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Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 

A woman who blames Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him.



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Tom Isbell ...
Hugh Gillin ...
Rosanna Huffman ...
Liz Cooper (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Joe Bellan ...
Robert Balderson ...


A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife. Written by <>

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31 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Vivian Dimitri wants revenge on Columbo for putting her husband, Pete Garibaldi, in jail where he died of a heart-attack. This case is not featured in any episode of the series but it closely resembles the plot of "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case." See more »


Much is made of the "special" orange marmalade Vivian Dimitri uses. She claims it's from England. It's easy to see the jar has a Polaner label. Polaner is based in New Jersey, and their products are easily available in any supermarket. See more »


Columbo: Gracie, what happened, you lost the chef?
Gracie: Chef?
Columbo: Brama, the big guy. He had one brown eye, one blue.
Gracie: He went back to Mazatlan two months ago. We have a new guy back there, now, Heinrich.
Columbo: Heinrich? You got a guy named Heinrich to make Chili?
[Gets up to leave]
Columbo: Keep the change.
[Puts money on counter. Turns to sergeant]
Columbo: Come on Brady, I gotta walk this stuff off.
[Walking outside]
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Followed by Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990) See more »

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Unusual experimental episode
16 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

REST IN PEACE, MRS. COLUMBO is an atypical episode in the COLUMBO series and a not entirely successful one. Like UNDERCOVER and NO TIME TO DIE, it seeks to break the established format of the show - the format that made it so successful in the first place. The idea's a novel one, I'll give them that, but the execution here is only so-so.

What I did like was the idea of having the guest villain nursing a personal grievance against our detective hero. Helen Shaver isn't one of the series greats, but she does strive to embody her conniving character with depth and realism, so you have to give her that. The episode is also notable for featuring a couple of top character actors in support, namely Ian McShane and Roscoe Lee Browne. It's a pity they're both so underutilised.

What I did love was the way that the villain in this story makes it personal, but that's only in the last half an hour or so and the pacing is a little off before then. The middle section does feel dragged out. However, the Columbo's-family-in-peril stuff is great, and the last ten minutes in particular really picks things up for some exhilarating viewing. The bad thing about this is the structure, particularly the opening sequence with that confusing funeral which is returned to throughout the episode. It means that the story has to be segmented and told in flashback, which is just ridiculous (and why McShane would be at the funeral is anybody's guess). A more linear narrative and this might have been one of the most memorable episodes of the entire series.

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