Columbo: Season 11, Episode 3

A Bird in the Hand... (22 Nov. 1992)

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Harold likes to gamble, but as a rule he loses and he is heavily in debt. His uncle is the famous Big Fred who is the owner of a football team and he is a millionaire. But Harold can't get ... See full summary »

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Dolores
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Harold McCain
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Lt. Robertson (as Frank Mc Rae)
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Bertie
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Fernando (as Leon Singer)
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Mr. Hacker
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Big Fred
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Casino Manager
G.F. Smith ...
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Carol Swarbrick ...
Casino Waitress
Ed McCready ...
Ed
John Petlock ...
Medical Examiner
Joel Beeson ...
Clyde
Kay Perry ...
Honey
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Harold likes to gamble, but as a rule he loses and he is heavily in debt. His uncle is the famous Big Fred who is the owner of a football team and he is a millionaire. But Harold can't get a dime from him. So Harold decides to kill his uncle by a pipe bomb under his car. He is not surprised when he is told Big Fred is dead. He is surprised however that the death is due to a road accident. He rushes to his uncle's house and he finds Lt. Columbo getting excited about the car with the bomb... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The football footage which shows two mock American football teams are excerpts from an actual Canadian Football League game shot in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos. See more »

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Follows Columbo: Columbo Goes to College (1990) See more »

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Rags To Riches
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Written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Performed by Tony Bennett
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A different twist: two bodies more than usual.
27 August 2001 | by (Montgomery Village, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This episode may have been weakened by three people being killed off, with possible multiple culprits.

As in some other episodes, there is delightful chemistry between Columbo and his quarry, in this case played by Greg Evigan. Evigan's reactions and timing are impeccable.

Tyne Daly works hard, but not too convincingly at first, at being a middle-aged boozy ditz. However, when her husband is killed, she takes control of his football team and his money, the latter always needed by her younger lover, Evigan, for gambling debts; this transformation has a perverse appeal.

Noteworthy, too, is a scene when Columbo, in his rumpled coat, walks into a very proper Rolls Royce showroom and is all over the engine compartment and underneath the car threatening to take something apart, all this to the delight of a gathering sidewalk crowd.


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