Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Stitch in Crime 

A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Barry Mayfield
Nurse Sharon Martin
Marcia Dalton
Dr. Edmund Hidemann
Nurse Morgan
Harry Alexander
Victor Millan ...
Detective Flores
Ken Sansom ...
Paul (as Kenneth Sansom)
Murray MacLeod ...
Dr. Simpson
Leonard Simon ...
Dr. Michaelson
Ron Stokes ...
Patsy Garrett ...
Cleaning Woman


Dr. Barry Mayfield is a highly successful and respected surgeon, but his patience leaves a lot to be desired. Nurse Martin becomes suspicious about his tools in sewing up internal organs in his most recent 'successful' operation (namely, his sutures). The good doctor kills her before she spills the beans, but Mayfield doesn't count on Detective Columbo's investigative skills, which quickly uncover a trail of murderous events. Written by Scott Dawson <> / edited by statmanjeff

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11 February 1973 (USA)  »

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In the opening credits of this episode, it sure looks like Burt Young is working as an extra playing an apparent father holding his daughter in the hospital waiting room. See more »


The position of Dr. Mayfield's left arm changes depending on the shot when he and Columbo are sitting at the table during the party. His left arm is extended on the table holding a glass during side shots, but when the shot switches to head-on, his arm is in his lap. See more »


Dr. Barry Mayfield: [finding Columbo at a buffet table] Collecting evidence, Lieutenant, or just being sociable?
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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leonard nimoy is great in this one!

it was a very nice pices of work! very well acted out and great script! it keeps you on the edge of your seat and i was hoping that with some luck barry mayfield would make it! the crime was not planed out very much ahead of time but it went smoothly until the end! i love leonard nimoy and peter falk acting together, they are both great actors and work well together in this show!

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