Columbo

Season 6 Episode 3

The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case

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Aired Unknown May 22, 1977 on NBC
8.6
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The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
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Two former college friends now partners in an accounting firm become enemies when one realizes the other has embezzled funds. The reason for his embezzling ways is his wife, she demands nothing but the best.

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  • Columbo Gets Smart

    8.5
    An ingenious mystery, The Bye-Bye Sky High . Murder Case is full of suspense and intrigue. When a member of an elite high . club attempts to pull off the perfect murder, he'll have to outsmart Lt. Columbo in order to get away with it. The storytelling's very good, and does an excellent job at creating rich, interesting characters. The writing is also quite impressive, especially in developing tension and unraveling the mystery. The Bye-Bye Sky High . Murder Case is a smart and captivating thriller that's especially well-crafted.moreless
  • Spoilers

    8.8
    Most of the critiques of this movie find this Columbo episode to be sorely lacking in comparison to other Columbo movies like"Murder By The Book" or "Suitable for Framing." But not every Columbo movie has to be a suspenseful battle of wits. To my observation, there are two types of Columbo plots: The Battle of Wits and The Character Study. The Battle of Wits, of course, is where Columbo takes on a wily, arrogant opponent who practically dares Columbo to catch him or her. The Character Study is an engaging examination of the person driven to commit murder.



    The scenario for this particular episode of Columbo is quite elaborate, and is brought wonderfully with great continuity. Since in this case the murder is so complex, the actual character of Columbo is less pronounced than in some of the other episodes.

    However, it is still him, and his wife is still with him (in spirit, as always).





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    • The programmable Accutrac 2000 turntable used in the murder plot was the first example of a brand new and important technology. As an arm scanned the width of the record, an infrared light beam was bounced off the surface and the returning light intensity was read. The turntable was thereby able to measure and store the location and width of each individual track, allowing the user to play only those tracks he wished to hear. This technology would eventually become the method by which vast amounts of digital information could be read using a reflected laser beam, leading to laser discs, CD's, CD-ROM's and ultimately, DVD's.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Columbo is informed that all of the club members rate in the top 2% of I.Q.s)

      Columbo: Well, what do you know. Here I am talking with some of the smartest people in the world, and I didnt even notice!

    • Columbo: When I first joined the force, sir, they had some very clever people there and I could tell right away it wasn't going to be easy making detective as long as they were around. But I figured if I worked harder than they did, put in more time, read the books, kept my eyes open maybe I could make it happen. And I did. And I really love my work, sir.

      Oliver Brandt: I can tell you do.

    • Columbo: When the squib goes off it produces vibrations and that knocks the book down. That Danziger is a genius!

      Brandt: Vibrations! That nitwit! The man who conceived all this, you make him out to be a bungling ass! No! This is what he would have done!

    • (Columbo walks into a restaurant carrying a donut)

      Waitress: You buy that here?

      Columbo: Uh, no. I bought it from the donut shop because I was going to eat it in the elevator. Then I saw my friend here and, uh... (she glares at him) I'm really terribly sorry.
      (He wraps the donut in a napkin and gives it to the waitress who hands him a menu.)

      Columbo: (looking at menu) Well, let me see, uh, um, let's see now.

      Waitress: I can come back.

      Columbo: No, no, no. I'll have, uh... I'll have a donut.

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