Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case 

Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Brandt
Bertie Hastings
Vivian Brandt
Jason Danziger
George Camponella
George Sperdakos ...
Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin ...
Dorrie Thomson ...
Miss Eisenback
Caroline Treynor
Carlene Watkins ...
Amy (credit only)
Angela (as Fay Dewitt)


Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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22 May 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Theodore Bikel played a similar role in the Season 1 episode "Chariot of Gold" of Knight Rider. See more »


Columbo attaches a crocodile clip to the record player arm after it starts to play. This should have caused the music to skip a few tracks. See more »


Suzy: I like the way you wear your hair.
Lt. Columbo: What I'm saying is... Oh, thank you very much, ma'am. I like the way you wear yours.
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Romeo and Juliet
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Heard during the murder sequence
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Odd Title but entertaining!
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree it's entertaining. Peter Falk as Columbo is always entertaining and even in this one. It's an odd title though from his others. Don't miss Jamie Lee Curtis as the uptight waitress and the great British actress, Samantha (I forget her last name) as the unhappy spending wife of the prime suspect. It takes place at a club house for the geniuses of SOuthern California and the prime suspect is a genius who kills his partner genius rather than lose his fortune. Of course, the smarter the prime suspect in Columbos, the harder it is catch them or at least we think so. Anyway, Columbo does his best job to make sure he catches his man or woman. Of course, this episode is not one of my personal favorites but it's always worth watching again.

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