Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Season 1, Episode2- Death Lends a Hand

Private eye Brimmer is trying to blackmail Arthur Kennecott’s lovely young wife Lenore. She’s not too keen on that and she’s going to tell on him. He hits her across the face and kills her. This accidental murder is followed by an excellent sequence where the clean up and disposal of the body are projected on to his glasses, his murderous eyes just visible beneath.
Columbo appears as a blur at 15 minutes and 11 seconds, gradually coming into focus. He is driving his car (a 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet) but gets stopped by a cop because one of his tail lights is out. Ray Milland is the cuckolded Arthur and it feels a little sad to see him looking so old, hairless and jowly. Columbo catches Brimmer in an excellent columboid involving contact lenses.
In this episode we learn that Columbo can’t play golf, his driving licence expires in a week, he keeps a lamp right next to his bed, he has a sister in law and he does not carry a gun.
During this episode I felt sorry for myself.

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