Columbo: Season 1, Episode 5

Lady in Waiting (15 Dec. 1971)

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A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi.

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Beth Chadwick
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Bryce Chadwick
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Joel Fluellen ...
Charles
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Beth Chadwick has lived all her life controlled first by her father, then after his death, by her brother Bryce who manages the family business. Now she has fallen for Peter Hamilton, who works for Bryce. But, as usual, Bryce objects to her choice and threatens to fire Peter. So Beth decides to murder her brother and to do it in such a way to let it to appear like an accident. Lt. Columbo realizes at once the truth and starts looking for evidence. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Last film of Jessie Royce Landis. See more »

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Although Brice is shot three times in the chest, no blood is seen on the body or the carpet after he is dragged across the room. See more »

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Peter Hamilton: Now, Inspector, you don't really think that Beth killed her brother in cold blood, now do you?
Columbo: Well, a matter of fact... I do.
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Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'
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Interesting
25 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As people know, I love Columbo and consider it one of the best detective shows ever even with one or two lacking episodes later on. Lady in Waiting is a very interesting episode in many respects. And it isn't just because it features the first female killer.

The episode is a little slow occasionally, and I felt the final solution could have been expanded a little more so that the evidence had more time to unfold.

That said, like all the Columbo episodes I was impressed with how it looked. The episode with its clever use of photography and striking locations and costumes does look great, while the music is quite effective and doesn't intrude with the tone of each scene. The writing is good and the story is clever and makes the most of a great idea.

The acting is fine. Peter Falk while more subdued(more to do with how Columbo is written than Falk himself) is still brilliant in the title role, staying true in character and delighting us once more with that quintessential catchphrase. Susan Clark is excellent as well, and I was further impressed with how she was developed in Lady in Waiting, she starts off as someone you sympathise with and are touched by and then quite suddenly she is like a different person, more ambitious and ruthless. Leslie Nielson is good in a different role to what I am used to seeing him in, but supporting wise Jessie Royce-Landis was the standout being wonderful as the domineering mother.

In conclusion, an interesting episode mainly in the show's first female killer and how she is written. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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