A Deadly State of Mind
The finale to Columbo's fourth season really is a test of the great Lieutenant's grey cells as he goes up against a womanising psychiatrist with a specialty in hypnosis.
Dr. Mark Collier is the psychiatrist in question who has been hypnotizing his current love to siphon information about her wealthy husband unfortunately, the husband finds out & confronts them both resulting in a struggle that the husband doesn't walk away from, this is a clear case of self defence but the scheming doctor cannot let his presence in the house be known so covers it up & conditions Nadia to fob the police off with a story about intruders, as soon as Columbo hears the story & sees the house, he suspects the wife knows more than she's saying which plays right into the hands of the doctor who utilises his hypnotic skills to make her commit suicide in the most dramatic way.
This is a beauty of an episode with George Hamilton perfectly cast as the murderous doctor, not he & Peter have great chemistry together as the Lieutenant really seems to believe the wife is responsible, the truth comes out of course in one of the cleverest gotchas of the entire series
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