There are hundreds of words that start with “ex-,” and of them I chose exasperate, because I knew how I would discuss the topic.
Mary and I watch reruns of Columbo every Saturday and Sunday night. We have for a couple of years now and have gotten to where we know almost all the episodes, certainly the early ones, not so much the episodes that were made in the ’90’s.
Lieutenant Columbo (rumor has it that his first name is Frank, but he never uses it) is a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. His clothes are rumpled, particularly his trench coat, which he always wears despite the fact that it’s Los Angeles and usually too warm for an outer coat. He arrives at crime scenes, usually late, in an old Peugeot, and he always seems to be suffering from something, like allergies, a cold, dyspepsia, or lack of food or sleep. He smokes cigars and his usual lunch is chili and coffee, sometimes cream soda. His interviews and conversations with suspect and witnesses are a combination of on-topic questions and off-topic conversations about the person’s work, hobbies, the weather, and other topics. His absentmindedness and apparent lack of focus are deceptive, because they cover for a sharp mind and a highly-focused investigator determined to break the case and arrest the right person and make that person pay for what they’ve done.
You’re never quite certain when Columbo knows who the killer is, but his investigations always center around one individual, who is nearly always the murderer. As Columbo proceeds with his investigation the relationship between cop and killer goes from cordial and friendly to terse and exasperated. By the time Columbo places the suspect under arrest, the reaction is a combination of shock (that he’s made his case) and relief (that they’ll no longer have to deal with the rumpled detective and his questions).
In the US, you can see Columbo on Saturday nights on Saturday evenings at 8 PM on Cozi TV and Sunday evenings at 8 PM on MeTV. Check local listings.