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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The psychic research foundation where the testing takes place is the Annemann Institute. This is an homage to Theodore "Theo" Annemann, a famous American magician from the first half of the 20th century. His specialty was Mentalism and he heavily influenced both mentalists and magicians who came after. See more »

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Elliott Blake: No guilt to hide, hm? Finish up.
[Elliott picks up guillotine collar from the floor, and examines the 'safe' and 'danger' labels, figuring out how the guillotine trick works]
Elliott Blake: And then, uh, perhaps we can have a drink, hm?
Max Dyson: Almost done.
Elliott Blake: Well, you'll need this.
[puts collar in place, bolting it shut, trapping Max's head under the blade]
Max Dyson: No! What are you doing?
Elliott Blake: [pulling out safety bolt as he looks down on Max] Tell me again, about our 'friendship?'
Max Dyson: You don't understand, I had to get out of that place!
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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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