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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Did You Know?
The murder occurs at the delicatessen operated by Tony played by Timothy Carey
. In season one, Carey played Bert, the owner of a diner where Columbo would sometimes go for a bowl of chili. See more
The cash that Ward pulls from Clare's wallet during the "robbery" is clearly not real money. See more
[to Ward Fowler
You wouldn't make a murderer. Not even a sympathetic one. That much personality you don't have.
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