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
Marge Redmond ...
Helen Hendrix
David Kincaid
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?


The property used for Dr. Allenby's home was also used in the pilot of Moonlighting as the home of Madelyn Hayes. See more »


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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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Perhaps the sexiest of all Columbos, and one of the better later entries
9 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I as I have said many times have always been a great fan of Columbo. While few of the later episodes are as amazing as the pre-1989 episodes, there are about five or six worthy ones and Sex and the Married Detective is one of them. Stylishly filmed and atmospherically scored, the episode can't be faulted production-values-wise. The story is always interesting, with many a delightful scene like Columbo playing the tuba and one of the cleverer murder scenarios of the later episodes, and the dialogue is clever with wit, ingenious humour and tension to savour. The support cast are among the better ones of the later entries of Columbo in my opinion, Stephen Macht impresses with his sliminess, while Peter Falk is brilliant as ever(then again Falk rarely disappointed as Columbo, even when Columbo was not as well written or if the episode wasn't up to standard he always did his best), and Lindsay Crouse is superb in a well-written role, one of the more memorable guest villain performance of the pro-1989 episodes for me. Overall, a great, sexy entry. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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