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1) I can't sleep. because a scene from one of the first COLUMBO TV movies keeps running my head, and it explains everything about America right now.
2) So in RANSOM FOR A DEAD MAN, available on our friend @IMDbTV the cunning lawyer Lee Grant murders her husband, dumps his body, then fakes a kidnapping so she can hijack the ransom and deprive the stepdaughter of her inheritance.
3) The stepdaughterr figures it out, and offers to disappear for a nice bribe. Lee Grant agrees, pays her off — but TWIST! Columbo set it up so he could prove she has the ransom money.
4) The scene that’s killing me is the reveal scene, in the airport bar, where Columbo explains why he knew this plan would work. I’m going to quote at length, and really, Falk in this scene *chef’s kiss*:
5) “Because, Mrs. Williams, you have no conscience. And that’s your weakness. Did it ever occur to you that there are VERY few people who would take money to forget about a murder? It didn’t, did it. I knew it wouldn’t.”
6) “No conscience - limits your imagination. You can’t conceive of anybody being any different that what you are. And you’re *greedy*”.
7) Twitter, did you break this thread? Mannn. Here.
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