All in the Game

Episode 62 – It’s All in the Game

The sixtieth episode of Columbo was titled It’s All in the Game and was the first episode of the show’s twelfth season. Columbo faces a unique distraction as a killer uses her femininity to take his eye off the ball. In this podcast Gerry and Iain look at an imperfect seduction.

 

 

Lauren Staton (Faye Dunaway) and her daughter Lisa Martin (Claudia Christian) are being two-timed by sleazy gigolo Nick Franco (Armando Pucci). When Franco is violent and threatening towards Martin they determine the best way to eliminate the threat is to kill him before he can harm her further.

 

There is a tight cast in this episode, with Bill Macy‘s apartment complex manager Ruddick and John Finnegan‘s philosophical barman Barney the primary support as Peter Falk and Dunaway feature prominently (the actress would go on to win an Emmy for her performance). Shelley Morrison had a brief appearance as the victim’s maid (and would of course go on to find prominence as a maid in Will and Grace). Jack Shearer headed a team of unnamed investigators.

 

Vincent McEveety returned to director his fourth episode, following Rest in Peace, Mrs ColumboDeath Hits the Jackpot and A Bird in the Hand…. On this occasion his writer was Peter Falk himself – a script he had reportedly been saving for years, waiting for the perfect guest star to play Lauren Staton.

 

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It’s All in the Game was released in 1993. It is 98 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).

 

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  • Margaret Williams

    This is my favorite Columbo revival series episode. Actually, in my opinion it’s one of the very best of the entire run of the Columbo series. I mean — “It’s All in the Game” features Faye FREAKIN’ Dunaway, people!!! Isn’t that totally awesome!?! Plus, it was written by none other than Peter Falk himself — and that’s equally awesome! “It’s All in the Game” has a very major Hollywood actress as the guest star, a marvelously good script and a very solid supporting cast. I mean, what more could a Columbo fan ask for here? A scene with John Finnegan? Check. An appearance by Dog? Check. Columbo discussing the case in Barney’s Beanery? Well, the Columbo producers have got that covered, too.

    Sure, the ‘cat and mouse’ stuff is different here because of the added romantic angle, but that kind of change is very good — ’cause Faye FREAKIN’ Dunaway! Also impressive is the fact that Faye Dunaway won a much deserved Emmy Award for her performance in this Columbo episode. So there had better be no negative remarks about the “It’s All in the Game” ABC Mystery Movie. Like, if there are any complaints made here on the forum, I’ll just have to warn you that Faye Dunaway is waiting out back and she’s ready to spank you real good with a wire hanger! You know — just a word to the wise and all. Toodles!

    • Thanks Maggie. Definitely a good one this week!

      • Margaret Williams

        You’re welcome! I’m really looking forward to listening to your podcast tonight. But first, I’ve got to get the school day over with, as well as all of my crummy homework. 🙁

  • A superlative episode. Interesting change of role for Mr. Finnegan. Interesting ‘tie’ to ‘Requiem’. I note that FD won an Emmy for this in 1994, then in the same year picked up a Razzie for her role in ‘The Temp.’ Such is life.

    Some insight was gained into our eponymous hero. I was shocked and disappointed that he went along with some kissing – perhaps the character was actually more hard-edged than we were previously led to believe…?

    One minor niggle was Claudia Christian, who I believe was meant to be Italian – from her accent she seemed more German to me.

    • Margaret Williams

      Oh, Kieran! Lisa Martin (Claudia Christian) was portraying a German woman who just happened to be living in Italy. Like, ‘Duh!’

  • Roberto

    At the risk of angering Margaret above, I thought this episode was terrible. Terrible story, terrible murder and detection, terrible acting, terrible guest star, and terrible interaction between Columbo and the murderer.

    Ah, who am I kidding? I thought this episode was fantastic. Fantastic story, fantastic murder and detection, fantastic acting, fantastic guest star, and fantastic interaction between Columbo and the murderer. An all-around Grade A episode.

    I am now off to listen to the podcast. I hope the gents don’t niggle too much. (And if you-know-who says that he liked “No Time to Die” more than “It’s All in the Game” I will know that he is joshing.)

    • Margaret Williams

      Well, Roberto — you had me fooled there for just a second. And Faye was getting all geared up to swat your behind with that wire hanger, too! Tee hee hee! 🙂

  • The missus and I watched this, with our youngest over for the evening.

