Martin Landau is a celebrity chef called Dexter Paris. His rich uncle Clifford is about to marry a much younger woman. Despite his protestations to the contrary Dexter really isn’t happy about this. So he murders his uncle by dropping an electric mixer in the bath. He then dresses him in leisure wear and props him up on an electric bicycle.
Columbo appears at 12 minutes and 8 seconds and is chastised by a house keeper for dropping cigar ash. It turns out Dexter has a twin brother, Norman, also played by Martin Landau. This leads to an excellent scene in which Martin Landau lifts Columbo out of a bath whilst Martin Landau watches on.
Columbo knows that Dexter and Norman must have been in it together but they claim to hate each other. Columbo cleverly uncovers evidence that Dexter and Norman have talked to each other 20 times in the last 10 ten days, thus confirming they’re murderers.
Things we learn about Columbo: his wife cooks all of Dexter Paris’ recipes but they’re always a disaster, he has a silver ashtray, is untidy, is extremely fond of health cookies and is an expert at fine tuning T.V.s.
I sweated profusely during this episode. It is also the first episode of Columbo I’ve watched wearing spectacles.