Columbo: Season 4, Episode 1

An Exercise in Fatality (15 Sep. 1974)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A health club owner murders one of his franchisees; Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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(as Bernard Kowalski)

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Gretchen Corbett ...
Jessica Conroy
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Buddy Castle (as Pat Harrington)
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Ruth Stafford (as Collin Wilcox)
Philip Bruns ...
Gene Stafford
Jude Farese ...
Darrell Zwerling ...
Dennis Robertson ...
Jerry
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Sgt. Rickets
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Medical Examiner
Eric Mason ...
Fred
J.R. Clark ...
Harry Lassiter (as J. R. Clark)
Mel Stevens ...
Dr. Freeman
Manuel DePina ...
Photographer
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Storyline

Milo Janus owns a chain of health clubs, but one of his franchisees discovers the man is cheating him - and can prove it to the authorities. Janus responds by murdering his partner and making it look as if he had accidentally killed himself trying to lift a barbell that was too heavy for him. Janus creates a would-be perfect alibi for himself involving a tape recording of his victim's voice, a phone that doesn't light up, a sexy secretary, a party for friends at his house, and a pornographic horror movie. But no alibi is perfect when the rumpled Lt. Columbo is on the case. Written by J. Spurlin

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alibi | spa | barbell | police | murder | See All (85) »


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Trivia

Columbo meets Milo at the same beach where Jim Rockford lives in the Rockford files. He walks down to meet him past the restaurant outside Rockford's trailer. See more »

Goofs

(at about 18 minutes in) Just after Columbo arrives at the crime scene, on his way to to Stanford' office he walks down a corridor. In the end room you see a chair is visible in the distance, somebody is hiding behind it, and ducks down as Columbo approaches. See more »

Quotes

Milo: What the hell gives you the right, Columbo?
Columbo: This, sir. This is a warrant. This gives me the right.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits the usual theme music is not heard. In its place is a jingle for the fictional Milo Janus fitness club instead. See more »

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This Old Man
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Traditional English children's song
Sung by Peter Falk on beach
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Brain meets Brawn

Excellent "Columbo" finds the perceptive detective matching wits with health guru Robert Conrad who bumped off a business partner and made it look like murder. The contrast between the self-effacing but brilliant detective and the vain, arrogant icon of physical fitness is highlighted throughout. Conrad never dares Falk to knock a battery off his shoulder, but his sense of superiority makes him less sympathetic than most of Columbo's adversaries, and it's very satisfying when the usually mild-mannered detective displays a rare flash of temper during a conversation with his prey. One of the best episodes in the series.


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