Ward Fowler is an actor of a soap opera and his character is Detective Lucerne. His producer is Claire Daley, once his lover and now his blackmailer. Fowler decides to kill Claire and to do in such a way as to accuse her husband. Lt. Columbo begins to investigate and he is helped by Detective Lucerne who at a certain moment suspects the actor Fowler... Written by
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In the opening scene showing the filming of a fictional TV show, an actor playing a butler flubs a line and William Shatner's character asks the director to fire the actor. The butler actor is played by Fred Draper who had a vital supporting role in the previous episode, Last Salute to the Commodore. See more
The crime scene. When Columbo arrives, he's about to light his cigar with a lit match while approaching Tony the deli man. When the scene cuts to camera #2, the lit match is gone, Columbo holds his lit cigar near his mouth with his left hand while keeping his right hand (that previously held the lit match) tucked into his left elbow. When the scene cuts to camera #3, Columbo's cigar is held in his mouth while he holds both hands (with fingertips touching) just above his belt line. When the scene cuts to camera #4, Columbia's continuity is fine but the background officer in the dark blue blazer, who stood taking notes behind Tony all this time, completely disappears (or has become the plainclothesman in the gray jacket standing ten feet away). See more
Lieutenant, you would do me an enormous favor if you stopped calling me "sir."
This Old Man
Traditional English children's counting folk song.
[Sung without words by Columbo (Peter Falk) while walking towards Fowler's dressing room.] See more