Columbo (1971–2003)
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Try and Catch Me 

A mystery writer suspects her niece's husband of murdering her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Abigail Mitchell
Martin Hammond
Edmund Galvin
Mary Jackson ...
Jerome Guardino ...
Marie Silva-Alexander ...
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An aging but successful and wealthy crime fiction writer blames the death of her niece on the girl's husband. One night she invites him up to the house to sign their wills before getting him to leave and return within a few minutes so she can spring a trap (locking him in her soundproof safe). Detective Columbo arrives and suspects the writer of murder but clues are few and far between. Written by Scott Dawson <>

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21 November 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a play on the usual routine for a "Columbo" episode, Ruth Gordon's character Abigail Mitchell several times says, "Oh, lieutenant, one more thing." As her character is also a detective of sorts (in fact, an experienced mystery writer), this seems to fit well and we (the audience) don't question it. See more »


(at around 1 min) During Columbo and Abigail Mitchell's meeting at the dock, Columbo bends down to unhook Dog's leash while Dog is facing the ocean. When the shot changes, Dog is suddenly facing the opposite direction. See more »


Lt. Columbo: My car's right here. It's French. Very rare.
[Abigail looks at Columbo's car, dust-covered, front grill manged, and with license plate askew]
Abigail Mitchell: Uh, yes. Oh, I can see why.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.]
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Simply one of the best Columbos
22 April 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

A top notch Columbo from beginning to end. I particularly like the interaction between Columbo and the killer, Ruth Gordon.

As an avid Columbo fan, I can't recall another one in which he doesn't set up the killer at the end as he does in other episodes. In this one, as he's trying to determine the correct sequence of the boxes and the "message" that the nephew left behind, it finally dawns on him.

The music in this episode is very good as well, as it is in many of other ones.

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