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Columbo Goes to College 

Two college students decide to murder their professor during a class that Columbo is teaching.

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Stephen Caffrey ...
Justin Rowe
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Cooper Redman
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Prof. D.E. Rusk
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Dominic Doyle
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Mr. Redman
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Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley ...
Mrs. Rusk
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Joe Doyle
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Guy Stockwell ...
Club Owner
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Jordan Rowe
Les Lannom ...
Malloy
Elizabeth Swackhamer ...
Sara
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Two college students who believe that their wealth and status allow them to do what they want. But one of them has been placed on notice by his father that if he messes up he's on his own. And they cheat in one of their classes. The professor discovers what they did. And he tells them that he will either flunk them or have them expelled. They later follow him and see him with someone. That's when they decide to kill him. They decide to do it during their next class wherein Columbo is teaching. And they do it despite being in the class when it happened. Columbo investigates and the two guys would like to help. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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9 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This was Robert Culp's fourth and final appearance in "Columbo", but the only time he did not play the murderer. See more »

Goofs

When Columbo is viewing the closed circuit video tapes of the murder, they pause a moment right after the professor goes down. When they then fast forward, the body position is completely different, though the prof is supposedly dead and could not have moved. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Well, sometimes, when you know something, it's better to keep it to yourself. You don't have to blab everything right away. Wait. Who knows what will happen? Timing. That's important. And lucky. You got to be lucky.
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Followed by Columbo: Undercover (1994) See more »

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Poor Rich Boy
(uncredited) (opening title)
Written by Burt Bacharach, David Pack, Joe Puerta
Performed by Ambrosia
Produced by Val Garay, assisted by Niko Bolas at Record One
Drums: Burleigh Drummond
Bass: Joe Puerta
Keyboards: Christopher North and David Lewis
Background vocals and guitar: David Pack
Background vocals and percussion: Royce Jones
(from Arthur (1981) The Album")
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One of the better post 1989 episodes
12 June 2005 | by (California,US) – See all my reviews

I felt that way when I saw the episode in its original run and still agree when I watch it on reruns. You had the culprits totally mocking Columbo throughout the episode and treating him like he has down syndrome. And in the end you see their shock when Columbo gets them dead to rights and arrest them. You also get a realistic reaction from the arrogant preppy killers. They stillcouldn't give Columbo his props and say he just got lucky. I like the formula where there is an elaborate crime, the killer(s) totally underestimate Columbo, and then you get their realization that Columbo was totally playing the criminals. I recall in the first few episodes of the post 1989 episodes they weren't following that formula and this was the first episode that I was pleased with.


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