    We enjoyed it greatly, with some questions as to whether Columbo would really go that far in catching a killer (you don’t get the level of lipstick he was wiping off his face from just a quick kiss or two). But we soothed ourselves saying he surely told his wife about the case and got her okay before plunging ahead.

    Then we had a laugh over the fact we were so concerned about the actions of completely fictional characters existing only in our minds and on our screen. “How could he do that? He MUST have told his wife; I’ll bet they talked and…. You’re right, except I’ll bet he also….”

    Our boy, 21, even said he enjoyed it (although like many his age, he wasn’t capable of just watching it through without several bouts of phone-checking during. Sigh.). He even said he’d like to join us next week for “Columbo Night.”

    We should get to the podcast tonight.

  • Ian Baxter

    Thanks again for another great podcast… tempted to have a go at the glove wearing innocents, but I think there are actually quite a few, these two would have to be the best…
    – Margaret Williams wears gloves when she slaps her stepmother at the funeral (Ransom for a Dead Man)
    – Columbo in one of the most iconic gotcha moments (Suitable for Framing)

    • Margaret Williams

      Thank you so much for mentioning me, Ian! I really enjoyed smacking that homicidal maniac. I just knew instinctively that that horrible creature had murdered my sweet father. Her presence at the funeral was just too much for me to take — so I lashed out at that cold-hearted woman! It’s a good thing that dear Lieutenant Columbo was there to console me. Speaking of Columbo — his glove wearing scene that you have pictured above is THE best!!! Thanks again, Ian 🙂

    • I think we have a winner with Columbo in SFF! Iconic, as you say and my (Gerry) personal favourite gotcha.

      • Margaret Williams

        Ahem! Gerry, I think you’re forgetting that Ian Baxter mentioned someone else, besides Lieutenant Columbo, who wore gloves and did not murder anyone. Please note the visual clue provided below. Perhaps this picture will jog some of your frazzled memory cells!

        • Ian Baxter

          Great idea for a prize, but I’d have settled for the commemorative mug! 😀

          • Margaret Williams

            Really? Oh, Ian — ever settle for less! Please insist on the prize package that I’ve already described … and then on the way out, grab yourself a commemorative mug! Toodles! 🙂

          • Ian Baxter

            Had a quick chat with my agent and have decided to insist upon the red carpet treatment 🙂

          • Margaret Williams

            YES! And while you’re at it, Ian — bring your wife and your children along for the ‘deluxe family red carpet treatment!’ 🙂

  • Red Hobbes

    Great episode. This felt more like a character study than a standard episode of Columbo, Peter Falk really nailed down not only Faye Dunaway’s character’s motivations but also what sort of man Columbo is. How far would he go to get his culprit? Which was really illustrated well when he got angry with himself after wiping off the lipstick. At that moment he not only became aware of the line he was walking, but that the game he was playing was distracting him from the actual crime. As great as Dunaway was in this episode, Falk stepped up too.

    Yeah there was problems with the overall story, but that’s the case for about 90% of them. The other 10% are the utter garbage episodes like No Time to Die. That said, this one was easily the best of the revival episodes.

    Yet another great podcast guys! Keep them coming!

    • Margaret Williams

      Yes, yes, YES!!! I agree 100% with your Columbo episode review here, Mister Hobbes! Now I’ve got to get to this week’s Columbo Podcast before it gets too late here. Toodles! 🙂

  • Margaret Williams

    About this week’s Columbo podcast for “It’s All in the Game” ….

    Boys, boys, boys …. what am I going to with you two, Gerry and Iain! Naughty, naughty, naughty — especially that wicked Gerry! I’d say Gerry deserves a good spanking, but I’m guessing that he’d enjoy it way too much. However, Faye Dunaway is perfectly willing to break out the wire hanger for you, Gerry! Dear Iain is to be thanked for frequently putting some ‘breaks on’ when confronted with these rather uncouth Gerry antics in this week’s podcast. But, Iain, you could have done a much better job by putting the proverbial smackdown on Gerry’s crude behavior when needed.

