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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Laura tells Columbo that her secretary's telephone number is 213-555-5334. Later, the detective tells him that Franco's tel. number was 213-555-5234 - the exact same number except for one digit. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Can I ask you something?
Laura Staton: Why do you ask if you could ask? You're gonna do it anyway.
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Follows Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991) See more »

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Ties with Ashes to Ashes and A Bird in the Hand as the best of the latter-day Columbos
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I have always been a great fan of Columbo, especially of the pre-1989 episodes. Of the latter day episodes(1989 all the way up to 2003) It's All in the Game is one of the best, Ashes to Ashes and A Bird in the Hand I love just as much, and Agenda for Murder and Death Hits the Jackpot are equally worthy. It looks great, with beautiful locations and fashions and stylish photography. The music is moody and fitting, the writing is classy and sophisticated and while I initially found the story on the convoluted side I can now think of few latter-day Columbo episodes that had a story as clever and compelling as this one. But it is not a Columbo without Columbo himself, the guest villain and the rapport between them, and not only due the rapport scenes sizzle with tension and class but Peter Falk and Faye Dunnaway are both brilliant. All in all, one of the finest of the later episodes and worthy of the pre-1989 episodes. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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