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
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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
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
You've come to tell me you can't make it tonight?
You've come to tell me there's one more thing?
[Breaks into a huge grin
That's a yes.
Followed by Columbo: A Trace of Murder