Devlin is an Irishman. In his youth he was a terrorist but now he is a famous writer and, officially, a supporter of an American society proposing to help the victims of terrorism. Actually he is buying from Pauley weapons for the terrorists. Devlin kills him because he thinks he has been betrayed. Lt. Columbo is responsible for the inquiry and becomes friendly with Devlin, but it is very dangerous to be familiar with Lt. Columbo when you are a murderer.Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia / corrected by statmanjeff
As a possible nod to this being the last episode of the original series, Columbo's final words are "This far and no farther." See more »
Devlin touches both the whiskey bottle and the glass in Mr. Pauley's room, yet the police don't seem to check them for fingerprints. We know Devlin was in jail previously in England so his prints would be on record. Even if those records weren't available for some reason, Columbo is plenty wily enough to get Devlin's prints on some pretext or another. See more »
Justice for the many. Justice for the free. Let each man be paid in full. That's just enough for me.
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What a great episode, and a more than worthy finish to the original Columbo series. It is slickly filmed, with beautiful locations, and the music is both lilting and atmospheric. The writing is clever and witty, the scenes between Columbo and Devlin are plentiful and are among my favourites of the entire series(which includes the likes of the scene in Identity Crisis with Columbo and Patrick McGoohan's Nelson Brenner in Brenner's house with Madama Butterfly playing in the background), and the story is tightly plotted and completely diverting. The support cast are good, if nothing extraordinary, but it is the performances and rapport of the leads that make it work. Peter Falk is brilliant as Columbo, and Clive Revill gives a jovial and charming performance as Devlin, while there are a few moments of aggression I actually did find Devlin somewhat likable. In conclusion, a great episode that is a must watch for Falk and Revill. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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