Emmett Clayton is a chess champion but the former champ, Russian Tomlin Dudek is coming out of retirement just to play him, Clayton is nervous about the match. Obviously he has to kill his opponent in order to spare himself any embarrassment.
Columbo appears at 16 minutes and 14 seconds playing checkers with a vet. His dog is poorly. Unfortunately for Clayton Dudek isn’t actually dead, although it seems only a matter of time before he exits this mortal coil. Regardless of the lack of a homicide, homicide detective Columbo is still called into investigate. He immediately suspects Clayton, who, incidentally wears a hearing aid. This episode has a mad chess dream sequence complete with crazed lighting and slo-mo. The columboid involves Clayton’s hearing aid and switching off the murder machine.
Things we learn about Columbo: he doesn’t wear false teeth, he likes any food from the sea and he has a cousin in Albany who wears big thick glasses.
During this episode I had a lovely cup of tea.