Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Dexter Paris / Norman Paris
Mrs. Peck
Michael Hatheway
Lisa Chambers
Clifford Paris
Detective Murray
Kate Hawley ...
Mrs. Johnson
Young Lawyer
2nd Detective
Gregory Morton ...
Older Lawyer
Tony Cristino ...


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 <>

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Did You Know?


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 »


While Mrs Peck is reprimanding Columbo for dropping cigar ashes on the floor, Columbo grabs a tray and knocks over a pitcher. As he grabs the pitcher with his left hand, he is also holding the cigar with the same hand. In the next shot he is holding the cigar with his right hand. See more »


Columbo: Would you mind very much coming with me into the bathroom?
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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The Twins
21 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Martin Landau stars as identical adult twins Dexter and Norman Paris, whose rich and older uncle(played by Paul Stewart) is about to marry a much younger beautiful woman(played by Julie Newmar) that at least one of them must prevent the night before the wedding by dropping a live electric mixer into his bath, killing him instantly, but then try to pass off as a heart attack at his exercise machine. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) naturally becomes suspicious, but the difficulty will be in coming up with the proof, and exactly which twin was the killer? Good episode uses the twin scenario well, with a memorable guest turn by Jeannette Nolan as the emotional house-cleaner at odds with sloppy Columbo!

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