Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Season 6, Episode 1- Fade into Murder

William Shatner is Ward Fowler, an actor who plays the TV detective Lieutenant Lucerne. He’s greedy for more money but his producer Claire is blackmailing him because he was a deserter during the Korean War. Shatner invites a man with a limp to his house to watch sport and then drugs him. Then he sneaks out to the deli he knows Claire is at, puts on a balaclava and puffa jacket, pretends it’s a stick up and shoots her. After this he destroys his disguise, goes home and rewinds the sport. He can do this because he has a fancy video recorder machine. He wakes up old limpy and pretends he just nodded off for a minute and not the massive amount of time it took to do a complicated murder.
Columbo shows up at 14 minutes and 40 seconds and is awed by the fame of Fowler/Shatner, so much so he lets him assist with the investigation. But look out Fowler/Shatner- it’s a trap! Columbo is on to him from the start and finally catches him in a columboid that involves a watch that should be fast but isn’t and fingerprints on bullets.
During this episode we learn that Columbo and Mrs Columbo never miss an episode of Lieutentant Lucerne.
I had some very green soup whilst watching this episode. Unnaturally green.

1 comment:

  1. Can someone explain to me why Ward Fowler Told Columbo that Mark the Gofer was lying about being with him and watching the baseball game together? I thought that was the alibi that Ward set up