Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder in Malibu 

A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Floyd Levine ...
Laurie Walters ...
TV Host
Charles Walker ...
Truck Driver
Ben Slack ...
Yolanda Lloyd ...
Mary Margaret Lewis ...
Robin Gordon ...
Bill Zuckert ...


Romance author Teresa Goren has finally been convinced of the truth: her lover, gigolo Wayne Jennings, loves her money, not her. That means their planned wedding is off, not to mention any hope Jennings has of getting his hands on her money. When Goren turns up dead, Jennings is suspected, but is apparently cleared by later evidence. But Lieutenant Columbo watches as Jennings turns his eye to Goren's sister, and begins wondering if he's really so innocent after all... Written by Leaper

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14 May 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One year before this episode came out, Brenda Vaccaro and Peter Falk were in a movie together; it was called "Bunny." See more »


In Jess McCurdy's office as Columbo is reviewing the tape, he has a band aid on his right pinkie finger. They both leave for the murder scene. When Columbo arrives a few minutes later, the band aid is gone. See more »


Lieutenant Columbo: [Reacting to an emotional outburst by Jennings] I never saw a guy unwind that fast!
Lieutenant Schultz: Miranda?
Lieutenant Columbo: Yeah, you better.
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Possibly the worst Columbo episode.
3 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Except for Peter Falk, who is as good as ever in his Columbo role, all the other cast members fail to play their role convincingly. It was like watching a bad soap. Maybe the director of this episode, Walter Grauman,is partly to blame for that ?

Weak plot, lots of continuity mistakes, lots of camera shadows on people, stretched-out phone ringing, car following and walking scenes that hampers the flow and reveal a thin scenario. This episode could have lasted at most an hour, instead of stretching it to an hour and a half.

Also, the attempt at moving away from the usual Columbo recipe by not showing how the murder took place is only confusing and not helping the story telling.

All in all, one of the very few very bad Columbo episodes, fortunately.

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