What I'm Watching
- Columbo 2.6 (A Stitch in Crime): Leonard Nimoy is a cool cucumber in this episode. He plays a surgeon who tries to kill Will Geer by using dissolving suture during his heart operation. Columbo isn't pleased when the doctor laughs in response to his suture theory. He picks up a coffee carafe (?) and bangs it on the guy's desk to get his attention, an uncharacteristic display of anger.
One thing I'm finding interesting in rewatching the series is seeing the way Columbo behaves toward suspects versus how he acts toward others. When Columbo is talking to other policemen or to involved parties he doesn't suspect, he can appear more competent, more abrupt, more efficient. But it is subtle difference, which I think is to the show's credit. He doesn't ham it up for the suspects and then obviously behave differently with others. One example is his conversation with Harry Alexander in this episode. Harry looks good for the murder of a nurse (Nimoy did it, of course), but Columbo doesn't think he's guilty. He asks why Harry hadn't seen the woman lately:
Why haven't you seen her in six months?I can't imagine that Columbo would talk like that—"dont' be foolish"—to a murderer he was trying to catch.
What's that got to do with you?
Don't be foolish. You're an intelligent person. Why'd you stop seeing her?