What I'm Watching
- Columbo 6.1 (Fade in to Murder): William Shatner is a TV detective who murders his show's producer because she's been blackmailing him. Shatner's character is all about the game and seems to have very little concern about the consequences of getting caught.
- Columbo 6.2 (Old Fashioned Murder): Joyce Van Patten is excellent as the curator of a museum who kills her brother and then sorta kinda tries to pin it on her niece. Columbo unearths some family secrets that add layers to the story, which is really rather tragic. Van Patten's character turns out to be sympathetic and complex. The deal she arranges on the spot with Columbo at the end just adds to the emotional complexity of the story.
- Columbo 6.3 (The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case): Theodore Bikel is a corrupt accountant who murders his friend and partner Bertie at a meeting of their genius IQ club Sigma--a Mensa-like organization. It's a clever murder, but of course not clever enough. The weirdest thing about this episode is Bikel's relationship with Bertie, whom he teases and, yes, tickles. He even tickles him right before killing him.