Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Martin
Nick Franco
Doug Sheehan ...
Nick's Maid
Tom Henschel ...
Fingerprint Man
Investigator #1
Investigator #2
Investigator #3
Bruce Ed Morrow ...
Medical Examiner (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Heath Kizzier ...
Photo Clerk
Daniel Trent ...
Detective #1 (as Daniel T. Trent)


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The longest Columbo has worked on a case was 9 years and 4 months. See more »


When Lauren is adjusting Columbo's tie in the department store, his jacket is buttoned all the way up. Lauren then walks away to look at a hat. Columbo turns to follow and his jacket is completely unbuttoned. See more »


Barney: Can I ask you a question?
Lt. Columbo: No!
Barney: How do you do a thing like that? How do you lock up the lady the way you feel about her?
Lt. Columbo: Who said I felt anything about her?
Barney: You did!
Lt. Columbo: Listen, you believe everything a cop tells you, you're a damn fool.
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Followed by Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) See more »

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One of the better newer ones!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this episode of Columbo is a lot better than the newer ones that started coming back in 1990 with new episodes. It's still the same Columbo though and I would have him anyway to watch. Lieutenant Columbo is one of the best characters on television today or ever. He has charisma, charm, and class. Columbo is also one of the most intelligent characters on television as well. He doesn't dumb down his suspects or the audience. So this episode was indeed worth watching because of Faye Dunaway's performance. I think she is one of the best American actresses around today. She won an Emmy award for her performance in this film. Faye always has class and style. Her character is equally delicious to watch as she does what she does. I won't spoil the plot. It's great for Faye Dunaway fans and it shows that older women are more like fine wine. I wish Faye would do more acting but they would cast her in grandmother roles rather than the seductive, sensual woman that she exhibits on screen. She is one of America's legends on screen and she should be still working. She has talent, beauty, and intelligence.

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