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)
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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This episode shares its title with Honey West: A Stitch in Crime (1965), in which Anne Francis (Nurse Sharon Martin) also appeared. See more »


When Columbo is in Dr. Barry Mayfield's office, just before Columbo bangs the thing down on the desk, his arm positions change. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Uh, I feel uncomfortable.
Dr. Barry Mayfield: In what way?
Lt. Columbo: In hospitals, around illness, I, uh... I feel kind of queasy.
Dr. Barry Mayfield: Well, that's not uncommon, Lieutenant.
Lt. Columbo: I know. Uh, I faint. I mean, I actually pass out, and in my line of work that's kind of embarrassing. Is there, uh... is there something that I can do for that?
Dr. Barry Mayfield: There's only one sure-fire cure, Lieutenant: stay out of hospitals as much as possible.
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Good overall with one gripe,for me....
7 January 2013 | by (London UK) – See all my reviews

I liked this episode,Nimoy is excellent and believable as a non-alien, Columbo getting the raving hump when Dr Mayfield laughed right in his face was classic,but the only thing I thought was off was Will Geer's portrayal as Dr Heidemann. He wasn't really the right choice for a doctor,he looks too much like a country bumpkin,not a professional person at all. The weirdest part was right after getting the news about Nurse Sharon Martin, he displays a little shock at first, then in the next sentence he's chuckling away asking Mayfield when he thinks there'll be an improvement in his own heart condition! That didn't ring true to me at all,but a very good entry in the Columbo Canon nonetheless.

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