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
Devlin is an Irishman and in his youth he was a terrorist but now he is a famous writer and officially he is a supporter of an American society proposing to help the victims of terrorism. Actually he is buying from Pauley weapons for the terrorists. Devlin kills him because he think he has been betrayd. Lt. Columbo is responsible for the inquiry and becames friendly with Devlin. But it is very dangerous to be familiar with Lt. Columbo when you are a murderer. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Final episode of the original "Columbo" series. Peter Falk would return to his most famous role in 1989. See more »
When Columbo goes to the pier to harass Joe Devlin, Columbo gets a flat tire. The flat is on the front right side. Columbo's spare tire is at home, so Columbo borrows a dime to get the car towed. But when we see the Peugeot being towed, the tire is good as new. Why would he need a tow when the tire is fixed? See more »
[Shocked at the high price of a book]
$55 for a book? I could have my car fixed for that!
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"Columbo" ends its initial run with this entertaining, slightly offbeat entry
Joe Devlin (Clive Revill) is an Irish poet, singer, raconteurand secret terrorist. He raises money in Los Angeles for his radical cause through a charity ostensibly meant to help terrorism's victims. Despite his hypocrisy, he has a strong belief in honor. When an arms dealer (Albert Paulsen) selling guns to Devlin tries to skim off $50,000 for himself, the poet-terrorist shoots him for being a traitor. Devlin leaves the man's hotel room after the "execution," but he makes a dumb mistake. The dealer has Devlin's new book in his jacket pocket, with Devlin's own inscription. That tiny clue is enough for our rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo to make a connection between the two menand learn things about Devlin that the poet would prefer to keep hidden.
Clive Revill, a renowned stage actor and the voice of countless cartoon characters, turns in a delightful performance. The cat-and-mouse play between him and Columbousually the highlight of any episodeis good; but my favorite scenes were of Revill singing and doing comedy bits for an audience at a charity drive.
The Irish terrorism theme is not calculated to bring out the best in a "Columbo" show, but it works reasonably well and makes for an entertaining, slightly offbeat entry.
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