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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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 is the only actor to play both an arresting officer (in this episode) and the murderer (in Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star 1991). 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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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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Another great episode of Columbo
21 January 2002 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Double Shock is one of the many good Columbo episodes which reaches the level of a good movie.

It has all the elements we like in the Columbo episodes. We get the laugh when Columbo makes something clumsy, and it happens more than once in Double Shock. I can almost guarantee that you will laugh several times if you decide to watch this episode.

We also get the riddle as usual with an almost perfect murder, but something about the murder troubles Columbo. The end is the usual, we get the story about how Columbo solved the mystery.

This is another good Columbo-episode, and I will rate it 7/10. It is close to 8/10.

"Just one more question" - The acting? Peter Falk is very good as usual.


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