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
Did You Know?
At 1:35, when Columbo is trying to fix the rear view mirror on his Peueot and causes an accident, his car already has the rear end damage attributed to the accident. See more
When Kay is recording the time to let her know how much time she has to get back to the projector room during her crime spree, one can hear her saying the countdown as 30 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 10 seconds, 9 seconds, etc; however, when she is going back to the projector room after the murder one can hear her saying the countdown and it gets to 30 seconds, then this is when the goof occurs, she then says 25 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 15 seconds, then 10 seconds, 9 seconds etc. See more
It doesn't matter. It's only a show. I've got a million of them, Kiddo.
'Scene from the 2nd Act of THE NUTCRACKER
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Columbo hears it at the monitor room See more