Columbo: Season 6, Episode 3

The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (22 May 1977)

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Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Brandt
Bertie Hastings
Vivian Brandt
Mr. Danziger
George Camponella
George Sperdakos ...
Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin ...
Dorrie Thomson ...
Miss Elsenback
Caroline Treynor
Carlene Watkins ...
Angela (as Fay Dewitt)
Kathleen King ...


Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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The extravagantly titled, moderately entertaining, less than credible Murder Case
4 July 2003 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

Columbo is pitted against a murderous accountant with an exceptionally high I.Q., but despite, possibly, the best premise in the whole series, the results are average rather than spectacular.

There are three problems here:

Firstly, the script-writer's insistence that the murderer's supreme intelligence must be mirrored in the way the murder is conceived and executed.

Secondly, the increasing lack of strength, smugness and assuredness shown by the murderer after he commits his crime.

Thirdly, the ease with which Columbo solves the case, particularly, the way he details the objects and materials used to create the illusion that the victim was shot whilst the murderer was downstairs with several other people.

Essentially, more subtlety and simplicity was needed to make the whole thing believable, whilst the murderer's characterisation should have been more sinister and hard-edged.

A slight improvement on the other season's episodes "Fade Into Murder" and "Try and Catch Me", but generally, not Columbo at his best.

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