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
Robert Rothwell ...
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?


Marc Singer, the title character in "Beastmaster", is briefly featured as a "young tv doctor" in a quick scene in this episode. See more »


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 »


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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"Martin Landau scores in a double role."
19 October 2003 | by (Poole, Dorset) – See all my reviews

Lieutenant Columbo sets out to prove that two estranged brothers united in order to kill their wealthy uncle, because they wanted to stop him from disinheriting them from his will.

An enjoyable Columbo episode with the usual formula competently assembled, but the real delight here is the excellent Martin Landau who scores in his double role as the twin brothers.

This episode has been released on video in the UK paired with the second pilot episode, Ransom For A Dead Man (1971).

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