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It's All in the Game 

Lauren Staton and Lisa Martin kill their two-timing lover Nick Franco. Lauren's the one who pulled the trigger and they've made it look like Franco was killed by a burglar in his apartment.... See full summary »

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Doug Sheehan ...
Riley
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Nick's Maid
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Lauren Staton and Lisa Martin kill their two-timing lover Nick Franco. Lauren's the one who pulled the trigger and they've made it look like Franco was killed by a burglar in his apartment. They've prepared well with both having solid alibis. Lt. Colombo is in charge of the case and is very much attracted to the beautiful Lauren. She uses that to her advantage and is soon buying him gifts and giving him the odd kiss. Colombo is flattered but begins to see anomalies in some of the physical evidence. He becomes certain that Laura is involved in Franco's death but realizes he will only be able to make an arrest if he gets a confession. He manages to get that but even he is surprised when learns of her true relationship to Lisa. Written by garykmcd

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31 October 1993 (USA)  »

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With the exception of the two pilot episodes, this is the only episode where the phrase "Peter Falk as Columbo" appears in one frame at the beginning. Usually, "Peter Falk as" is shown first, followed by "Columbo" in a separate frame. See more »

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Lisa Martin waits with the corpse, which is covered with an electric blanket. Notice the corpse's face: a few seconds after the doorbell rings, the dead man dramatically blinks his eye. The camera angle and the actor's heavy eyelids create a startling effect as he bats his lashes. Apparently the actor's eyes are open except for the blink, which is puzzling since we earlier saw the dead body with his eyes closed. See more »

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Laura Staton: You've come to tell me you can't make it tonight?
Lt. Columbo: Oh, nooooo.
Laura Staton: You've come to tell me there's one more thing?
Lt. Columbo: [Breaks into a huge grin] That's a yes.
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Followed by Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) See more »

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Columbo back on form
5 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Columbo came back after an 11 year hiatus, the show was never as exciting as the earlier episodes. That is until It's All in the Game. This episode took me back to the glory days of Columbo where the chemistry between murderer and cop kept me highly entertained while Columbo asked all manner of questions no one else on the planet would even think of (let's face it, this is a man who could solve a murder by finding a piece of used chewing gum 3 blocks down the road and an empty wrapper at the scene of the crime! NB: This never happened so don't go crazy trying to figure out what episode, even though that would have been a highly fantastic plot!) anyway, i digress - this episode was every bit as good as some of the best episodes in the 70's and Faye Dunaway gave a brilliant performance. Written by Peter Falk and acted to perfection. 10 out of 10.


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