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 ...
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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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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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Can a Columbo episode be utterly boring? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most mediocre of all 68 Columbo episodes, as nearly every aspect thereof is unimaginative and boring. The killer is an utterly uninteresting character, who cannot arouse an ounce of sympathy for himself since he is not only a coldblooded murderer, but also one who betrays both his handicapped boss (a decorated war hero) and the woman he is having an affair with. He is also a mediocre and monotonous actor, who cannot make his role exciting in any way. The woman in the story is also played by an average actress who cannot arouse much interest in her character. There is almost none of the typical humor by or about Columbo. The one comment about his car falls flat; when Columbo happens on a group of people shaking funny cans on the floor it is not allowed to develop into anything; there is nothing about his dog or raincoat; and not one person mistakes him for anything but an ordinary detective. The murder plan is not particularly brilliant, and the alibi is simple and rather unimaginative. Furthermore, Columbo's proof that the alibi does not really exist is not nearly as foolproof as he makes it sound. Plus, the manner in which the false alibi was achieved, is highly unrealistic, and no explanation is given as to how a company would make such a mistake. Finally, there is hardly a single good line in a 90- minute episode of a series that is usually loaded with great lines. Did I leave out any other weak points?


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