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
The deceptively absent-minded police lieutenant, Columbo, investigates a complex murder case, pitting his wits against a wily secret agent working for a covert government organisation. Written by
Salvatore Defonte and Columbo chat fluently in Italian. See more »
When Columbo checks with the photo booth regarding identifying photos, he is shown color Polaroid prints from a pack-film camera, and is told they have the negatives as well. The only Polaroid packs which produce a printable negative are in B&W (and the negatives he is shown are indeed B&W). See more »
This episode has all the trademarks: Guest appearances by Hollywood notables; memorable one-line throwaway gags; a baffling mystery; familiar L.A. locations; problems with the car ("there's only three like this in the country" he says; and Columbo's tying things together by staying on that one thing that doesn't make sense.
Guest was Leslie Nielsen, looking younger and much more serious than in the other roles I've seen him in.
Can we catalog the great one-liners in these 68 movies? Here are two from this episode: Columbo: "Do you have any wine?" McGoohan: "I have a whole cellar full." Columbo (waving his hand) "Oh, I'll just have a glass." Another classic: McGoohan: "Do you like music?" Columbo: "Oh, I hear it all the time."
Seeing the action at Travel Town, where I took my daughter 10 years ago, added to my enjoyment of this episode.
Maybe it's my tv adjustment, but the clash is getting greater between the color of Columbo's suit and his raincoat ...
Stay the course, Lieutenant Columbo, stay the course.
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