History YMMV / Columbo

26th Oct '17 4:39:35 AM jormis29
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** "Lovely But Lethal" casts Vera Miles (Lila Crane from ''Psycho'') and horror icon Vincent Price as major characters. The plot is about rival cosmetics companies. There was so much potential here to have Vincent Price as a killer in a plot worthy of him alongside another actor from a prominent horror film, rather than an episode about makeup.

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** "Lovely But Lethal" casts Vera Miles Creator/VeraMiles (Lila Crane from ''Psycho'') ''Film/{{Psycho}}'') and horror icon Vincent Price Creator/VincentPrice as major characters. The plot is about rival cosmetics companies. There was so much potential here to have Vincent Price as a killer in a plot worthy of him alongside another actor from a prominent horror film, rather than an episode about makeup.
3rd Aug '17 7:45:57 PM cjqtwm
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* FairForItsDay: While some viewers may bristle at it, the male network executives in "Make Me a Perfect Murder" (aside from Mark) never mistreat Kay Freestone on the basis of her gender, and their one main criticism of her work (making guesses in programming) is shown to be totally justified later.

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* FairForItsDay: While some viewers may bristle at it, they're not necessarily supportive or protective, the male network executives in "Make Me a Perfect Murder" (aside from Mark) never mistreat Kay Freestone on the basis of her gender, and their one main criticism of her work (making guesses in programming) is shown to be totally justified later.
31st Jul '17 1:12:15 PM cjqtwm
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* FairForItsDay: While some viewers may bristle at it, the male network executives in "Make Me a Perfect Murder" (aside from Mark) never mistreat Kay Freestone on the basis of her gender, and their one main criticism of her work (making guesses in programming) is shown to be totally justified later.
24th Jul '17 7:54:18 PM cjqtwm
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** The nurse Columbo asks when looking for Dr. Collier in "A Deadly State of Mind" is played by an uncredited Priscilla Barnes.

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** The nurse Columbo asks when looking for Dr. Collier in "A Deadly State of Mind" is played by an uncredited [[Series/ThreesCompany Priscilla Barnes.Barnes]].
24th Jul '17 7:52:18 PM cjqtwm
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** The nurse Columbo asks when looking for Dr. Collier in "A Deadly State of Mind" is played by an uncredited Priscilla Barnes.
19th Jul '17 2:47:24 PM whateveryousay21
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** No doubt made much worse due to some severe behind-the-scenes issues during the filming of this episode thanks to the fact Falk was having a heated negotiation over his salary, which showed in his acting skills and apparent indifference to the other actors or even the job itself. Suzanne Pleshette had been friends with Falk for some time but the experience not only led to them not speaking for many years, but Eddie Albert called Falk an "asshole".
18th Jul '17 9:08:42 PM cjqtwm
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** "Swan Song": Viewers today will lose a lot more sympathy for Tommy Brown, since an early scene reveals that he had [[spoiler: slept with Maryann when she was only sixteen.]]



** Helen Stewart from "Dead Weight". While Columbo questioning what she saw is understandable given it's his job, the episode only makes her more miserable. Her emotionally abusive mother doesn't believe her and takes every opportunity to say [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel things to her]]. Her ex-husband cheated on her with apparently numerous women during their marriage, and her own mother blames ''her'' for the breakup. And the episode's murderer, Hollister, charms her into doubting what she saw while staring a relationship with her. At the end, when Columbo reveals how Hollister committed the murder, she is left in tears.

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** Helen Stewart from "Dead Weight". While Columbo questioning what she saw is understandable given it's his job, the episode only makes her more miserable. Her emotionally abusive mother doesn't believe her and takes every opportunity to say [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel things to her]]. Her ex-husband cheated on her with apparently numerous women during their marriage, and her own mother blames ''her'' for the breakup. And the episode's murderer, Hollister, charms her into doubting what she saw while staring starting a relationship with her. At the end, when Columbo reveals how Hollister committed the murder, she is left in tears.
16th Jul '17 1:11:41 AM cjqtwm
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The broadcast control room scene from "Make Me A Perfect Murder", as outlined below in Padding. Needless to say, the scene itself is not only lengthy and adds nothing, but it's also just bizarre.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The broadcast control room scene from "Make Me A a Perfect Murder", as outlined below in Padding. Needless to say, the scene itself is not only lengthy and adds nothing, but it's also just bizarre.
16th Jul '17 1:11:04 AM cjqtwm
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** Two actors who played murder victims later became victims of actual murder- Barbara Colby ("Murder By The Book") and Sal Mineo ("A Case of Immunity")
** In "Forgotten Lady" Dr. Willis mentions the Shah of Iran- for modern viewers unfamiliar, the Shah was the leader of Iran before the Islamic Revolution only a few years after the episode was filmed.

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** Two actors who played murder victims later became victims of actual murder- murder: Barbara Colby ("Murder By The Book") and Sal Mineo ("A Case of Immunity")
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** In "Forgotten Lady" Dr. Willis mentions the Shah of Iran- for Iran. For modern viewers unfamiliar, the Shah was the leader of Iran before the Islamic Revolution only a few years after the episode was filmed.



** 20 years before "Film/TheProfessional" existed, a subplot of "Make Me A Perfect Murder" revolves around a TV studio producing a film by the same title, also about a professional hitman.

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** 20 years before "Film/TheProfessional" ''Film/TheProfessional'' existed, a subplot of "Make Me A a Perfect Murder" revolves around a TV studio producing a film by the same title, also about a professional hitman.



