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
Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin ...
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?


Columbo comes in out of the rain, stating he didn't park in the driveway due to his car leaking oil. Yet in "Butterfly in shades of grey" he states to Fielding Chase that his car never leaks oil. See more »


The murder is committed with a silenced revolver. It is a myth that revolvers cannot be silenced. The majority of the noise from a gun comes from muzzle, which means a silencer works on both types of guns. The amount of noise which would be caused by the explosion escaping between the cylinder and barrel of a revolver would not be that significant. See more »


Lt. Columbo: You know, sir, it's a funny thing. All my life I kept running into smart people. I don't just mean smart like you and the people in this house. You know what I mean. In school, there were lots of smarter kids. And when I first joined the force, sir, they had some very clever people there. And I could tell right away that it wasn't gonna be easy making detective as long as they were around. But I figured, if I worked harder than they did, put in more time, read the books, kept my eyes open, ...
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Boo Hoo (You've Got Me Crying For You)
Written by Carmen Lombardo, Edward Heyman and John Jacob Loeb
Heard early on and again over the end credits
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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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