    Still, Iain, you did at least make an effort to protest this kind of stuff and I do commend you for taking the higher road — and especially for your continued level-headedness throughout this podcast versus Gerry’s needless nitpicking. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to take off points for some troubling comments like those “sitcom” remarks (I personally rate the humor in this Columbo episode much higher than a mere “sitcom”). In summary, my rating for this week’s podcast will be divided as follows: Gerry’s overall score is one ❤️ out of five and Iain’s is four ❤️❤️❤️❤️ out of five. So boys, let’s do a better job next time, ‘k? Toodles!

    P.S. — Sometimes the phrase “Going down to Mexico” means precisely that: actually traveling to Mexico! I mean, really … boys!

    • Thanks Mags. I’d stand by my characterisation of the scenes in Barney’s as sitcom-esque, but they were definitely fun moments as well.

      • Margaret Williams

        The only problem that I had with a few of the scenes at Barney’s Beanery involved John Finnegan acting like some kind of ‘Irving the Explainer’ type. You know — Barney being saddled with handholding-like dialogue that some network mouth-breathers insisted on heaping into a perfectly sound television script. Or something, you know?

  • Great podcast as always, gents.

    And maybe the following link will clear things up for Iain on the use of the word par, and related terms, inside and outside of a golf game. 😉

    http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2011/05/par.html

  • Largo

    ATTENTION GERRY AND IAIN:

    Sheesh! You guys are really falling down on the job! Neither one of you noticed that the lovely Dawn Wells (of Gilligan’s Island fame, ya know Mary Ann Summers) appeared in this episode as one of the party guests!?! This is most shocking, gents!!! This is even more disturbing than Iain’s lack of Babylon 5 (read: Claudia Christian) knowledge, eh! 🙀

    • Aha! Good spot, Largo. As for me, just yesterday I had my Secrets of Isis DVD set out, and realized its star, Joanna Cameron, was Galesko’s secretary in Negative Reaction.

      Now we know Isis’ OTHER secret identity….
      .

      • Largo

        I don’t mean to rain on your Isis parade there, Salty — but, been there, done that, eh. If you check out the “Negative Reaction” discussion thread, you’ll see that I already covered that bit of trivia. But thanks for admitting to everyone here on the forum that you actually own that Isis kid’s show on DVD. Now I don’t feel so bad about admitting that I’m a proud owner of the limited special edition of the Supergirl</b (1984) DVD by Image Entertainment! 🙂

        • lol Happy to admit it, Largo, and I was just sharing my newfound knowledge on Isis, not surprised someone else beat me to it. I also own that Supergirl DVD. And many other an esoteric thing…. 🙂

          • Largo

            Yeah, pay no mind to that pesky ‘Largo ego’ and keep posting away, Salty! Thanks for uploading another picture of the very lovely Joanna Cameron. Joanna is definitely one of the most beautiful women to ever appear on the Columbo Mystery Movie series!

            YES! Another proud owner of the Image Supergirl Special Limited Edition DVD. I’m still waiting for a blu-ray release of this particular edition. Now that CBS has the new Supergirl TV series on the air, maybe Warner Entertainment will get off of their duff and make this happen, eh! 🙂

          • Largo

            (Psssst — hey Salty! Speaking of Supergirl, what do you think of the new series on the CBS network starring Melissa Benoist? I absolutely love this show! There — I said it. I love the new Supergirl television series despite its clunky, on-the-nose dialogue, the occasional ‘blunt force trauma’ style feminism and the sometimes ropy CGI effects. And I feel that Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El is a national treasure!!! Oh dear, I’m such a comic book nerd!)

          • Margaret Williams

            Hey, Mister Salty and Largo! I’ve got two words to say to you both in response to your respective superheroine fixations: “GROW UP!” Tee hee hee! 🙂

          • Largo

            “Grow up?” I can’t speak for Salty, but in many respects I refuse to grow up!

            So Salty, my Supergirl (1984) Special Limited Edition DVD is number 41588 of 50,000. What’s the number on your Supergirl DVD? Inquiring minds want to know, eh! 😸

          • Looks like mine is 29,072, Largo. Funny, I’d never noticed it was actually numbered before. Thought that “Limited Edition” on the front was just hype.

            And would you believe I’ve never seen the new Supergirl series? The missus and I don’t actually use our TV to grab over the air channels–we’ve never bothered buying an antenna for it. We just use it to stream Netflix, Amazon, and a few other services. So until Supergirl shows up on one of those….

