Columbo: Season 2, Episode 8

Double Shock (25 Mar. 1973)

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A smarmy TV chef and his identical twin brother, a rigidly proper banker, are suspects in the electrocution of their rich uncle.

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Dexter Paris / Norman Paris
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Mrs. Peck
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Michael Hatheway
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Lisa Chambers
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Clifford Paris
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Detective Murray
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Flamboyant television chef Dexter Paris and his twin brother, Norman, a conservative banker, are supposedly not talking to one another. But both disapprove of their wealthy uncle Clifford's impending marriage to a young woman. One of them enters Clifford's bathroom and drops an electric mixer with a frayed power cable into Clifford's bath water. Clifford is electrocuted, and the murderer takes Clifford's body to an exercise room to make it appear that Clifford died of a coronary. But Lieutenant Columbo, the infallible, cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, suspects foul play and believes that the Paris twins, both heirs to their uncle's estate provided he didn't marry, had a motive for murder. But which one did the deed? Columbo pursues both with incessant questions as he tries to determine which of the two brothers killed their uncle Clifford. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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One of the very few "Columbo" episodes where the viewer does not know the identity of the killer until Columbo reveals it at the conclusion. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 7 mins) When Martin Landau is playing both twins on the same screen - one in a blue suit and one in a brown suit - they both follow Columbo out of the room. Martin Landau is in the blue suit, and seconds later followed by a double in a brown suit, who looks like he's squeezed into the suit two sizes too small and wearing an obvious wig. See more »

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Michael Hatheway: [Referring to Mrs. Peck and the twins] She practically raised both boys. So she has more love for the boys than the family does.
Columbo: [Sensitive to Mrs. Peck's hostility to him] I think she hates me. I really feel that.
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Simply worth watching!
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a cast of actors and actresses in this Columbo episode, beside Peter Falk, you have Julie Newmar, Jeannette Nolan, Martin Landau as twins. Anyway, the old uncle dies mysteriously and it looks like a heart attack on the bicycle discovered by his fiancé, Julie Newmar, who plays the role so deliciously. Jeannette Nolan plays the other woman of the house, the housekeeper who prides herself on her talents and chides Columbo's sloppy and often typical behavior with his cigar. Martin Landau plays identical twins in this one. Each who accuse the other of murdering their uncle for money. Well, you'll just have to watch and see the outcome but I can assure you that it's always worth watching this one for the cast and the crew.


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