Columbo: Season 8, Episode 3

Sex and the Married Detective (3 Apr. 1989)

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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
Marge Redmond ...
Helen Hendrix
David Kincaid
Pierrino Mascarino ...
Tuba Player
Sergeant Burke
Leeza Vinnichenko ...
Cleaning Woman
Susan Gibney ...
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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Equipment can be seen moving back and forth in a reflection from the desk of Dr Joan Allanby, in the scene where Allanby is in her office with David Kincaid just after the start of the film. See more »


Helen Hendrix: [at the charity reception] Go circulate! Get money for music!
Dr. Joan: Married women circulate - single women mingle.
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My favorite episode
14 October 2013 | by (Nantes, France) – See all my reviews

I watched this episode after reading the critics on IMDb. So, as a Columbo fan myself, I was waiting for a good moment with a 7/10 episode. To my surprise, I tremendously enjoyed this episode to the point that it instantly became my favorite one and that I felt the need to review it. And actually this is my first review on IMDb. I'm still under the charm of it while writing this review so I'll need a bit of thinking in order to put my finger on what made me like it so much. First, the acting was superb! Both Peter Falk and Lindsay Crouse were at the top of their art. Mrs Crouse was absolutely natural and everything she played was just right: her nervousness, her courage, her emotions always sounded real. As for Peter Falk, he is aging, it's certain, but he replaces his youth's intensity with a charming wit, a strengthened empathy and a wisdom only age brings. To the point of comedy, when people start to seek advices from him and get enthusiastic when answered tricky, general answers. And this was actually I think the funniest episode of all. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. There were several scenes added only for their comedy value, like when Columbo plays the tuba or tries to rescue a clue from a chatty Russian maid. The clues weren't so obvious, so Columbo's opponent was still tricky to tame. The last part of the episode was executed like a ballet, when Columbo served back Dr. Allenby her own telephone dish. Last but not least, this is one of those rare episodes when Columbo, just like the spectator, feels sympathy and understanding for the murderer. Definitely a divine surprise after the mixed reviews I had read here.

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