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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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Peter Falk, as the Executive Producer and the writer of "It's All in the Game" (#12.1), inserted the song 'Bye Bye Blackbird' into the party scene as Lauren (Faye Dunaway) returns from the murder. In the film "Anzio" (1968) Falk, as Cpl. Jack Rabinoff sings "Bye Bye Blackbird" See more »


Columbo is told by the telephone co. worker that all 12 calls from Lisa went to 818-555-7247. As he later watches Lisa exit her apt., he looks at the phone bill printout, on which appears to be written in big black ink, 818-565-7247. However, upon closer examination, the 'incorrect' digit is actually a five where the bottom loop has been drawn too far. See more »


Laura Staton: Do you have a first name I can call you by?
Lt. Columbo: Yeah. "Lieutenant."
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Followed by Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995) See more »

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Terrific Columbo movie
17 February 2000 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Out of the many "Columbo" TV episodes and movies, this one ranks among the best. Dunaway (who took home an Emmy for this) is sensational as a wealthy woman involved in the killing of her gambling, slimy younger boyfriend. She and Peter Falk play a game of cat and mouse with him constantly trying to get to the truth and her distracting him with offhand romantic comments and gestures. The chemistry between these very different actors is extraordinary. It sounds impossible that the queen of glamour would have any rapport with this rumpled, cross-eyed detective, but their relationship is fascinating. Falk's blushing at the interest from Dunaway is very charming and her adoration of him softens her sometimes severe edges. The convoluted story keeps viewers guessing as well, but the fun is in watching the stars bounce off each other. She is a monument to make-up and hairspray while he barely runs a comb through his hair, but they are a delight. WATCH THIS!

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