Columbo: Season 8, Episode 1

Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (6 Feb. 1989)

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An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick.

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Famous (and fraudulent) psychic Elliot Blake uses his old mentalist skills to live a lavish lifestyle at the expense of a psychic research institute and hopefully, the US Government. What seems at first like a threat, a test devised by a well-known magician and debunker of psychics, turns out to be his chance for revenge against his former mentor. What he can't foresee is a police lieutenant who knows all the tricks. Written by Mark Cabot Robinson

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When Tommy does the card trick for Columbo in the magic shop he holds the deck a bit too high for the camera angle - you can see that, in fact, the entire deck is made up of Aces of Diamonds. See more »

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Mr. Harrow: You are aware that Mr. Dyson has made a specialty out of dealing with psychics.
Colonel Eckherdt: The expression is "exposing charlatans."
Dr. Paula Hall: This institute exposes charlatans.
Max Dyson: Good. We ought to get along fine.
[to Elliott]
Max Dyson: You're Elliott Blake.
Elliott Blake: And you're Max. 'The Magnificent.'
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A nice return for the great detective
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without being absolutely outstanding, Columbo Goes to the Guillotine is a solid and nice return for the great detective. The second half does drag though, and some scenes go on for too long, but other than that it is a very good episode, helped primarily by a good script and a clever plot with some interesting magic tricks. The locations and photography as per usual are striking, and the music is good as well. The acting isn't outstanding but it is still good. Peter Falk I have no problem with, while Anthony Andrews gives a good turn as well, while the supporting cast while not as good are solid. Overall, it is a nice return for Columbo, with an 8/10. Bethany Cox


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