Columbo: Season 12, Episode 1

It's All in the Game (31 Oct. 1993)

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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.... See full summary »

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Lisa Martin
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Nick Franco
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Ruddick
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Doug Sheehan ...
Riley
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Nick's Maid
Tom Henschel ...
Fingerprint Man
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Investigator #1
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Investigator #2
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Investigator #3
Bruce Ed Morrow ...
Medical Examiner (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Heath Kizzier ...
Photo Clerk
Daniel Trent ...
Detective #1 (as Daniel T. Trent)
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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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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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In the opening credits the water from the fountain outside Lauren Staton's house defies gravity and flows back into the fountain, revealing that the shot is being played backwards. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing!
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) See more »

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Certainly one of the best Columbo stories
16 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's All In The Game is most definitely one of my all-time favourite Columbo episodes, and it is arguably the strongest of the 'later' series. What makes this work is the delicious chemistry between Faye Dunaway and Peter Falk, where both are playing a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse, with our Lt. tagging along to Lauren Staton's romantic gestures and gifts while trying hard to get to the truth of the murder of her sneaky younger boyfriend. Its the charming aspect of their interaction that makes It's All In The Game so divine to watch! Twists and turns, the usual humorous moments and the intriguing relationship between Dunaway's Staton and Claudia Christian's Lisa keeps the viewer guessing, with an admirable conclusion to the story that makes you realise the sympathy you have for the killer more than for the actual victim!

It's All In The Game is certainly an episode of Columbo that deviates away from its usual formula, and proved to be taken very seriously with an Emmy Award win for 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series' for Faye Dunaway in 1994, and a total of three Golden Globe nominations. An excellent edition in the series that will perhaps stand out more than any other episode. 9/10


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