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Double Shock 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 25 March 1973
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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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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Debut of actor Marc Singer (as the young Doctor on Mrs. Peck's television). See more »

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As he comes on stage at Dexter's cooking show, Columbo insists on tying his apron himself, at the front. When Dexter unties it at the end of the show it's knotted in the back. See more »

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Mrs. Peck: Bum! You're a bum! Putting your stinking cigar butt in this silver antique dish! D'you see this?
Columbo: I thought it was an ashtray. I have one at home that looks exactly like that.
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Jeanette Nolan nearly steals the show
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Double Shock" from Columbo's second season veers from the pattern of the other shows, but it is every bit is good.

Paul Stewart plays Clifford Paris, a wealthy older man (65 years old, in fact), about to marry a sexy younger woman (Julie Newmar). He has two nephews, one bad and one good, and both played by Martin Landau. Dexter is a gregarious wheeler-dealer who has his own TV show as a chef; Norman is arrogant and conservative and works in a bank. The two don't speak.

Dexter visits his uncle before he leaves to get married. Later, while Clifford is taking a bath, either he or Norman throw a mixer into the bath water and electrocute him. Clifford is found dead on an exercise bicycle by his fiancée.

The question is, which twin is responsible? They both stand to inherit Clifford's fortune.

This is a really good Columbo, and one where we don't know the murderer until the end of the show.

Jeanette Nolan plays Clifford's housekeeper of 30 years, Mrs. Peck, who has a touch of OCD. When she meets Columbo, it's total fireworks as he walks around with his cigar, dropping ashes, breaking things, using a solid silver tray as an ashtray, and breaking her television - it's absolutely hilarious. "You must have been born in a pigsty," she spits at him. He's terrified of her.

Martin Landau is terrific, giving each twin a different personality. Julie Newmar demonstrates some remarkable yoga.

Very enjoyable. Just wish Columbo had brought his dog into the house. Would have loved to have seen Mrs. Peck's reaction.


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