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
Kate Hawley ...
Mrs. Johnson
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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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Dabney Coleman only 1 of 2 actors to play both an officer (in this episode) and the murderer (in Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star 1991). Ed Begley Jr. Played an Officer ( how to dial murder ) and murderer in (undercover ) See more »

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When Columbo is on Dexter's cooking show, the amount of lemon juice in the measuring cup varies inconsistently between shots. (And as an aside, one viewer who tried it out says that the recipe they use for the sauce also contains far too much lemon juice.) See more »

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Norman Paris: You got the Degas. I got the Picassos.
Dexter Paris: [Derisively] Norman, you couldn't tell Picasso from a Rorhshach test!
Norman Paris: Can anyone? I know very much what they're worth.
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Double Shock was both good and bad
31 December 2006 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

This was one of the worst Columbo episodes that I have seen, However, I am only in the second season.

The typical Columbo activities are both amusing and irritating. His cigar ashes causing him trouble have been seen before, And the bit where he always identifies in some way with the murderer--in this case cooking ,Tho the scene on the TV cooking show distracted from the main theme.

Also not explained was why the brother at the beginning of the show was cutting part of the wires of the mixer. The reason was never explained ,nor did it serve any purpose. But the part I disliked the most was the death of the bride to be . This was never explained and it is the main reason why I give this episode such a low grade.


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