Milburn Stone August 15, 2014 Share August 15, 2014 (edited) I think the thing that works for Columbo is looking not put together and bumbling. It makes the people who have done the crimes feel so superior and intelligent than he is. And that makes it so much fun when he solves the crime and they are shocked at being outwitted by what they'd assumed was a dim bulb! That is certainly the template, and a wonderful template it is. (It consistently brings joy.) Running through my mind to see if I could find an episode I've seen that didn't fit this template, and the one I came up with was the Ruth Gordon episode. Atypically, in this episode the murderer has total admiration for Columbo from the very beginning. She feels genuine delight in his presence, and respects him not only as a person and a colleague but almost as a collaborator in the field of murder-solving. (Even though it won't ultimately work to her benefit.) Edited August 15, 2014 by Milburn Stone 4 Link to comment
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