** The opening of "Murder, A Self Portrait" has Columbo at a Basset Hound contest with other Basset owners, except that the dog does not play any real role in the murder plot where Mr. Barsini murders his ex-wife.

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** The opening of "Murder, A a Self Portrait" has Columbo at a Basset Hound contest with other Basset owners, except that the dog does not play any real role in the murder plot where Mr. Barsini murders his ex-wife.



** While they weren't unknown at the time, Ron Rifkin and Lainie Kazan appear in "Make Me a Perfect Murder" as TV special director Luther and Valerie Kirk, respectively.



** ''"Last Salute to the Commodore"'' feels like the script was written while doing drugs. Columbo invades personal space a couple times, the cast acts like they're on tranquilizers, and the pacing feels like nobody even cares about finding the killer. The film opens with a ferry called "TITANIC" carrying a rather happy group of people who seem to magically teleport onto the boat. [[https://youtu.be/RWrtEYtNFQc A YouTube review highlights the episode.]]
** ''"Butterfly in Shades of Gray"'' features an over-acting William Shatner playing Fielding Chase. It's like he was having a laugh playing the role, and he was given permission to fool around and act over dramatic.

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** ''"Last "Last Salute to the Commodore"'' Commodore" feels like the script was written while doing drugs. Columbo invades personal space a couple times, the cast acts like they're on tranquilizers, and the pacing feels like nobody even cares about finding the killer. The film opens with a ferry called "TITANIC" carrying a rather happy group of people who seem to magically teleport onto the boat. [[https://youtu.be/RWrtEYtNFQc A YouTube review highlights the episode.]]
** ''"Butterfly "Butterfly in Shades of Gray"'' Gray" features an over-acting William Shatner playing Fielding Chase. It's like he was having a laugh playing the role, and he was given permission to fool around and act over dramatic.



** At the end of "Columbo Cries Wolf", Columbo finds the location of the body by dialing the number of the victim's wrist pager and punching in a message, the resulting beeping revealing where the body is hidden inside a wall. However, as these bracelets are more than a decade ahead of real technology(this being the late 80s), the message is a small slip of paper glued to the bracelet- and it's not even cut straight, which really makes it obvious(the clarity of modern DVD copies also makes the grain of the paper stand out even worse).

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** At the end of "Columbo Cries Wolf", Columbo finds the location of the body by dialing the number of the victim's wrist pager and punching in a message, the resulting beeping revealing where the body is hidden inside a wall. However, as these bracelets are more than a decade ahead of real technology(this technology (this being the late 80s), the message is a small slip of paper glued to the bracelet- and it's not even cut straight, which really makes it obvious(the obvious (the clarity of modern DVD copies also makes the grain of the paper stand out even worse).



** "Lovely But Lethal" casts Vera Miles(Lila Crane from ''Psycho'') and horror icon Vincent Price as major characters. The plot is about rival cosmetics companies. There was so much potential here to have Vincent Price as a killer in a plot worthy of him alongside another actor from a prominent horror film, rather than an episode about makeup.

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** "Lovely But Lethal" casts Vera Miles(Lila Miles (Lila Crane from ''Psycho'') and horror icon Vincent Price as major characters. The plot is about rival cosmetics companies. There was so much potential here to have Vincent Price as a killer in a plot worthy of him alongside another actor from a prominent horror film, rather than an episode about makeup.



** Helen Stewart from "Dead Weight". While Columbo questioning what she saw is understandable given it's his job, the episode only makes her more miserable. Her emotionally abusive mother doesn't believe her and takes every opportunity to say [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel things to her]]. Her ex-husband cheated on her with apparently numerous women during their marriage, and her mother '''blames her''' for the break-up. And the episode's murderer, Hollister, charms her into doubting what she saw while staring a relationship with her. At the end, when Columbo reveals how Hollister committed the murder, she is left in tears.

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** Helen Stewart from "Dead Weight". While Columbo questioning what she saw is understandable given it's his job, the episode only makes her more miserable. Her emotionally abusive mother doesn't believe her and takes every opportunity to say [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel things to her]]. Her ex-husband cheated on her with apparently numerous women during their marriage, and her own mother '''blames her''' blames ''her'' for the break-up.breakup. And the episode's murderer, Hollister, charms her into doubting what she saw while staring a relationship with her. At the end, when Columbo reveals how Hollister committed the murder, she is left in tears.
4th Jun '17 8:44:32 PM creader
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* TheWoobie: Numerous murderers are pushed around by {{Asshole Victim}}s, such as Beth from "Lady in Waiting" who is held down by her dominating brother and mother for her whole life. Once her brother is dead her life turns around and she's suddenly more assertive and in control of her life for once. She later takes it to the point of becoming a JerkassWoobie, or just a plain {{Jerkass}}, however.

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** Helen Stewart from "Dead Weight". While Columbo questioning what she saw is understandable given it's his job, the episode only makes her more miserable. Her emotionally abusive mother doesn't believe her and takes every opportunity to say [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel things to her]]. Her ex-husband cheated on her with apparently numerous women during their marriage, and her mother '''blames her''' for the break-up. And the episode's murderer, Hollister, charms her into doubting what she saw while staring a relationship with her. At the end, when Columbo reveals how Hollister committed the murder, she is left in tears.
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Numerous murderers are pushed around by {{Asshole Victim}}s, such as Beth from "Lady in Waiting" who is held down by her dominating brother and mother for her whole life. Once her brother is dead her life turns around and she's suddenly more assertive and in control of her life for once. She later takes it to the point of becoming a JerkassWoobie, or just a plain {{Jerkass}}, however.
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