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: Death Lends a Hand
July 28, 2014 2:24 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 -
When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her.
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I love how he sweats the golf pro.
the man of twists and turns
on July 28, 2014
Imagine an alternate reality where Columbo took the job offer and became a corrupt private dick.
on July 29, 2014
I suppose eventually he would get sick of working for this doofus and set up his own shop, a one-room office with one of those frosted-glass doors.
on July 29, 2014
The fun part about watching Columbo is identifying the moment when he figures out who the killer is. It's usually right when he meets the killer for the first time in the investigation. In this episode, Colombo's suspicions were raised when Kennecut indicated that Brimmer suggested that he be brought into the investigation. His suspicions were immediately confirmed when he examined Brimmer's hand for the ring.
After Columbo finds the killer, he'll play dumb for the rest of the episode until he comes into an opportunity to get the killer to implicate themselves.
on August 2, 2014
So I watched this back-to-back yesterday with the first episode and hadn't really meant to do so. But then the credits started: Robert Culp! Patricia Crowley! So stuck I was.
Comparing the two episodes back-to-back was so interesting. It's the same "style" of show and has a similar enough look, but the overall look for each episode is also definitely shaped more by the individual director than TV got a lot of credit for back then (or now really).
The whole bit with his glasses at the moment of the killing reflecting parts of his clean-up process was maybe kind of cheesey. But I liked it and again at least it was an attempt to show the maybe-boring parts in an interesting way.
I found the moment of the murder really pretty compelling actually. It wasn't bloody or lurid but it felt very violent, from the hand slap to the breaking glass. It had impact.
And though the plotting of the mystery itself wasn't as interesting as last time, the interplay between Falk and Culp really was. It's so great how early on it was obvious that Columbo has one and only one suspect, how the golf pro wasn't really ever a realistic suspect to him, and how you could tell the whole job offer to get him off the case just pissed him off even more.
But we never heard about that; it just happened on screen.
It's almost like slow deliberate character dramas dressed up as traditional genre shows wasn't something invented for American television by cable networks in the late 1990s or something. [/hamburger]
on August 4, 2014 [
Oh and one more thing...
The green shag carpeting at the murder scene pleased me on its first appearance, and I couldn't have been more pleased when it turned out to be a commented-upon, important-to-the-plot point.
on August 5, 2014
The potato bit at the very end of the episode had me laughing out loud. I think that Falk's comedic skills as Columbo aren't remarked upon enough--his humor on this show elevate it significantly.
on January 26, 2015
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