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Re: Double Shock

Matti, I'll try to answer a few of your questions:

(1) Why were the brothers blaming each other? Norman and Dexter blame each other in order to cast doubt on each other. By laying out the case against each other it will make it difficult for the police to blame either one.

(2) Why did Lisa die? The brothers killed Lisa because they wanted to frame Hatheway. They knew Hatheway was going to her apartment to collect the will and by throwing her off the balcony they hoped to incriminate him in her death.

(3) How did Columbo and Dexter travel so easily to Las Vegas? Air travel was much simpler back in the 70's. It would be perfectly feasible to pop into an airport and purchase a ticket. Driving to Vegas from LA is about 4 1/2-5 hours (depending on traffic). Flight time will be about an hour.

(4) Why is Norman not wearing a tie? Norman is wearing a tie at the craps table in Vegas. Dexter is pretending to be Norman, which is why he isn't wearing a tie.

Always enjoyed this episode. I know Mrs. Peck gets ripped apart, but I enjoy her scenes with Columbo, especially the scene where Dabney Coleman is laughing in the background.

Re: Double Shock

Thank you for your reply John,

(1) yes, you are probably right, they wanted to lead the police to the dead end by this behaviour

(2) ok, so that is what I meant by killing two birds with one stone, that confirms it
(3) I didn't know it was so easy (and cheap) then :)
(4) maybe it is my english but I thought "tie" is something else than "necktie". And as I am saying real Norman (the gambler) had only a tie :)

Re: Double Shock

Back in those days you can walk into an airport and pay cash right out of your pocket for an airplane ticket. Without anybody giving any second thought to it. And the LA to Las Vegas run probably ran on the hour. So it would be simple to hop a plane over there. I don't even think that it's a full hour flight more like about 40 minutes.

Re: Double Shock

Fred
Back in those days you can walk into an airport and pay cash right out of your pocket for an airplane ticket. Without anybody giving any second thought to it. And the LA to Las Vegas run probably ran on the hour. So it would be simple to hop a plane over there. I don't even think that it's a full hour flight more like about 40 minutes.
And according to Columbo in Murder by the Book LA to San Diego and back was every half hour. Just throwing that in.........