Columbo: Season 8, Episode 4

Grand Deceptions (1 May 1989)

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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
Michael McManus ...
Tanzer
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Sidney Winnik
Lynn Clark ...
Marcia
Bennett Liss ...
Corporal
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John William Gibson ...
Paramilitary Man #2
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Milt Kogan ...
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Rick Marzan ...
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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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When Columbo looks at the body of Sergeant Major Lester Keegan, you can see him blinking. See more »

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Colonel Frank Brailie: The sexual life of a camel is much stranger than anyone thinks.
General Padget: He lies on the bank of the Nile and tries to make love to the Sphinx.
Colonel Frank Brailie: But the Sphinx is only a statue...
General Padget: ...Beset by the sands of the Nile.
Colonel Frank Brailie: Which accounts for the humps on the camel...
General Padget: ...And the Sphinx's inscrutable smile.
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Good 2nd series episode
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Grand Deceptions" has a lot to offer the Columbo fan. It follows the leisurely pace adopted by the series in its second go-round. But there's a lot of nice little bits-- the humorously resolved skirmish over a piece of evidence, his unexpected arrival at a critical locale, the kindness and gentleness with which he questions one of the people most hurt-- that are well-written and perfectly executed. Also, Columbo's reliance on good police work is particularly well-realized. His adversary is satisfactorily pompous and cruel. It even has his dog. As a long time fan, I don't have a problem saying it's the best episode in the 1989 season, and one of the dozen or so really good Columbos overall.


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