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Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

Every time I watch this episode the crazier it gets. It's almost painful to watch... it's as if the writers were on strike that week. Columbo starts out being more strange than usual, "where's the beach"... (duh) "that's a big Ocean out there, Japan is that way?"... and the whole debacle of getting in the car with the top down etc... Which by the way, in a later episode Columbo says "I've never had the top down" which obviously isn't true... and the whole yelling ordeal at the ship yard is painful to watch... there are other moments too that make me wonder...

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

I actually found the episode enjoyable myself. Up to a point. After Charles Clay gets killed it kind of goes downhill. I thought the ending was a little bit hokey with Swanny's 'tisnt'. And poor Mac explaining everything to the crowd. Columbo had to continually correct him.

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

One of the best little deliveries is when Dennis Dugan says "No, you call me Mac."

For someone talking about a NICKNAME, he says it in almost a deadly serious way.

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

" Do you have any Scotch or Irish in you, Mac? "

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

Agree. seems like the cast was on drugs. Columbo's mannerisms and mumbling was weird.

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

I've grown fonder of this episode over the years, due to its quirkiness. I especially enjoy how Columbo annoys Mr. Charles Clay at every turn ("Japan is... THAT way???; putting his arms around him; stuffing him into the car) and Robert Vaughn's delivery of several lines ("I like everything... PRELIMINARY")

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

I too have softened on this episode recently. I find it quirky and unusual, although there are some bits that I have to mute the TV for (the shouting at the ship yard, and the daughters drunken hysterics).

A point of trivia: The house used in this (where Columbo bundles everyone into the car), is the same house as used in the later episode, Murder in Malibu. It’s almost identical, despite being quite a few years between the two episodes.

Re: Craziest episode: Salute to the Commodore

Maybe that explains why each of these episodes were, shall we say, "Less than stellar". MURDER IN MALIBU is so painful (Andrew Stevens might be the worst actor ever) I usually skip it in the rotation.