Columbo: Season 2, Episode 6

A Stitch in Crime (11 Feb. 1973)

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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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Dr. Barry Mayfield
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Nurse Sharon Martin
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Marcia Dalton
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Dr. Edmund Hidemann
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Harry Alexander
Victor Millan ...
Detective Flores
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Paul (as Kenneth Sansom)
Murray MacLeod ...
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Leonard Simon ...
Dr. Michaelson
Ron Stokes ...
Tom
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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 <sdawson@easynet.co.uk> / edited by statmanjeff

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The uniquely shaped Operating Room, with observation windows above, was also used as the Beauty Mark lab in Season 3 "Lovely But Lethal". See more »

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When Columbo is talking with the roommate of the victim, named Marcia Dalton, Falk accidentally calls her "Miss Talbot," which refers to the name of the actress playing Dalton, Nita Talbot. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: You know, that cleaning woman just now? You know, she said something strange to me. She said she saw Sharon Martin, and she was upset AFTER the operation.
Dr. Barry Mayfield: I'm afraid I don't understand.
Lt. Columbo: Well, it just seems kind of funny, doesn't it, I mean, since it was so successful that she'd still be upset?
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Did anybody notice "Helen Crump"??
19 November 2006 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Aneta Corsaut portrayed Andy Taylor's girlfriend/wife in the top-rated (Number 1!!) TV show, "Andy Griffith." Yet, three years later, she goes by barely noticed in a series of guest supporting TV appearances, as with her Nurse Morgan walk-on here. Interesting.

Overall, a great "Columbo" episode, minus the overacting of the previous two installments.

Perhaps the script goes a bit overboard in portraying Columbo's slovenly appearance and behavior, and I certainly do not want to watch him eat another meal, ever again.

Jared Martin is excellent in his brief appearance, and Geer plays the type of character he specialized in bringing to life. Nimoy is indeed a bit "wooden" at times, but I assume that's why he was cast in the role. Anne Francis's second "Columbo" outing is fine.

Director Averback specialized in TV movies, pilots and series episodes, so the production is professional, is not somewhat pedestrian.

Does anybody know what building is used for exteriors of the hospital?


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