History Series / Columbo

4th Sep '17 3:06:41 AM AdamC
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* AssholeVictim: About half the time or so the episode'll feature one. Funnily, the show didn't ''always'' have it used to establish a sympathetic killer; plenty of times the murderer is just as bad (if not worse) than their victim.
27th Aug '17 9:09:36 PM maximsk
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Columbo was the master of PerpSweating (i.e. shredding the Constitution, albeit totally under the RuleOfCool at all times). Though he generally settles on his horse from the outset, he never lets on, instead worming his way into their confidence via fawning adulation, begging their assistance as he "solves" the case. Usually he forces them to weave a huge web of lies until he can finally PullTheThread -- justified because he's always right. (Interestingly, while the Lieutenant is clearly over-the-top, he's arguably using a more true-to-life interview technique than the angry, confrontational interviews common in straight police dramas; flattery and interest in the other person's concerns are a more effective way of obtaining information-- which is also why they have been ruled unonconstitutional in Supreme Court case-law due to their also being unreliable.)

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Columbo was the master of PerpSweating (i.e. shredding the Constitution, albeit totally under the RuleOfCool at all times). Though he generally settles on his horse from the outset, he never lets on, instead worming his way into their confidence via fawning adulation, begging their assistance as he "solves" the case. Usually he forces them to weave a huge web of lies until he can finally PullTheThread -- justified because he's always right. (Interestingly, while the Lieutenant is clearly over-the-top, he's arguably using a more true-to-life interview technique than the angry, confrontational interviews common in straight police dramas; flattery and interest in the other person's concerns are a more effective way of obtaining information-- which is also why they have been ruled unonconstitutional unconstitutional in Supreme Court case-law due to their also being unreliable.)
21st Aug '17 11:29:08 AM criswell8
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** A child genius in "Mind Over Mayhem" is called "Stevie Spelberg." Interesting, while Steven Spielberg would have been familiar to the writers due to having directed a first-season episode, he was at the time quite unknown to the world at large.

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** A child genius in "Mind Over Mayhem" is called "Stevie Spelberg." Interesting, Interestingly, while Steven Spielberg would have been familiar to the writers due to having directed a first-season episode, he was at the time quite unknown to the world at large.
21st Aug '17 11:28:00 AM criswell8
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** A child genius in "Mind Over Mayhem" is called "Stevie Spelberg." Interesting, while Steven Spielberg would have been familiar to the writers due to having directed a first-season episode, he was at the time quite unknown to the world at large.
19th Aug '17 7:02:57 AM AdamC
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* NonActionGuy: The Lieutenant himself. Columbo does not carry a gun, openly admits to being a terrible shot with one anyway, and never gets into any violent scrapes; it's just understood the guy's not made for fighting. He at times arrives at the climax of the story with back-up, just in case the villain of the weak isn't a GracefulLoser.
14th Aug '17 1:46:21 PM MikeW
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** From "A Deadly State of Mind": "Always pack a bulky sweater and some heavy underwear.." For context, this is the [[spoiler: the supposedly ''blind'' witness reading from a magazine the killer gave him. As Columbo points out, how could the suspect have known the guy was blind unless he'd seen him before?]]

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** From "A Deadly State of Mind": "Always pack a bulky sweater and some heavy underwear.." For context, this is the [[spoiler: the supposedly ''blind'' witness reading from a magazine the killer gave him. As Columbo points out, how could why would the suspect have known believe the guy was blind unless he'd seen him before?]]
14th Aug '17 1:43:30 PM MikeW
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* WhamLine: So often, just when it looks like the killer has gotten away with it, one sentence makes them realize they just fell into Columbo's trap.
** From "A Deadly State of Mind": "Always pack a bulky sweater and some heavy underwear.." For context, this is the [[spoiler: the supposedly ''blind'' witness reading from a magazine the killer gave him. As Columbo points out, how could the suspect have known the guy was blind unless he'd seen him before?]]
** From "A Friend In Deed: "He doesn't live here. ''I'' live here."
** From "Suitable For Framing": "No, we're not looking for ''your'' prints."
26th Jul '17 11:07:12 AM MikeW
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* SpottingTheThread: The key to the entire show is Columbo seeing those little tiny errors the killer accidentally left behind. So often, it looks like Columbo has missed something but in his summation, he reveals he saw it right off and was the first clue to figuring things out.
21st Jul '17 6:13:15 PM cjqtwm
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Milo Janus of "An Exercise in Fatality" looks to be in his 30s(Robert Conrad was in his 30s at time time) thanks to lots of exercise and proper meals, but is actually 53.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Milo Janus of "An Exercise in Fatality" looks to be in his 30s(Robert 30s (Robert Conrad was in his 30s at time time) thanks to lots of exercise and proper meals, but is actually 53.


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*** In fairness, Santini ''had'' been paying him for years without incident. The bigger mistake Jerome made was telling Santini flat out that he was going to reveal Santini's true identity, giving the magician ample time to carry out his plan.
21st Jul '17 12:09:07 AM cjqtwm
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* & Riley Greenleaf's lawyer in "Publish or Perish" is named [[Series/TheSopranos David Chase]].

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* & ** Riley Greenleaf's lawyer in "Publish or Perish" is named [[Series/TheSopranos David Chase]].
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