What I'm Watching
- Columbo 7.1 (Try and Catch Me): I'm already on the first episode of the last regular season of Columbo. It's gone by so fast. Ruth Gordon stars in this one as a mystery novelist who offs her dead niece's husband (because he'd killed the niece). It's a great episode. Gordon is a sympathetic character whom Columbo genuinely likes, but as he tells her on the pier in a wonderful scene, she shouldn't count on his kindness: he won't let her off just because he likes her.
- Columbo 7.2 (Murder Under Glass): This is the one where the food critic kills the restaurant owner by putting poison in the bottle opener. There's a nice scene at the end where Columbo and the murderer are having dinner--veal that Columbo prepared--and they tell one another that, although they respect the other's accomplishments, they don't like them. I do enjoy Columbo's relationship with his murderers. On another note, I just discovered that the kid who plays the Italian waiter Mario in this one is in fact Antonio Alda, Alan Alda's younger (half) brother.
What I'm Reading
- Victoria Helen Stone, Evelyn, After: I got this as my free monthly read from Amazon the other day. It's romantic suspense. Right now I'm thinking it's a little too much romance and too little suspense, but that could change.