Paul Galesko is a famous photographer married to Frances, a nagging woman and a grumbler. Paul is moreover in love with his assistant, Lorna, so he decides to stage a fatal abduction of his wife. Everything seems to go very well to Paul, and the police accept his version of the events, but Lt. Columbo has some doubt. Written by
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When Dick Van Dyke picks up the gun to shoot Antoinette Bower she reacts far too quickly to the "sight" of the weapon. She could not possibly see the pistol, as it is still shielded by the lid of the briefcase that it was stored in. See more »
[Lt. Columbo goes down to the evidence room to follow up on an idea]
Columbo! Hey! What are you doing down here in the dungeon?
How ya doing, Captain. Well, I was just checking out a few things: the Galesko kidnapping.
Galesko? I thought that case was closed.
Well, you know me, Captain. Just, uh, tying up some loose ends.
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Dick Van Dyke successfully shakes off his good guy image as an acclaimed photographer who offs his nagging wife and attempts to pin the blame on a kidnapper, actually a naive ex-con who is but a puppet in Van Dyke's scheme. Excellent Columbo once again finds the detective catching his killer with evidence that would never hold up in court, but like most of the early episodes (this is from season # 4), it's an entertaining cat and mouse game with Peter Falk in fine form.
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