          • Largo

            Oh, wow, Salty! Your Anchor Bay Entertainment Supergirl (1984) Limited Special Edition DVD is a whole lot more valuable than mine, eh! I guess I was a little late to the party on purchasing this one or something.

            CBS.com has a few free episodes available — and a few more with their “All Access” service, which one can sign up for a free one-month trial. Otherwise, at Amazon and iTunes, it’s $40 for a season pass (which will eventually amount to 20 episodes). “Human For A Day,” “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” and “Bizarro” are my favorite episodes so far, eh. 🙂

          • Ian Baxter

            Ah Salty, I was really hoping you were going to say you owned the other 49,999 😉

          • Largo

            Nah uh, Ian! Helen Slater has 24,999 copies and so does Faye Dunaway! Salty and I have the two remaining copies, eh! Or something like that …. 😉

          • I was. 🙂 But Largo beat me to it with his version of the facts. Speed has never been one of my strong points.

          • I can’t say I remember ever growing up, Margaret. I did spend a little energy trying, in my younger years, but then gave up on it. Overrated, in my opinion.

            (And there are plenty of superheroes to keep those superheroines company on my shelves, at least I’m not sexist….)

          • Largo

            Oh, burn! I’m totally with you on that one, Salty!!! 🙂

          • Margaret Williams

            Piffle! You boys and your comic books and superhero movies! Whatever, guys …

  • Alright, not sure if there’s a particular way we’re supposed to be getting questions to you guys for your Q&A podcast, so I’ll throw our long overdue set out right here.

    The missus had her own list:

    Which Columbo killer do each of you sympathize with the most?
    How did Gerry, as a long-time fan, become interested in Columbo?
    How popular was Columbo in Scotland during its initial run(s)?
    How have Iain’s thoughts and opinions of the Columbo character and show changed over the course of the podcast?
    Has either host ever been to the US, Los Angeles, or any other Columbo shooting locations?
    Have there ever been any UK-produced mystery shows more or less closely modeled after Columbo?

    As for me, most of my Columbo related questions have been answered along the way, but I’d love to hear more about the two of you, personally. I don’t mean “give us the names of your family so we can stalk them” details, but I’d love to hear a bit more about each of you away from the microphones. And what about a photo of the two of you so we can put faces to names?

    At any rate, I searched around a bit and came up with the following questions, in addition to any the two of you might come up with yourselves.

    Are either of you a collector of anything?
    If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
    Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
    Do you believe in ghosts?
    Have any hidden talents?
    What would be your dream job?
    What would constitute a perfect day for you?
    Tell me 10 things I’d see if I walked through your door?
    If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
    How about each of you take a turn describing the other, physically and personality-wise.
    Who is your favorite author?
    What is your favorite book?

    And that’s that.

    • Margaret Williams

      “And what about a photo of the two of you so we can put faces to names?”

      I’m sorry, Mister Salty, but I’m going to have to put the kibosh on this one. I really don’t want Gerry or Iain to post any pictures of themselves. I’m very much with Mrs. Baxter on this particular issue: I want the mystery to continue, please. Toodles!

      • Ian Baxter

        This must be pretty close to the truth! 🙂

        • Margaret Williams

          “This must be pretty close to the truth!”

          Let me think about this for a moment, Ian. Hmmm — no, Ian. Just like some of the gang from the Peanuts comicstrip are fond of saying, I respond to all of this with “BLECH!!!”

    • Gerry is notoriously camera shy, but you can see a photo of me on my twitter profile at https://www.twitter.com/iainbartholomew

      • Margaret Williams

        And so ends the mystery! Iain, I thought you sounded more rugged and so I pictured you looking like this —

        • Sorry to disappoint!

          • Margaret Williams

            Please don’t feel that way about this, Iain. Pay no heed to my silly flight of whimsey on the CPF. Have yourself a great weekend, Iain! Toodles! 🙂

      • Ah. Well done, Iain! And is that little fellow with the Marvel-ous companions you at a younger age or a son?

