Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case 

Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.


Sam Wanamaker


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Theodore Bikel ... Oliver Brandt
Kenneth Mars ... Mike
Sorrell Booke ... Bertie Hastings
Samantha Eggar ... Vivian Brandt
Basil Hoffman ... Jason Danziger
Howard McGillin ... George Camponella
George Sperdakos ... Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Sergeant Burke
Dorrie Thomson ... Miss Eisenback
Carol Jones ... Caroline Treynor
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Waitress
Carlene Watkins ... Amy (credit only)
Fay DeWitt ... Angela (as Fay Dewitt)
Kathleen King ... Suzy


Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Release Date:

22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les surdoués See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Theodore Bikel, who appears as a member of a Mensa-like society, was a real-life member of Mensa. See more »


The character in the suede coat originally starts with a straight-stem briar pipe, then right before the supposed gun shots, he is smoking a bent-stem meerschaum pipe. See more »


Oliver Brandt: I want what is DUE me! Some affection, understanding, gratitude! Support in the worst of times!
Vivian Brandt: I don't know what you're talking about.
Oliver Brandt: I have embezzled funds! And I did it for you.
Vivian Brandt: Oliver, I've never understood about business. I belong to another part of your life.
Oliver Brandt: Do you understand what I am telling you?
Vivian Brandt: No. And I don't think I want to.
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Romeo and Juliet
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Heard during the murder sequence
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Columbo comes up against some big brains
31 March 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In this 1977 episode, The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case, Columbo meets some very smart people. The group is supposed to be like Mensa, and it has a clubhouse where the geniuses gather.

Two of them are business partners in an investment brokerage, and one of them (Bikel) is stealing his clients blind. His partner (Sorrell Booke) has learned of it, so before he can make it known, Bikel has to murder him.

What he puts together is either genius or so convoluted as to be ridiculous, but he manages to commit murder supposedly while he is sitting downstairs with the rest of the people.

Enter Columbo. We see the wheels working, but in reality, it probably didn't take him that long to put it all together, especially after meeting Bikel's wife (Samantha Eggar), a walking money pit. Also he's intuitive, telling the young girl how attractive she is -- he knows some things instinctively.

How he figures out the actual murder is the work of pure genius.

Bikel gives him a "minimum information" quiz which Columbo says he'll think about. Does he come up with the answer? Of course.

The best thing in the episode is Falk's monologue about starting on the force and realizing that he's not as smart as some who started when he did. So he decided to work hard and study to achieve what he has. Bikel, and the rest of the audience, know that Columbo is hiding his light under a bushel. There's smart and there's smart. Columbo always had what it took in spades.

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