And finally the last episode to describe. I have a problem with it. I never liked it. But then I appreciated it more. I never liked it for two reasons: first is that the atmosphere of the episode is so far away from what we are used to (music, full of youth, fast tempo, dark colours, many shoots in the night, dirty, small apartments instead of mansions etc), that I just can not stand it, second reason is very simple - it is just the last Columbo ever. But it is still enjoyable to watch for me though
- I think the most brutal murder from the whole series. Or at least shown with all the details
- the mouthwash obviously changes between the shots when Columbo checks it
- the toenails.. hmm. He said that "there are 9 more in the toilet". Really? :)
- when Columbo checks with his pencil what was writen on the previous page of the calendar, the writing is clearly not the same like on the page that Justin teared out
- why Justin was not surprised that Columbo came to him at the first time?
- Columbo talks a lot to himself in this episode
- Columbo asks Vanessa "where were you the night of Linwood's death?" and she answers. But he never told her when he died....
- there is a mistake on a Steve Schirripa's business card. It says "copo tutti de copo". It should be "capo di tutti capi". Or maybe it is a joke on purpose, I don't know :)
- when Columbo visits the club just before opening and admires the fish tanks, he has a surprisingly nice shoes as for Columbo :)
Ok, thank you guys for going with me through all of Columbo episodes. It was a real fun for me to write comments after each viewing and having a possibility to share it with you. I appreciate all the comments and discussions :)
Matti, I enjoyed your recaps. I think Nightlife is an underrated episode. Yes, the final clue is garbage, but the way he tightens the noose around Justin is Classic Columbo. And Vanessa Farrell is one of the most beautiful women ever to appear in a Columbo episode.
The copo tutti business card was a joke I assume. That actor also played a mobster in The Sopranos.
Justin did a great job of hiding his shock. He was calm when Columbo first showed up and managed to keep his composure when Columbo guessed which celebrity had been at the club. When he said Vanessa Farrell, I thought Justin would choke. Instead he calmly shook his head. Nice job Justin, but it wasn’t enough.
It’s sad to see your favorite show end, but we could have done a lot worse. Considering Peter Falk’s age and how many clunker episodes there had been, I was glad that the series ended on a positive note.
re: ...Considering how many clunker episodes there had been...
When I look back over the list of 69, I only see a few "clunkers", not bad for a run of 69 episodes. I don't want to start a whole topic on what those clunkers are; it's been discussed on this board many times over, and you know who you are!
I agree. Considering that there were so many episodes, there really were relatively few "clunkers". It was nice to go out on a positive note with Nightlife, as opposed to something like Murder in Malibu.
Matti, I, too, have really enjoyed your episode "reviews". They certainly provide a unique perspective and reveal your devotion to Columbo. Well done!
As for "Columbo Likes the Nightlife", this is one of my favorites, not just of the latter seasons, but in the series overall. It is something of a poignant episode, as well. The poignancy comes from us knowing it will be the final one and we want to see the character go out on a good note.
You offer a few things I'd never considered - the dark and moody atmosphere and "dirty apartments rather than mansions". I guess Vanessa's house, while quite lovely, doesn't quite cut it as a mansion. Linwood's apartment is pretty seedy, however. As for the mood, I rather enjoy it, although it is in stark contrast to much of the series. The episode is from 2003 and brings Columbo into the modern era and I thought the use of a rave backdrop works well. It shows how Columbo can adapt to a new generation and not be stuck in the 70's. Instead of interrogating Dr. Kepple, Ken Archer or Leland St. John on the brightly lit manicured grounds of a golf course, Columbo does his best work amid the blaring sounds, flashing lights and back rooms of nightclubs.
The murder, as you mentioned, is particularly brutal. And Matthew Rhys, as Justin, shows the true nature of its brutality, as he is visibly shaken when he gets back in the car with Vanessa. I never liked the "toenail" scene. I don't know about you guys, but when I cut my 10 toenails, there are NEVER just 10 pieces. And fishing into a toilet WITHOUT gloves doesn't seem likely, especially given the slovenly feel to the Linwood character and his apartment.
I enjoyed the final scene with the fish tank. I thought it was a clever clue and "Gotcha" moment, especially with the way they revealed the body on the TV screens in the nightclub and the quite honest reactions from some of the audience (the blonde in particular).
I for one really enjoyed Nightlife. It moved along at a good pace and Vanessa is clearly one of the most beautiful women to appear in the series. (of course seeing Gretchen Corbett in a bikini wasnt too shabby either).
In Nightlife it is interesting how Columbo kept digging to tie the two murders together. Although for most the episode it was just one murder and one missing person.
It was a good way to end the series.