An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Mark Collier is a psychiatrist and Nadia Donner is a patient of his. Mark is also Nadia's lover and his main concern is for a book he is writing. When Nadia and Mark are caught by her husband, Mark kills him with a poker. When the police arrive Nadia tells an unlikely story about two robbers. But will Lt. Columbo believe her? Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Nadia's emotional recollection of swimming in a "beautiful pool" is sampled quite prominently in the song "Beautiful Pool" by Neotropic. See more »
As Columbo questions Nadia one day after the murder, he lights his cigar with Dr. Collier's lighter. He then holds his cigar and his notebook in his right hand. As Dr. Collier crosses from the sofa to a chair, Columbo transfers his notebook to his left hand, at which point his cigar completely disappears. See more »
Dr. Mark Collier:
You know something, Lieutenant? You're a marvelously deceptive man. You know, the way you get to the point without really getting to the point.
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"Mazurka No.6 in A Minor, Op.7 No.2"
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
From the audio unit which Columbo switches on See more »
It isn't the best of the lot, but A Deadly State of Mind is a very strong episode. It is efficiently directed and constructed story-wise, with some nice writing, striking filming, excellent music and the pacing I had no problem with at all. The acting is great, Peter Falk is outstanding as always and George Hamilton out of the two episodes he starred in gives the better one of his performances here, his murderer is arrogant, yet likable and is a strong opponent for Columbo and they are well served with some juicy scenes with them together. Lesley Ann Warren was also lovely beyond words as Nadia. Overall, a strong episode benefited by some great acting and efficient directing and plot. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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