Columbo (1971–2003)
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Sex and the Married Detective 

When a successful sex therapist with a best selling book and a hit TV show is crushed to learn her business partner/lover is cheating on her, she plots appropriate revenge.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Joan Allenby
Dr. Simon Ward
Dr. Walter Neff
Helen Hendrix
David Kincaid
Harry Johnson ...
Pierrino Mascarino ...
Tuba Player
Leeza Vinnichenko ...
Cleaning Woman
Peter Wise ...
Airline Clerk


This time Columbo has to deal with a passion crime by a sex therapist. As usual, this completely new environment to Columbo is an opportunity for him to show off more unusual talents, as well as pit his wit against an opponent who is well versed in the psychology that he himself uses so well. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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3 April 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At around the 12 minute mark, when Dr. Joan Allenby walks through the party and bumps into the lady, the song playing in the background is "Deutschland Uber Alles", the German national anthem, played slowly. See more »


When Dr Allanby is trying on her "murder outfit" at her house prior to going to the party, she is shown putting on a black silk undergarment (covering her chest). She then puts on a black dress. This dress has deep "V" neck which goes down to her stomach showing her skin - the black undergarment has disappeared. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Well, but when you get right down to it, Ma'am, only one woman came in, and only one woman went out, and whatever all this means, we have to look at the lady in black, and when we find her, I promise yuh, you're gonna be the first to know!
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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Brilliant performance by Lindsey Crouse
14 March 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Lindsey Crouse's tour-de-force performance as a nationally known sex therapist who is betrayed by fiancee Stephen Macht (himself, delightfully slimy) has a special place in my heart. The story is extremely well told with lots of humor and terrific supporting performances. The murder plan is ingenious and memorable executed. Columbo has a field day with the sex therapists. Columbo playing the tuba was a lot of fun also. The look Crouse comes up with for her courtesan alter ego is stunning. The scene where Columbo holds up a social event while he scans the Ladies' Room for clues is an all-time classic. The ending scene with the fireplace is very compellingly set up. This is one Columbo that should not be missed.

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