Columbo (1971–2003)
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Death Lends a Hand 

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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(as Bernard Kowalski)
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Investigator Brimmer
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Mrs. Lenore Kennicutt (as Patricia Crowley)
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Arthur Kennicutt
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Ken Archer
Eric James ...
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Medical Examiner
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Ceil Gentry
Barbara Baldavin ...
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Brimmer, a short-tempered private detective, is hired by Arthur Kennicutt, a prominent Los Angeles publisher, to investigate the publisher's wife's activities under suspicion of an extra-marital affair. Although his investigation discovers an affair with a golf instructor, Brimmer chooses not to tell Kennicutt about it and proposes Mrs. Kennicutt to act, in return for Brimmer's silence, as a "pipeline" for information involving powerful persons with whom her husband is involved. When Mrs. Kennicutt refuses to cooperate and threatens to tell her husband about Brimmer's unsavory proposal, Brimmer becomes enraged and accidentally kills her. He then transports her body across Los Angeles and dumps it in an industrial area, hoping her death will look like a robbery gone awry. Enter Lieutenant Columbo, the cigar-smoking detective in a rumpled raincoat, who does not accept the murder-by-mugging theory surrounding the woman's death. When Kennicutt assigns Brimmer to assist Columbo in the ... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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6 October 1971 (USA)  »

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Arthur Kennicutt's mansion is the same mansion used in the film The Bodyguard (1992) as the home of Rachel Marron. See more »

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Mr. Brimmer speaking to Mr. Hennicut after being caught with the contact lens, says "it wasn't per-meditated." See more »

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Columbo: Yeah, I would say that we have a left-handed murderer and, uh... and an unpremeditated crime.
Investigator Brimmer: We have?
Columbo: Oh, I think so, yes. I mean, I don't think a man kills with his hands unless he's angry. As a matter of fact, you know, maybe he didn't mean to do it. Could be. You know, maybe it was an accident. You know, I got a feeling that when we find our friend, it's gonna turn out that he has a terrible temper.
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Good Number Two
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second episode of the first season is a good show, that is a bit mired down by a few flimsy ways Colombo gets his information.

Not as good as some episodes, but still a winner.

The Plot.

Brimmer, a short-tempered private detective, is hired by Arthur Kennicut, a prominent Los Angeles publisher, to investigate the publisher's wife's activities under suspicion of an extra-marital affair.

Although his investigation discovers an affair with a golf instructor, Brimmer chooses not to tell Kennicut about it and proposes Mrs. Kennicut to act, in return for Brimmer's silence, as a "pipeline" for information involving powerful persons with whom her husband is involved.

When Mrs. Kennicut refuses to cooperate and threatens to tell her husband about Brimmer's unsavory proposal, Brimmer becomes enraged and accidentally kills her.

He then transports her body across Los Angeles and dumps it in an industrial area, hoping her death will look like a robbery gone awry.

Enter Lieutenant Columbo, the cigar-smoking detective in a rumpled raincoat, who does not accept the murder-by-mugging theory surrounding the woman's death.


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