Columbo investigates the apparent drowning of a famous painters first wife.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Max Barsini
Vanessa Barsini
Isabel García Lorca ...
Julie (as Isabel Lorca)
Dr. Sydney Hammer
David Byrd ...
Don Bovingloh ...
Lenny Hicks ...
Morgue Attendant
Danny Hassel ...
Roger Etienne ...
Night Visitor
Officer (as Frank L. Wiltse)
Harold Harris ...
Harry Chudnow
Don Schneider ...
Bystander at Beach


Max Barsini is an artist who has a most unusual living arrangement with three women. He is married to Vanessa, and Julie is his live in model. Louise is his first wife who lives next door. Max takes delight in the way they fight for his attention, but also likes to control them. So when Louise starts seeing a psychologist, Max not only fears that she will break away but also that she will reveal a secret that Max will kill to keep hidden and he does. He makes it appear that she drowned but Columbo knows something is wrong. Written by <>

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25 November 1989 (USA)  »

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The Paradise Cove location where Louise's body is recovered is also the location of Jim Rockford's house trailer in The Rockford Files. Viewers may recognize the dock and beach scenes. See more »


At 1:02:18, Columbo lifts Dog up at a railing to look at the ocean. The camera switches to face the dog, and Columbo sets Dog on something, and Dog stands there with his paws over the rail. But there is nothing to stand on. Columbo lifts the dog down, with the camera from behind, and again there's no platform where the dog could have stood. See more »


Lt. Columbo: You would never tell.
Vanessa Barsini: Wild horses couldn't get it out of me.
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Good effort
14 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so i enjoyed this Columbo movie a bit more than the previous ones. Partly because of the lovely scenery, the awesome house by the ocean and a much better musical score than the previous movies from '89. The villain is a narcissistic needy jerk thru-out, a painter, perfect for a guy controlling three different women in his life. His ex-wife, his current wife and his mistress. The actress playing the ex-wife has the most impact and believability. The mistress is the weakest link. The whole thing still doesn't compare to vintage Columbo but it's better than some earlier offerings. Best moment: Columbo sits for the artist and is put in an uncomfortable position. Peter Falk's understated humor is just wonderful. He knows how to milk a scene in a subtle way.

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