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Grand Deceptions 

After the head of a private paramilitary think tank who is embezzling funds murders a blackmailer, he has to match wits with the persistent Lieutenant Columbo.

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Frank Brailie
Andy Romano ...
Sergeant Major Lester Keegan
Janet Eilber ...
Jenny Padget
Stephen Elliott ...
General Padget
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Tanzer
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Sidney Winnik
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Marcia
Bennett Liss ...
Corporal
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Paramilitary Man #3
John William Gibson ...
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Milt Kogan ...
Medical Examiner
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Paramilitary Man #1
Rick Marzan ...
Police Officer
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A Colonel works for a highly revered and well respected General. Among the things that he has been doing is having an affair with the invalid General's wife and been diverting funds from the General's foundation to fund arms sales. The General discovers some peculiarities going on at the foundation, so he instructs Sergeant Keegan to investigate, he learns of the Colonel's activities, then instead of reporting it to the General, he tries to blackmail the Colonel. The Colonel in turn kills the Sergeant. But it's not long until Lt. Columbo is on the case and on the Colonel's trail. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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1 May 1989 (USA)  »

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When Columbo looks at the body of Sergeant Major Lester Keegan, you can see him blinking. See more »

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General Padget: Someone promises once and doesn't deliver, well, that's a busy man. Promises twice, he's not very efficient. Promises three times, I know when I'm being diddled. But here we are, after all. I take it all back.
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As the program ends and the credits roll, the camera pans across the Civil War miniature figurines on their battlefield. It ends its motion on a tight closeup of a miniature figurine of Columbo himself, complete with trademark rumpled tan raincoat and arms up in his classic pose when interrupting to make a point. Clearly, his figuring is intended not as a Civil War relic, but instead as a little joke for the viewers. See more »

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We don't really like each other
26 June 2015 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I can see that my major complaints about this episode - drab guest star, plodding pace, uninteresting plot - have been addressed at length already. So let me plug away at one of the less important, but nonetheless aggravating, flaws of the Columbo reboots: music. I can't stand the 80s synths that run roughshod over the later Columbos, and nowhere are they more utterly insufferable than in this episode. Take one martial-sounding riff that any 8th-grade music student could compose, give it to the guy at the Kurzweil and let him ham away at the sucker for an hour. Maybe some people find it effective, but to me it's damn close to waterboarding. It gives the whole show a cheap, dated, dimestore feel.


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