Columbo (1971–2003)
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Candidate for Crime 

Senatorial candidate Nelson Hayward murders his domineering campaign manager, staging it to appear that Hayward himself was the intended victim of a mob hit gone wrong.

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Vickie Hayward
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Linda Johnson
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Harry Stone
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Chadwick
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Harris
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Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff

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Katey Sagal, who plays a secretary at the campaign headquarters, is the daughter of this episode's director, Boris Sagal. See more »

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When Columbo enters Hayward's office to draw the diagram of the crime scene, the cup with pencils in it on Hayward's desk keeps changing from being knocked over (front shot) to standing up (from behind.) See more »

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Nelson Hayward: Uh, excuse me, Lieutenant, don't misunderstand. You're a very nice man, I like you very much, but I would hate to have to depend upon you if I was in a hurry for something.
Lt. Columbo: Geez, you know that's what my wife says...
Nelson Hayward: I'm sure she does. Get to the point, Lieutenant.
Lt. Columbo: Right.
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La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
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A classic Columbo moment revealed here - no spoilers
11 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a quintessential Columbo episode in that the cat and mouse game played out for over an hour between Columbo and his prey, in this case the great Jackie Cooper as a politician willing to kill in order to win, comes to a climax in one single moment. One solitary sentence, uttered by Columbo at the end of the show, makes it more then apparent to the bad guy that the trap he been slowly backed into throughout the episode has just been sprung.

And there is no way out! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

It's worth watching the entire episode just for that one priceless moment. And as usual, the antagonist, through his own words, places the noose around his neck. Classic Columbo!


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