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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Paul Mackey
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Frank Staplin
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Mrs. Finch
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Anne Haney ...
Louise
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Tim Haines
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Toby Ritt
Arthur Hill ...
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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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Last film of Arthur Hill. See more »

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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 »

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Oscar Finch: [laughing at Columbo] You know, uh, you're rather subtle for, uh, a man who seems so, uh, overt!
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Very solid episode
16 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally a villain worthy of Columbo. How i wish that the newer movies had used a better roster of guest stars to begin with. Here is Patrick McGoohan back as a fantastic adversary, plus top notch writing, clever plot and Peter Falk looks very good. More like his "old" self. In some previous newer installments he actually looks older and tired, with grey hair and a scruffy face. Here he doesn't look much different from his vintage episodes. I notice that the newer movies are very uneven. Ranging from cheesy and over the top to a more realistic style, such as this one. And i prefer the latter. Less is more. And i think that encapsulates the vintage episodes. Great villains, clever plots, swift directing and a bit of humor. Had every episode in the new line up been as good as this one, which follows the original formula, we would have had a lot more winners.


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