quiet. Naomi later killed Vince, with Dirk being charged with the crime, and she went off the deep end in the aftermath. Later on, the evil Naomi left her seat during Dirk's trial, just as Mason was set to call her to the witness stand, and kidnapped Button.

The episode's climax revealed that Naomi took Button to a nearby park, but shortly afterwards, the villainess coerced Button to go "someplace higher" with her, which turned out to be a freeway overpass. The pair looked down at the freeway traffic, and at that moment, Naomi turned heel and actually attempted to kill Button by tossing her over. She was stopped in time when Perry arrived at the scene with Della and the Blakes, and it was after seeing Della that Naomi breaks down and releases Button. It is assumed that Naomi was arrested for her crimes.

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Perry Mason S8E01

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