I’m Fuzz

What’s this? A high-ranking delegate from a Middle Eastern nation has committed murder to cover up the the theft of $600,000? Yes, it’s “A Case of Immunity”! Thanks to a mistaken assignment, Columbo just happens to be around when Hector Elizondo starts killing off his embassy staff in order to cover up a sloppy embezzlement. In the end, Columbo gets him, sure, but- well, it’s an episode with a few good moments and some drawbacks. Professor Emily Houh is on the show to talk about the good, the not-so-good and hot dogs. Lots of hot dogs. And The Kinks. And critical race theory. And Die Hard. Plus: Viewer Mail!

4 comments on “I’m Fuzz

  1. As a Detroitet, have to go with Detroit coney sauce. I will eve go so far as to have a favorite restaurant’s sauce.

    As I wrote earlier this episode has the same problem as the George Wendt one. Columbo doesn’t catch the killer. The killer confesses only after learning a fate worse than death awaits them. That is not justice, it is blackmail or extortion. I am not a lawyer.

    Also, as you pointed out, there is a lot of padding for a short episode.

  2. I’m an Arab-American, and as such it can be a challenge to watch TV or film depictions of Arabs. All too often, they’re cartoons: fanatics with smoldering eyes spouting gibberish. So I was pleasantly surprised that this Columbo episode (in the ’70s, no less) made some attempt to be culturally sensitive. The graffiti spray-painted on the legation walls may have been squiggles, but at least they tried to make it look like Arabic script. And Salah, as was pointed out in the podcast, was cool and standoffish because a) he had a lot to hide and b) he’s a diplomat. Diplomats are not known for sharing their innermost thoughts.

    I have to agree with the overall assessment: a decent Columbo; a little padded; not top-shelf, but quite watchable.

    I also liked the hot dog digression. In the summer of 1989, my girlfriend and I went to Red Hot Lovers every week for lunch and got the tofu char dog. I still miss those tofu chars. I think my girlfriend does, too. (She’s my wife now.)

  3. The hot dog discussion went on so long, I thought for a second that I’d accidentally downloaded an episode of War Rocket Ajax.

  4. Great show. I’m also an Arab-American and a huge Columbo fan. This episode is one of my favorites and I have to disagree with your guest about the ending. I absolutely love the ending because you know the King is trying to reform the country but you also know that Salah is a hard-liner and I think the King really enjoyed using his own traditions against him. I think we all agree that the fictional country portrayed in this episode is a thinly veiled Saudi Arabia. The harshness of the Saudi justice system is not just a “Western stereotype” as your guest seems to believe. It is well documented, and below are links to three recent stories to back that up. All that being said, this is a great podcast and I’m glad I discovered it. Keep up the good work!

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/saudi-arabia-rampant-executions-fuelled-by-justice-system-riddled-with-holes/

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saudi-arabia-law-rights-1.3402678

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/15/middleeast/saudi-arabia-justice/index.html

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