Oscar Finch is a professional 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
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After the Lieutenant has told Finch the joke (in front of the Court), Finch drives off in his BMW (you can hear Finch shutting the door of the car when the shot shows Columbo). The shot with Columbo in view however, clearly shows an open driver's area. See more
[laughing at Columbo
You know, uh, you're rather subtle for, uh, a man who seems so, uh, overt!
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