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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(at around 47 mins) Columbo refers to Nick Franco as "Mr. French". See more »

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Laura Staton: Do you have a first name I can call you by?
Lt. Columbo: Yeah. "Lieutenant."
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Follows Columbo: A Bird in the Hand... (1992) See more »

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transcendent Faye
17 November 2012 | by (venice,ca) – See all my reviews

This episode shares many of the problems of later year Columbo offerings , which longtime fans are happy to overlook, but Faye Dunaway transforms the proceedings. She is simply stunning--in every shot, from every angle.Amazing. Her characterization of confident wealthy socialite feels over the top at times, and her girlish flirtation with older Peter Falk's rumpled Columbo absurd, but final scenes find her in fine form as cornered murderess. The only mystery to be solved here is why the child in this mother daughter team--presented throughout with a heavy implication of lesbian affection--never calls her mother, "mom". I am not sure of the exact appeal of this series; only that its appeal is enduring


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