Columbo: Dead Weight   Rewatch 
August 21, 2014 7:06 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

In which Eddie Albert (Oklahoma!, Dreamscape, Green Acres) is a charismatic general who shoots a military contractor, and Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show, The Birds) is the sole witness. Boating ensues.
posted by condour75 (3 comments total)
Something I kept thinking while watching this is that the main witness was going to be a love interest at some point, but no, of course not because it's Columbo. That's such a staple episodic detective fiction that it's almost unnerving (though not bad) to not see it happen.
posted by codacorolla at 7:12 PM on August 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

So happy to see "Columbo" on FanFare! I've been Netflixing my way through the first season this year*, so this particular episode is a bit dim in memory, but I may go back and review if this is going to be a regular feature.

I do remember somebody making a cute joke about Columbus/Columbo.

*(In contrast, I marathonned "McMillan & Wife" during a month-long Rock Hudson binge.)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:12 AM on August 22, 2014

I didn't like this episode so much. Columbo didn't really do very much - the whole case basically falls into his lap when the body is discovered, and he really shouldn't have needed the House-style tip off that the General was lying about the replica gun. It took way longer than it should have for him to realize a murder even occurred.
posted by zixyer at 9:07 PM on August 22, 2014

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