Columbo (1971–2003)
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Negative Reaction 

A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alvin Deschler
Frances Galesko
Sgt. Hoffman
Lorna McGrath (as Joanna Cameron)
Thomas Dolan
Alice Backes ...
Mrs. Moyland
Harvey Gold ...
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. Sampson
Adrian Ricard ...
DMV Clerk
Thom Carney ...


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 Baldinotto da Pistoia

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15 October 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Hanlon's distinctive fireplace fan in "Negative Reaction", which was also in Nelson Heyward's house in Columbo: Candidate for Crime (1973). See more »


When Columbo is explaining to his Captain that it would be unusual for somebody to use cabs rather higher a car he begins to ad-lib a little too much and the stern faced Captain struggles to contain his laughter. See more »


[Lt. Columbo goes down to the evidence room to follow up on an idea]
Captain Sampson: Columbo! Hey! What are you doing down here in the dungeon?
Lt. Columbo: How ya doing, Captain. Well, I was just checking out a few things: the Galesko kidnapping.
Captain Sampson: Galesko? I thought that case was closed.
Lt. Columbo: Well, you know me, Captain. Just, uh, tying up some loose ends.
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Featured in Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) See more »

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Columbo top 5 candidate

Ranks in my top 5 Columbo episodes. Van Dyke plays against type as slimy murderer and the scene with Falk picking up Drivers Test examiner Storch is the funniest of the series. Columbo trips up Van Dyke as he often does his suspects however with a more believable trap than usual.

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