      • Largo

        Yes, indeed! Although I’m with Salty on the “Marvel-ous” plush toys, I’m thinking that those dinosaur pajamas are equally awesome! (I was never lucky enough to receive any Dino PJs when I was a wee lad — **SNIFFLE!**)

        • Margaret Williams

          Well, well — what a coincidence! It just so happens that I have some of this dinosaur fabric on hand, Largo. Do you want me to make you some Dino PJs for your birthday? Hmmmm??? Tee hee hee! 🙂

  • Loved this week’s podcast. And I must say the missus and I have brought up hope for a Jonathan Creek cast several times over the last week. You two may be looking to return to simpler lives after Columbo finishes, and I wouldn’t blame you if you decided enough was enough, but Jonathan Creek… !

    Also, great show notes all around, this week. Ms. Dunaway certainly describes herself as being more gracious than her two interviewers do. Loved seeing this week’s killer as a restaurateur, and the Macy and Morrison pages were quite moving. And loved that fellow’s attempt at melding Finnegan’s appearances into as few characters as possible. Hilarious!

  • Largo

    Well, about this week’s Columbo podcast for It’s All In The Game ….

    I’m sorry, but I don’t agree with the various enthusiastic endorsements that this particular podcast has received here on the forum. Suffice it to say, I was sorely disappointed with it. But my ward, Margaret Williams, has already chastised you gents for this same podcast so I won’t dwell on the negative. On the positive side, however, the one item that I truly enjoyed hearing was when Gerry said that Chinatown (1974) was a “fantastic movie.” I heartily agree with this sentiment and I’ll go further by saying that Chinatown is one of the greatest film noir flicks ever made.

    Chinatown was the first ‘R’ rated (“No one under 17 admitted without a parent or legal guardian”) film I ever saw, but my mother had to accompany me to the cinema since I was only 14 at the time of this film’s original release. Chinatown has superb performances by both Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and it features that guy from Rocky (1976) — Burt Young — plus it has John Huston in it and he …. will make your skin crawl! Huston is EVIL INCARNATE in this film!!! EEGAH!!! So what I’m saying here is this: if you haven’t seen Chinatown yet, Netflix this puppy right now, eh! But please avoid the sequel, entitled The Two Jakes (1990), because it sucks! Be seeing you!

    • Chinatown is indeed a fantastic film, but that ending sucked. I prefer my Hollywood endings gentler.

      Hah! Your comment reminds me of the first R rated film I ever saw. It was in 7th grade and a friend and I told the folks we were going to some parent-approved film but actually sneaked into The Blue Lagoon (a very tame film to be sure), with Shields and Atkins. I was so wracked with guilt I refused communion the next Sunday–had my folks very worried as all I would say was I had sinned and no longer felt worthy to partake. Ah, religious conditioning….

      • Largo

        Well, technically it’s not a “Hollywood ending” here, but a rather typical film noir ending (i.e. tragic). I believe that Gilda (1946) is the only film noir that comes to mind that has a true “Hollywood” ending (happy, happy – joy, joy!).

        • Well, maybe full on Hollywood ending isn’t required, but at least let the woman live, I say….

          • Largo

            Well, I guess you’d better pass on watching my favorite film noir: Out Of The Past (1947). It’s the quintessential noir movie in that it’s basically about how a nefarious femme fatale destroys a ‘good’ man. In short, a lot of folks croak in this one, eh.

          • I’m okay with lots of croaking, as long as those characters somewhat deserve it. But when it comes to the protagonists I’ve been putting my heart and soul into throughout an entire film, my poor little heart is too tender to enjoy seeing them meet a horrible end. Afraid that’s just me, salty but tender….

    • CarlosMu

      hey did anyone notice that in both Chinatown and It’s all in the game, it comes as a surprise that a character turns out to be Faye Dunaway’s daughter?

      • Largo

        Oh, snap! That is so true, Carlos! Good catch, eh! But you want to hear something rather uncanny? Shortly after making this film, Jack Nicholson found out that the woman he was raised to believe was his older sister turned out to actually be his mother! 🙀

        • CarlosMu

          wow I’m surprised I never heard that, was she his sister AND his mother?

          • Largo

            EEGAH! I sure hope not, Carlos! But if that were true, I do believe that it would have ruptured the fabric of our space-time continuum back then and all of our reality uncreated! 🙀

  • Largo

    Not only is Nick Franco a total and complete “scum bucket,” he’s also a genuine idiot. Remember Nick’s nonsense about Lisa Martin’s best feature? Teeth and legs were mentioned by creepy Nincompoop Nick — what utter balderdash! Lovely Lisa Martin (Claudia Christian) has incredibly beautiful eyes!!! Right, guys?

