Columbo: Season 9, Episode 3

Agenda for Murder (10 Feb. 1990)

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This time Columbo is put on a murder that was made to look like a suicide. However, he notices some loose ends, and asks a lawyer and a governor to clear these problems up.

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Tim Haines
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Oscar Finch is a lawyer, who uses illegal and underhanded methods to get his clients off, like coercing young men into destroying evidence, like Paul Mackey who worked for the D.A.'s office twenty years ago and whom he bribed into destroying some evidence against a client of his. Today they are joined at the hip and Mackey is a congressman and who has been asked by the Governor who is running for president to be his vice president. Finch hopes that this will mean a cabinet position for him. Finch is then contacted by Frank Staplin, the client that Mackey helped get off twenty years ago. Now unless Finch helps Frank again, he will tell everyone that Finch and Mackey were the ones who helped him avoid prosecution twenty years ago. Finch then kills him and makes it look like a suicide. But a few inconsistencies lead Lt. Columbo to believe that it was not and the fact that Staplin made a few phone calls to Finch before he died leads Columbo to see him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Last film of Arthur Hill. See more »

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After Columbo demonstrates to Finch how the gun had fallen on top of a drop of blood, Columbo says: ''The information that you just gave me is priceless'' and he picks up the gun with his right hand, keeping his arm stretched next to his body. Halfway the sentence the shot changes and Columbo now has his right arm in front of his chest with no gun in sight. See more »

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Frank Staplin: I need a favor, Oscar.
Oscar Finch: Forget it.
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Falk and McGoohan, together again.
26 June 2002 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

These two gifted actors were so dynamic together in their previous team-ups in the early Columbo series, that much was made of this installment in the second wave of newer Columbo films.

Once again Peter Falk dons the trenchcoat as Lt. Columbo, and Patrick McGoohan ("The Prisoner") this time is a murderous criminal attorney(!). Basically, this one is another great showcase for their talents, with Falk playing dumb, and Pat playing wise. As if no time has passed since the last episode they worked together, there are jabs, barbs, playfulness, intensity and tension. Columbo gets his man as he always does, but in the simplest way possible, that even McGoohan doesn't believe it.

This episode isn't as clever as the first two, but it is still very good. If you're someone who likes TV, a good mystery, and good acting, then flip on to this movie whenever you spot it. It's not a waste of time.


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