Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Goes to College 

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


(as E. W. Swackhamer)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Caffrey ...
Justin Rowe
Cooper Redman
Prof. D.E. Rusk
Dominic Doyle
Mr. Redman
Mrs. Rowe
Bridget Hanley ...
Mrs. Rusk
Joe Doyle
Club Owner
Jordan Rowe
Elizabeth Swackhamer ...


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

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9 December 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In "Columbo Goes To College", Columbo is a guest lecturer at a criminology class. He reminisces about the prior season's Columbo: Agenda for Murder (1990), describing how he obtained a piece of chewing gum belonging to murder suspect Oscar Finch (Patrick McGoohan), which was matched to teeth-marks on a piece of cheese left at the murder scene. See more »


When Columbo is sitting in Justin's room with him and Cooper he is given a can of Budweiser which he holds in his right hand. When the camera is on a close up of Columbo he is shown using both hands freely without holding the can of beer. When the camera goes back to the original view he is shown holding the can again. See more »


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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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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A good ending in spite of its flaws
15 April 2003 | by (salinas, ca) – See all my reviews

This episode contains my favorite type of ending where the killer (or killers) try to out-smart Columbo till the end. Instead of an easy surrendering as in other cases.

The development, nonetheless, is hard to believe. Why didn't anybody hear the shot? Especially if it was made by a .45 caliber. How come the security officer kept his job? In normal circumstances, the security guard would've been fired for not watching the monitors. And why did Colombo not realize that it would've been much faster to go upstairs to get an emergency phone call instead of Justin using his truck? Well, the story could've been more realistic, but I still recommend it for entertainment.

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