    • Ian Baxter

      Planning on going to her party?

      • Largo

        “Planning?” Heh — I’m already at her party, Ian! 😉

        • Ian Baxter

          $50 a ticket is a bit rich for me 🙂

          • Largo

            Oh, that party! Well, jet-setters such as myself have to pay $5,000 a ticket to be a part of the special “elite” group of CC partygoers, eh. 😉

  • Largo

    Well, for some reason — I don’t know why — I’ve got a hankering to watch my Paramount blu-ray DVD of Chinatown (1974). So who wants to join me and Susie Q. Cat for a Chinatown viewing get-together? Hello? Guys …. ?

    • Largo

      Okay! Ian Baxter is expressing his interest! Thank you very much, Ian! Now, how about the rest of you guys? The show’s about to start, eh! 🙂

      • Have to pass, Largo. I’m currently in the midst of this one:

        .

        • Largo

          What in the Sam Hill is that!?! You’ll have to excuse me on this one, Salty, ’cause I’m going to stick with my classics, eh! 🙂

        • Ian Baxter

          Gerry? 🙂

        • Largo, this IS a classic!

          This is a close cousin to one of the all time great 1970s American horror telefilms. Alas, it fell short of it’s cousin’s greatness. Still not a bad little film in and of itself.

          I was going to share the title, but now we’ll wait and see if Gerry has any ideas….

          • Largo

            Pshaw! I said that I’m going to stick with my classics, Salty. That would be different from your classics, bro! 🙂

          • Largo

            Uhmmm …. I do believe you’re talking about The Norliss Tapes (1973), Salty! 😸

            Never seen it, eh.

          • Largo

            Well, Salty — my guilty pleasure, made-for-television fright flick is entitled Fear No Evil (1969) — which starred Louis Jourdan as paranormal expert and psychiatrist, David Sorell. It was the very first supernatural thriller produced for television and it aired on NBC back on March 3, 1969. It was the pilot film for an unsold series called, “Bedeviled.” Fear No Evil is a story about a demon named ‘Rakashi’ that has found a temporary abode inside an antique mirror, and it threatens to destroy a young woman named Barbara Arnholt (Lynda Day George). You can read more about this “lost” film classic at this link:

            http://69.195.124.61/~filmsinr/2009/09/05/fear-no-evil-an-observance/

          • Largo

            And here is the trailer advertisement for Fear No Evil (1969) —

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeOyahDUNAU

          • Looks interesting. Maybe I’ll see if I can find a copy….

            Did you ever see it’s s sequel?

          • Largo

            Yeah — but Ritual Of Evil (1970) is a rather mediocre production and a big letdown when compared to the excellent Fear No Evil (1969). However, as a child, I did enjoy the “ghost dog” sequence with the German Shepherd. Plus, Diana Hyland and her photography mumbo jumbo stuff were a total hoot! Ridiculous! 😼

          • Looks like Fear No Evil isn’t in print. I’ll have to see if I can find a bootleg from somewhere safe and reputable.

          • Largo

            Modcinema and Cinefear have it available, but I wouldn’t purchase either of these copies: they are craptastic in quality. Just try to find the AVI file via a torrent and save your money, Salty.

    • resedaman

      The great trumpet playing throughout is the great Uan Rasey, who you heard on Singing in the Rain, Rocky and a million others. Perfect movie

  • Corinne

    I saw this last night on TV, 1st time, Feb. 12, 2017. I was amazed how good this show was ! The local station was running the same 15 or 20 Columbo’s, over and over again, for 2 years, and then I find out there are 69 episodes, and this one was really good ! I did not understand why it was significant for Columbo to ask Faye’s character, about why 3 months ago, the victim canceled a life insurance policy, and quit his golf club, and why Faye was offended when Columbo asked about marriage, but not about a 3 month-long affair. Did I miss the first part, or something ? Also, isn’t there something in the law about self-defense, or preventing further abuse ?

  • resedaman

    Great Columbo moment when he asks her if she has anything for his headache. When she’s not sure what she has he’s say’s “OK no problem” or something. Then he say’s”I hear your party was great until you got a headache. Bazinga !