Dead Weight is an unconventional Columbo mystery that's full of intrigue. After killing his business partner, military contractor Gen. Hollister discovers that there's an eye-witness to his crime and attempts to get her to recant her testimony before Lt. Columbo can build a case against him. The plot is written rather well, and plays with the series formula a bit. Additionally, Eddie Albert and Suzanne Pleshette deliver strong performances that give an exceptional amount of depth to their characters. A clever thriller, Dead Weight is an impressive addition to the Columbo series.