Columbo: Season 7, Episode 3

Make Me a Perfect Murder (25 Feb. 1978)

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An Emmy-winning TV executive kills her lover (who is also her boss); Lt. Columbo is on the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Freestone
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Mark McAndrews
James McEachin ...
Walter Mearhead (as James Mc Eachin)
Valerie Kirk
TV Repairman
Jonathan (as Kenneth Gilman)
Frank Flanagan
Milt Kogan ...
Dubbing Chief
Dee Timberlake ...
Don Eitner ...
Pete Cockrum
Morgan Upton ...
Al Staley
George Skaff ...
The Producer


Kay Freestone is a West Coast TV executive whose boss, Mark McAndrews, is also her secret lover. When he gets promoted to a position in New York, he dumps her - and even denies her the job he's leaving. Her consolation prize is a new Mercedes. She's more interested in the gun he drops on the bed - after he jokingly invites her to shoot him. Joking or not, she takes him up on it. Later, he's found shot to death in his office. Kay seems to have been in the projection room when it happened. She was screening her pet project - a violent TV film called "The Professionals" - for her superiors. When our rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo investigates, he learns this Emmy-winning producer can commit a bloody act just as well as film it. Written by J. Spurlin

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George C. Scott appears as an uncredited TV studio technician. Scott was the husband of main guest star Trish Van Devere. See more »


As Columbo questions Kay for the first time, he is fumbling with some pieces of paper and a notebook. Of course he can't find the one he is looking for. He puts the items on a desk as he goes through his pockets once more. Then he picks everything up and walks away from the desk. When he wonders once more where the piece of paper is he is looking for, he walks back to the desk and the pieces of paper and notebook are on the desk. See more »


Columbo: [to Kay] Interesting, isn't it how you can work out these small details out if you just think about it... like you have a tiny voice whispering in your ear trying to tell you who did it.
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Well, I liked it, anyway
8 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read some of the comments on this episode and despite any criticisms, I have to say I really enjoyed this Columbo. Trish van Devere is a cold, ambitious, and probably not great producer who murders her lover, played by Laurence Luckinbill, when he doesn't come through with her promotion (which may have been the only reason she was with him in the first place). It has a subplot where a Judy Garland type, portrayed by Lainie Kazan, is supposed to appear on live TV and causes huge problems.

I agree that the subplot is problematic, as it brings up questions about van Devere's relationship with Kazan. In my opinion, the van Devere character is a sexual opportunistic, doing whatever she has to do with whom to get what she wants. When Kazan backs away from her as she tries to hug her, Kazan cries, "No. I don't want to." The Kazan character is probably too out of it most of the time to know what she's doing with whom.

I guess I liked this so well not for the story, but for the van Devere character who came from nothing, fights for survival, and in the end, doesn't really have the goods. And I love when she says to Columbo at the end, "I'll probably win." Yeah, she probably will.

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