Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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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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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 »


Each time one of the electric mixers are dropped into a vat of water, the unit explodes *before* it touches the water. This is most visible in the sequence when it is dropped into the bath in the electrocution scene. See more »


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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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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