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Things That Make You go Huh? (Funny-isms)

There are so many funny things that Columbo says that make you go "Huh?"

For instance:

Swan Song. "My ears pop in an elevator. As a matter of fact i don't even like being this tall"

Troubled Waters. "Captain, can you get a mattress up here?"

Forgotten Lady. "Here's my badge. Go down to the pistol range and qualify for me. Here's $5 bucks for your trouble. I can't hit the target give me a break."

Try and Catch Me. (Referring to "Dog"). "He loves the ocean; makes him all frisky"

This is just a small sample. Post a few of your favorites; I'm sure there are many more.

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EXERCISE IN FATALITY

"So, now she's thin again."

"Well, she was never exactly thin. I wouldn't let her because I happen to like a woman who's...well you know that's something else."

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One funny thing about that line is the way you kind of wonder about it. For someone who doesn't like them "that way," he definitely get tongue-tied when Jessica answered the door dressed the way she did.

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From "Any Old Port in a Storm" (speaking from memory)

Columbo: So your fiancee went missing? Maybe he got cold feet. Has he been married before?

Woman: Yes. Three times.

Columbo: Hmmm...I guess his feet are warm enough.

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And Joyce Jillson herself gets a funny line in that scene -

"I was up in Missing Persons but there was no one there."

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I always get a laugh out of the scene in Columbo Goes to College when he's interviewing Dominic Doyle. Columbo says that he's from homicide and Doyle replies "I haven't done one of them lately you know?"

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You know Grant, I must have heard that missing persons line at least two dozen times and the joke never occurred to me. Who-o-o-sh! :smile:

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FORGOTTEN LADY

Sgt. Lefkowitz: "You know, Lieutenant, I'm in the homicide office at least once a week. I don't think I've ever seen you there."

Columbo: "Well, I don't get down there too much. None of the murders take place there, you know."

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It took me forever too.

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Regarding John's comment above about location of murders...

From The Conspirators (this one I had to look up):

Columbo on observing a flat tire: "Will you look at that? How do you like that? That's practically a brand new recap."

Devlin: "Can I give you a hand with the spare?"

Columbo: "Well, the spare, sir, that's back in my garage."

Devlin: "Very sensible. If you get a flat at home, the spare's out and ready."

ps full scripts can be found at https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk

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From Candidate For Crime -

"This isn't a DEPARTMENT car, is it?"

The actor Sandy Kenyon and that look he gives make it even funnier than it would be without him.

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Grant
From Candidate For Crime -

"This isn't a DEPARTMENT car, is it?"

The actor Sandy Kenyon and that look he gives make it even funnier than it would be without him.
Grants post made me realize that we could have a whole thread on Columbo's car just by itself. For instance, in A Friend in Deed. when he goes to see Charlie Shoop that interaction is hilarious. Shoop wants to know if there's 20 or 30,000 miles on the car. And then at the end of the conversation, he said that he would give him $200 for it in a trade. Hilarious stuff