Columbo (1971–2003)
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Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 25 March 1973
A smarmy TV chef and his identical twin brother, a rigidly proper banker, are suspects in the electrocution of their rich uncle.


Robert Butler


Steven Bochco (teleplay by), Jackson Gillis (story by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Martin Landau ... Dexter Paris / Norman Paris
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Peck
Tim O'Connor ... Michael Hatheway
Julie Newmar ... Lisa Chambers
Paul Stewart ... Clifford Paris
Dabney Coleman ... Detective Murray
Kate Hawley Kate Hawley ... Mrs. Johnson
Michael Richardson ... Young Lawyer
Robert Rothwell ... 2nd Detective
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Older Lawyer
Tony Cristino Tony Cristino ... Stickman


Flamboyant television chef Dexter Paris and his twin brother, Norman, a conservative banker, are supposedly not talking to one another. But both disapprove of their wealthy uncle Clifford's impending marriage to a young woman. One of them enters Clifford's bathroom and drops an electric mixer with a frayed power cable into Clifford's bath water. Clifford is electrocuted, and the murderer takes Clifford's body to an exercise room to make it appear that Clifford died of a coronary. But Lieutenant Columbo, the infallible, cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, suspects foul play and believes that the Paris twins, both heirs to their uncle's estate provided he didn't marry, had a motive for murder. But which one did the deed? Columbo pursues both with incessant questions as he tries to determine which of the two brothers killed their uncle Clifford. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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25 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Doppelter Schlag See more »

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Debut of actor Marc Singer (as the young Doctor on Mrs. Peck's television). See more »


When Columbo is on Dexter's cooking show Dexter helps Columbo to put on an apron. The strings are too long so he leads them from the back to the front and ties them at the front. After the show Dexter helps Columbo to take off the apron and unties the knot which is at the back now. See more »


Columbo: Mrs. Peck? Mrs. Peck, I made a very poor introduction of myself to you, I know that. I'm a stranger in your house that you love and I'm here to do something that's not very pleasant, so I don't expect you to like me but I have feelings too, Mrs. Peck. Now, I'm sorry about being untidy. That's something that I can't control. That's a fault of mine that I-I, I don't know, I just can't correct that, and I've tried many years. I'm just very untidy. That's my nature, but I've never been un... ...
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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The rare Columbo mystery
23 October 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

This Columbo is unique in that we don't really know the exact outcome until the very end. Our favorite dark horse detective suspects a pair of identical twin brothers of killing their rich uncle; each points the finger at his brother. In a mystery series in which the crime is shown at the beginning of the drama, this twist could reasonably be used only once or twice, and this was Columbo's time. Other than that wrinkle, this episode fits in well with others of the series. It has a lighter tone than some, with a very funny performance by Jeanette Nolan as the fastidious and loyal housekeeper who takes an instant dislike to Columbo.

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