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
Les Lannom ...
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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Did You Know?


Last appearance of Robert Culp in Columbo, out of four: others are "Death Lends a Hand" (1971), "The Most Crucial Game" (1972) and Double Exposure (1973). He will also make an appearance in the pilot of the series Mrs. Columbo in 1979. See more »


The splattered blood on Rusk's windshield is present in the closeup view only but is missing in the long shot. See more »


Cooper Redman: Your father's pretty wacky.
Justin Rowe: Yeah, he's a sick man. I hate him.
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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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