Columbo: Season 9, Episode 5

Uneasy Lies the Crown (28 Apr. 1990)

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The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law's firm.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Wesley Corman
Lydia Corman
Nancy Walker ...
Ron Cey ...
Adam Evans (as Marshall Teague)
David Sherwin
Raymond Singer
John Roarke
Paul Burke ...
Horace Sherwin
Lynne Marta ...


A dentist is threatened by a divorce, because his wife loves another man, and his father-in-law, who wants to collect his gambling debts. He decides to kill his wife's lover, and frame his wife for it, to get out of the situation. Columbo tries to solve the murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Nancy Walker appeared as herself in this Columbo. At one point Lt. Columbo recognizes her as the actress from the "Rock Hudson Show", a reference to McMillan & Wife (1971), a series that she regularly appeared in, and an episode of which contained the original version of this Columbo story. See more »


Columbo complains to Wesley that he has a "sensitive tooth on the left", as he chews his bagel on the right and holds his hand to his painful jaw - on the left. But when Columbo goes to the dentist, the dental work is done to a tooth on his right. And afterward, at the outdoor café, Columbo holds his hand to his painful jaw - on the right. See more »


Dr. Wesley Corman: Bet the winners, Lieutenant. I always bet the winners.
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Remake of McMillan & Wife: Affair of the Heart (1977) See more »


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So much fun
23 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

James Read is so much fun as the dentist-killer in this ingenious episode that I've watched it four times. It is fun to watch the late sitcom stars, Nancy Walker and Dick Sargent, play themselves as two of Read's poker-playing buddies. And, Columbo is in great form. This one gets an "A" from me.

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