Columbo

Season 10 Episode 13

Murder with Too Many Notes

5
Aired Unknown Mar 12, 2001 on NBC
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  • Excruciating - an episode of "Columbo" which falls apart, irreparably, as soon as the lieutenant himself appears.

    5.5

    The contributions of Patrick McGoohan to this long-running series were numerous, both as actor and director, but how valuable to the show was he, really? This is the worst-ever episode, and its only competitor for that dubious honour is another segment McGoohan directed, the much earlier "Last Salute To The Commodore". Here, McGoohan also has a writing credit, so there isn't really anyone else to blame, except maybe Peter Falk himself. It's truly painful to admit that Falk here gives a really terrible performance under his old chum's guidance. Columbo makes an utter imbecile of himself, and in a way that would get him a room in the old folks' home rather than a commendation from the police commissioner. The modest ingenuity of the plot is lost in a welter of ridiculous - and also demeaning - jokes, and the incidental details (such as the villain's description of how film music works) aren't at all accurate. Columbo - looking truly ancient, incidentally - should have retired well before this humiliation.

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